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!).

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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.

As fire­fighter Kelly Sev­eride in Chicago Fire. With Les­lie Mann in The Other Woman. On the set of ‘You And I’ with Lady Gaga, where their love blos­somed. With Lady Gaga at the Rock the Kas­bah pre­miere in New York.

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