For the second year in a row, I was lucky enough to get to attend a press day for the 3 hit Chicago shows on NBC. I used the opportunity to try to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this season.
That included asking the actor who plays Matthew Casey on Chicago Fire if he and his love interest Sylvie Brett will finally get together. Here’s what the stars had to say:
“The thing about this is, we don’t know,” Jesse Spencer claims. “I’ve been known to lie, but not this time! I don’t know where this is going to go!” he protests with a laugh.
I got the same non-committal response from former Illinois State University Redbird LaRoyce Hawkins, who plays Officer Kevin Atwater on Chicago PD, when I asked if there might be a spark with the newest addition, Lisseth Chavez who plays Vanessa Rojas.
“What about the new detective? Any chance there’s a spark there?”
“I sure hope so, like for real!” he quickly replies with a slow smile.
While the actors maintain they don’t know for sure what the season will bring for their characters, they are excited for the crossover episode they’re wrapping up for next Wednesday, October 16th.
“It’s an event, don’t say it isn’t, because it is!” states an emphatic “Mouch,” played by Christian Stolte.
“It’s an e-vent,” draws out David Eigenberg, who plays Christopher Herrmann, also on Chicago Fire.
“That’s exactly what it is. If you take out each episode individually you wouldn’t even know if it was fire, med, or pd, because it’s all one movie,” explains Torrey DeVitto, Dr. Natalie Manning on Chicago Med.
“We’ve been doing this for a few years now, and it really seems to resonate with fans,” elaborates Taylor Kinney, known to fans as Lt. Kelly Severide on Chicago Fire. “And it’s a lot of work for the writers, the staff, the actors, because we’re bouncing around from set to set.”
Still, the stars stress that despite the hard work of filming, they’re not always as serious as they seem on TV.
“The opposite, ya fun,” states Jason Beghe, Sgt. Hank Voight on PD.
“It’s very goofy. You have to kind of keep it light between shots because otherwise it’s too heavy,” Trudy Platt, played by Amy Morton reiterates.
But they didn’t want us to just take them at their word, they put members of the press from all over the country through the paces.
With a former, long-time Chicago police officer turned show consultant, Brian Luce, giving us a scenario, we were given the task of processing a mock crime scene.
A quick run-through with another retired crime scene investigator on the proper collection techniques, and we grabbed the tools and got to work, swabbing, bagging, and tagging evidence.
Then it was on to Chicago Med’s mock set.
“You’re here to save live… save fake lives!” joked the actors who play Dr. Ethan Choi and Dr. Will Halstead, Brian Tee and Nick Gehlfuss.
Another quick run-through with medical experts who serve as consultants on the show gave us a quick idea of how to intubate a patient. Then, it was time for a drill with the rest of the team, under the watchful eyes of Dr. Choy and Dr. Halstead.
With our patient revived, it was on to the last trial with the stars and consultants of Chicago Fire.
After another brief explanation of the drill we were to undergo, actor Joe Minoso who plays firefighter Joe Cruze demonstrated how to force open a door to find a victim trapped inside a smoke-filled apartment.
To make it authentic, we suited up in gear, and were given zero visibility face masks.
Then it was our turn, and trust me when I say those masks worked and made it impossible to see.
However, Minoso was there to guide us by voice, till we successfully rescued our man.
It was harder than it looked, and also gave me a new appreciation for the work these actors do to learn how to portray their professions as accurately as possible. It also gave me an appreciation for their real-life counterparts.
Again, the big crossover special is next Wednesday, Oct. 16th on WEEK TV.
And right after that, stick around for 25 News at 10 to hear what the stars had to say when we asked them some of your questions.