Squerciati, who plays Kim Burgess on the series, was on maternity leave when Sophia Bush’s character Erin Linsday left the show. In addition to Bush’s departure, P.D. got a new showrunner and had a few cast changes.
Squerciati revealed what it was like coming back to the show for the fifth season with all the changes.
“It was a little nerve-racking in the beginning,” she said. “After being off for so long, you’re like, ‘What do I do with my hands?!’ We had this great meeting in the beginning with [executive producer/director] Eriq La Salle and [showrunner] Rick Eid. It was this moment where they sort of brought us together with a really great speech. It felt like they acknowledged the change in the show, and how we were going to take [the show in] a new direction. It made us all feel unified, and I think that was really important, because we’ve been doing it for a while.”
The actress also touched on Bush leaving the show, as their characters never got a proper goodbye.
“Marina and Burgess are both equally sad,” she said. “Marina got a definite goodbye. But Soph and I are still very close, so it’s not a goodbye. But for Burgess, I feel like she didn’t even have the courtesy to say goodbye.”
Chicago P.D. airs on Wednesdays on NBC at 10 p.m. ET.