James White
Natalie Abrams
September 24, 2014 AT 06:45 PM EDT

Sasha Alexander has landed a major multi-episode guest-starring role on Shameless’ upcoming fifth season, EW has learned.

The Rizzoli & Isles star will play Helene, one of Lip’s college professors. Confident and erudite, Helene has a wild side—which is new territory for Alexander in comparison to her role on Rizzoli. The actress will begin filming her guest stint next week.

Shameless is expected to return early next year.

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