“We shot so much stuff that didn’t even make it into the show of swimming up and down against the current,” he revealed. “And even as somebody who enjoys being in the water as much as myself. And I consider myself a good swimmer, it beat the hell out of me. I was so sore the next day, but also filled with this huge sense of achievement.”
How does one film a fake tsunami? In a pool of course.
“Yeah, we went down and we shot it in Rosarita, in Mexico,” he shared. “They have these huge tanks that were actually built for Titanic. So we got to go and recreate Santa Monica Pier in these tanks, and make it happen there.”
While on the screen it looked like an ocean, it wasn’t actually that deep. In fact, he could stand up in the tank and it only went up to his waist. That didn’t stop it from being an exhaustive shoot, though.
‘9-1-1’ Star Aisha Hinds on Favorite Parts of the Job
Aisha Hinds spoke with Assignment X about how she brought her character to life and one of her favorite aspects of the job. She has regularly done ride along with female firefighters. Outsiders know that this show tries to make it as realistic as possible, so this comes as no surprise.
Her character Henrietta Wilson is the sole female firefighter on the squad. She believes that this helps the show and people’s perception.
“I think it’s helpful, because each person, each individual, has their own individual experience and story and contribution to offer. So it’s helpful,” she said. “It definitely is helpful to meet as many people, and to just continue to be exposed to it.”
Obviously, there is only so much they can do for television. But in reality, real female firefighters have thanked Hinds for her depiction of the character. She has regularly been stopped while in public.
“I’ve had a few favorable encounters with female firefighters who feel incredibly happy that they are being reflected and represented. I’ve met them,” she shared. “And they come up to me and they are just like, ‘Thank you.’ And I’m like, ‘For what? Breakfast?’ And they are, ‘Just for your representation of us.’”
When it comes to stereotypes, firefighters are one of the careers that women have to fight to get into. Hinds knows this and hopes to change the thought of a firefighter always being a man.
“Because I think that the idea – when you say firefighter,’ you don’t particularly default to thinking about women and their presence. And so they are very happy and grateful, which makes me very happy,” she concluded.