Demetria McKinney recalls her Chicago Med guest appearance

MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM - Freeform's "Motherland: Fort Salem" stars Demetria McKinney as Anacostia. (Freeform/Frank Ockenfels)
MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM - Freeform's "Motherland: Fort Salem" stars Demetria McKinney as Anacostia. (Freeform/Frank Ockenfels) /

Demetria McKinney is kicking butt in Motherland: Fort Salem, but before that she visited Chicago Med and reflected on it with One Chicago Center.

Demetria McKinney is currently slaying it on Freeform‘s drama Motherland: Fort Salem, where she plays Anacostia Quartermaine, drill sergeant in charge of an elite military unit. But Demetria was in a very different life or death situation when she guest-starred on Chicago Med.

In the season 2 episode “Win Loss” she played the character of Mrs. James, who brought her three-month-old daughter Alicia into the Emergency Department.

Alicia was at the center of the episode’s major ethical debate, when Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) asked Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) if Mrs. James would consider donating Alicia’s organs to save his own young patient.

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But Natalie was able to diagnose Alicia’s condition as being treatable, giving the James family a happy ending at the expense of Connor’s patient. It was an incredibly emotional storyline, so what was it like for Demetria to film?

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“Oh my gosh, the crew and cast were incredible!” she enthused. “I am such a fan of the show and it was my first time working with that network [NBC]. it was literally on my bucket list as I am a fan of the show.

“I love network procedural shows like Chicago Med as well as Law & Order: SVU, or any Law & Order,” she continued. “I was excited that I got to showcase what I thought I could bring to that character and that audience. It was so much fun.”

She’s much less vulnerable in her current role, as Motherland: Fort Salem sees her having to give orders to a group of young women in an alternate history where the United States is plunged into a different kind of war. Anacostia may be the den mother of her unit, but she’s not facing the loss of a child the way that Mrs. James did. And Mrs. James isn’t literally fighting and moving things with the power of her mind!

A new Motherland: Fort Salem episode airs tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform, with a sneak peek featuring Demetria McKinney below; you can also stream Demetria’s episode of Chicago Med on Peacock (for Xfinity subscribers) or Amazon Video.

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