'The Enemy Within': Cassandra Freeman reveals how Jacquelyn Pettigrew compliments the team after she comes onboard
In an exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) Freeman spoke about what kind of preparation went into playing sassy FBI special agent Jaquelyn Pettigrew
'The Enemy Within' is a television series that premiered February 25 on NBC. The series revolves around Erica Shepherd (Jennifer Carpenter) the CIA's Deputy Director of Operations. When a Russian criminal named Mikhail Vassily Tal threatens Shepherd's daughter Hannah for information about the agents who disarmed his bombs, Shepherd has to comply to his terms. This results in those agents getting murdered and Shepherd going to jail.
Three years later, Tal is back and this time Richard Bregman (John Finn) a superior FBI agent convinces Will Keaton (Morris Chestnut) another FBI agent to bring Shepherd back into the team. Shepherd agrees to conditions and helps them out with information on how to stop Tal.
The series has a star cast, and among them is Cassandra Freeman playing the role of Jaquelyn Pettigrew, who joins as a training instructor at the FBI Academy. Pettigrew becomes the newest member of Keaton's team. In an exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) Freeman spoke about what kind of preparation went into playing the sassy FBI special agent Jaquelyn Pettigrew and how her character arc will progress after episode 3.
Starting off, Freeman revealed the preparation she underwent for her role in the series, "I think for the most part Pettigrew is a character that has always been on my bucket list of people to play. So, in a way, I felt like I was finally able to do whatever I had stored up from every Angelina Jolie action movie and that is the kind of energy I brought in for Jacky Pettigrew. Besides that, just talking to Ken [Woodruff] and we have people who used to work on the squad and other branches of the government on our set, so I talk to them. A lot of that was helpful."
Talking about how her character arc will progress after the third episode, Freeman said, "Well after episode 3 with my character, I think you will see what her special abilities are and how that really compliments her with the team. She joins the team after this episode, but you will see she thinks quickly on her feet. And also, you will start to see how her relationship with her partner progresses, how a lot happened between her and Noah. Both emotionally and physically. There is a lot to look forward to in these two characters."
We asked Freeman, according to her Jaquelyn, who might the mole in the bureau be, apart from Anna Cruze. "I think it's too soon to even think about it. Because Jacky does not reveal anytime soon in the series, about who she thinks the mole is. She doesn't really know because she is new to the scene."
Talking about her take on agent Keaton's investigation, blindsided by his emotions for his dead fiancée and Erica Shepherd, Freeman said: "I think there are a lot of people who do not want to work on cases that are too close to home, because you don't think clearly; and it is very difficult for him to work with a woman who is the reason why his love is dead. If I were his boss, I would say this is not the case he should be on. That is what I would say. It is very dangerous to pair the two of them."
'The Enemy Within' airs weekly on NBC. Check your local listings for more information.