Marina Squerciati has become a staple of one of the most successful franchises on television as it approaches its tenth season on NBC Chicago PD Her character has been more than once in the last decade, and only in the last few years has she seen her recover from a profound loss, welcome a girl, and build an unconventional family unit (with some ups and downs). while remaining in the intelligence unit. Apparently, however, Squerciati could never have made it to One Chicago if a certain health crisis held her back from her life-changing audition.
The actress’s time in the Chicago area actually began much earlier than when she won the part of Kim Burgess Chicago PDwhile attending Northwestern University for Theater, but it wasn’t all fun and games, as he shared with her Will and graceSean Hayes and Dr. Priyanka Wali in an episode of theirs Hypochondria actor podcast (opens in a new tab). When she was a student at Northwestern, she got so incredibly ill with such a high fever that she had to go to the hospital and her mother was even called.
It turned out he had pneumonia in both lungs … but that was just the beginning of a chain of events that could have changed the course of his entire career. Although she had been diagnosed with pneumonia, doctors thought she may have had meningitis since she was a college student. Doctors wanted to rule out meningitis and the process didn’t go as smoothly as it could have been with Dr. Will Halstead in action on Chicago Med. She explained:
It was a kind gesture from Marina Squerciati not to want the intern to get into trouble for trying several times to do the backbone, but it is possible that he does things differently a second time, knowing what he learned after her the first. experience went from bad to worse. She continued:
Apparently, you shouldn’t tempt fate in a hospital by joking about what could go wrong when an intern is carrying a “ram” to your spine! Marina Squerciati managed to avoid the headache of pneumonia, only to be hit so hard when she tried to sit up that she passed out from the pain. “Famous last words” indeed!
Now, suffering so much from simply trying to sit up would have been bad enough under any circumstances, but evidently the timing couldn’t have been worse for the then Northwestern student. His next problem was what podcast co-host Sean Hayes could relate to. She explained:
Talk about a twist in real life, with his mother receiving a hospital tray as a solution to the problem! Unfortunately for Squerciati, the all-important audition timing that could have given her an edge in the competitive world of acting meant that she would have to somehow make it through while she was in serious pain, or just ignore it altogether. And somehow, a hospital tray was the solution. She explained:
Marina Squerciati had the co-hosts in points as she told her story, so she clearly found the humor all these years later, but making her way to such an important audition with her head on a tray held by her mother was not. exactly ideal. With only four seats available as a drama student and the actress unable to walk normally, the odds weren’t in her favor. So how did she keep together long enough to try? She shared:
Forget a trip to New York – I’d say Marina Squerciati deserves a medal for remembering a monologue while in that state, let alone being able to deliver it! But how well did a job do, in light of all the pain in her spine and her mother waiting for her with a tray? Well, her long list of TV credits dating back to 2009 should be enough answer, but she ended her story like this:
I would think one of the hardest things about being an actor would be getting through so much pain to chase your dream, so kudos to Marina Squerciati not only for auditioning, but evidently nailing her so well that she eventually appeared. in shows like The good wife, Blue bloodAnd Gossip Girl before landing the role of Kim Burgess which brought her to NBC full-time in 2014.
Now with season 10 of Chicago PD a few weeks after the premiere and a long list of guest appearances Chicago fire, Chicago Medand even short-lived Chicago Justice, Squerciati appeared in over 200 episodes of One Chicago action. He was also one of the PD stars that appeared in the 2015 crossover with Law and order: SVU. Doing that audition at Northwestern definitely paid off!
Watch Marina Squerciati return to action when Chicago PD returns for its tenth season on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10 p.m. ET on the 2022 premiere TV schedule. The show is going through some big changes early on, as Jesse Lee Soffer is leaving after nine full seasons as Detective Jay Halstead . If you want to revisit season 9 before the new episodes begin airing, you can stream it with a Peacock subscription. You can also learn more about his experience with the full Hypochondria actor (opens in a new tab) episode.