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).
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.
There are obviously various elements that make an acting performance believable. The week to week schedule of television leads to the continuous growth of such shows as Chicago Med, and though a great deal of love should be shown to prodigious TV icon Dick Wolf and a solid writing staff, credit should also go to the ensemble who can often take that material to another level.
Case in point is Chicago Med’sNick Gehlfuss(“Dr. Will Halstead”) andTorrey DeVitto(“Dr. Natalie Manning”), actors who share a fruitful collaboration on the show.”It’s not a full band unless you allow it to be,” said DeVitto. “And some people don’t, and some will. Working with Nick, we definitely have joined a band together.”
“When you have veterans like Oliver Platt and S. Epatha Merkerson – just by watching their work you can learn so much,” adds Gehlfuss. “So when I’m not working or I’m on set . . . I’ll go and I’ll watch.”
In the video below, DeVitto and Gehlfuss talk about their acting experiences on Chicago Med.
To check out video of Torrey DeVitto elaborating on her love for the Monica Bellucci films Irreversible and Malena, please go to our sister site Deepest Dream.Chicago Med airs Tuesday evenings on NBC (9/8c).