Amy Aquino on “Bosch,” kissing Rose Rollins and getting de-gayed in “Boys on the Side”

On Amazon’s drama series Bosch, Amy Aquino plays lesbian Lt. Grace Billets, commanding officer of LAPD Homicide. She works closely with the title character, Harry Bosch, to solve crimes of corruption in Los Angeles, as based on the Michael Connelly‘s series of the same name. Last season, we saw her sharing a connection (and a bathroom makeout) with a coworker, who happened to be played by Rose Rollins (The L Word).


No stranger to playing queer characters, Amy’s first lesbian role was opposite Whoopi Goldberg in the 1995 film Boys on the Side. And while most of Season 1 had Grace stuck in the office, Amy says that she finally gets out of the office in Season 2 of Bosch, premiering today on Amazon, which means more of her personal life. 

We chatted with Amy about playing the HBIC on Bosch, and why she loves the vulnerability she gets to show this season. What did you know about your character’s trajectory going into this season?

Amy Aquino: I did not know a lot at all. I mean, they were kind of working it out until the end, and I had a little sense of what was going to maybe happen romantically. But in terms of my involvement with the story, I really wasn’t sure until I started getting the scripts. It was actually kind of great when I started getting scripts at the beginning of the season. I got out of the office! 



AE: Was that exciting for you be able to get out and explore some more personal aspects?

AA: Yes, oh my gosh, yes. Both personally and professionally. Last year we touched on the personal, which was great. We kind of got a little bit of a very broad sense of who this woman was, but this season, you get to see her in action; you get to see her actually actively involved in some of the cases and you get to see her a little bit vulnerable and struggling with the personal issues a little bit more. It’s kind of setting the stage for that down the road. It’s a really nice continuation, growing the seeds that were planted in the first season and actually planting some more for, hopefully, future seasons.


AE: What did you learn about Grace this season that you didn’t know was a part of her before?

AA: The vulnerability was really—the personal vulnerability and her personal confusion and difficulties was a bit of a revelation. I always try to include that. I’ve played a lot of these characters, you know, the tough characters, but I’ve always tried to make sure it was understood they were human as well. This season really gave me a chance to give a window into that, where she is sort of struggling with this change in her life. She was married and had this kid, and now she’s kind of figuring out this new landscape for herself, and the other piece that was really interesting is where she was coming from and what her aspirations are going forward. Her position as the lieutenant of the homicide division is a step along the road typically for someone, and she can and should be looking ahead for her own career, which is something I never really thought about.