Taylor Kinney, oh yes! The Chicago Fire and The Other Woman star is just as sweet in real life as he is on screen
The Chicago Fire star is the lone good guy in the revenge comedy The Other Woman – and he’s that sweet in real life, too (just ask Lady Gaga!).
What you know about Taylor Kinney depends on what you watch more: Chicago Fire or your Lady Gaga Google alert (he’s been Mother Monster’s beau for over three years – they met on the set of her ‘You and I’ music video). You may also know him as Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton’s co-star in the ultimate girlblockbuster The Other Woman. (Leslie teams up with Cameron and Kate to take revenge on a skeevy guy that they all have in common, and Taylor plays the sane guy sounding board.)
The 34-year-old Vampire Diaries alum told us about portraying one of Chicago’s finest, working with the funniest blondes in the biz, and the hazards of hiking with Lady Gaga.
GLAMOUR How has playing a firefighter in Chicago Fire changed you? Taylor Kinney Firefighters are pretty much the bravest people on earth. I’ve always looked up to them, and that grew even more after 9/11. But going on ride-alongs with real Chicago firefighters and wearing the heavy suits that they wear [to prepare for the role] raises your appreciation. It really is a selfless job. What’s been your craziest fire-related experience? I once lived in a cottage made entirely of wood, and there was an electrical fire. We all ran outside and no one got hurt, but the house was demolished. Wow! Did you take anything with you? I think that I grabbed a record player and my phone charger. Your mind doesn’t operate like you think it will in that situation – it just goes blank. You had a big part on Vampire Diaries as the hunky werewolf Mason Lockwood. Do you get recognised more from that or Chicago Fire? People still fan out on [my character] Mason Lockwood. Vampire Diaries did a lot for me as well as my career. When The Other Woman was in production, we saw photos of all of you shooting on the beach with wine – it looked like such a blast! It was so much fun. And working with Leslie Mann was a serious masterclass in comedy. It’s hard to keep it together around her! When you have time off, what do you do when you’re in your hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania? I really love Sunday-morning drives. I’ll be up at 6am, get a cup of coffee and just head out. And if Gaga comes back home with you, what do you do with that time? We’ll hike together. I’m always giving her flack, like, “Babe, you can’t wear your heels when we’re hiking.” We’ve been painting a bunch lately, too. What do you paint? I can’t tell you – I’ll have to leave it up to the imagination. There’s a lot of laughing. I think that’s the basis of a healthy relationship. We laugh a lot. I love that. You are both under such a spotlight – how do you deal with it? I don’t want to talk about rumours. I think we just complement each other. I’m proud of her, and think she’s proud of me, too. We’re kindred spirits.