Erica Tazel

Justified, which ended its six-season run this week, was a show populated by indelible types: swaggering law men and silver-tongued bad guys operating by their own moral code and a fleet of memorable female crime bosses—and crime-bosses-in-training—redefining the cliché of the southern belle. And then there’s Rachel Brooks, played by actress Erica Tazel as a steady, clear-eyed U.S. Marshal. Rachel may not have had quite as many memorable lines as Raylon Givens or Boyd Crowder, but she was in many ways the moral center of show, never bending the rules to suit her own agenda. I got a chance to ask Tazel some questions about being part of an iconic cast, plus all the secrets behind her luminous skin.