Chicago Fire

Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - COVER STORY - TAY­LOR KIN­NEY

takes a cer­tain kind of per­son to run into a burn­ing build­ing when ev­ery­one else is run­ning out. And Chicago Fire looks at the pri­vate and pro­fes­sional lives of a group of in­di­vid­u­als who work as fire­fight­ers and paramedics in a di­vi­sion of the Chicago Fire Depart­ment.

Pro­duced by Law & Or­der cre­ator Dick Wolf and now air­ing on Seven af­ter a pay- TV run, the se­ries stars Aus­tralia’s Jesse Spencer as Lieu­tenant Matthew Casey, a no- non­sense com­man­der locked in a feud with fel­low of­fi­cer Lieu­tenant Kelly Sev­eride, played by Tay­lor Kin­ney. The fight is over who is re­spon­si­ble for the death of a mu­tual friend and fire­fighter dur­ing a tragic blaze.

But the pain of los­ing his friend isn’t the only wound Sev­eride is car­ry­ing, as up­com­ing episodes will re­veal. this ten­sion over­load and it’s a blame game.

Th­ese two char­ac­ters are sim­i­lar in that I’m the lieu­tenant of a squad com­pany, he’s the lieu­tenant of a truck com­pany, they’ve worked ex­ces­sively hard to get to where they are, they’re great at what they do and maybe a lit­tle too stub­born at times. Kelly Sev­eride is very bold, very sure of him­self. Is he some­one you are able to re­late to? Yes and no. I’ve played char­ac­ters be­fore where I was al­ways the one ask­ing ques­tions, so it feels lib­er­at­ing. My char­ac­ter is con­fi­dent in what he does and the way he does it. That type of strong char­ac­ter is some­one that any­one would want to play. It’s a dream job. I can’t think of any other job that I’d want to have on TV right now. We use the fire­house as a cat­a­lyst to bring th­ese char­ac­ters to­gether and to tell sto­ries within that. The re­la­tion­ship be­tween al­pha males Sev­eride and Casey is a tense one. Walk us through it. It’s been a healthy rivalry over the years, so the ac­ci­dent serves as a cat­a­lyst for that ten­sion be­tween the two of them. They start off when we see them in ear­lier times – com­rades, if you will – and then some­thing hap­pens to start Did you train with ac­tual Chicago fire­fight­ers to pre­pare for your role? Yeah, it was great. We went there to film the pi­lot and we shad­owed fire­fight­ers in the city. We went to three or four dif­fer­ent fire­houses.

I re­ally saw the ca­ma­raderie be­tween th­ese peo­ple. It’s in their blood to be able to go and do th­ese things on a daily ba­sis, to put them­selves in harm’s way and then to let go when they leave work. They’re a spe­cial breed of peo­ple. Chicago Fire, Mon­day, Seven, 8.30pm

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