‘CSI: Vegas’ Star Jorja Fox Hoped She Didn’t Get Show Audition: Here’s Why

by Samantha Whidden

Although she went on to star in CSI from 2000 to 2015 and now CSI: Vegas, Jorja Fox reportedly wanted to bomb her audition for the original hit series. And here’s why. 

During a recent interview with Collider, the CSI star admitted that while she was driving to the show’s screen test, she was in her car hoping she didn’t get the audition. She was previously on The West Wing and wanted to stick with that series. “And I had heard about the show CSI,” she called. “I had a couple of friends say, “Hey, have you read this pilot?’ And I said, ‘No, no, no. I got this great job. I’m not looking for a job.’”

But then her manager called her and said she should check out the show since they’re adding a character. “And I was like, ‘No, no. I’m really not interested. I really love West Wing. And I’m going back.’”

It was when another person contacted her about the show that she decided to go to the audition. “I read it. And then once I read it, I was like, ‘Wow, shoot. Wow, I’ve got to, maybe, at least go try and go meet everybody, because this is a really amazing character in this very cool show.’ And I really didn’t expect to get the job.”

Jorja Fox Opens Up About Her Time on ‘CSI’

While continuing to chat with Collider, Jorja Fox spoke about her on CSI and how she would have some anxiety about the science in a scene. “Well the thing about CSI is, most of the scenes are so short. So short you might get a bunch of science in a scene. And I would get anxiety about that for a day or so.”

However, Fox stated that most of the scenes are half a page or just a page Which was actually helpful for her. She then discusses the differences between CSI and CSI: Vegas. “I’m a bit older, and I had the great fortune of playing a character that I know very well, the second time around. Getting into Sara Sidler is as easy as putting on a certain jacket. Or a certain belt.”

Fox also admitted that she didn’t know that she would have the experience she had as an actor. “Getting to know a character so long and so well that it’s just really to sort of go in and out of that.”

In regards to her favorite CSI parodies, Fox added that she loves when late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert makes fun of the series. “He’ll use it from time to time in his comedic routines. And it’s just really an honor when I see that that happens.”