From being detective in 'Dexter' to FBI's most wanted in NBC's 'The Enemy Within', is Jennifer Carpenter finally playing antagonist?
Jennifer Carpenter has taken up numerous law enforcement roles over the last years. However, in this new role, we find her on the other side of the law
Jennifer Carpenter had always known that she'd been destined for greatness at a very early age, quoting "Well, I made an announcement to my family at eight that I wanted to be an actor, and I focused like a laser beam on it. I never had a fallback plan." Such an early decision led Jennifer to graduate from the prestigious Juilliard Acting School in New York City, but she was still known more for her theatre performances than her acting roles.
However, a string of roles in TV and movies saw her establish herself as the 'good cop / good agent' with series like 'Dexter' and 'Limitless' to her credit. So, we wonder if she will finally turn into an antagonist in her latest venture in 'The Enemy Within'?
In the upcoming TV drama series set to release on February 25 on NBC, Jennifer plays Erica Shepherd, once again a former CIA operative, only this time there is a twist. Pegged on the storyline that "There are two sides to every treason", the plot synopsis reads that 'The Enemy Within' follows "Erica Shepherd, a brilliant former CIA operative, now known as the most notorious traitor in American history and serving life in a supermax prison. Against every fiber of his being but with nowhere else to turn, FBI Agent Will Keaton enlists Shepherd to help track down a fiercely dangerous and elusive criminal she knows all too well. For Keaton, it’s not easy to trust the woman who cost him so much. While Shepherd and Keaton have different motivations for bringing the enemy to justice, they both know that to catch a spy: They must think like one."
The promo shows Shepherd given a choice, betray her country or lose her daughter. With only five seconds to decide, she ends up saving her daughter and the country she vowed to serve sends her to prison. We are left in the dark over what happens next, but it is safe to say she will play her badass best in this series as well.
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The early 2002's saw Jennifer doing numerous bit roles in TV and movies, and she's appeared in 'People Are Dead', 'Ash Tuesday', and 'White Chicks', before she became one of the well-known scream queens in 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose'.
With Jennifer being a method actor, the role of Emily turned out to be quite disturbing for the actor, and it didn't help that there were freaky moments on set, like a malfunctioning radio set which kept switching on and off to Jennifer's horror, once even playing Pearl Jam's 'Alive'. Though through it all, this role won Jennifer the 2006 MTV Movie Award for 'Best Frightened Performance'. She also received a 'Hollywood Life Breakthrough Award' and was also named 'Breakout Performer' at the 2006 Scream Awards, so it seems to have worked out for Jennifer.
Her later years have seen Jennifer typecast as a detective or FBI/CIA agent in most of her roles, but this didn't stop her from making an impact on viewers in her most famous role as Debra Morgan on 'Dexter', where she plays a detective and sister to a blood-spatter analyst (Dexter) for the Miami Police. The show was a big hit with fans worldwide, and rumors began spreading around the set that Jennifer and Michael C. Hall were dating, not weird because they were only siblings on screen. In fairy-tale fashion, the couple eloped on New Year's Eve 2008 in California and even had a child together. But sadly, this relationship was short-lived, and the couple filed for divorce in 2011 stating "irreconcilable differences".
But this little bump in the road didn't stop the star from furthering her career, and we saw Jennifer taking up many voice-acting roles from both Marvel and DC franchises, voicing lead characters like Black Widow and Catwoman respectively, and it is also rumored that she'll be voicing one of the characters for the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie in 2020.
With finally moving out of her typecast of being an agent of the law, we see Jennifer on the other side of the bars in her role as Erica Shepard on NBC's 'The Enemy Within'.
But somehow, she's still a former CIA agent in this series as well, who has bit off a little more than she could chew and is now in a maximum security prison. She stars alongside Morris Chestnut who plays 'Will Keaton', an FBI agent who enlists Shepard in his hunt for a nefarious criminal. While this role may seem to portray Jennifer as the unfortunate victim, let's hope that the storyline takes a turn in another direction, because this role has been done and dusted before.
'The Enemy Within' will premiere on NBC on 25 February, and fans can have a look at the promo trailer below.