Chicago PD star gives S11 update: ‘We’re getting closer’

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Out of the Depths" Episode 1017 -- Pictured: (l-r) Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess, LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Out of the Depths" Episode 1017 -- Pictured: (l-r) Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess, LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

It’s obviously been tough to get updates from the Chicago PD cast since they’ve gone on strike. They have made a point of not discussing what the upcoming season of the show has in store, and what might have to their respective characters. Fortunately, there seems to be progress going on between the Screen Actors Guild and the AMPTP, and an agreement may be reached sooner than later.

At least, that’s what LaRoyce Hawkins thinks. The masterclass lecture the actor gave at LSU during the summer was one of the last times a PD cast member was allowed to speak on the state of the show, but he spoke to the Chicago Sun Times about what he’s been up to during the strike, and when fans can expect to see their favorite ensemble of cops back on the small screen.

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Hawkins has evidently been cooking up a storm during the strike. He’s worked alongside the owners of the Adalina Restaurant on North State Street in Chicago, and learned how to host as well as barback. The thinking, according to the actor, is that it doesn’t hurt to learn new skills in the interim. “Depending on how long the strike is”, the actor noted. “You never know, you might find me at Adalina.”

Still, Hawkins remains optimistic about the future of Chicago PD. He pointed to the meetings that have taken place between SAG and the aforementioned AMPTP, and gets the impression that the worst is over. “I know we’re getting closer and closer to being back on the battlefield”, the actor explained. “The text thread is starting to get more active.”

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Hawkins’ co-star, Marina Squerciati, also spoke to the outlet about the unexpected down time the strike has created. Her solution has been to spend time with her 6-year-old daughter. “I bought costumes [and] I have a puffy shirt”, the actress admitted. “I’m sure in one more year she’ll be mortified, but right now she thinks I’m the best mom alive.”

In one more year it’s looking like things will be back to normal. NBC recently confirmed that the writers room for Chicago PD has opened back up, which means that the cast will have brand new scripts to shoot whenever they do end their strike. The fact that episodes are already being drafted means the show’s delay will be minimal once production resumes.

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