Elisabeth Röhm, who played A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn for 3 and a half seasons, stated she felt her selfless, sometimes a little naïve (however still sharp) character showed her own worths. “In my heart there’s this belief that people are good, not that people who do bad things aren’t bad, but that the spirit of human beings in general—that there’s hope for us,” the starlet informed the Long Island Weekly in May. “I think that Serena had that idealism and I do too.”
The idealism, a minimum of, might have been her undoing, Branch disagreeing with Southerlyn’s technique to a case and shooting her. To which her unforgettable reply, out of no place, was “Is this because I’m a lesbian?” The response was no, however it was a head-scratcher due to the fact that Serena’s individual life had actually never ever turned up. (It ranked 25th on TELEVISION Land’s Top 100 Most Unexpected Moments in TELEVISION History.)
Let’s simply state, Röhm’s time on set (“my colleagues were Jerry Orbach and Sam Waterston, I mean, those are real actors”) sounds more pleasurable than Southerlyn’s time in the DA’s Office.
“On my last day of work, Sam Waterston wrote a speech,” remembered Röhm, whose current work consists of Jane the Virgin and Bombshell. “He stated, I entered into Law & Order with a ‘blow torch of joy,’ and I have a child-like interest for life. I like to have a good time. I like to deal with individuals kindly. I wish to make an effect. I wish to make a distinction.”
She continued, “And I think that I do have that child-like enthusiasm and idealism, and belief in humanity. I’m never surprised when people are kind because I know inside of us is all this hope and desire to evolve and to be happy. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t criminal minds, degradation, despair, poverty and violence.”