Milena Govich is still adjusting to laying down the "Law," but she feels she's better at it.
After she co-starred last season on "Conviction," executive producer Dick Wolf moved the actress to his flagship show "Law & Order" for its current season Fridays on NBC.
Govich plays Nina Cassady, the first female homicide detective the New York-based series has had as a regular character; partner Ed Green and boss Anita Van Buren (Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson) also are grappling with the change.
"We've been shooting since mid-July," Govich says, "so I feel like I've gotten a good rhythm. As with any television job, you get bits of information about your character as you go, so you're developing it continually. I'm finding out exciting things about her, and I've gotten great, great support from my fellow castmates and the producers. They've really allowed me the time to flesh this out and figure out where I want to go."
Govich relates to Cassady's feeling of being new on her beat, "because it's mirroring what I'm going through in my own life, stepping into a show that's been running for 17 years, trying to hold my own and trying to look like I fit in."
And Govich isn't alone: Alana De La Garza also is new to the show as Connie Rubirosa, the latest assistant to prosecutor Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston).
"The only time we see each other on the set," Govich reports, "is if we're shooting two episodes at the same time. Even then, I'm usually shooting one episode and she's shooting the other, but I really enjoy the dynamic between us whenever we have scenes together. I think they're going to start doing that a little more for us."
Birth date: Oct. 29, 1976
Birthplace: Norman, OK
Marital status: Married
Other television credits: "Conviction," "Rescue Me," "Love Monkey"
Movie credits: "Bad Behavior," "In Love," "East Side Story"
Stage credits: "Cabaret," "The Boys From Syracuse"
On being cast again by "Law & Order" mentor Dick Wolf: "It happened completely after 'Conviction' was over. I adored my castmates, and we were having a great time developing it. We all wanted it to keep going so badly; all the focus and effort was on keeping that show alive and good. It wasn't until [the cancellation] was official that there were any rumblings of my moving to another show."