Places: ‘Chicago Fire’s’ Jesse Spencer Talks Love For The Midwest

Chicago Fire returns for its fifth season on October 11 (NBC, 10/9c), and actor Jesse Spencer attended NBC Universal’s latest TCA press tour and talked about the show. Along with being part of a successful program, Spencer has found his footing in Chicago. He elaborates on his affection for the Midwest after the jump.

CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Hose or The Animal" -- Pictured: Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE — “The Hose or The Animal” — Pictured: Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey — (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)

“I just really enjoy the Midwest. It’s very open. They like to have fun. They’ve got a strong sense of community. They’ve got a lot going for them over there. I think it’s a really good city and it kind of reminds me of Melbourne a little bit in ways except for the weather. I fit in very well there. It feels like a good spot for me.” – Jesse Spencer 

The video version of Spencer’s answer is below:

During the interview, I also asked Spencer about the advantages of working on such successful programs as House and Chicago Fire. Check out his answer below, which is featured on the YouTube channel of my other site Hollywood Outbreak:

Along with Spencer, Chicago Fire’s ensemble includes Taylor Kinney, Eamonn Walker, Monica Raymund, and David Eigenberg. Catch Chicago Fire’s season five premiere episode, titled “The Hose or the Animal,” October 11 on NBC (10/9c).

I lived in Edina, Minnesota for two years of my childhood, so I relate to Spencer’s take on the Midwest. It was a great place to grow up, even though tornado watches, shoveling snow on the driveways, and getting tons of mosquito bites were the order of the day.

Do you agree with Spencer’s views on the Midwest, and is Chicago really a “Midwestern version of New York City?” Chicagoans probably view that oft-used phrase as a pejorative, but feel free to comment below and offer up your take!!

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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