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Taylor Kinney Reveals the Surprisingly Relaxed Way He Auditioned for Chicago Fire

"I remember never having any anxiety," he said.

By Jackie Manno

In case you can’t get enough behind-the-scenes info about Chicago Fire, the always-charming Taylor Kinney did a recent interview with NBC to discuss about his initial Audition for the show.

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“My first audition for Chicago Fire? I was in the circuit of auditioning a lot, so I was decent at it. I remember never having any anxiety. I was excited about it, and then you kind of leave it up to the powers that be,” he explained.

“It went well, and 10 years later I’m still here bugging you through your televisions while you fold laundry,” he joked.

In the same interview, the actor also talked about some other first milestones in his life. “[For my first job] I carried golf clubs for older women who didn’t know how to play golf," he said. "It was frustrating, but I would make enough money to buy a medium, thin-crust pizza from Pizza Hut and rent a Blockbuster movie for a Saturday night. Thanks, old ladies!” 

“My first on-screen kiss?” he continued. “The first paying job I ever got was a Foo Fighters’ video. Yeah, I had to get a cab, and then I ran out of money. I hitchhiked to the set, and I was sunburnt. So I got cut out of most of this video. I had to propose to this girl in the video. And I think the only thing that made the final cut was my hand putting a ring on her finger. But I had to kiss her, and I think they cut it. Either it was a bad kiss or I was too sunburnt from hitchhiking, walking outside.”

In July 2022, Kinney expressed his gratitude to Us Weekly for his time on Chicago Fire. "It’s never lost on me how special it is to be a part of something with the longevity this has," he said to the outlet. "It’s a testament to [show creator] Dick Wolf and the team of people he puts together. We just wrapped Season 10; that says something."

"I’m excited for Season 11," Kinney added at the time. "I’m not privy to scripts or information on where they’re going with it."

Watch Chicago Fire on NBC Wednesdays at 9/8c and next day on Peacock.