Catching Up With…Amy Carlson (ex-Josie, ANOTHER WORLD, 1993-98)
Soap Opera Digest|January 11, 2021
American television actress, known for her roles as Linda Reagan in the CBS police procedural Blue Bloods

Soap Opera Digest: You recently made your debut on FBI: MOST WANTED. How did that come about?

Amy Carlson: They offered it to me [laughs]. I read for another part on there, and then they called me and said, “We want to offer you this other part,” and I said, “Um, what’s the part?” And they said, “It’s Jackie Ward, she’s a bounty hunter, she prays at the altar of Dolly Parton, she’s foul-mouthed and lives in her car.” I was like, “Oh, my God, am I dreaming?” Like, “Who really knows me? Someone knows me! Someone was spying on me?” I was like, “That is me, finally! Yay!” And I watched the show, because as one does, when you’re flipping the channels and you see your old soap friends, you stop and you go, “Oh, what are they doing?” So it happened that one night I was flipping channels and I saw Julian’s [McMahon, ex-Ian] face and I was like, “Oh, what’s Julian doing?” And then I started watching the show and I thought it was really compelling.

Digest: When was the last time you had seen Julian? Had you even been in touch?

Carlson: We had not been in touch. We were in touch during the short time I was living in L.A. ANOTHER WORLD was both of our first contract jobs, our first big jobs, and so we had a bond over that. He had this crazy, amazing house in L.A. and when I was living in L.A. in, like, a little shack, he was so nice and he invited us up to swim a couple times — I can’t believe we got invited back because I would show up to swim at his house on a hot L.A. summer day and I would bring, like, 10 girlfriends and kind of just take over the house! But he was really nice about it. So, it had been a while! But I had followed his work since then and he’s always a great actor and he’s just a prince of a person.

Digest: What was it like to see each other again?

Carlson: Well, he’s so busy; this is his show, he’s number one on the call sheet, he’s in every scene. So, I got to set and he was like, “No f***ing way!” And I was like, “Yep, it’s me!” He said, “They said to me that Amy Carlson was going to play this part and I was like, ‘I know an Amy Carlson!’ ” But he didn’t realize [it was me] and then he saw me and he was like, “This is a homecoming reunion!” I was like, “It is!” But we couldn’t hug or anything because it’s very strict [due to Covid], so we were just jumping up and down in our separate spaces, just thrilled to see each other again.

Digest: When you look back on your ANOTHER WORLD experience, what stands out to you?

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