9-1-1 star Aisha Hinds is an expert at playing a first responder. She’s enjoyed so many acting roles portraying one.
And maybe the reason Hinds is so authentic in her role is that she’s had life experience as someone who has needed 9-1-1 to save her life.
Hinds is going into her fifth season playing Henrietta “Hen” Wilson, a firefighter on 9-1-1, a show devoted to first responders. In an interview in 2018, she recalled her first experience with dealing with the folks she plays on TV. That was back when she was in high school.
“I shared this story before, but I didn’t call 9-1-1, but someone called 9-1-1 on my behalf,” Hinds told reporters. “When I was sixteen years old, I was walking home from school. I was inches from my doorstep, and I heard, like, pop, pop, pop. And I thought that it was someone setting off early fireworks for July Fourth, but something instinctually told me to turn around.
“So I turn around, and I see this really short guy booking down the street behind me. And his head was ducked. And then behind him, I see a group of guys, and I see this big .45 gun pulled out. So I turn around, and I try to run those few feet to my door. And I didn’t make it. The next thing I knew, I hit the ground. And at the time, it didn’t even register that I had been shot.”
9-1-1 Cast Members Had No Idea That Hinds Ever Needed First Responders
Hinds told this story when she was with several 9-1-1 cast members. They were horrified. She said she’s often asked what it feels like to be shot.
“It felt kind of like a really sharp, sharp stiletto (shoe) just piercing, and really, really hot,” said the 9-1-1 star. “But I tried to get up, and my legs gave out beneath me. So being the dramatic child that I was, having already gone to La Guardia High School and determining that I wanted to be an actor, I set my whole death up because I wanted the tape to look pretty.
“I didn’t want to be like this,” Hinds said as she described how she fell. “So I literally put my hands down, put my face on my hands. And then I just heard people coming out from everywhere, all the buildings, from my building. And people were screaming, ‘Call 9-1-1! Call 9-1-1!” And then a few minutes later, I heard my mom’s voice, and then I was in the back of a 9-1-1 van. Thankfully, because now here I am.”
And fans of the show are happy that Hinds — and Hen — are still with us.
The show premieres season five on Monday, Sept. 20. And, no doubt, the action will be of the white-knuckle variety. The show already has teased that the opening episode will be about a city-wide power outage. You can imagine how many people will be calling 9-1-1. Stay tuned.