NBC is proud as a peacock about its hit “Chicago Fire.” It is one of the only shows that survived from last season and remains a fan favorite. Here in the Windy City, people can’t stop talking about the boys at 51. Dick Wolf has decided to capitalize on this love affair with our fair city by making a spin off. “Chicago PD” picks off where “Chicago Fire” left off with a couple characters that were introduced on the show. (But more about that later) The other day , I got the privilege to chat with a really nice girl from NW who made it big. Marina Squerciati has taken her Wildcat training and allowed it to bring her back to her Chicago as Kim Burgess, flight attendant turned cop.
Marina is so excited to be back in Chicago. She is especially honored to be working with Dick Wolf and the great cast of Chicago PD. Marina says that they have been doing a lot of bonding with the “boys” at 51 aka the cast and crew of “Chicago Fire” “We have taken a lot of our cues from them. We are the new kids on the block.” she smiled. Needless to say, both casts have been bonding and showing up in some of Chicago’s best eateries. Even though, Marina has worked with Wolf as a guest star on his other series, she considers herself very lucky to be part of this cast. “Everyday feels like Christmas . Dick is so smart and has so much vision. We are so proud of what we are doing.”
When she was asked about her character on the show, Marina showed her theatre training by comparing her character to Nina in Chekhov’s “The Seagull” “Nina is a caged bird , not unlike Kim as a former flight attendant who has traded all that for a uniform.” She also compared the show to classical Chekhov as well. “It is something so real and magical, yet in this day and age, every play is a family story. We make it relatable .” Her theatre background is a strong force in her life and wants to attend as much of our flourishing theatre scene as possible. Trading theatre stories, I asked if she had any memorable Wildcat stories. “Well as cold as it is, at Northwestern, you get to know people’s eyes because they are always all bundled up.” she laughed. On that particular night , she was looking forward to attending a play at Steppenwolf with her former acting teacher. Another cast member, LeRoyce Hawkins also got his training on the Goodman stage.
Well whether she is dining at Sunda or attending a play here in town, Marina is looking forward to a long hitch as a member of the “Chicago PD” . With Captain Dick Wolf at the helm, that’s a strong possibility.