‘Chicago Fire’: Kara Killmer Explained How Pandemic Filming Was Like the ‘International Space Station’

by Evan Reier
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We all had to things a little differently over the past year or so. Chicago Fire star Kara Killmer explained it was no different on set.

The stories from TV mainstays of filming during the COVID-19 pandemic have shed light on what its like. Restrictions and safety protocols mean that already tight ships get even tighter.

While that doesn’t make for an easier work environment, it was how everyone’s favorite shows including Chicago Fire were able to keep going. For Sylvie Brett actor Kara Killmer, it was like being on the International Space Station.

“Oh my gosh,” Killmer said to TellTale TV. “It is like working in a cleanroom on the International Space Station. I will likely never work in a cleaner environment in my life. They regularly fog things down. There’s a specific path that we all walk to get through set. Everybody is wearing masks, everybody’s wearing face shields.”

Yeah, not exactly the visual you have in mind when thinking about the Chicago Fire set. Maybe for a sci-fi drama, but not for a police procedural set in the Windy City.

Season 9 was the season filmed mostly in 2020 and during the earliest days of returning on set. As with most shows, the season was cut down to 16 episodes in order to get the season out in a timely manner.

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In retrospect, fans had no clue that Season 9’s cut-down 16 episodes would be Jesse Spencer’s last “full” season on the show as Matt Casey. The other thing they may not have realized was how different filming on set was.

For starters, there was a sincere chance that the show wasn’t able to film at all. Proving that they could safely return was an initial challenge. But as Killmer described, it was a rigid affair that the Chicago Fire cast navigated.

“Probably the worst thing about it is that we can’t hug,” Killmer said. “Because we’re like a sappy, affectionate cast. And so there’s a lot of elbow bumping. We test every day, which we’re so privileged to be able to do. But yeah, it is a different world.”

There’s no question about that. We may be getting “used” to life with changes from COVID-19 but that hasn’t made it any less weird.

For Killmer, she’s just happy it was able to get off the ground and still bring the quality that Chicago Fans tune in consistently for.

“And somehow the fact that they’re able to still shoot the show with the same integrity of drama and action is like a miracle to me,” Killmer added. I mean, I genuinely feel like NBC and Dick Wolf have moved heaven and earth to make it so that we could all come back to work.”

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