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Arresting Beauty

Chicago P.D.’s Marina Squerciati softens up—and gets personal.

Marina Squerciati wearing dress, $1,295, by Lela Rose; shoes, $860, by Christian Dior; cuff, $725, and ring, $345, by Aurelie Bidermann; all at Neapolitan Collection, 715 Elm St., Winnetka, 847.441.7784

In seventh grade, Marina Squerciati had a choice to make: try out for soccer or for a role in Bye Bye Birdie. She chose the latter and hasn’t looked back. Today, the Northwestern University alum plays the role of slightly naive beat cop Kim Burgess on the new NBC hit drama Chicago P.D., filmed on location. Underneath her character’s innocent exterior lies an ambitious police officer who wants to make it onto the prestigious Intelligence Unit. Squerciati, a born and raised New Yorker, is just as savvy and determined when it comes to her own career.

Her résumé includes roles on Law and Order: SVU and Gossip Girl—experiences that helped her land her new part. “I’d been auditioning a lot for NBC, so they knew my body of work,” she says. “It was a vote of confidence that they saw something in me that spoke to the role.” She is referring to the character’s high energy level and sweet disposition, which threaten to get in her way as a cop. “But Kim [Officer Burgess] will be put through the wringer physically and mentally,” she hints, “and we’ll see how she bounces back from that.”

Now that she’s in town again, Squerciati does reminisce a bit about old haunts in Evanston: “You knew a guy really liked you if he took you to Stained Glass,” she laughs. But her dance card is full these days with a busy shooting and social schedule any actor would envy.

Makeup by Jenny Patinkin | Hair by Molly McGinnis | Shot on location at Mobili Mobël showroom in Chicago