Grey's Anatomy alum Chyler Leigh trades her scrubs for a badge in the new NBC action series Taxi Brooklyn. She plays tough New York detective Cat Sullivan, who, with an unlikely partner, a cabbie named Leo (Jacky Ido), races around Brooklyn solving crimes. We interrogated Leigh about the role.
TV Guide Magazine: After a two-year hiatus from acting, why did you come back for this series?
Leigh: When I came off Grey's, it was time to take a break and be with my family — we moved to the Nashville area. I was looking at a couple of projects, but I had a lot of parameters. I didn't want to get on something that had 22-episode seasons and do that whole thing again. Plus, this is a very different character from what I've ever played before. Cat's a badass cop from Brooklyn who's very determined. It was a stretch for me, but it was a blast!
TV Guide Magazine: What is Cat's MO?
Leigh: Her father's murder was swept under the rug by Internal Affairs, so she's hell-bent on figuring out what happened. She becomes incredibly reckless, wrecking police cars because she wants justice.
TV Guide Magazine: How does she work with Leo?
Leigh: Their dynamic is a little rough at first. But she realizes that she does need somebody, not from a romantic standpoint, but just somebody in her life, because she's completely an outcast.
TV Guide Magazine: Did you do your own stunts?
Leigh: I did as much as I could, because I broke my foot on Day 3. It was during a chase sequence — I had been wearing motorcycle boots for 10 hours of marathon sprinting! I have a pretty high threshold for pain, but two weeks later, I couldn't stand on my foot anymore. They ended up writing the injury into the show.
Check out an action-packed clip from Taxi Brooklyn, premiering Wednesday, June 25 at 10/9c on NBC.