‘Chicago PD’ Star Jesse Lee Soffer Teases a Different Dynamic Between Voight and Halstead

by Jacklyn Krol

Chicago PD will have a different dynamic between Voight and Halstead when the series returns.

The show is currently on hiatus and will return in the new year for the second half of Season 9. In an interview with Cinemablend, actor Jesse Lee Soffer who portrays Jay Halstead in the series discussed his character’s new mindset.

“I mean, there’s always conflict with the two characters,” he began. “Cases getting away, things happen, you know. There’s secrets, there’s always something going on. So that’ll continue. I’m excited to see this different dynamic between Voight and Jay play out a little bit. And maybe have Voight bring Jay into the fold a little bit more and lean on him a little bit more. You know, I think that that’s going to be interesting for the fans.”

Soffer knows that Halstead has done some sketchy things in the past, like dating a drug dealer while on the force. But like Halstead, Voight has stepped into “the dark side”. But they know how to do the right thing even when it could be bad.

“The writers do such a good job of writing him working towards justice while doing things that can be very unjust sometimes,” he added. “Not unjust, but unlawful. So Jay isn’t so much a breaker of the law, but I think Jay respects and understands that Voight is a necessity and that someone like Voight, who’s willing to do… He’s like Batman. He’s willing to do the dark thing, for the right reason.” He believes that Jay wants to protect Voight from himself.

Will There Be a Full ‘Chicago PD’ Wedding?

Chicago PD fans were delighted to watch Jesse Lee Soffer’s Jay Halstead and Tracy Spiridakos’s Hailey Upton get married. While most didn’t expect it to be in a courthouse and so intimate, it was a pleasant surprise and cliffhanger.

In an interview with TV Line, the cast and crew discussed the wedding and if they would ever have a big family and friends celebration.

If they were ever going to have a celebration, I think it would be like everyone meet at a bar, like, ‘We’re all having beers and celebrating the fact that we got married without you.” It would be more of an afterthought. Of course, Voight would come,” Soffer said.

Spiridakos on the other hand doesn’t believe that. “I don’t think Hailey would. I think the attention of a big celebration would actually make her shy. Plus, that’s not really her style. I think if there was a big celebration, Voight would be invited. They’re all a big family,” she said.

Showrunner Gwen Sigan added, “It’s so fitting to me that this is how it happened for these two characters. They’ve been through so much together (this season especially) and this was a completely emotional decision made inside a moment — they wanted something good, they wanted something permanent that made all the events of the episode worthwhile, they wanted connection — and they didn’t want to wait another second.”