‘9-1-1’: Why Peter Krause Says Show Isn’t Your Typical Procedural

by Jacklyn Krol
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9-1-1 star Peter Krause said that there isn’t a typical day at the office for the cast or fans.

In a new interview with Us Weekly, he explained why the hit Fox series isn’t like any other show on the market. There’s no real procedure when it comes to first responders or the show’s plot.

“It’s not a strict procedural, you know?” he explained. “I always think of it as a comic book about first responders come to life. You could easily take some of the shots and some of the storylines of 9-1-1, put it into a comic book form and it would make perfect sense.”

Although last year his character saw significant personal turmoil (almost dying in a fire with a crazed lunatic), he explained that his character is finally in a good space.

“For my own self, I think that Bobby’s in a really good place,” he added. “He’s able to be the papa bear to everybody at work and also be a good husband to Athena, a good friend to Michael and a good stepdad.”

Oliver Stark on the Real ‘9-1-1’

9-1-1 is based on the real-life first responders, and the creators along with the cast try to make it as realistic as possible. Before they took their roles, the stars had to undergo extensive training. However it wasn’t set up by Fox, they each wanted to learn how to accurately portray their characters.

“For me, it was a lot more important to be able to train to do the job,” Oliver Stark explained to Assignment X. ‘There was a kind of divide of, I could train for aesthetics, or I could train to be capable. So I took the kind of training that a firefighter would do. So I did a lot of carrying heavy stuff around, and a lot of running, basically. It was difficult, but it was really rewarding.”

Surprisingly, in real life, firefighters don’t get much fire action compared to medical 9-1-1 calls or for safety situations. This lets Stark and the cast complete stunts on the set that they enjoy.

Eighty percent of calls to firefighters in L.A. deal with the medical,” Stark added. “And I feel like that’s not something that’s often represented. So I feel like we’re trying to keep it in the realm of reality, and show that. [When firefighters respond at a call], they know exactly what to do. We’ve had a lot of physically demanding moments on set. Which is great. It takes away the element of acting, because you just have to do it. You have to get up, and you have to climb that ladder. You have to rappel down that building, which is a lot of fun.”

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