It's "Training Day" with Actress Katrina Law
FINE Magazine Interviews Actress Katrina Law
Actress Katrina Law Black and White photos by Dennys Ilic Color photos by Brandin Shaeffer
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American actress Katrina Law can’t sit still. With her numerous television roles, her work with non-profit pet organization Kitt Crusaders and her unique band Soundboard Fiction, Law juggles so many varied projects that it’s a wonder she can keep them all straight. Yet not only does Law partake in acting, giving back and making music every year, but she thrives with all three, switching seamlessly from one act to another. From her breakout time on Spartacus to her most well-known role on Arrow, Katrina Law’s career has continuously grown over the past decade—and the inspired star has a lot to say about her most recent role in Training Day, her distinct band and her pop culture loves.
Currently, Law can be found on the CBS Thursday night drama Training Day, starring the recently deceased Bill Paxton. The series is based on the 2001 Academy Award-winning film with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, and it premiered midseason on February 2nd. Set fifteen years after the original movie’s conclusion—and the death of Denzel Washington’s Detective Alonzo Harris—this sequel series follows Detective Frank Roarke [Paxton], a cop who is perhaps too similar to Alonzo Harris for the LAPD’s liking.
Katrina Law plays Rebecca Lee, a detective in the SIS division of the LAPD with a tumultuous past. Though the initial conflict within the series centers on Paxton’s Frank Roarke and Justin Cornwell’s Officer Kyle Craig, within the most recent episodes, Rebecca Lee has come into her own. Explains Law, “[Rebecca] was kidnapped and sold into human trafficking when she was younger. As the series goes on, you’re going to see the outcome of that and how it affected her life and the decisions she makes.” In addition to her detailed backstory, Detective Rebecca Lee has one more defining characteristic: loyalty. “She is extremely loyal to Frank,” Law says with a laugh. “She is ride or die for her unit, and she definitely doesn’t see the world in black and white.”
Whether right and wrong—actions and reactions—should be viewed in black and white or in shades of gray is the underlying theme of Training Day. According to Law, “[The show] delves into police work and whether or not there’s a line that can’t be crossed. It’s [about] what is necessary force and what is unjustifiable force.” It’s a timely topic; in an age where the police are constantly scrutinized and cases of police brutality (or is it necessary action?) are fiercely debated, Training Day is unapologetic in its examination. States Law, “I think this show is very relevant. It’s going to have people questioning whether or not they side with our characters or if they think we’ve gone too far.”
Law has undergone extensive physical training to prepare for her role in Training Day. From learning how to ride a horse to handling a gun as a police officer would, Law has been thoroughly briefed in the dos and don’ts of being a cop. While this is her first main cast role as an officer, this isn’t Law’s first dive into physical training and stunts—no, she gained her strong athleticism from Spartacus and Arrow. “For Spartacus, we had a four week gladiator boot camp where they had us working out anywhere from 8–10 hours a day,” Law says. One of her first major television roles, Law played slave-turned-fighter Mira in Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Spartacus: Vengeance. “Within the first three days [of training], I couldn’t walk. It was pretty intense because we were doing weight-lifting, flipping tires, knife work, bow and arrow work... it was craziness. It was a lot of fun, but by the end of it you’re just like ‘Oh my god.’”