Those who watched last week’s twisty premiere of WEtv’s new scripted drama, The Divide, know that Innocence Initiative case worker Christina (Homeland’s Marin Ireland) is full of surprises—for example, she drives around Philly singing along to Mos Def’s “Quiet Dog.”
“That was [writer/co-creator] Richard LaGravenese’s pick. He just had a feeling that that is exactly the kind of music she would listen to. Of course it’s like the fastest song in the world. They were like, ‘Can you just learn all the lyrics to this song? We don’t know what part we’re gonna use yet.’ So I was about, for two weeks, walking around Toronto rapping,” says Ireland, who made her own playlist to get into character (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wu-Tang Clan, and Eminem). “When we shot the scene, I had it playing in my ear, so there was all these guys standing around, and they can’t hear the track, they just hear me going, ‘Simmer down, simmer down, simmer down.’ [Co-creator/director] Tony Goldwyn calls ‘Cut,’ and they all just burst out laughing, and he’s like, ‘Let’s do that again!’ They went five or six times just to make a fool out of me, which was adorable.”
With the season already wrapped, Ireland promises some kind of resolution to the case of who really murdered the Butler family years ago. Having lost the battle to save the death row inmate convicted of the crime in the premiere, Christina has set her sights on helping his alleged accomplice, Terry Kucik (Joe Anderson), who’s serving life and has long claimed his DNA was found on the teen daughter because they were in a hidden relationship.
While fans wait to see how the drama unfolds—did I mention Christina’s father is also on death row for a crime she believes he didn’t commit?—Ireland was happy to lighten things up by taking EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test.
The Divide airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on WEtv.