Exclusive delivery with Chicago Fire’s Taylor Kinney

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The ninth season of Chicago Fire: Fire Station 51 started at TVA a few weeks ago. Taylor Kinney, the interpreter of Lieutenant Kelly Severide took advantage of his visit to the Monte-Carlo Television Festival to tell some confidences to HebdoTV.

You are present after the start in chicago fire. Do you get even closer to the firefighters who pay tribute to you in the series?
I think over time you become even more grateful for the incredible work that firefighters and first responders can do. I never had to put myself in danger to save a life. When I’m in front of a simulated fire, however, and can’t see anything within 1m because of the smoke, I can only admire their bravery.

It’s a very physical role. Would you be ready to embody a firefighter for a long time?
I could play Kelly Severide for another 10 years if necessary! I have been looking for a role in a series like this for a long time. I wanted to be part of such an adventure from the start and play one of the main characters. For me, it really is a dream job. I will never be grateful enough to Dick Wolf (the creator of chicago fire) for giving me such a chance.

Before arriving in chicago fireyou have not always known the site of the accused…
It’s true. I wanted to work with Dick Wolf so badly that I auditioned to star in Law and Order: Sex Crimes, but I was not accepted. I also shot a pilot with Don Johnson in the fan he was the owner of a hair salon in Los Angeles, a series that didn’t go any further. So when I played in the pilot of chicago firein March 2012, and we received confirmation that we had to do a full season, it was an important step in my career.

With Jesse Spencer and Eamonn Walker in the ninth season.

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With Jesse Spencer and Eamonn Walker in the ninth season.

What memories do you have of filming this pilot?
It was very hot for a March, which is pretty rare in Chicago. I was like a kid in a candy store: I was so excited because I was going to shoot my first action scene in chicago fire. It was a rooftop rescue. It took us three or four days to shoot this sequence, plus we had a lot of fun, Jesse Spencer and me! After filming the pilot, I went for a walk down Michigan Avenue (United of the main arteries of Chicago) with the strange feeling that I would be here for a long time…

After all these years in Kelly Severide’s uniform, can you easily detach yourself from the character when you come home?
I camp this character 10 months out of 12, after 10 years. Cell makes a lot of people call me Kelly on the street. When you play a role for so long, it can be confusing, the more the audience hatches and doesn’t really know the difference between the character and the actor. On my side, this is not the case. Don’t worry, I’m not going to show up during an intervention Thinking that I’m a real firefighter! (Laughs) When I come home, I am myself. When I relax with family, I am not Severide.

In the first season of the series.

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In the first season of the series.

Has your character taught you things about yourself?
I think Kelly has made enough mistakes in her life that I avoid making the same ones. He also experienced a lot of love torments over the seasons. When I see it, I tell myself that I am rather lucky, finally! (Laughs)

You are a motorsport enthusiast. Did you take advantage of your stay in Monaco to get started on the Formula 1 circuit that passes through the city?
I had already been to Monaco, and the first choice I had made was to take the famous tunnel. It was magical, much more than going to the casino! (Laughs) This time I tried to see if Charles Leclerc was around (the Ferrari driver is domiciled in Monaco), but he was in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix. Otherwise, he might have lent me his Ferrari, who knows!

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