Jesse Lee Soffer Talks Acting Journey In New York, Los Angeles and Chicago

Before his current run as Detective Jay Halstead on Chicago P.D., Jesse Lee Soffer cut his teeth as a child actor working in feature films (Matinee, Safe Passage, The Brady Bunch Movie) and in Soaps (Guiding Light, As The World Turns). During the NBC Universal Summer Press Tour I asked Soffer if he found any differences amidst the acting communities of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

CHICAGO P.D. - Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead, Sophia Bush as Erin Lindsay -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. – Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead, Sophia Bush as Erin Lindsay — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)

“I think that there’s big differences. Because I’ve been in each of those communities. New York is definitely a grittier kind of, hone your skills and grow some chops so to speak place. I’m proud to have been born there and whatnot (laughs).

L.A. is very industry driven. It’s really about the work and about the business which is not less than (New York) at all. They both have their merits . . . New York is where you learn and L.A. is where you work.

Chicago is great for theater . . . and it’s another place where, if you want to do TV or film, it’s a great place to learn and to hone your craft in the theater world. They’re all very different but all equally important I think, at least for my profession.” Jesse Lee Soffer 

Below is our video version of Soffer’s take on the NY/LA/Chicago acting environments:

The fourth season of Chicago P.D., featuring co-stars Sophia Bush and Jon Seda, begins Thursday, September 21 on NBC (10/9c).

Do you agree with Soffer’s take on the acting communities of these three very different cities? Feel free to comment below as we’d love to hear your opinions!

Greg Srisavasdi

Editor/Owner of Find Your Seen and Deepest Dream, I'm also a BFCA member and editor of Hollywood Outbreak. I also do a weekly movie review podcast called CinemAddicts. BFCA member, Clippers and UCLA Bruins lifer!!

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