NBC police drama starts its 10th season
As “Chicago P.D.” nears a milestone, Tracy Spiridakos is ready to experience more strife as Detective Hailey Upton.
Now married to fellow cop Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer), Upton has to deal with fallout from her role in the fate of an informant who had a very personal connection to squad boss Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) as executive producer Dick Wolf’s filmed-on-location NBC police drama starts its 10th season — which eventually will encompass the show’s 200th episode — Wednesday, Sept. 21.
“We pick up two weeks from where last season ended,” the friendly Spiridakos reports, “and there is definite tension between Voight and Hailey. He won’t look at her, and she feels that he holds her responsible (for the death of the previously mentioned informant). He also gets very fixated on making Anna’s death mean something, making sure that no one tries to take over that territory.”
Spiridakos confirms a residual effect of that scenario on Upton and Halstead’s relationship, with co-star Soffer leaving “Chicago P.D.” soon: “We saw last season where Halstead said to Voight, ‘I want you to come to me and try to find better solutions to situations when they arise.’ And that creates tension between Hailey and Jay, because of what each of them does individually.”
After what she calls a “lovely” hiatus from the show that she partially spent visiting relatives in Greece, Spiridakos is happy to be reunited with “Chicago P.D.” cast and crew members including recently promoted executive producer Gwen Sigan, who has written many Hailey-centric episodes. “Every time you get a script from her, it’s like a mini-movie,” Spiridakos reflects. “I feel really grateful to have gotten these incredible storylines from her.”
Birthdate: Feb. 20, 1988
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Current residences: Chicago and Los Angeles
Marital status: Single
Other television credits include: “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “FBI,” “MacGyver,” “Recon,” “The History of Us,” “Bates Motel,” “Revolution,” “Episodes,” “Rags,” “Being Human,” “Mortal Kombat: Legacy,” “Soldiers of the Apocalypse,” “Majority Rules!,” “Tower Prep,” “Hellcats,” “Psych,” “The Boy She Met Online,” “Goblins,” “Web of Desire,” “The L Word,” “Every Second Counts,” “Aliens in America,” “Bionic Woman,” “Supernatural,” “The Secret Lives of Second Wives”
Movie credits include: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
On the frequent intensity Hailey displays on “Chicago P.D.”: “I did not know that it was going to go in that direction, but once I let myself be vulnerable and then continue to, we just kept going that way with certain things.”