Nick Gehlfuss on Jesse Lee Soffer exit: It’ll be ‘extremely lonely’

"No Good Deed Goes Unpunished…In Chicago" Episode 710 -- Pictured: Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
"No Good Deed Goes Unpunished…In Chicago" Episode 710 -- Pictured: Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

Nick Gehlfuss feels just like the rest of the One Chicago fanbase. The Chicago Med star recently opened up about Jesse Lee Soffer’s impending exit, and how much the absence of his onscreen brother will be felt. Pretty soon, he’ll be the only Halstead in the Windy City.

Gehlfuss sat down with TV Line to discuss a number of topics pertaining to the franchise, but it was his remarks about the Halsteads, and how things will change for his character, that left the biggest impression.

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"“I think he’ll be extremely lonely”, the actor revealed. “Because at this point, both of his parents aren’t alive. And as far as we know of the Halstead family, that’s all Will has left.”"

In a case of life imitating art, Gehlfuss said that Soffer took him under his wing when Chicago Med first aired, and their dynamic was one of brotherly support from the word go. The two got close in their personal lives, as well, and remain friends off the set.

"“I’ll never forget how he welcomed me into the whole franchise”, he added. “This show changed my life, and Jesse really took me under his wing, and I’ll never forget that because that’s the type of guy that he is. He’s done a fantastic job with his role. And the fans have always said they enjoyed seeing the Halstead brothers together. We loved working together.”"

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As we previously reported, there won’t be a final scene between the two Halstead brothers. While it would have been great to see their clashing personalities cross paths one last time, the schedule just didn’t allow for a scene to manifest.

That being said, Gehlfuss feels like the departure of Soffer’s character will force his own character to grow, and perhaps go out of his comfort zone to develop strong connections with others.

"“Maybe a relationship would be good for Will, to have someone else around”, he opined. “I mean, he has his colleagues, of course, but something a little more intimate to go home to and be with.”"

Are you going to miss Soffer as much as his One Chicago brother? We certainly will.

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