‘Chicago Fire’: Joe Minoso’s Favorite Experience on Set Will Hit Fans Right in the Heart

by Jacklyn Krol
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Joe Minoso truly believes that his Chicago Fire cast and crew are family.

When asked by Occhi Magazine what his favorite experience on Chicago Fire has been, he didn’t hesitate to answer.

“My family, I have met the greatest group of people here,” he began. “The core group of us that started the show seven years ago is still pretty much intact.”

Unlike typical television shows, throughout Chicago Fire’s ten seasons, a great portion of the cast and crew have remained the same.

“And I believe that’s because we just thoroughly enjoy each other so much,” he added. “Going to work every day is actually a ton of fun. The hours are long, but when you work with people you enjoy this much, it makes it all that easier.”

Minoso also has deep love and admiration for his character as well. What drew him to the role was his feeling of unrequited love.

“I used to be a real fool for love, still am really,” he admitted. “But I definitely fell in love with all the wrong women. Cruz definitely had this problem. I’m just glad to see it seems he’s grown out of that a bit, sometimes when you want love too bad, it’s easy for others to take advantage of you. He’s just smarter in relationships now and that’s good to see.”

Minoso believes that the character Joe Cruz has also been changed for the better because of his team.

“I think it’s given him a sense of importance,” he explained. “He feels like he’s a more capable and respected firefighter. He feels like he can be more of a leader. All of those things were important for Joe to learn. I think it’s important for all of us quite frankly.”

How Actors Prepare For ‘Chicago Fire’

Chicago Fire does its best to portray the most accurate situations for television. The actors even wear real firefighter vests and all of the heavy equipment. They also train for their roles to truly understand their characters.

Taylor Kinney has portrayed firefighter Kelly Severide on Chicago Fire since 2012. He renewed his contract through Season 10.

“With the ride-alongs in Chicago, I love that,” he told Assignment X. “I did a lot of carpentry work growing up, I spent a lot of summers on roofs and framing and I like to see my work, I like to sweat, I like to use my hands. So getting a role like this and an opportunity like this to play a firefighter – I could see myself in that profession. I have a high respect for these guys. So getting to do the ride-alongs, we’d spend twenty-four hours with them.”