When the news broke that CBS had greenlit a TV series based on Training Day, most of us threw our hands up in defeat and warbled out one last “King Kong ain’t got shit on me!”
Luckily, Katrina Law is here to make us feel better about the show’s prospects. The Philly-bred actress will be starring alongside Bill Paxton and newcomer Justin Cornwell as an LAPD detective who owes her life to Paxton’s Frank Rouke.
“Everybody has reservations when they hear about movies being made into TV shows,” says Law. “Most of the time, remakes are hit or miss. You’re going into dangerous territory when you get into these things. The great thing about our version of Training Day is that it’s not a remake, it’s a sequel, and it takes place 15 years after the movie has ended. Denzel’s character Alonzo has died and Bill’s character is a little bit too similar to him. The LAPD doesn’t want another scandal.”
Law is used to playing rough-and-tumble characters. With past roles on Arrow and Spartacus, she’s no stranger to story arcs with fights, blood, and death. She just needs a break every now and then.
“I’m not complaining about sometimes being typecast, because it makes for fun work,” laughs Law. “But at the same time I do enjoy getting to do a Hallmark movie every so often. It’s refreshing and fun, and it keeps things interesting. It’s nice to be in a movie where nobody dies and you get your guy or girl at the end.”
What is your favourite movie to watch repeatedly?
Bull Durham. I love baseball movies. A League of Their Own is another good one, love that. Love Actually is not baseball, but I could watch romantic comedies over and over again. Something lighthearted and kind of fun.
What is your worst habit?
I say “uh.” [Laughs.] There’s so many — how do I just pick one? I crack my knuckles. And it’s loud. It’s disturbing to people around me.
Who would you want to be in a celebrity feud with?
Nicki Minaj. I think she would have some pretty harsh things to say which may make me cry in a corner. [Laughs.] But I would learn new phrases, and I think it would be an educational process. If I’m going to get burned, I want to get burned by the best.
What is your most treasured possession?
Can I be super cheesy and say my memories? One of my latest favourites ones was when I was in Nicaragua over the winter break with my husband, my sister-in-law, my parents, and some of my closest friends. We did the countdown on the beach with our own little private DJ and a buffet dinner. We welcomed in the New Year, and I just looked around and saw all the smiles on everybody around me and they were such genuine, happy smiles. I think that’s really rare, when everybody is truly just that happy.
What was the last book you read?
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom. It was interesting. I thought it was a little choppy at first, but then I got used to the rhythm of the book. By the end I was sobbing, so I guess that means it’s good.
What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not working?
Sit on the couch and pray for my dog or one of my two cats to come hangout with me. The dog is half pit bull and half Labrador. He’s a little stunner and he knows it. He is now 90 pounds, and still thinks he’s a lapdog. One of my cats, Emira, who is 9 pounds, will find ways to run him off my couch to compete for lap space. It’s really funny.