An Interview with Castle’s Tamala Jones

April 18th, 2013

Everyone must have been watching the exciting television series Castle because it recently aired its 100th episode “The Lives of Others,” on Monday, April 1st on ABC Family.

Castle, which has been a growing hit TV series since 2009, has crossed out one of the goals on its bucket list.

Tamala Jones, who plays the sassy Forensic Analyst Lanie Perish, had much to say about the shows latest achievement!

When asked about how it must feel to wrap up the 100th episode, Jones stated that “It, for me, is a dream come true. I mean I think about the day we celebrated the 100th episode on set, we all have dreamed about being on the show and reaching 100 episodes. And when you get there, it is such an overwhelming feeling.”

Jones went on to say “You wanted to get here, and now your here. You cry, there are tears of joy, you are hugging, and it’s like you conquered it, and with people you really care about, it just made it so much better.”

It was clear to me that the show was going to be a winner from day one, but Jones stated that she never expected it to be THIS big.

“Honestly, the way they were doing TV shows on all the major networks, they really weren’t giving anything a second chance. They would have it one season, and then they would take them off. So we didn’t know, I mean we all knew we all had a great cast and a great crew, but we didn’t know because we knew we needed time.”
BUT…what happened next Jones?

“But then the fans kicked in, and started writing in on how much they enjoyed the show, and the ratings were going up every week. The hundredth episode is really due to the fans, and how they have been with us throughout the entire process of shooting. We have become so close with a lot of them, and it’s really because of the fans that we have made it.”

You can watch Jones (and Castle) every Monday at 10 p.m. on ABC Family.

You can watch Jones (and Castle) every Monday at 10 p.m. on ABC Family.

Who doesn’t love a behind the scenes cast tell all? Nobody! Jones went on to talk about the Castle main characters Nathan Fillion (who plays Richard Castle) and Stana Katic (who plays Kate Becket).
Jones begins with the all too funny Nathan Fillion, “Oh my God, well Nathan is crazy. He’s always playing pranks on people. He’s like a little mischievous boy running around there. He’s definitely a joy to work with and to be around. “

What about the fierce Stana Katic? “Stana is just so freaking gorgeous, and such a sweetheart. She’s like mama around there; she looks out for everybody and makes sure everybody is alright. She keeps the guys in line. I sit back and laugh at them. Stana’s like ‘alright you guys, let’s get serious.’”

Sometimes, us fans like to know if the actors are anything like the characters they play in our favorite shows.
Lanie Perish, as Jones explains, is like her in many ways.
“I am sassy; I am definitely a sassy girl. And I can say as far as Lanie and the importance of friendships and relationships, I am very much like that. My friendships mean a lot to me. And anything I could do a friends life, they give back,” Jones said.
She continued, “It’s a give and take on both ends, we always look out for each other, and we are always there for each other. We don’t have to speak to each other all the time, but we are there when we need to be there for each other, and I see that with Lanie and Kate Becket. Beckets of handling her cases and Lanie is handling her medical forensic analyst stuff, and if Becket needed to talk, Lanie is there. When Lanie needed to talk, Becket is always there, and I love that.”

Jones’s character has been developing along with the show, whether its handling a lot of work, or getting together with Detective Javier Esposito (Jon Huertas).

When asked where her character would be heading, Jones revealed juicy details.
“I can tell you, I am hearing little secrets about it being another season, and that’s where you are going to see Lanie sprout out. I truly believe, going off the things I talked to Andrew (Andrew W. Marlowe- Executive Producer 2009-20013) about and things that he said to me.”

How about the last episode? We want to know!!!

“As for the last episode, you better get ready, because we already shot that one. It’s amazing, explosive, it’s exciting, and you are going to need a neck brace honey. You are going to get some serious whiplash, from trying to keep with what’s going on.”

Whiplash? It’s worth it! What kind of surprises?

“Every season ending, there is a cliffhanger. This last episode is different in so many ways from the way we have done the cliffhanger of Castle in every season up until now. It is completely outside of the box, unexpected, and your mouth is going to be open. That is all I can say, your hands are going to be up like ‘what, are you freaking kidding me right now, what just happened rewind, rewind!’

Come on Jones! What else? We know you want to spill the beans!

“Please record it because you are going to need to rewind it! Get ready, it completely different, not all of the cast is in the last episode, and there is a good reason why. It so different and it’s so good!” Jones stated.

That’ll do! Although Tamala Jones is wrapped up in positive Castle drama on and off the set, she dishes about the many projects she has going on.
“I have so much to do; I have now become the spokesperson for The Brain Aneurism Foundation. I have a film that is currently in the film festivals called “Things Never Said” …

Nermeen Shaabneh
Features Contributor