By Lorna Soonhee Umphrey | March 23, 2016 | People
Marina Squerciati often takes on the good-cop role as Officer Kim Burgess on NBC’s Chicago P.D., but don’t be mistaken—her character is very driven and strong-willed despite having broken off a recent engagement. Now with the show in its third season, the newly-single Officer Burgess could soon face a situation that builds an even stronger bond between her and her on-screen partner, Officer Sean Roman (Brian Geraghty), as revealed on Wednesday’s (March 23, 10/9c) episode.
Your character, Officer Kim Burgess, seems to get a bit stronger, especially after she calls off her engagement. Could there be a possible romance budding between her and her partner, Officer Sean Roman?
MARINA SQUERCIATI: When you’re partnered with someone of the opposite sex, whether you like it or not, this person is putting their life on the line for you and they’re willing to take a bullet for you. You’re in the car with them all day. I’m not saying that that’s going to happen to Roman and I but it’s very real, very sexy, and very interesting to know someone would die for you and die for this city—which is really important to my character. At the end of the episode on Wednesday (March 23), I think everyone will have to make a decision about how they feel about Burgess and Roman. It’s kind of just a small thing that Roman does and I wonder how people will feel about it.
It’s a pretty physical role. How do you keep in shape?
MS: I do Flywheel, which I love, and I go to this place called Performance Training System in the West Loop. They train football players. I get to do pull-ups and lift really crazy weights. I feel like that gives me the body that I need to not be a lazy actress; [it] gives me the body I need so I can run after perps and do these things that look realistic. I’m not saying that I’m a cop but I’m trying to do my best to emulate one.
Your role has taken you onto two other crossover shows. Let’s be honest—which cast has the most fun on set?
MS: Oh, that’s tough. Everyone has their own sort of fun. Chicago Med is pretty goofy and silly. There’s kind of an amazing boys club on Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. is kind of like the partiers. I feel like I’m categorizing them like I’m in high school.
Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess, Brian Geraghty as Sean Roman on Chicago P.D.
There are so many hot guys on all the shows. How do you cope on a daily basis?
MS: It’s very difficult. There are a lot of very good-looking men [on the show]. And here’s the real problem—they’re also really kind and generous and that makes it worse. It’s terrible, it’s the worst thing.
What do you love most about living in Chicago?
MS: I love the accessibility of the people here—how much they support us and support the show. It’s really a kind and lovely thing. I will say another great thing about Chicago is the steak. They do steak really well.
What would be one of your fave spots to grab drinks or dinner?
MS: I really love RPM Steak. They have a dish there called The Duke that I know is a bit of a splurge. But when you do splurge, it is pretty freaking amazing. There’s a little hideaway called Ada Street that I really love. It’s kind of tucked away—you kind of think that you’re in the wrong place, and if you think you’re in the wrong place, you’re definitely in the right place. For drinks, I really love The Aviary.
And what’s next for you?
MS: I wrote and acted in a web series called Special Skills. Dave Pasquesi directed it. Amy Morton, Christian Stolte, Monica Raymund, Patrick Flueger, LaRoyce Hawkins, Kara Killmer—they all have these cameos [on the show]. It’s about people screwing up auditions. It’s pretty amazing! I’ll be launching that next month.
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