Jesse Lee Soffer has not been onscreen for a quite a while, but he’s still part of the Chicago PD family. He directed an episode in season 10, and his character, Jay Halstead, is still being referred to in a way that keeps him relevant. Soffer did a lot of promo in the lead up to his last episode (or at least, his last to date), but he’s been relatively quiet since.
He decided to break his social media silence to voice support for the ongoing actors strike. Soffer posted his SAG-AFTRA card on Instagram, along with the caption: “Proud member since 1991. This union has supported me for 32 years! I stand strong with SAG-AFTRA.”
It may be a surprise for some to learn that Soffer has been a member since 1991, but he made his screen debut as a child in the 1993 film Matinee, and would go on to find greater fame by starring in 1995’s The Brady Bunch Movie and 1996’s A Very Brady Sequel. He’s an industry veteran, and he’s standing alongside his former Chicago PD co-stars– many of whom have also voiced their support for the strike on social media.
While Soffer has decided to step away from PD indefinitely, he continues to have a close bond with several of the show’s other actors. He praised Jason Beghe during an interview with Variety, noting that their onscreen partnership has informed the way they interact offscreen.
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“Jason and I have become brothers,” Soffer explained. “You’re in the trenches together, making this thing what it is and pouring your heart and soul into it — blood, sweat and tears for a decade. So there’s a lot of him in me probably, and a lot of me and him.”
While it would be nice to see Soffer return as Halstead, it’s good to know he’s still on the same page as the rest of the cast!
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