By Lee Hernandez (HuffPost LatinoVoices)
Puerto Rican actress Lauren Velez is busy filming the hit Showtime drama “Dexter,” which returns for a seventh season on September 30th. The Puerto Rican scene-stealer— who plays everyone’s favorite Police Captain Maria Laguerta on the hit show—took a break from her busy shooting schedule to chat exclusively with The Huffington Post about the highly anticipated new season.
In our interview, the brilliant character actress (“I Like It Like That,” “Oz”) spilled some season seven secrets. (Warning: This article contains spoilers!)
What can you tease about “Dexter” season 7?
How’s this? We’ve always known that Laguerta is great at manipulating circumstances and making strategic political moves for her career, but now we will actually find out what a good detective she is—what a good cop she is. She uncovers something this season that could potentially unravel everything.
In an interview with TVGuide.com, “Dexter” executive producer Sara Colleton said Laguerta finds Dexter’s blood slide (a slide she had only seen in the case of the Bay Harbor Butcher case). What can you tell us about that?
Laguerta re-opens her own investigation into the Bay Harbor Butcher case…
That’s a great story line!
It’s a really good story line. And even though we’re only on episode four now, the scenes are really powerful…really powerful stuff. I mean, she finds the slide and then she orders the evidence back…
Again, really great stuff!
It’s a really meaty story line and it makes me really happy!
Laguerta has been Dexter’s biggest cheerleader for a long time. Do you think her view of him will change in season 7?
It’s too hard to tell. I don’t know how it’s going to impact her relationship with Dexter, because so far she’s had very little interaction with him.
Since Laguerta is re-opening the Bay Harbor Butcher case, we have to ask: should she be worried about her safety?
I have no idea. But I would think potentially, yes. This is “Dexter.”
If Laguerta did find out the truth about Dexter, do you think she’d turn him in?
You know, that’s a hypothetical. I always think back to season two to all of the stuff with Doakes and how everyone made Laguerta feel like she was crazy. And now to find evidence that essentially exonerates Doakes…I think this is an opportunity for Laguerta to clear his name and in a way, clear her name. He was her partner and he was the most important person in her life. I think more than anything she really, really wants to clear his name.
Last season, it was revealed that Deb loves her brother. Do you think she’ll tell Laguerta about her feelings for Dexter?
I’m sure that’s private.
Dexter’s producers have confirmed that “Dexter” will end at the end of season eight…
Are you asking if I’ll be here at the end of season eight? No se. I hope so!