‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’: Tamara Taylor Reveals if Angela Is Worried About Losing Allies

by Allison Hambrick

“Law & Order: Organized Crime” actress Tamara Taylor revealed whether or not her character Angela is concerned about her choice in allies.

“You know, I would be,” Taylor told TVLine. “I think I would be as a human, but Angela has probably weighed and measured who’s scarier. You know, who stands a chance of killing you again. Or at least attempting to kill you again.”

In the most recent episode of Organized Crime, Taylor’s character Angela Wheatley is revealed to be in cahoots with her ex-husband, Richard. This comes as a shock to the audience, seeing as their relationship is complicated, to say the least. Additionally, Angela was considered the key witness in Richard’s trial for the murder of Kathy Stabler, wife of series protagonist Elliot Stabler.

“So, it’s funky, because on the stand, knowing what we know at the end of the Organized Crime episode, you’re like, ‘Why? Why was she like this on the stand?'” the actress continued. “She could’ve put Richard away, and it wouldn’t have been a problem. Like, come on! But I think she is sufficiently afraid of him.”

Taylor Wants ‘Law & Order’ Villain to Be Sympathetic

While her actions are hard to excuse, Taylor hopes that viewers will be able to see where her character is coming from. She is a mother, a former wife, and a victim. Self-preservation is the name of the game for her.

“That’s my hope, is that people are like, “Damn, she really gave it all up. She’s in rough shape and may not ever recover, all to take down this man, her ex,’” said Taylor. “But the funny thing is, what I sort of unpacked about Angela — and what the writers have been talking about, and [showrunner] Ilene [Chaiken], who I just love — is that… after the trial, after the verdict, what happens generally to people that have been protected is that they’re just left high and dry.” 

As for her choice in allies, Taylor hinted that there might be more to Angela than it would seem. While she didn’t outright say it, the actress implied that Angela might be playing Richard.

“So, Angela’s left with nothing, no protection against the man that tried to kill her twice,” the actress continued. “So, what does one do? Appear to be a non-threat, perhaps appear to ally with him? Whatever you need to do to stay alive, and to keep your kid alive… There’s definitely a razor’s edge, man. She’s walking it.”

In addition, Taylor found her Law & Order role more “interesting” than past “villainess” roles.  She liked that Angela is “maybe not entirely the villain, but maybe she is.”

Audiences will know how Angela’s choices pan out when Law & Order: Organized Crime returns from its midseason break on Jan. 6 on NBC.