CHICAGO MED — “Lock It Down” Episode 314 — Pictured: (l-r) Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning, Lorena Diaz as Nurse Doris — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
Torrey DeVittogrew up appreciating the works of such diverse actors as Monica Bellucci, Jim Carrey, and Brittany Murphy. Though she has starred in movies, DeVitto’s acting foundation has actually been on television thanks to her work in Pretty Little Liarsand nowChicago Med.
Working on a successful program does have its perks, and while it may breed an understandable level of complacency DeVitto continues to push herself as an artist. She admits that there are some days that doesn’t hit the mark when playing Dr. Natalie Manning. Candor is a great thing, and being self-critical actually helps DeVitto keep her Chicago Medsuccess in perspective.
“It’s just kind of remembering why I’m doing this and why I love it,” said DeVitto. “And then just really going back through the script again and finding those little nuances that maybe I felt I’d missed from the day before in some of the scenes and making up for it that way.”
Click on the media bar to hear DeVitto discuss the joy and challenges of working on Chicago Medand playing Dr. Natalie Manning:
Chicago Medairs Tuesday evenings on NBC (10 pm et/pt).
Season three of Chicago Med is in full swing and Colin Donnell, who plays cardiothoracic surgeon Connor Rhodes, had some valuable insight on the creative joys of working on the show.
“One of the great pleasures of television, I think, is getting that new script and learning something new about your character that you didn’t know the previous week,” said Donnell, a stage vet who’s worked on Anything Goes and Meet Me In St. Louis. “It’s like opening up a new chapter of a book – we’re getting to peel away the layers of these people as we go along. The greatest thing that any writer, actor, producer, or director can hear is you get to tell more stories.”
Click on the media bar to hear Colin Donnell, who is also known for his run on TV’s Arrow, talk about why he loves working in the “wonderful” city of Chicago.
Chicago Med, co-starring Nick Gehlfuss andBrian Tee, airs Tuesdays on NBC (10/9c).
Though she did appear in pivotal episodes on last season’s Chicago P.D., Tracy Spiridakos is still a relative newbie to the show. With Det. Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush) leaving her job and securing a deal to work with the FBI (a trade-off to keep her troublesome mother out of jail), no-nonsense cop Det. Hailey Upton (Spiridakos) is up for the challenge.
The One Chicago family will often have crossover episodes and characters weave in and out of each other’s respective series, and this dynamic has led to a tight knight community. “The Dick Wolf family has been a very warm one,” said Spiridakos. “We walk past all the other trailers for Chicago Fireand Chicago Med and the cast and everybody else will come out and I’m the new one so they’ll (say) ‘Hey nice to meet you’ and introduce themselves. All around – just genuinely all of them are wonderful. Everyone is so sweet and my experience has been great.”
Click on the media bar to hear Spiradakos explain how she relates to the “thrill” aspect Det. Hailey Upton:
Season five of Chicago P.D., which also features the return ofJon Seda as Det. Antonio Dawson, returns Wednesday September 27 on NBC (10/9c).
Nick Gehlfuss was once a struggling actor in New York City, but thanks to roles in The Newsroom, Shameless, and now Chicago Med, those days are now in the rear view mirror.
Gehlfuss’ success has not led to complacency, as he’s always finding room to improve on Chicago Med through constant observation of his own craft.
“For me, I have all these resources that I pull from,” said Gehlfuss. “Every time it airs, I do actually watch the episodes to see my work and everyone else’s work. It’s actually a treat. I don’t really get to see any of the footage until it airs but I’m constantly verifying the work and you get to do that weekly. I don’t have to wait for a film to come out a couple of years later so see ‘oh did that work.’ I consistently have that check in.”
Gehlfuss’ mother is a nurse, and in the video below he explains how his work on the show has deepened his appreciation for people who work in the medical field.
Fans of the FX series Justified know Joelle Carter as Ava Crowder, a tough minded woman who, even if it’s on the wrong side of the law, was determined to survive at any cost. It was a showy and gratifying role for Carter, and now she’s playing a completely different character (at least career wise) in the latest Dick Wolf (Chicago Fire, Chicago Med) series Chicago Justice.
“I play Laura Nagel,” said Carter. “She’s a state attorney investigator. I am partnered with Jon Seda, whom we stole from Chicago P.D. I feel we have great chemistry and I really enjoy learning and playing with him. Laura has been doing this a long time and she’s seasoned and she’s very dedicated to her job.
In the video below, Joelle Carter talks about the dedication and the sacrifice that is part of Laura Nagel’s job.
Chicago Justice, co-starring Carl Weathers (Rocky) and Philip Winchester (The Player), airs Sunday evenings on NBC (9/8c).