Marg Helgenberger Talks ‘Intelligence’ & Working In A Meat Packing Plant

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Former CSI star Marg Helgenberger has returned to CBS in a brand new action-packed drama Intelligence alongside Lost star Josh Holloway on Monday nights at 10. This morning, Marg called in to the Morning Show to talk a little about her new role as the “mysterious” Lillian Strand, the Director of the US Cyber Command.

“The character is rather enigmatic and mysterious and inscrutable…but that’s what makes her kind of fun and appealing in turn for me because I don’t know what’s around the bend,” she explained.

After her longtime role on CSI, Marg found it easy to transition into her new role on Intelligence, saying that her experience in crime dramas prepared her for what’s to come on the show. Though after CSI, she explained that her return to TV drama was purely by coincidence.

“I was definitely open to anything really,” she said on her role in Intelligence. “I think sometimes you play a role for so long people have a hard time seeing you in another genre, so it’s not like comedies are just like thrown at me because it’s not what I came from.”

Before becoming a huge TV star, Marg worked a few odd jobs in her early career to support her dream of acting. Marg tells us that she was once a weekend weathergirl in Kearney, Nebraska that she said was “a fluke” and only lasted one summer.

Another odd job that Marg had in her early career was working as a boner at her father’s meat packing plant where he was the government meat inspector for.

“It was many jobs, it wasn’t just being a boner…basically you’re given a set of knives and it’s an assembly line and certain cuts of meat would come down the line and you’d have to shape it,” she explained.

It’s that kind of real-life experience that gave Marg the edge and prepared her for her breakout role in CSI and beyond.

Catch Marg back in action on Intelligence for tonight’s episode about a daughter of a U.S. senator who is kidnapped to Mexico by a drug cartel and they embark on a rescue mission to bring her back.

Tune in to Intelligence tonight at 10 p.m. and listen to our full interview with Marg Helgenberger in the clip below.

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