Detective Grace Muncie is a good cop who treats rape survivors with empathy. But SVU’s newest member is stubborn too. “Anger Problem”
Her shield was slightly broken on the March 30 episode of Law and order: SVU After Captain Benson (Mariska Hargitay) brings in Muncie’s brother Teddy (Michael Trotter) as the person of interest in a case where women are drugged and sent to submissive men. pay to sexually harass them
Burnett talks about her complex character and her experience being part of TV’s record-breaking crime show.
So far, Muncy has been a bit of a mystery. She is cynical and sometimes she seems to want to get into trouble. Who is SVU’s newest detective?
Molly Burnett: I would say it’s true. Her mother died when she was young. And she was forced to take care of her little brother. which we will meet When you lose your parents like that And you’re in a tough part of town. you will grow up very fast It’s fun playing such a badass character. This, along with work that requires her emotional EQ.
What is her relationship with her brother who might be a sex crime advocate in this week’s episode?
She remained in the motherhood role because they lived together. Even if he is a troublemaker But she loved him very much and she was incredibly loyal to him. Especially after they lost their mother.
Why was Teddy brought in by the sex crimes unit?
Woman doing rape drugs at a bar And her brother knows a lot of guys who hang out there. Benson tells Muncie they need to bring him in so they can interrogate him. She loves and trusts Teddy and doesn’t want to believe he’s involved. That makes for a good drama.
Has Benson warned Muncy not to contact him?
She tells her not to get involved and loan agents Churlish (Jasmine Batchelor) and Detective Velasco (Octavio Pisano) to investigate. For Muncy’s propensity to rebellion, she always listens to Benson, respects her. really The color I’m wearing is Captain, a woman Muncy has never been.
Muncy had an affair with Churlish because she had recorded Velasco during an interview with the villain in the previous episode. Because she didn’t trust him.
Yes. Velasco and Muncy bond a lot in the team. They had a beautiful friendship. Benson saw that Muncy was very loyal to Velasco. “Stay away Because I don’t want anything messed up here.” It’s definitely a theme with Muncy.
Will we learn anything more about Muncy in this difficult episode?
It made her a little humane. There’s a really beautiful scene with Velasco, who tells her that she should forgive Churchlich. Muncie revealed that she was just seven years old when her mother died. And the environment around her does not allow her to be gentle. You will understand why she is so protective and aggressive.
She was definitely not likable when she first met her.
number! But you have to follow (her) journey and growth.
It seems the rookie is reducing her distance from her new team.
i’m on day of our lives For a long time and while my character was a brat. I remember reading the script and saying, And they said, “Don’t worry, it’ll work out,” and it worked.” But Muncy still had a lot to learn.
Do we see any character weaknesses in this sector?
I’ve been advised to stay away from anything overly emotional at the moment. That’s hard. because I was deeply moved and everything made me cry (laugh) I’ll set the scene and they’ll say, “OK, that’s beautiful, but remember, Muncy probably won’t be affected that way.” We got a little vulnerable when Velasco revealed her softer side and she opened heart to him about the loss of her mother
They could be the future of Benson and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) (laugh)
Oh man, I don’t think anything is as big as these two. But if we even scratch the surface That’s a compliment.
move away from soft things to the action part of your role Do you like doing those scenes?
Oh my god yes! In real life, I’m a nerd. Muncy is much cooler than me. And she is definitely not afraid to fight like me (laugh) Pretending to be cool in front of the camera is fun! But I FaceTiming my dad on set and I show him my badge and my gun and I’m like, “look at dad” and I pull out the gun and the holster comes out too. He shook his head and said. “You play a cool cop. How can this person be?”(laugh) I went “I really don’t know!” But Mariska really helped me find Muncie and possess my powers. It was really a great trip. So far I’m grateful to have participated.
You’ve done a number of crime shows since your soapy days, among them. CSI: NY, Major Crime, Longmireand the latest with drug dramas queen of the south
Yes, my character Kelly is. queen of the southIt’s the ex-wife of a crazy Texas trophy winner. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and a sassy cocaine dealer I always joke that now I’m on the other side of the law.
Isn’t this your first Dick Wolf adventure?
I actually did two things: FBI: Most Wanted and a few months later Chicago PD So I had to dip my toes in the Dick Wolf pool before I got to hope here.
How do you feel about getting a recurring role? Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The longest scripted live-action prime-time show ever?
My mother died when I was young. And I know this is one of her favorites. So the fact that I exist SVU I feel like she played a part in that. really great thing What happened was that host David (Graziano) had me wear the Serenity Prayer necklace that my real-life brother and I both wore on screen. Our mother is watching us. When they brought Muncy’s brother to the show, I asked if he was okay with Teddy wearing the necklace, and he said, “Okay!” Teddy and Grace. Muncie both wore necklaces for their mothers. and vice versa I wore it for my mom. And I thought those were fun little Easter eggs.
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