“Chicago Med” just overtook the long-running “Grey’s Anatomy” as the most viewed medical drama of the year. It even beat out a host of other Fox and ABC shows signaling its success with fans nationwide. And at the end of the day, that’s exactly what Dick Wolf’s “One Chicago” franchise aims to do. Made up of “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Med,” and “Chicago Fire,” the trifecta tells stories that transcend stereotypes and labels in a bid to connect people.
The actor behind Randy “Mouch” McHolland on “Chicago Fire,” Christian Stolte, ultimately agrees with this very fact. He feels grateful to be part of a project where it “doesn’t matter” where viewers come from. Stolte went on to explain that sentiment further in a past interview with Starry Mag.
Christian Stolte Speaks to the Longevity of ‘Chicago Fire’
“I think there’s just something universal about the family dynamic on the show,” Stolte begins. He then goes on to discuss the “nature” of the incidents and accidents that the tight-knit “Chicago Fire” crew responds to.
Explosions and bomb threats ain’t got nothing on this team. Through thick and thin, the ups and downs, they’ve always got each other’s back. This translates off-screen as well often leaving cast members with bonds for life. Just ask Miranda Rae Mayo and Yuriy Sardarov who left Firehouse 51 to embark on a dark comedy adventure together.
No matter how you slice the cake, it’s an emotional show. But when it comes down to it, that’s what makes it so great. No matter somebody’s life path, we’ve all got emotions. We’re human after all.
“It doesn’t matter what country or culture you come from, when you see a car dangling on the edge of a precipice with someone trapped inside, you have a pretty good idea of what’s at stake,” says Stolte.
How the Show Has Become Something Bigger Than Itself
The legacy of “Chicago Fire” can be found in the way it has transformed the city it’s based in. One location from the show now lends itself to the public as a popular tourist spot. Firehouse 51 isn’t really Firehouse 51 in real life but rather Chicago’s Engine 18. Hundreds of people flock to the “set” each year coming from all over the world.
And we can’t forget about Stella Kidd’s “Girls on Fire” mission either. It turns out the program is a very real thing in Australia. It’s technically independent of any single firefighting organization, but partners with many including the Forestry Corporation of NSW, NSW State Emergency Service, NSW, and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. The mission aims to encourage women to pursue firefighting, a typically male-dominated career.
In other words, the show has become something bigger than itself since its conception.