Chicago PD

Sea­son 2 (*194) 20:30 Ac­tion

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De­tec­tive Jay Hal­stead is the brash and trig­ger-happy de­tec­tive in Chicago PD’s (2014-cur­rent) In­tel­li­gence Unit. But it’s not just the at­ti­tude that ac­tor Jesse Lee Sof­fer had to get to terms with. He went from food-con­scious for­mer ath­lete who fo­cused on fit­ness to a “mus­cled gym junkie who lives off steak and pota­toes,” laughs Jesse.

1 The 33-year-old New Yorker has been act­ing since he was six, when he was cast in a ce­real com­mer­cial. His first screen role came two years later when he worked with John Good­man in pe­riod com­edy Mati­nee (1993).

2 He is an only bi­o­log­i­cal child but Jesse has three step-sis­ters and a step-brother fol­low­ing his par­ents’ – an­i­ma­tor Stan and hu­man­i­tar­ian Jill’s – di­vorce.

3 Jesse was a top soc­cer player in high school and played as a winger, so “I needed to be small and light,” he says. “When I was cast in PD, I had to change ev­ery­thing to bulk up in gym.”

4 He ac­tu­ally made his first Chicago ap­pear­ance in Chicago Fire (2013cur­rent), the orig­i­nal show in the fran­chise – Chicago PD was tested on Fire be­fore be­ing green­lit as a full show.

5 While he main­tains that he’s still 5 on the mar­ket, Jesse’s been spot­ted hold­ing hands and look­ing cosy with his Chicago PD co-star Sophia Bush (Erin Lind­say) since 2014.

6 And he may love his new ac­tion home, but Jesse ad­mits that his heart be­longs to soapies and com­edy. He played Will Mun­son in long-run­ning soap As The World Turns (1956-2010) from 2004 to 2010, which he re­ceived mul­ti­ple Emmy nom­i­na­tions for, as well as Bobby Brady in the Brady Bunch movies (1995 and 1996).

Jesse’s co-star and ru­moured girl­friend Sophia Bush.

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