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Benjamin Levy Aguilar Gives Details About Jesse Lee Soffer's Chicago P.D. Return

The former co-stars got to work together once again when Soffer returned to direct a recent episode of Chicago P.D.

By McKenzie Jean-Philippe
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Despite leaving earlier in Season 10 after playing Detective Jay Halstead for 10 years, Jesse Lee Soffer recently returned to the Chicago P.D. set. But this time, it was to direct the season's upcoming Episode 16.

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Little is known about what will actually happen during the action-packed hour—set to air March 22 at 10/9c—but Benjamin Levy Aguilar (Torres) recently opened up to NBC Insider about what it was like having Soffer reunited with the cast.

"It was beautiful to have him back," Aguilar said. "He was kind of like a mentor for me in different ways. As a character and as a friend. Now, it's beautiful to have him come back, but now as my director. I was so happy to see him and so proud of him because he's actually a really good director. He pays attention to detail, and he's efficient."

Fellow cast member Tracy Spiridakos (Upton) seems to be in agreement as she shared a series of photos on Instagram of Soffer's time on set with the caption, "Director Jesse made his debut, and he killed it you guys! 👏🏼👏🏼 We are all so proud 🥲🤗".

Soffer himself also shared some snaps from his time reunited with the Intelligence Unit. "Back at it. Just different :)," he said in a caption.

Patrick John Flueger (Ruzek) previously opened up to NBC Insider about the anticipation of working with his "very, very, very close friend" once again. 

"When you work this closely and you become that close with somebody after a decade, they know you pretty well. So I’m excited for him to direct, but I’m also a little nervous for him to direct," Flueger joked. "'Cause I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to get through things without laughing. Because I’m embarrassed that Jesse can see right through me like I’m a transparent ghost."

He added, "He’s got incredible ideas, he’s able to offer them to actors and to the writers and to camera people in a way that displays diplomacy that I think you have to have when you’re directing TV that maybe you don’t have to have when you’re directing movies... He’s just got a way of getting what he wants, when he really wants it, and when he knows it’s right. But also offering those suggestions and those opinions in such a way that it doesn’t put people off."

Watch Chicago P.D. on NBC Wednesdays at 10/9c and next day on Peacock.