‘CSI: Vegas’ Star Jorja Fox Reveals What Sara Really Thinks of Maxine

by Jennifer Shea

On “CSI: Vegas”, it means a lot to Jorja Fox’s character that Maxine Roby (Paula Newsome) backs her and her husband to the hilt. Sara Sidle (Fox) and Gil Grissom (William Petersen) are doing dangerous work. And they’re contending with an internal affairs investigation to boot. So the last thing they need is another threat to the lab’s work.

The couple really appreciates Maxine’s support, particularly her decision to risk her job to let them do an investigation into IAB, Fox said in a recent interview with TV Insider. She said Sara and Maxine have an unspoken understanding that bonds the two characters and helps them to work together seamlessly.

“There was something really beautiful about the relationship out of the gate between Sara and Maxine,” Fox said. “I think they were both women that had been in the trenches for a long time. And even though they hadn’t met, sometimes in your life, you can look somebody in the eye and you’re just like, ‘OK, this person understands. They understand.’ That was there in the beginning, but I also think Sara does not want to jeopardize Maxine’s place in the lab, nor would she ever want to usurp that authority.”

Sara and Maxine’s ‘CSI: Vegas’ Relationship Is ‘Really Fun,’ Fox Says

It’s actually good for Sara that Maxine is the boss, Fox said, because Sara doesn’t want to deal with the administrative tasks. She prefers to be out in the field. Still, her relationship with Maxine represents the first time on “CSI: Vegas” that Sara’s had to deal with someone else’s rules, and that’s an interesting challenge for the character.

“It’s really fun that Maxine is the boss. That’s been really fun to play,” Fox went on. “Because Sara hasn’t really been an administrator. I don’t think Sara ever really wanted to run the lab. She liked being in the field, she liked doing the science.”

“Because of the relationship with Gil Grissom, she got a lot of sort of leeway that she might not have had if somebody else had been the boss,” Fox added of Sara’s work history. “And so it’s really fun that Sara has to work under the confines of somebody else’s rules really for the very first time.”

Shared Pursuit Keeps Sara and Maxine from Clashing Over Rules

Yet it helps that Sara and Maxine are seldom at odds. They have a shared interest in the pursuit of truth, and a shared willingness to risk it all in that pursuit. And that keeps them operating on the same wavelength rather than working at cross-purposes.

“The importance of the truth to Maxine and Sara is more important than anything else, in terms of, oh, well, what do your colleagues think of you or maybe even putting your job at risk,” Fox said. “I think so many of us in the world want to do the right thing and when we think about how much we might have to lose, it becomes a really, really, really difficult decision. But I think for Sara and for Max, it’s kind of like, ‘OK, I’m going to do the right thing, come what may.’ They share that, and that’s really fun to watch and fun to play.”

And in fact, as “CSI: Vegas” proves, and as other shows have also demonstrated, what’s fun for the actors often translates into a good rapport onscreen.