LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT: Aimé Donna Kelly Previews Curry Joining the Squad and a New Break in the Maddie Case - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT: Aimé Donna Kelly Previews Curry Joining the Squad and a New Break in the Maddie Case

February 21, 2024 by  

SVU Aime Donna Kelly interview

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT — “Duty to Report” Episode 25004 — Pictured: Aimé Donna Kelly as Capt. Curry — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT’s 16th precinct is officially getting extra (wo)manpower on the Thursday, February 22 episode: Captain Curry (Aimé Donna Kelly) makes good on her request to join the squad.

Unfortunately for Curry—whose previous role was as a captain at IAB—there’s no easing into this job…the team immediately goes all-in when a new clue about the long-missing Maddie (Allison Elaine) is discovered. (They also team up with the FBI, this time primarily with Special Agent Shannah Sykes, played by Jordana Spiro.)

Here, Kelly talks with Give Me My Remote about Curry’s return, the captain’s attempt to fit in with her new colleagues, and the latest chapter in the Maddie investigation.

You’ve been a part of the series for a few seasons in guest spots. When they approached you about your season 25 return, did they give you a heads up about where things would be going or did you read the “Duty to Report” script and go, “…Am I joining the squad?!”
I guess it was a little bit of the latter. [Laughs.] You get the script, you read it, and you kind of infer what might happen in the future. But it was super exciting. Obviously, it’s always exciting to be called back to work. And especially to be called back to a show like SVU that has such a following and such a history; I obviously jumped at the opportunity. 

And Curry’s such a fun role to play. I mean, she’s so specific, but also feels so natural to me. Like, if I took a different turn and were to ever enter a role like this in real life and become a detective, it’s very close to how I would be as a detective in the real world. So it’s really fun and it’s just awesome to be back on the squad.

What do you think it really is about SVU and this squad that makes her want to make this much of a drastic change in her life?
I say in the previous episode that I’m used to people hating me; I’m used to being the bad guy. I’m used to being the one that when I walk into a room, all of the cops roll their eyes. And I think that’s really hard on a person to know that you are so hated amongst people that you’re actually trying to help. 

I think when Curry opens the door to SVU and sees the camaraderie between the detectives in the squad room and how they tackle the case and how they really work together—I mean, how could you not want to be a part of something like that? Because they’re all fighting for the greater good. 

So I think it’s really intriguing for Curry to step into the space where I get to be a little bit more of myself. I get to work with people instead of working by myself. And I get to be a part of a team that feels like, yeah, we are the good guys. We’re doing work that really, really really impacts people’s lives immediately. And that’s just so special.

As you mentioned, she’s hyper-aware that some people may have a more difficult time warming up to her…and she has a delightful way of trying to win over her new colleagues. What can you preview about that?
We’re gonna get a little bit more of Curry’s personality, and part of that is baking treats. [Laughs.] I think she really kind of wears her heart on her sleeve a little bit more in coming episodes. She’s literally and figuratively saying, “Hey, guys. I’m cool, I’m sweet. Eat some of these baked goods that I homemade for you!” She really wants that friendship. And not just friendship with anyone, but with folks who I think Curry sees as these superheroes, right? So I think she just wants to align herself with people who are doing really fantastic work and she wants to be a part of that.

One person who is on her side is Olivia (Mariska Hargitay). What can you share about shaping that dynamic with Mariska and also what you’re enjoying from Curry and Benson’s relationship?
Yeah, it really feels so natural. Mariska is just, as you know, one of the best to ever do it. She’s just so sweet and so welcoming and open. And it’s interesting, because off-screen it feels like that mentor-mentee relationship, and I feel like onscreen Curry is experiencing that as well. Benson is someone that she can learn from and I just think it’s so exciting to see that play out, right? Benson…said in the previous episode that it’s time to break a few rules, rather than run in the opposite direction; Curry goes toward it. She’s like, “Yeah, okay. I can take the first step. I can see what that looks like.” It’s so exciting.

Curry was a captain at IAB. Olivia is the captain at SVU; Fin’s a sergeant. How is Curry adapting to maybe not being the final say in how they approach investigations in what you’ve filmed so far?
It’s that learning relationship. I think Curry is willing, if it’s not even maybe saying, “Yeah, I want to take the backseat because there’s a lot to learn in SVU that is so different from IAB.” This is brand new territory for Curry. So, I’m learning from Benson and I’m also learning from Fin. Like, Fin has a couple of tricks up his sleeve that I kind of grab on to and say, “Oh, okay, that’s how you do things here.” And that’s super exciting. 

I think Curry is in a space where she’s looking to grow. And one of the great qualities of being a good leader is admitting when it’s time for you to kind of take a backseat and learn a new way to do things.

The Maddie case takes center stage in Thursday’s episode, “Zone Rouge.” What can you preview about what the team discovers?
In the episode coming out on Thursday, the team gets this cryptic letter, [a] note, and we kind of crack open the case and we follow these new leads, which is super, super exciting to watch play out…I think the fans are going to be really excited to see this next episode. It’s going to be a lot of fun. 

And we get Jordana Spiro, who’s guest starring as an FBI agent [on] Maddie’s case. And Jordana is so, so, so fantastic and just fits right in with a new energy and dynamic. It’s going to be so fun.



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One Response to “LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT: Aimé Donna Kelly Previews Curry Joining the Squad and a New Break in the Maddie Case”

  1. Atena on February 21st, 2024 6:58 pm

    What sense is to have another captain? 😡😠