“Bones” star Emily Deschanel will have a box of tissues at the ready when her hit series ends its 12 year run next Tuesday.

“There will be tears shed. It’s the ending of an era in our lives. I’m gonna cry after, when it hits me that it’s over,” she tells ENTITY’s Sandro Monetti.

The series finale of the crime show airs next Tuesday, Mar. 28, on Fox, and Emily is understandably emotional having played forensic pathologist Temperance “Bones” Brennan for so long.

“I got to work with so many awesome people. I’ll miss them and I’ll miss Brennan too.  When we saw Brennan at  first she was very closed off but she’s grown since and I’ve loved seeing that. She has rubbed off on me. I’m a stickler for facts like her.”

Talking of facts, “Bones” has filmed a total of 246 episodes making it the 23rd longest running show in US TV history, one ahead of “Baywatch,” as well as Fox’s longest lasting drama.

Less than two percent of all TV shows make it past 200 episodes and Emily, 40,  admits being surprised her series has endured this long. “When it started out, I remember thinking it could go for three years. That’s the longest period I could think of it going. Thank you to the fans for being so loyal.”

She is not giving anything away about how it finishes on Tuesday. The cliffhanger ending of the penultimate episode saw explosions going off at the Jeffersonian Institute,  where Brennan and her colleagues work, while she and her friends were trapped inside. “Hopefully it doesn’t end in death. I leave it to the writers,” is all she will say about the upcoming finale.

Emily, who is the elder sister of “New Girl” star Zooey Deschanel, has instant recall of when she first auditioned for “Bones” early in 2005. She knew the series has its origins in both reality and fiction having been loosely based on the life and writings of forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs, and the character she was reading for,  Temperance Brennan, had been named after the protagonist of Kathy’s novels.

She also knew she would be auditioning with David Boreanaz, who had already been cast as Brennan’s partner in crime fighting, FBI agent Seeley Booth, having previously starred in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.”

She was less experienced than him with a handful of film credits behind her but had instant chemistry with Boreanaz at audition. Emily recalled, “I was intimidated. He was well known.  I knew him as the ‘Buffy’ and ‘Angel’ guy. I’d just done some independent films.  But it just worked.”

Emily impressed at the audition by showing her character would not be intimidated. In the key audition scene, David Boreanaz stepped closer to her and she held her ground – in contrast to the other auditioning actresses who had stepped back at that moment. That’s when producers knew she could play the fearless character.

Boreanaz gave her the good news himself. “David called me after the audition and said we were going to be working together. The iPhone didn’t even exist back then, he must have called on a Motorola.”

A lot has happened since then, including her marriage to “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” actor and writer David Hornsby and the birth of their two sons, but throughout the long run of the show her relationship with her co-star Boreanaz, 47, also married and a parent of two himself, has remained a big positive.

“We have a great working relationship and a great friendship. I’m going to miss working with David. When the final episode airs, he may cry more than me.”

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