‘Rosewood’ Finale: Morris Chestnut on Dancing With His Co-Star and Going Off His Diet

Morris Chestnut
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Morris Chestnut

Rosewood fans hoping for a little body contact between the show’s titular medical examiner, Beaumont “Rosie” Rosewood (Morris Chestnut), and his cop partner, Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz), won’t be disappointed during the procedural’s first-season finale. The heretofore-platonic pair’s search for an elusive killer among Miami’s social elite requires that they get very touchy-feely… on the dance floor. Wait, what did you think we meant? We asked Chestnut to explain that, and more.

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Who is this slippery murderer Rosie and Villa are chasing?
The killer is part of Miami’s upper echelon and is being protected by them, which makes the whole investigation very difficult. Every time Rosie and Annalise follow up on a lead, someone gives them false information, and so on—making the killer hard to track down.

 Jaina Lee Ortiz and Morris Chestnut

Jaina Lee Ortiz and Morris Chestnut

Jaina Lee Ortiz started her career as a professional salsa dancer, and we’ve already seen Villa’s moves. How’d you keep up?
I had to learn! We learned an entire dance sequence. It was a lot of fun. In my opinion, it’s a very hot, sexy scene and a very hot, sexy moment in the series. Rosewood and Villa are out on the floor with other people, but with the two of them, it’s as if they are the only ones there, they are so engaged with each other.

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Now that you’re done with your first season as the star of a hit show, what have you learned?
That it’s harder than I thought it was going to be.

What was the first thing you did when you finished filming?
Because I’d been on a diet all season, literally, the very next day I had chicken and waffles with syrup. And a piece of cornbread with butter slapped over it.

Rosewood, Season Finale, Wednesday, May 25, Fox.