Picks and Pans Review: Rizzoli & Isles' Sasha Alexander: Mrs. Cellophane

updated 09/06/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/06/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The star of TNT's hit new crime drama, 37, announced she's expecting a second child with director Edoardo Ponti (whose mom is Sophia Loren).

DID TNT REWARD YOU FOR BEING SUCH A BIG HIT?

I had a joke with Michael Wright, TNT's head of programming: If the show premiered at a certain number, I said, "I want a gift basket-with cellophane!" Sure enough, Angie [Harmon] and I got cellophane gift baskets.

DOES DAUGHTER LUCIA, 4, VISIT THE SET?

She sticks to my trailer and craft services. But she was getting itchy to see Grandma, so she's in Geneva.

GRANDMA, OF COURSE, IS SOPHIA LOREN.

The most extraordinary thing about her is that she is such a normal person. My daughter loves The Princess and the Frog, and she rehearsed one of the scenes with her. It was a whole big presentation-really cool.

DOES SOPHIA LOVE BEING A GRANDMOTHER?

It's a growing family, and it's fun for her to have little kids around.

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