VIDEO! Nice Boy Of The Week: Jesse Lee Soffer
With new episodes of Chicago P.D. now being pushed back until May 4, we’re getting antsy without our weekly Jay Halstead and Jesse Lee Soffer fix (thank goodness for ONE CHICAGO characters crossing over in their worlds!) To tide us over during this mini hiatus and in honor of his birthday this weekend, we’re dubbing Chicago P.D.‘s Jesse Lee Soffer our Nice Boy of the Week.
Soffer, who turns 32 this weekend, has been acting since he was six. In fact you may recall him as Bobby Brady in the two Brady Bunch movies from the ’90s (back then he was known as Jesse Lee) and as Taylor Donovan in the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen series, Two of a Kind. Then in 2004, he joined the daytime soap As the World Turns as Will Munson, a role that he played up until 2008 and then briefly returned to in 2010. After leaving the soap, he guest starred on shows such as The Mentalist and CSI: Miami. In 2012, he played the troubled Nate Devlin in The Mob Doctor, which was cancelled after one season. In 2013 he starred in the TV movie Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret as Travis Alexander, before being cast in the pilot Hatfields and McCoys, where he met future his future Chicago P.D. co-stars Sophia Bush and Patrick John Flueger. The three actors actually played siblings, but sadly the pilot was not picked up. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as Soffer was then cast in the role that we all know and love him as – Jay Halstead. Jay first popped up in season two of Chicago Fire as an undercover cop who has a fling with Gabby and then gets shot on the job, which then saw him transfer from Gangs to the Intelligence unit, which paved the way to spin-off, Chicago P.D. Since then, we’ve also seen Jay Halstead also pop into Chicago Med and Law and Order: SVU.
As army-ranger-turned-cop Jay Halstead, Soffer does all his own stunts and loves it. He has also said upon many occasions that he has nothing but the utmost respect for cops and the work that they do to keep people safe and feels honored that he gets to represent them onscreen. Follow Soffer on Instagram and not only will you get to see cool snaps from behind the scenes of the show (or even of the cast hanging out on weekends because these guys are seriously one big family!), but you might also notice that he’s a bit of a foodie. Follow him on Snapchat (realjls) and you’re in for a treat, especially if he has some downtime on set – trust us, you won’t regret it. 😉
We chatted with Jesse on the red carpet at last year’s #NBCChicagoDay event to find out what makes Jay and himself nice guys, and of course got his thoughts on Linstead. Watch the video below to see what Jesse revealed…
Check out Jesse in Chicago P.D. on Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC, when new episodes return on May 4.