Brian Tee isn't the only One Chicago star who's returned to direct

The franchise actors love popping up behind the camera.

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Brian Tee is a busy man. He will always be known to Chicago Med fans as Dr. Ethan Choi, but he recently booked a supporting role on season 3 of the popular Amazon series Reacher, and is also slated to appear in the upcoming anthology series The Scapegoats.

Despite being so busy, Tee has found time to take up a mantle that's quickly becoming a One Chicago tradition: the actor-turned-director. Deadline confirmed that he will be directing the ninth episode of the current season of Chicago Med, which will mark his second time working on the medical drama from behind the camera.

Brian Tee will direct a season 9 Med episode

Chicago Med - Season 6
CHICAGO MED -- "Fathers and Mothers, Daughters and Sons" Episode 608 -- Pictured: Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

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When asked to expand upon why he is coming back, Tee told Deadline that the One Chicago franchise functions as a sort of home base in terms of comfort and artistic freedom:

"No matter how far I may go, it’s always so special to be able to go back home and feel grounded in your own backyard. The Chicago Med set is my home away from home."

Tee also noted how much easier it is to step in and direct within a space that he spent almost a decade working in as an actor. His familiarity with the cast, as well as the sets and the workflow of the franchise's crew members, means that he's able to spend more time focusing on things like story and shot composition.

3 One Chicago stars have also directed

Chicago Fire - Season 6
CHICAGO FIRE -- Season: 6 -- Pictured: Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson -- (Photo by: John Tsiavis/NBC) /

Tee is technically the third One Chicago star to make the pivot. Jesse Lee Soffer went from starring on Chicago PD to directing an episode of the crime drama in season 10, "Deadlocked."

Soffer echoed Tee's emphasis on comfortability, telling NBC that he's so familiar with the material that directing proved easier than he anticipated:

"The dynamic didn't really change all that much, you know? We all know the show so well, and it's been on for 10 years."

Monica Raymund, meanwhile, made the pivot from Chicago Fire to directing episodes of the Dick Wolf adjacent shows FBI and Law & Order. Raymond has helmed three episodes of FBI to date (including one with a Chicago PD crossover), and one episode of Law & Order and Law & Order: Organized Crime, respectively.

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