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'Nikita' star Maggie Q on being 'Divergent' and her next TV project

Maggie Q as Tori in "Divergent"
Maggie Q as Tori in "Divergent"
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Despite her role in "Divergent," which opens in theaters on Friday, it looks as if Maggie Q will be returning to TV for her next project. According to, the former "Nikita" star has been cast as the female lead in the new Kevin Williamson untitled crime drama for CBS.

Maggie Q will join Dylan McDermott in the series, which is a psychological thriller centered on detectives who handle stalking incidents.

But first, Maggie Q made headlines this week when she showed up at the premiere for "Divergent" wearing a slinky black dress that allowed for no underwear.

"Divergent" takes place in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities: Abnegation (the Selfless), Dauntless (the Brave), Candor (the Honest), Amity (the Peaceful), and Erudite (the Intelligent). Each citizen on reaching the required age of 16, undergoes testing to determine which faction is most appropriate for them.

But our heroine Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) doesn't fall into one of the regular categories and is cautioned by Tori (Maggie Q), who is an unwilling mentor to Tris, that she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group.

"What makes Tori mysterious and engaging is that line between what is felt and what is expressed," she says. "You want to feel as if there is a lot that is being felt but not a lot that is coming out of her mouth, not a lot that she is willing to expose because, obviously, being Divergent does mean something very personal to her. She has had experience with it, so she wants to stay away from Tris as much as she possibly can in a very real way. It was important to make her resistance to that very real, otherwise you don't feel the threat of what it means to be Divergent."

Interestingly, Maggi Q, who built her career as an action star, has very little action in "Divergent," but she is hoping that Tori may get into combat mode in the second film in the "Divergent" trilogy.

"Action for me is an extension of who I am. It did feel weird. I feel if a man hasn't suffered when I am done with my work day, then I haven't really done my job. So, it was weird going home and watching everybody else do their thing. I did speak to the coordinators on the DL, going, 'What are you designing? How are you training them?' I would ask them things like that because I wanted everybody to look good. I would love to do some action in the next one. We'll see."

Also in the works for Maggie Q is "Red Flag," which is the story of a Ching Shih, a Chinese prostitute who becomes a powerful pirate and head of one of the most successful crime syndicates in China.

"I have an option on that," she tells "I am going to make it in the next two years. It is one of those passion projects."

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