The following article/interview, which was conducted at the 2010 Roma Fiction Festival, was originally published in Italian. I have translated it from Italian to English to the best of my ability but apologize in advance for any mistakes as my translation skills are limited. If anyone can provide a more accurate translation from the source article at, I would greatly appreciate it.

Marg Helgenberger, seduced by Clooney and admired by Tarantino

By Angela Cinicolo

July 8, 2010

The sexy crime-solving lady from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation travels from Los Angeles to Rome to meet the press, confirm her presence in the eleventh season of the CBS series and to discuss highlights from her career involving the actor George Clooney and director Quentin Tarantino.

Following the arrival of Stana Katic at the Roma Fiction Fest, we see another long-awaited woman who works in crime: Marg Helgenberger, a female face that television viewers should recognize after 10 seasons! The actress has revealed to us the rumors about whether or not she will be returning to CSI for Season 11 can be put to rest: agent Catherine Willows will be around for at least another year. Ms. Helgenberger, whose character is the protagonist of the series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, one of the most successful television shows in recent years with a ten year longevity and two spin-offs, is of German origin. In her small screen role as the hardworking forensic scientist, she has in the past earned two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nominations, and she has carved out an increasing spaces in the series, gradually taking the place of the actor William Petersen (currently involved in the production of the show) and in the hearts of loyal viewers. Kind and cheerful, she told us her contribution to the series and in particular the construction of her character which is a collaborative effort with the writers. We could not tear rumors about the new season, which we anticipated. There will be several well known special guest stars who are loved by the general public. We then retraced the actress’ career going back to her first experience in show business as a weather announce, a memory that she remembered fondly.

The CSI star then talked about her onscreen relationship with George Clooney on the set of ER, which she participated in during the second season in the role of Karen Hines, one of Dr. Ross’ many girlfriends. She also recalled her experience working with some famous film directors who directed several memorable episodes of CSI, including Quentin Tarantino (who directed the final episode of Season Five, Grave Danger). Tarantino, who was the director of Inglorious Basterds, repeatedly expressed that he was a passionate fan of the series, and there was a strong and mutual respect when he directed the episode. Finally, we learned that waiting for her in the future, there is a project born of a film script that has been designed especially for her.

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