“Lindstead” fans, buckle up: Both members of the Chicago P.D. couple will spill their backstories to each other when a case sends them off on an emotionally revealing trek to Green Bay, Wis., in Episode 15.
While driving to pick up a witness, Lindsay and Halstead are “going to spend a lot of time in the car talking,” star Jesse Lee Soffer previews.
And once you open up those floodgates, it seems, they can’t be closed. “We’re going to learn a lot about Lindsay, her family and her meeting Voight, and a lot about Jay, his family and the military,” Soffer continues.
The actor warns that the installment is still in the process of being written, but “as far as I know, we’re going to start hearing some backstory into Jay and Mouse and being in Afghanistan together,” Soffer shares. Additionally, viewers will get insight into why the cop “was maybe troubled or turned around before and how he found himself getting out of that situation.”
The atypical hour was inspired by last season’s Burgess and Roman-centric, bottle-like episode, which was one of the most popular among viewers during end-of-year-testing, executive producer Derek Haas reveals.
“It was so fun doing it, and it was different,” Haas says. “This year when we looked at what episodes [executive producer] Michael [Brandt] and I were going to write, and we saw the 15th slot, which is the same slot as last time and Nick [Gomez] was going to direct it again, we thought, ‘OK, what can we do differently?’ At first, we had the idea that we were going to do maybe a stakeout… Then I think it was [Michael] who said, ‘What if we put Lindsay and Halstead on the road?’ So we got excited about that.”
Until that journey to Green Bay, the twosome, shockingly, enjoy a period of smooth sailing. When asked what the pair’s next challenge is, Soffer replies, “You know what? Right now, I don’t think there is [one].”
“For the time being, we’re going to see a little bit more freedom for them, and they’re going to be enjoying not having Voight breathing down their neck all time, ’cause he signed off on [the relationship],” he adds. “We’re going to see them enjoy being cops and having their flirtation on the side.”
THE THIRD SEASON of the NBC police drama “Chicago PD” starts tonight, and Jesse Lee Soffer, who plays Detective Jay Halstead, sat down with me yesterday to offer a sneak peek of what to expect.
Soffer, who’s been acting since he was 6 years old, had a smaller role in “Chicago Fire,” playing an ambiguously dirty policeman. It’s when producers on the show decided to make a spin-off based on the police department’s perspective that they cast Soffer as a cop in the intelligence unit whose moral and ethical boundaries are a little muddled.
“I’ve never been on such an action-oriented show. There’s always a car chase or something going on. This was really my first foray into that stuff. It’s just so much fun,” he said.
You might remember Soffer, now 31, portraying Bobby Brady in 1995’s “The Brady Bunch Movie” and again in the sequel a year later. He also had roles in several soap operas in the late 1990s and early 2000s, which he said helped prepare him for the type of dialogue he would have to memorize for his current gig. He now also gets to do his own stunts.
“A lot of the fight scenes are pretty intense, and I get to do all those,” he said. “I jumped off one of the bridges along the river walk. We had a giant air pad – those things firefighters have for when someone jumps out of a building. I jumped into one of those – off camera. It looked like I jumped, hit the ground and rolled, but it was a good 25 meters.”
As for any glimpses into the show’s third season, he said fans can look forward to seeing what happens to his character’s partner, Detective Erin Lindsay, played by Sophia Bush.
“She’s kind of gone down a dark rabbit-hole, if you will, of drugs, alcohol and God-knows-what. She’s turned in her badge and doesn’t want to be a cop anymore. Halstead, my character, is trying to bring her back into the light.”