For Emily Procter, Calleigh Duquesne’s relationship with Eric Delko (Adam Rodriguez) is a far cry from the character’s usual romantic disasters. (Minor potential spoilers after the jump.)
Before getting together with Eric, Calleigh didn’t have much luck in love. “Calleigh has poor taste in men,” Procter told Zap2It. “She’s the child of an alcoholic. She has an alcoholic father. She picks terrible people for herself.” She added, “One’s dead; one got married. Jake [Berkely (Johnny Whitworth)] disappeared, but I think he’s coming back. Then there was the guy that I rode out into the sunset with, that we never saw again. He rode off into Cougar Town. That’s true, he did.”
Calleigh isn’t the only one whose relationships usually end in ruin—leading man Horatio Caine (David Caruso) has had some romantic woes of his own. “If I were a Floridian, I would not date either Horatio or Calleigh. It would not be a smooth move,” Procter said.
Putting Horatio and Calleigh together wouldn’t be a smooth move either, she explained. “The only reason I could guess that they didn’t put the two of them together would be that he’s a really mystical character,” she said. “If you had him in a personal relationship, inevitably he’d have to expose some of himself, and I just don’t think that, as a character, it works.” Or, she added, “maybe it’s because it was important that he always have really beautiful girlfriends that got killed.”
The romantic development between Calleigh and Eric was not a surprise for the actress. “We both watch TV,” she said. “There’s wish fulfillment in entertainment. Let’s face it, we, the humans, watch other humans being human for entertainment. It’s a big, fat zoo. Why wouldn’t you want to see love in there? I mean, it’s the most powerful thing of all.”
“I think it would be fun if it turned into a Mr and Mrs Smith thing,” the actress continued, referring to the possibility of her character marrying Eric somewhere down the line. “It’d be nice to see them at home, with children, trying to balance having a job like this.” She added, “I always think that when you can take the reality of a situation and add the fantasy to it, it’s good.”