CBS’s CSI: Vegas has brought together characters both new and old to investigate gruesome crimes and bring on evil criminals. For the show’s second season, two of those characters will be Josh Folsom (Matt Lauria), a by-the-book leader and criminologist with a currently mysterious past, and Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger), who recently returned to the fold of the famous series, CSI legend and investigator par excellence.
Matt Lauria previously appeared in three episodes of “CSI: Investigation Crime” as FBI agent Matthew Pratt. His role as Pratt had him interact with Helgenberger on screen, among many of the show’s other performers. That means he and Helgenberger have already shared a stage and had the opportunity to interact with each other in a professional setting.
Therefore, impressions of each other’s personalities and work habits are likely to have been formed. What does Matt Lauria think of Helgenberger’s behavior on set? This is what he said during a recent press conference.
According to an interview conducted during a promotional appearance for the DVD release of the first season of CSI: Vegas, Matt Lauria had nothing but applause for his co-star. Describing how excited he is to be working with the actress once again, the actor explained her feelings.
“I would have been deeply excited about it, even if I hadn’t had any experience with Marg personally. My experience with her is that she’s just a complete class act, a very generous and genuine person.”
Matt Lauria’s praise for Marg Helgenberger didn’t end there. Speaking of her time working with her on the set of “CSI,” he said, “She was so kind and inclusive and just lovely. And she’s very, very talented. She shines.” The actor then expressed his hope that a similarity between Willows and Folsom’s personalities and pre-“CSI” lives could be drawn to get story meat.
“Us [Josh y Catherine] we have similar backgrounds. We may come from a similar group. It will be interesting to see how that can come to fruition. I can’t really give too much away, but I hope there is something there.”
For fans of CSI Vegas, this is an extremely intriguing prospect. While Josh’s family background has been slowly but surely revealed over the course of the show’s first season, still remaining oblique, one can see how his driven personality could be similar to Catherine’s.
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