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Tracy Spiridakos Posted a Hilarious New Photo From Set for Jesse Lee Soffer's Birthday

The former co-stars clearly had fun behind-the-scenes while filming Chicago P.D.

By Jackie Manno
Tracy Spiridakos and Jesse Lee Soffer

Former Chicago P.D. co-stars Jesse Lee Soffer and Tracy Spiridakos (Hailey Upton) have the best friendship!

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On April 23, Spiridakos took to her official Instagram page to share an awesome shoutout to Soffer, honoring him on his birthday. The candid selfie showed Spiridakos holding up the camera and smiling while Soffer made a goofy face, gripping a walkie-talkie prop with fake blood on his hands. 

"Happy birthday @jesseleesoffer 🥳🎂🎉🎊🎁🥳 Thank you for always posing so nicely in the photos I take. Also, for being hilarious. Have the best day!" Spiridakos affectionately captioned the post. Happy birthday, Jesse! 

While Soffer and Spiridakos may be close pals behind the scenes, their two characters Halstead and Upton were deeply romantically involved until Halstead's prompt exit to Bolivia in early Season 10. In a February interview with Variety, Soffer explained the intentions behind Halstead's actions when he cut off contact from Upton so abruptly.  

"This isn’t the Jay that we know and love! 'Why isn’t he calling? Why is he doing this?!’ But, you know, the show must go on. I don’t think I really have the right to feel any way about that. The writers have to do what they have to do to service the story, and the characters that are still there. Also, our show’s pretty dark, and they love diving into the ugliest, hardest version of life. So for Hailey to have to go through this, it probably just made sense,” he explained to the outlet. 

“He’s deeply flawed, because everybody on Chicago P.D. is. But he’s definitely a good person, with really good motives,” he continued. 

As for whether or not Soffer's character will return to the show eventually, he gave his fans a glimmer of hope. 

“Never say never. I feel so bad for the fans that are like, ‘Is he going to come back?’ ‘What’s he going to do?’ ‘What’s going on with him and Hailey?’” he said. “I like to think—and I hope the fans think this too—that he’s just in another country right now, doing what he does best and making the world a safer place. In a family, sometimes somebody moves away or goes to college somewhere else. I still love it. I still love the fans. And I still love Halstead. Halstead’s always going to be in my blood. That’s never going to change,” he said. 

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