Jesse Spencer and Monica Raymund weigh in on the benefits of splitting their characters up and what changes are ahead for next season.
Chicago Fire stars Jesse Spencer and Monica Raymund should know better. Their characters, Matt Casey and Gabriela Dawson, ended their engagement midway through the current season after several false starts and stops. Out of the many romantic pairings on Fire and its sister series Chicago P.D., the flame for Dawson and Casey burns brightest for fans, who have had a difficult time coming to grips with their breakup. But their on-screen tension is masked by their off-screen antics, like when Raymund playfully kissed her co-star’s cheek during a photo shoot at NBC’s Summer Press Day. “We want to torture them,” said Raymund afterwards with a laugh.
So does this mean there’s hope on the horizon? Raymund and Spencer spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about Casey and Dawson’s future, the “shuffling” coming in season four and more crossovers.
You’ve been playing with this on-and-off dynamic for a while. Isn’t it finally time for these two to get together and stay together?
Jesse Spencer: Yes, but circumstances aren’t allowing that right now. We could date again, but the power structure was weird and it’s difficult to make it work. Anyone who’s worked with a spouse or a girlfriend in any situation knows it’s a really intricate sort of relationship and you have to work really hard at it. It wasn’t really panning out.
Monica Raymund: Dawsey may happen. I think that they love each other, and they always will and they know they’re meant for eachother. But like he said, the circumstances in that world make it so hard to be together, so we just have to see if we can make it work — if they choose to try.
Jesse Spencer of TV’s Chicago Fire, has a starring role in the big screen thriller The Girl is in Trouble. Columbus Short (Scandal) stars as August, a struggling DJ on New York’s Lower East Side who gets caught up in a mystery involving a drug dealer, a missing woman and the heir to a powerful investment company.
The title of this film could be “August Is in Trouble,” considering the problems he faces. His troubles begin when Signe, a girl he met in a club, calls him up in the middle of the night. The terrified Signe explains she witnessed and is involved in a murder case centered around a drug dealer and the most powerful stockbroker in New York. August is subsequently led into a dangerous criminal underworld headed by a jaded gangster, ironically known as Angel.
Starring as Angel is Wilmer Valderrama (From Dusk Till Dawn, That ’70s Show). In the role of Signe is Polish actress Alicja Bachleda, recently seen in the mystery thriller The American Side. The eclectic cast also features Paz de la Huerta (Boardwalk Empire), Tom Pelphrey (Banshee), Wass Stevens (House of Cards) and Spencer’s Chicago Fire castmate Mike Starr.
Writing and directing this project is documentary filmmaker Julius Onah (All Eyes On: Justin Timberlake), who is making his feature film writing and directorial debut. Onah is also producing the film, alongside the iconic Spike Lee.
The Girl is in Trouble opens April 3.
We caught up with accomplished actor Jesse Spencer (House M.D., Chicago Fire) to find out why his role in The Girl is in Trouble is like being in Grand Theft Auto, how he used his violin skills in this movie, and what accent he’d like to have for life.
Jesse Spencer is Australian, but considering his renown on American TV—most recently as Dr. Robert Chase on House and currently as Matthew Casey on Chicago Fire—you wouldn’t guess it. In the movie The Girl is in Trouble (out today), Spencer shows even more range by starring as Nicholas, a rich, spoiled New Yorker caught in a complex web of drugs, money, and murder. Spencer joins an all-star cast and crew for this movie, with the likes of actors Wilmer Valderrama and Columbus Short, director/writer Julius Onah, and executive producer Spike Lee.
See what Spencer had to say about the movie and more, below.
How did you come across the script and land the role for The Girl is in Trouble?
JESSE SPENCER: I’d been looking for a fun short project for some time when working on House that would fulfill both creative outlets and fit into my hiatus. I read the script and was immediately intrigued by the character Nicholas and the script.
Tell us about your character, Nicholas.
JS: Nicholas is the heir of a billionaire mogul Wall Street fraudster, a young child with a superiority complex and many demons. He grew up in a culture of entitlement and ego. This, combined with his access to money, gets him in over his head.
Added 1 photo from the event taken last year. Thanks Carol.