Mimi Rogers, 66, who played sharky lawyer Honey Chandler on Amazon’s Bosch (2014-21), revives and expands the role in the new spin-off series, Bosch: Legacy, on Amazon’s Freevee, a free service with short ads interrupting its shows. How does she feel about her Honey Chandler role? “A wonderful miracle,” Rogers says. Read on to find out what she tells AARP about the role, the secrets of her low-maintenance beauty routine, and why she always has to stop and smell the roses.
The path to her role as Honey Chandler was full of lucky breaks …
It’s a funny story. I auditioned. I thought I did just a bang-up job and heard absolutely nothing. They shot the pilot, and Amazon let their Prime members vote on which of three pilots they shot should go to series. And it was Bosch. I guess there was a feeling that whoever they had cast in that role wasn’t quite working, so we reshot those scenes. So in a completely unique experience in my career, I got offered the part 13 months after my audition.
… and her acting (plus chemistry with her costar) cemented the deal
I don’t know that Honey was necessarily supposed to run through the entire series, but the chemistry was great. People loved the relationship between Honey and Bosch [Titus Welliver’s detective character]. Titus was very keen on the idea of, “So what are we going to have for Mimi next season?” I got to do the entire seven seasons.
The thrill and challenge of bringing a character back
I was enormously excited about taking on Honey, coming off of how we ended the last season [an assassin shot Honey in her own home]. Clearly the shock and the near-death experience jolted her priorities in a big way. The bigger challenge is to realistically portray the very difficult kind of recovery journey coming back from that.
The shocking personal inspiration Rogers drew on
My husband and I were held up in our garage at gunpoint a long time ago. It was all very quick, and no one was hurt. It was just, like, “Here, take everything. Go.” I know a lot of people react to an experience like that by collapsing into fear — fear of leaving your house, fear of everything around you. My reaction was not that at all. My first reaction was a very deep-seated, primal, murderous rage. I thought that would be a very interesting element to bring into her — how she reacted and her journey to recovery. I got to pull from a lot of that.
Why Honey Chandler is such a great role
I’ve been overall pretty fortunate. Honey is a fully formed character. She’s not a mother or a grandmother or a sister. A lot of times, as actresses get older, you get looked at to be the mother or the aunt. With Chandler, it’s just Chandler. She is not defined by any of her familial or other relationships. She is a very strong, very complicated kick-ass character. Honestly, one of the best experiences of my career.
How streaming is helping women actors
Streaming has been tremendous for actors in general. For female actors of a certain age, it just has been a renaissance. It really has expanded everyone’s idea of what can be viable and what can be interesting. And that even women of a certain age are interesting and entertaining and fascinating, and you can base shows around them. And it absolutely works.
Mimi Rogers’ pandemic binge TV hits
Like everybody, we stuck close to home. I’ve always done a lot of cooking, so I went into a sort of massive overdrive cooking. Our evening routine: Have dinner, then binge The Last Kingdom, which was great. We binged and sort of wished we could live in The Great British Baking Show. And Ozark and Fargo — and, of course, Bosch. I tried not to watch it all in one day.
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Is it time for a Northwoman film?
The one thing I haven’t done that I’d like to do is a true period piece: 18th century, 17th century. The closest I got is 1940. I want to do a thing with corsets and gowns, or to be a Viking warrioress.
Her secret obsession, revealed
I’m kind of obsessed with flowers. I love buying and arranging my own flowers. If I weren’t an actor, I could be totally happy to have a flower shop. I love to see everything when it’s in bloom, in places like Descanso Gardens. Flowers sort of make me hum. If I’m having family over for Easter or Thanksgiving or Christmas or even just dinner, I love to go to Trader Joe’s and buy a cart full of flowers. I have tons of vases and I’ll spend a couple hours putting together flower arrangements. That makes me really happy. I like walking through a park with all the cherry blossoms in bloom. I don’t take drugs and never have taken drugs. Flowers get me high.
Gayle Jo Carter, the former entertainment editor at USA WEEKEND magazine, has interviewed newsmakers for AARP, USA WEEKEND, USA Today, Parade, Aspire and Washington Jewish Week.