Interview: 'Dexter' actress and Chicago native Aimee Garcia talks 'Robocop' reboot

Aimee Garcia

Aimee Garcia (Randy Tepper/SHOWTIME / September 20, 2012)

How excited is Aimee Garcia -- best known for playing nanny Jamie Batista on Showtime’s “Dexter” -- about her role in the reboot of the 1980’s sci-fi franchise, “Robocop”?

“I’m smiling ear to ear right now,” said Garcia, who attended Fenwick High School and Northwestern University, over the phone from Los Angeles Wednesday. “Almost all my scenes are with Gary Oldman. It’s a dream come true.”

In addition to Oldman, the reboot co-stars Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Clive Owen, Michael Kenneth Williams (aka Omar from “The Wire”) and Joel Kinnaman as Robocop himself.

“I play Kim,” Garcia said. “She's a scientist and her and Gary Oldman help bring Robocop to life. … She has a Ph.D from MIT and is at the forefront of robotic chemistry and physics. This takes place in 2028. She’s a prodigy handpicked by Gary Oldman’s character to work on this first of its kind experiment.

“I’ve watched more tech talks than I ever have in my life.  I’ve learned so much about the brain. The technical things this girl has to say, I want to make sure I understand what each and everything is. She might be a little bit of a punk too.”

Garcia said she will begin shooting the film Saturday in Toronto. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters August 9, 2013. Season seven of “Dexter” premieres September 30.

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