EXCLUSIVE: Natalie Martinez Opens Up About Getting to Play a Cubana on Fox's 'APB'

Natalie Martinez Interview

Natalie Martinez is back to playing a cop.

The Cubana spoke to us about her new role on the Fox’s APB and why it was important for her to take on a role that spoke to who she is. Martinez plays Theresa Murphy, a detective that is working alongside Gideon Reeves, played by Justin Kirk, to turn the 13th district into a crime-fighting force of the 21st century.

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Talk to me about your character Amelia

Amelia is definitely a tough girl. What I love about her the most is that she’s very passionate about what she does. She really wants to do what’s best, and what’s right, and that’s something I really appreciate about her. She really does mean well and wants the best for people and she definitely wants to do the right thing. She’s a strong character. She’s very blunt. She says it how it is, but she has a lot of fun.

Do you relate to her in the sense that she always wants to do the right thing?

She’s also from Cuban descent. I relate to her in the sense that she wants to do the right thing. At the end of the day, I feel like I always want to do what’s best for everybody. She is very strong. She’s a single mother and works. I’m not a mother, but I can relate to that because I work hard so that I can take care of my family. I can relate to her in a lot of ways. She’s strong, and she’s very passionate about what she does.

How would you say you guys are different?

I don’t see us very different actually. I play her by putting myself in her shoes.

What’s it like for you playing a Cuban, since you are also Cuban? Do you think it’s important?

I think it’s really important! She’s Cuban-American the same that way I am, and I just think that’s great. I think it’s great to have people that speak Spanish on the show and to show strong, Latina characters. I think that’s very relatable to a lot of people out there.

What did you have to do to prepare for this role?

I played a cop before so I was very familiar with a lot of things, and the way things are done. With this role, I think the only thing I really had to really prepare for, more than anything, was to work in the cold. I’m from Miami. I’m Cuban. I don’t deal with the cold weather too well, but other than that, it’s the same thing.

What’s it like for you on set? Do you have any funny stories?

There’s so many funny stories especially because I’m working with Justin Kirk, who plays Gideon. I was so excited because I knew that he was going to bring such an amazing life to this show. We have great chemistry and we get along great. I think he’s hysterical in real life, as well as in the show. The show is written very well, and it’s very witty, which I like and I appreciate. It’s very realistic. It’s not so far-fetched. I would always do like funny takes. I think we’re going to have a blooper reel when the DVD comes out. I hope they air it at some point, but it’s kind of hard to explain, but we’re always goofing around on set.

What can you tell us about the show?

The show is really interesting. I think it gives a new light on police-cop dramas. One, it’s character-driven. It’s action-packed. There’s a lot of stuff going on. It’s crazy technology, but what I like about is that it’s things that are used today. It’s not something that’s so far-fetched that we’re not going see, or that couldn’t happen. Everything that we use is technology from nowadays, which I thought was very interesting. It’s kind of fun to see a new spin on how to solve these cases, as well as trying to find a comparison between the old ways and the new ways.

What should fans look forward to the most? The technology? The episodes? The crimes? The storylines between the characters?

I think all of the above. I think the audience is going to be excited. I think they’re going to really enjoy how witty this is and how smart it is. They’re going to have a lot of fun seeing how we merge old ways and the new ways to solve them.

What’s next for you?

Right now, I have a couple things in development that I kind of want to start of my own projects, but I’m just looking forward to some time off. I have my mind set towards producing something and kind of developing my own stuff, which I’m really excited. It’s like a whole new world for me. It’s something that I’m really looking forward to biting into.  

Make sure to catch APB on Fox Mondays at 9/8c p.m.