‘Chicago PD’ Star Jesse Lee Soffer Teases What’s Next for Halstead

by Jacklyn Krol

Chicago PD star Jesse Lee Soffer is giving fans a sneak peek at what’s to come for Jay Halstead.

While fans have been patiently waiting for the second half of Season 9 to air, the actor spoke to Cinemablend and teased what his character will be going through.

“There’s always conflict with the two characters,” he said of Voight and Jay. “Cases getting away, things happen, you know. There are 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.”

Behind the scenes, Season 9 brought changes behind the scenes in its creative department. Former showrunner Rick Eid left the franchise to work on another Dick Wolf project. Writer and executive producer Gwen Sigan was promoted to the Chicago PD show running role.

Soffer noted that Halstead has been sketchy in the past, like dating a drug dealer. But at the same time, Voight has also done some pretty dark things as well. But there is an understanding between the two that they will do the wrong things for the right reason.

“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.”

‘Chicago PD’ Surprising Wedding

Chicago PD fans finally saw Jesse Lee Soffer’s Jay Halstead and Tracy Spiridakos’s Hailey Upton get married last month. The couple was engaged for quite some time, leaving viewers to question if they would actually tie the knot. When they did, people were shocked that no family or friends attended the intimate ceremony.

In a new interview with TV Line, showrunner Gwen Sigan spoke about the decision to have the ceremony in that manner.

“They’ve been through so much together (this season especially) and this was a completely emotional decision made inside a moment,” she said of the surprise wedding.

Another Chicago PD executive producer said that the “emotional buildup and the payoff” of their engagement was more important than a big, lavish wedding.

“They wanted something good,” she added. “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.”