‘Chicago P.D.’ Directorial Debut Was ‘Rewarding’

Halstead is again within the Windy Metropolis — however in a brand new function. Jesse Lee Soffer is making his directorial debut on Chicago P.D.’s Wednesday, March 22, episode, titled “Deadlocked.”

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“It was nice. It was fairly seamless. Working with all people for 10 seasons collectively, all of us direct one another right here and there. We’re all determining methods to make scenes come to life and convey what’s on the web page to the digital camera,” Soffer, 38, solely instructed Us Weekly forward of the episode’s debut. “And so we’ve been doing all of it alongside. It was a simple transition.”

The actor “feverishly” went over the script each night time in the course of the week of filming alongside his former costars Jason Beghe, Tracy Spiridakos, LaRoyce Hawkins and Marina Squerciati.

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“Directing is completely completely different. Performing, you’re simply prepping your traces and the scenes that you simply’re gonna be in. You’re wanting over the entire script to determine the tone and what the story’s about and the whole lot. … And it’s the identical with directing, however you’ve been doing it for a pair weeks longer since you had been prepping the episode,” he defined to Us. “I used to be undoubtedly tearing via that script going line by line in each scene going, ‘OK, we’re gonna do that and that is. I would like pictures of this, that, and the opposite factor.’”

Soffer shadowed director Bethany Rooney earlier than getting behind the digital camera and continued to get pointers from digital camera operator Victor Macias as soon as in manufacturing.

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“I stored shifting on actually shortly as a result of I felt like I had it and we might transfer on. I used to be shifting at a superb tempo and he wished me to take extra time and do extra takes and to go away the digital camera working longer. And it was an amazing observe since you by no means know what’s gonna occur on the finish of a take or one thing like that,” Soffer recalled. “In order that was the problem for me. I used to be like, ‘OK, nice. Lower. We’re good. We’re shifting on.’ And he was like, ‘Let it go longer.’ And I used to be like, ‘OK, good. Good name. You’re proper.’”

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The In Time actor plans to live-tweet the episode, including that he’s “very happy with it.”

“I’m nervous to see what folks assume. I prefer it. I had a variety of enjoyable doing it, and it’s my style of how a P.D. episode ought to go. So hopefully all people else feels the identical method,” he instructed Us. “I undoubtedly would direct extra if the chance got here up. I’m grateful to [creator Dick] Wolf and all people at Wolf Movies for giving me the chance. Trigger I had a lot enjoyable. It was actually rewarding.”

Soffer formally exited the procedural crime drama final 12 months after 10 years, showing in his remaining episode as Jay Halstead that October.

“Halstead’s completely in my blood and at all times shall be so, by no means say by no means,” he mentioned of probably returning for just a few episodes. “However I’m taking it someday at a time similar to all people else.”

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He added: “I actually struggled a very long time making that call.”

Coming again to direct can also be up within the air — however he’s sport.

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“Not against it,” he mentioned, noting that “there haven’t been” conversations but. “I’m undoubtedly keen on scratching that itch extra and studying extra and having extra directing expertise, so not against it. We’ll see.”

Chicago P.D. airs on NBC Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET.