Sunday, October 28, 2012
You currently play Jose Vargas on NBC’s new hit show Chicago Fire. Can you tell us a bit about your character and how he fits into the story?
Vargas is a 16 year firefighting veteran who is trying to work his way to a leadership position. He is making the switch from TRUCK to SQUAD. The SQUAD is like the Navy Seals. They specialize in the more extreme rescues. You’ll see how his relationships shift with his former TRUCK mates once he switches over to SQUAD. It is a little bit of a competitive thing that goes on.
The first few episodes have been a mixture of sad, tense, nerve racking, funny, and a few random happy moments. What kind of feeling will the rest of this season give the viewers?
I have to say it is non stop. Thinks are always moving and changing. It really is like making a movie every week. Lots of Action, Lots of fun!!! I feel like a little kid who gets to play fireman everyday!!!
Can you give us any hints as to different scenarios we might see throughout this season?
No way!!!! You guys will have to tune in and go on a ride with us!!! Playing a firefighter, EMT, or other “real life hero” seems like it could be a lot of pressure.
How important is it to live up to the real life heroics that these types of people handle in their every day lives?
One of the first things that I did before shooting the pilot was to do a 24 hour shift at one of the houses. It was the best lesson of what firefighters were all about. These are SELFLESS human beings that one minute are sitting around the table telling jokes and busting each others balls and the next they’re putting their life on the line for a complete stranger. The whole cast works hard everyday to honor what they stand for!!!
What do you think it is about this show that is drawing the viewers in?
I really believe that it is the relationships inside the firehouse that people are going to want to follow. It truly is an AMAZING group of people that have come together to make up this “family” and it was there from the first minute that we all met...which is very rare.
Up against many other shows on television, what sets Chicago Fire apart?
Like I mentioned earlier, it feels like we are making a movie every week instead of a television show. Our writer/creators Derek Haas and Michael Brandt have written “3:10 to Yuma”, “Wanted”, “2 Fast 2 Furious” etc.... So they bring that big screen vision to the table every episode.
The viewers and fans are the ones that will get Chicago renewed for another season and continuously coming back for more. If you could say anything to them, what would it be?
Come join our family of firefighters at Firehouse 51 Wednesdays at 10PM!!! It’s a wild ride!!!!
Aside from Chicago Fire, are there any other projects we should be on the lookout for from you?
I have a film called “SEAL TEAM SIX: THE RAID ON OSAMA BIN LADEN” premiering on the National Geographic channel on November 4th. It is the first film to be released on the mission to kill Bin Laden. It has a great cast and I have a AWESOME role right at the beginning of the film. Much, much different from VARGAS.....:)
Where can fans find you online? Twitter/Facebook?