Colin Egglesfield (ex Josh, ‘All My Children,’ ex Auggie, ‘Melrose Place’) was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Growing up, Egglesfield lived in several Michigan suburbs including Warren, Southfield, and Rochester. Although he left our state at 10 years old and moved to Chicago, Egglesfield still has some Michigan ties. The actor has family in various suburbs of Detroit including Canton and Birmingham.
This year, Egglesfield appeared in the romantic comedy ‘Something Borrowed’ opposite Kate Hudson. The film is based on the popular Emily Giffin book of the same name
Egglesfield spent a few moments with me via telephone recently to discuss his pre and post daytime career as well as his Michigan background.
Examiner: You’re father is a doctor – is it true that you that medicine was your original career plan? It’s kind of interesting that you played a doctor on ‘AMC.’
Egglesfield: Yes. It’s been pretty interesting…. Growing up I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do – I wanted to be an astronaut, I wanted to be a football player, I wanted to go into the army, I wanted to be a doctor. It just kind of felt like … having been really interested in biology … I just decided that was what I wanted. After I graduated I wasn’t sure I wanted (at 22 years old) to spend the rest of my life doing one thing.
Examiner: How did you get involved in modeling?
Egglesfield: I heard about this talent search … on the radio so I went to it and got hooked up with a modeling agency…. A few months later I was in Milan, Italy walking down the runways in Armani fashion shows.
Examiner: Talk about working on the episode of ‘Gilmore Girls.’
Egglesfield: It was great. I was impressed and the amount of dialogue that they go through in an episode was mind boggling. They were so great at witty banter.
Examiner: How was it working on the new version of ‘Melrose Place?’
Egglesfield: It was a great experience. We had a lot of fun. It’s a shame because it felt like we had a great and talented cast and it sometimes takes a while for a show to find its voice ….
Examiner: Can you talk a little bit of ‘Something Borrowed.’ What was it like working with the book’s author Emily Giffin? Were you familiar with her work and did you read the book?
Egglesfield: I wasn’t familiar with Emily Giffin at all when I went in for the audition…. Once I started the audition process – I auditioned for that role four times – after the third time going in, it came down to me and another actor. I went to Barnes & Noble and sat down and started reading the book just to get a better idea of who ‘Dex’ was. She’s (Giffin) hilarious – she’s lots of fun….
Examiner: So at the moment you’re recurring on TNT’s ‘Rizzoli & Isles?’ Talk a little bit about the show and your character.
Egglesfield: I have three episodes. I play Tommy Rizzoli and he’s Angie’s (Harmon) brother…. Tommy is just out of prison…. He kind of always ends up finding himself in trouble one way or the other. He’s a lovable guy but he’s also kind of mischievous…. It’s not a matter of whether Tommy will get into trouble; it’s a matter of when…. Everyone on the show has been incredibly cool and welcoming – it feels like a big, giant family…. From day one both Sasha (Alexander, ‘Dr. Isles’) and Angie (‘Detective Rizzoli’) were incredibly welcoming…. It just feels like we all have the same sense of humor and we just get along really well so it’s been a lot of fun…. The door’s been left open for my character. I start to get involved with Dr. Isles…. They start to have a little bit of sexual chemistry…. We kind of don’t know where it will go…. There’s definitely some good stuff between us…. It’s a great character to play.
Watch for Egglesfield to air on ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Monday September 5 at 10pm on TNT – Comcast Channel 33 in Detroit.
‘Something Borrowed’ is available on DVD at Detroit Barnes & Noble stores. Click here to find a store near you.
For more on Colin Egglesfield, visit his official website.