Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) made the transition from "Chicago Fire" to "Chicago P.D.," where his new boss in the Intelligence Unit, Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) is a man he helped put behind bars. But when the chance comes to join the Voight-led new intelligence unit, Antonio goes for it since his goal is clean up the streets of Chicago.
In this exclusive interview, Seda talks about how Antonio and he are alike, how Antonio can justify working with Voight, his "Rocky" moment and more.
How does Antonio justify working for Voight after he was part of the team that put Voight in prison for harassment on "Chicago Fire?"
Well, Antonio has always been looking to move up. He was with the gang unit before, and he's moved up to intelligence. It just so happens that he, in some ways, he kind of respects how Voight gets the job done. He has his own way of doing things. He's a good cop. He tries to do things by the book. The thing that they share the most is they both have the passion to want to get the bad guys off the street.
In some ways it's intriguing. It was really intriguing for me to look at Antonio and say, "Well why would he go and work for someone like Voight?" I think it's so intriguing that he couldn't help but not at least try it out. It's a relationship that you could never have thought would work out. In some ways it does, and some ways it doesn't. There's a lot of stuff that goes on that you'll see it's a work in progress.
In the episode where Antonio's son was kidnapped, at one point he tries to be the by-the-book guy, but then, towards the end, he says, "Okay, let's do it your way." How does he justify, crossing that line?
That was just it. Literally, I called that the "Rocky" moment. Adrian to Rocky, when Antonio's wife says: "Do whatever you have to do to get our son back." Even though it was his son, he was still trying to find a way to do this without having to sell his soul out. When his wife tells him, it's like Adrian in the bed telling Sylvester Stallone: "Win."
For that time, that was the way he was able to justify having to cross that line. Going forward, there's a bit of a family that has developed here with this unit. Voight did help him with his son. There's a bit of, I wouldn't say, obligation, but kind of like, "You scratched my back, so now I'll watch your back." There's this trust that we have. It's like we're on the front lines. I trust that he's going to be right here next to me.
The one thing I thought about at the end of the episode was when the family goes into the house, I thought, "Why don't they still have police protection?" Just because they have their son back now, that doesn't mean that El Pulpo (guest star Arturo Del Puerto), the Columbian gang leader, doesn't have more plans.
I don't think we've seen the last of El Pulpo. Let's leave it at that.
What is it that you like best about Antonio?
I think what I like most about Antonio is the fact that, like me, he's a family guy. I'm really close to my family. It's just important to me. I like that he's very moral. He's very true. He's respectable, but he's not someone to take lightly as well. He'll get the job done. He's a tough cop, but he loves what he does. For me, I think, the thing I love the most about him is the fact that he's a guy that you can really count on. He has a lot of morals.
I love that he still has his relationship with his sister, because that's how he was introduced in "Chicago Fire." What's it like working on both shows, because you actually are going to be doing that from what we've heard.
I think it's absolutely great. Monica Raymund plays my sister Gaby on "Chicago Fire." She's such a great actress. It's a great thing because it's limitless as to the story lines that they can do. I go back and forth on the show and been on our show.
"Chicago PD" airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on NBC.