Q: Was there much of a learning curve for doing the action scenes in “L.A.’s Finest”?
A: More like a refresher but we each had the skill set already. But we went to the academy, we went to LAPD headquarters, we went to the gun range. We have police consultants on set just to make sure that we’re nailing it every time. But we both already had kind of all of that training pretty extensively in our past.
Q: How have your kids reacted to seeing you working on set?
A: I love them. They sneak me candy. I think they’re like little personal cheerleaders, so I thought it was awesome. But it’s a very family-friendly set. We have a number of babies in our cast and in the production office. And we also have crew where life happens on set and we actually … don’t discourage when there’s gaps in child care and kids have to come and they’re welcome and we make sure that they’re comfortable and we get it done.
That’s one of the beautiful things about working with Jessica (Alba, her co-star and co-executive producer) and after following her, creating such a family-friendly company. She brought that same sensibility and knowledge to our production and she set a standard. And we’ve all fallen in line and it’s been amazing. No one feels like a nuisance for existing as a parent or existing in real life where s… happens. We make sure everyone feels supported and protected and we get it done. No drama, no worries, no heavy sighing. You know, it’s a family and we figure it out.
George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.