When Roselyn Sanchez reflects on her
character, FBI agent Elena Delgado on CBS’ Tuesday series Without a Trace, she focuses on her being a single mom, a Puerto Rican from the Bronx.
For the Puerto Rican-born and -bred beauty
pageant winner, it’s a good fit. What may be questionable, though, is whether
any cop would run in the fabulous stilettos she wears.
“One of the first episodes she did for us,
she played an exotic dancer,” says Luke Reichle, the show’s costumer. “We had
these really superhigh platform high heels, and the director was very concerned
she would injure herself. She is a dancer. She can climb a pole with her
thighs. She is not going to fall off her shoes.”
Sanchez always wears heels, on and off
camera, she says.
“Latino women, when we go out, we dress
up,” Sanchez says.
The mainstays of Elena’s shoe collection
“Elena’s look is very, very classy and very
comfortable,” Sanchez says. “She knows exactly who she is and what will look
good. It’s unbelievable the amount of money spent on the show and how beautiful
the clothes are. I don’t know lot of FBI agents. I wonder if it looks like a Pantene
commercial — the hair is fabulous, the clothes are fabulous.”
Though some actors are content to have the
costumer pick everything, Reichle and Sanchez both say they work
The show’s look “is driven by the fact that
we are a Jerry Bruckheimer show,” Reichle says. “From Jerry Bruckheimer’s first
project, he was very involved in the look of things. There’s a very high level
of visual impact. It’s almost stark. The look tends to get a little more
“We definitely take that silhouette,
business professional, very utilitarian,” Reichle continues. “They make a
decent amount of money in the FBI. And the FBI agents I have met have been
pretty stylish. The shades are simple, things worn open instead of closed.”
For Elena’s suits, he shops at Los
Reichle finds jackets and trousers at
and jackets, not cheap.”
Like most FBI agents, Elena doesn’t carry a
Ro. Reichle picks up accessories for her at a funky boutique in Silver Lake
called Uncle Jer’s.
As her character’s look has refined — more
subtle makeup, better clothes — one aspect that Sanchez won’t change is her
“I don’t know how to get rid of it,” she