Not a biggie, but I was thumbing through the new Good Housekeeping yesterday and they had a one page interview with Kathryn. She mentions her 2 kids, loving Chex mix and how she gets along with Vincent. She said in part that she didn't want their relationship to get maudlin, but sometimes wished it were less business. (paraphrasing here) I always wanted to see a little more emotion myself, but maybe they will inject some as the shows wear on and need a little pick-me-up one day. I think SVU did it with Munch's character. He is tough and cool on the outside, but they showed on occasion an emotion and conncection with different characters that gave him more depth. You don't have to drown someone in it though.
On TV, Kathryn Erbe doesn't get to crack many smiles. As Detective Alexandra Eames, she s the straitlaced sidekick to oddball investigator John Goren (played by Vincent D'Onofrio) on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Real life is another story. At 39, Erbe is happily married to fellow actor Terry Kinney, with whom she worked on the gritty HBO series Oz, and is the mother of two. Here's more than just the facts:
She has a junior assistant. "My daughter, Maeve, is ten, and my son, Carson, is two. The age difference is great because Maeve is old enough to really help out with her little brother."
She and her on-screen partner actually like each other. "Vincent and I have always had a real rapport. Personally, I wouldn't mind playing more sentimental stuff with him, but we realize that the key to the show is never letting it get too maudlin or emotional."
She's been a fashion victim. "I've learned that I can't wear more than two colors at the same time. I have no gift for combining patterns or designs; somehow, I was born without that gene. But at least now I know enough not to try. And these days, my kids will always tell me if something doesn't look good."
She's not a pushover. "I'm less forgiving than I once was, but I think that's a good thing. For someone else, that might not be great, but for me, it's progress."
She doesn't need gourmet goodies. "I really love Chex Party Mix. They sell it prepackaged, but that kind isn't as good as the kind you make yourself. That way, you can control the cereal-to-nut ratio. I like the cereal part the best."
She won't let fame go to her head. "My brother said to me early on: 'Don't believe the hype that surrounds you.' It's helped me maintain my perspective about what's really important in this world."