You’d be forgiven for thinking Ainsley Seiger’s Jet Slootmaekers was just a technical specialist for the NYPD on Law & Order: Organized Crime. The hacking whiz has been invaluable to Stabler, helping him track down criminals using their digital footprint. But we recently saw her in the field as an undercover operative.
Who knew Jet had that in her? Law & Order: Organized Crime showrunner Ilene Chaiken recently explained Jet’s surprising skillset.
“I’m going to intend that this is what I intended all along. When we started the show, she had been through the [police] academy. She’s trained as a police officer. She has all of her credentials, but she wasn’t practicing. She was being an artist, resisting the law-and-order lifestyle, until Stabler came along and pulled her back in,” Chaiken told TV Line.
Jet was easy to underestimate, considering crime shows tend to depict “the tech person” as lacking some of the more traditional qualities of a detective. Heck, some of us forgot Ainsley Seiger’s character was a detective in the first place.
Ilene Chaiken seemed to agree that Jet’s undercover opportunity kind of came out of nowhere. But she also pointed out how and why it works. Seiger herself looked at it as a big opportunity to develop her character. She met her hacking match earlier this season on Law & Order: Organized Crime, and to have the final word, she needed to get down and dirty. That meant hitting the field.
“I really get to not even prove myself now. But I get to do what I’m really, really good at, which is not only hacking, but also being a proper detective. So I get to uncover who wrote the code and then go out into the field to find this mysterious person and apprehend them,” Seiger told CinemaBlend.
Jet’s Undercover Work Was Far from ‘Mundane’ and ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Danielle Moné Truitt Says That’s Important
For Ayanna Bell actor Danielle Moné Truitt, it’s more than important. Finding ways to keep yourself from falling into the same trap week after week is one of the biggest challenges of her role in Law & Order: Organized Crime.
If all we saw Jet do every episode was hack into someone’s smartphone, Ainsley Seiger would likely lose something she could otherwise bring to the character. At least, that’s how Danielle Moné Truitt feels about her own role.
“I think that once the show is going on for so long and you’re doing kinda the same thing every week—you know with actors, you’re doing the same thing every day—week after week. So the biggest challenge is making sure that I’m being honest as an actor. And that I’m putting in the work that I need to be put in,” Truitt told StarryMag. “And it doesn’t just become this mundane thing.”