“Drama drama drama,” FBI: Most Wanted star Roxy Sternberg said when we asked what makes this years FBI Global Crossover event must watch television, “There is so much happening and having the three teams collaborate is always so exciting not just for the audience but also for us!”
Speaking as a die-hard fan of the franchise, we can see that. While we know that this is only the second FBI Crossover event, the first one had such an impact, we wanted more.
The special thing about FBI events are not only the storylines, but the actors. There isn’t an actor on any of these shows that isn’t extremely talented. But, that’s not the only thing. It feels as though the actors are one big family.
That makes it better. How? Because you can believe that they would fit on any of the shows. You can believe that they would all work together to solve a case. You can believe that they are the best of the best.
There is nothing in the world like a crossover event for a Dick Wolf franchise. This year, the FBI’s are throwing us off our game a bit as they switch up their schedule, starting the crossover even with FBI: International.
“Being a part of the Dick Wolf legacy has been an amazingly proud moment in my life,” she said when we started to talk about why she wanted to be on FBI: Most Wanted.
And we definitely understand that. Dick Wolf is a genius with his shows and his procedurals.
The FBI’s have a cult following and in this writers opinion it is because of the stories, the formula, ad the way that the stories are told. But also because of the actors. The actors are passionate about their shows and their roles. But why does Roxy think that fans can’t get enough of the franchise?
“The real stories we cover (in a dramatic way),” Roxy said, “I also think the ‘high stakes drama’ allows our audience to switch off- step outside of their realities. Potentially also the complexities of some of these characters and the topics might bring people to appreciate how ‘simple’ one’s life really is.”
Well, that’s definitely true.
This years FBI Global Crossover Event is entitled, Imminent Threat. The three intrepid teams work together when the abduction of an American citizen in Rome reveals an international plot to carry out a mass-casualty terror attack in New York City.
FBI: Most Wanted will tie up the three hour event. While we watch the show, it’s one that seems to stick with us, because it is so dark. We wouldn’t be able to compartmentalize the work from the reality. We wanted to know how the actors do it. How has the show changed them?
“Season one I actually found myself having lots of nightmares,” Roxy admitted, “You know sometimes we have ‘dead bodies’ and horrible crime scenes that we film and I just figured- at the end of the day it’s not real, I can just walk away from the gruesome scenes and move on. Even though it’s make belief, I found it slipping into my unconscious and even my dreams.”
She continued, “I meditate more now, and I have somewhat of a ‘spiritual practice’ – I think it’s important especially when working on some of the ‘dark’ storylines we act out, but also I feel it’s important for my own mental health with working alongside the fast pace of television that I have something to ‘slow me down’.”
We couldn’t help but love that, because finding your own way to deal with the world around us also requires somewhat of a spiritual practice. Our job? Well that requires a spiritual practice, as well as Xanax. Technically, Roxy handles her job better than we do.
But that’s maybe in part because of all that working on FBI: Most Wanted has taught her. She said, “I’ve learnt so much working on this show. I don’t think I could choose just one thing. The world has changed since I started this show in many ways… the pandemic happened. Our show itself has changed ( cast, etc) and my life too has changed!”
She continued, “Learning compassion has probably been a big one, also ‘LOVE’. I have so much love for the entire cast and crew. They work their butts off every day- schlepping equipment whether it be through an unbearable ‘squall’ or when it’s 100 degrees and humid. They’re so hard working and dedicated and kind and full of love. I too love them all. I can’t answer what I’ve taught them, but I hope I’ve been able to teach something.”
Of course, this is us and we’ve made out stance on procedurals known. We love the mushy side, the story lines, but we’re also terrified of the cardio that would be involved. Which hey, we always mention. But Roxy, she put our cardio hating mind at ease, “There’s actually not that much cardio! Most of my cardio is still done in the gym. I think the hardest thing about procedural dramas for me is keeping up with the stamina of the fast pace story lines that we tell – and starting again on new episodes every 8 days and having to pick up and put each storyline down so quickly.”
We love the FBI’s and hope you tune in tonight to watch the FBI Global Crossover event on CBS.