‘Chicago PD’: Tracy Spiridakos provides insight into Upton’s ‘intense’ underwater rescue | Entertainment
Tracy Spiridakos spent a lot of time underwater for the February 23 episode of Chicago PD
In “Still Water”, Detective Hailey Upton is jogging when she witnesses a horrific car accident and risks her own life to save the passengers. “I feel like everyone in the unit would probably have a similar response to intervening honestly,” Spiridakos told TV Insider. “I’m selfishly glad it was me because it was a lot of fun. It was a really cool episode.
And when she says jump in, she means it: Upton jumps into the river to try and save whoever’s in the car. As you can see from the photos above and the behind-the-scenes video below, it’s night, it’s Chicago, and it’s frozen. In other words, it looks brutal.
“It was really intense,” Spiridakos says. “The jump in the river, truth be told, it wasn’t me. It was my stunt double Kelli [Victoria Scarangello] who jumped in, and she’s amazing. There are a few different water sequences: there’s the entry into the river, there’s the descent, which is the reservoir we shot when we were in LA, [and] there was another part of the pond where we came up from the river.
She continues, “They were tough, but really cool at the same time. I think the LA part was really amazing to see this giant tank with this submerged car. The stunt team that was there was amazing, just made me feel comfortable and we played in the water for two days straight.
With that time, “I got really used to opening my eyes underwater, which I don’t do well and I kept opening my eyes and then inhaling because you open your eyes and then there’s the sting that happens,” she admits. “It was a process, let’s just say.”
But there’s more to the car crash than Upton originally knows, and Intelligence must track down the man responsible. “We know a little more about the victims in the car and it is necessary for the whole team to come together and try to solve how the accident happened,” Spiridakos warns.
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