Meet 'Chicago PD' Cast's Real-Life Spouses
The lives of the uniformed cops of the Chicago Police Department on "Chicago P.D." are some of the most action-packed and drama-filled we've ever witnessed. With all the seemingly unsolvable crimes that managed to keep us on our toes season after season, we wonder if the actors lead lives that are just as entertaining as their characters ... and judging by some of these stars' romantic lives, it might just be so!
JASON BEGHE: HANK VOIGHT
As the chief of the Chicago P.D.'s Intelligence Unit, Hank rules with an enigmatic but firm hand. In his personal life, Jason went through a divorce with his wife of twenty years, Angie Janu. Angie and Jason were married in February 2000 and welcomed two sons, Bix born in 2003, followed by Bo's birth in 2006.
But the pair's union didn't last, and Jason filed for divorce in December 2017 after the couple separated in May 2016. According to E! News, the divorce filing stated irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split, and the couple agreed to share joint legal custody of their sons.
If you're a fan of the show, you instantly think of Sergeant Hank Voight's deep, graveled voice when you recall Beghe's character. However, not many are aware of the fact that it wasn't always this way. In 1991, Jason was intubated after a near-fatal car accident - which is what caused his signature gruff tone.
Beghe has also been involved in drama related to his "anger issues." The actor has apologized for this inappropriate on-set behavior. He was investigated after fellow cast members filed complaints against him. The show's producers released the following statement:
“When it was brought to our attention that there were concerns about inappropriate behavior on set, we promptly began an investigation in partnership with Human Resources and all parties involved.”
JON SEDA: ANTONIO DAWSON
Jon met his wife, Lisa Gomez, in 1993 at the beginning of his acting career, and he would later describe the birth of their son, Jonathan, in 1994, as a moment that altered the course of his life. At the time, Jon consumed alcohol regularly and "smoked a little pot," and felt that if he continued down that path, that his life would have turned out differently.
"I told him before he could even walk, I'd whisper in his ear, `You saved daddy's life.' He doesn't understand, but he will know one day. He put me on the right track. I was 24. I could've easily gone down the path that I've seen actor friends of mine go down," Jon explained.
The couple welcomed another two children since then and eventually tied the knot on July 4, 2000. United in parenting, Jon and Lisa want their children to have a solid foundation and try to instil values of faith, respect, and kindness to others as they grow up.
SOPHIA BUSH: ERIN LINDSAY
Sophia married the actor, Chad Michael Murray, on April 16, 2005, but the couple divorced the following year on September 29, 2006. After the divorce, Sophia's reason for not wanting to talk about it and the reason for their divorce turned out to be the same thing, apart from people only wanting to hear about the "stupid" things she's done in her life.
“The reason that I don’t talk about it A) is because everyone’s been 21 and stupid, but if you’re in our job, for some reason, people want to talk to you about like, when you’re fully-fledged adults who’ve done really amazing s— with your lives, they wanna talk to you about the dumb thing you did in college basically,” Sophia explained.
JESSE LEE SOFFER: JAY HALSTEAD
Jesse had an on and off relationship with co-star Sophia Bush that started in 2014, when a source told E! News that the couple began dating early in 2014. The couple initially kept their romance a secret, but soon enough, they split up, just to be seen holding hands while out on a stroll in New York City in September 2015.
However, the pair went their separate ways again, and Jesse started dating "Chicago Med" star, Torrey DeVitto, at the beginning of 2018. Eight months later, Torrey and Jesse ended their romance but remained friends.
Speaking of Sophia Bush, Jesse almost found himself working with his co-stars, Flueger and Bush, in an unsold NBC pilot "Hatfields & McCoys"! In fact, Patrick and Jesse were originally cast as brothers, and Sophie was cast to play their sister. Just six months later, all three were cast in Chicago PD! Crazy how things turn out in this world.
PATRICK FLUEGER: ADAM RUZEK
Patrick prefers to keep his personal life out of the limelight and hasn't formally introduced the model and actress, Reem Amara, as his girlfriend, even though the pair seems to be enjoying life together.
ARCHIE KAO: SHELDON JIN
As a surveillance expert on "Chicago P.D.," Archie employed softer notes to win the heart of Zhou Xun, an internationally acclaimed Chinese singer and actress. After Zhou sang at a charity event in China on July 16, 2014, she and Archie surprised everyone with their unorthodox and public wedding on stage a few minutes later.
Zhou came onto the stage in an ivory Chanel wedding gown, and the couple made their solemn vows in front of the audience. “It’s love that brought us all here tonight, and it’s also love that brought my wife and me together," Archie said. The actress made her debut in Hollywood films in 2012 when she starred alongside Halle Berry and Tom Hanks in "Cloud Atlas."
ELIAS KOTEAS: ALVIN OLINSKY
The popular Canadian actor actively shares certain aspects of his life on social media, but the reason for his divorce from Jennifer Rubin is not one of them. The couple tied the knot in 1987, and their marriage hit the rocks three years later when they separated and divorced later in 1990.
Since then, Elias steered clear of relationships and instead focused his attention on work. With an impressive 89 acting credits to date, Elias established a successful career in the industry, with five awards to boot.
AMY MORTON: TRUDY PLATT
In her second decade of marriage to the award-winning theatrical sound designer, Rob Milburn, Amy affectionately refers to her life as "boringly normal." Although Rob and Amy knew each other since the 1980s, the nature of their relationship changed after Amy's parents died.
"Rob was there for me. He was an incredible friend. We just started hanging around together; I developed a crush and. . . ., " Amy recalled. The couple's wedding followed in 1997, and the pair remained happy over the years indulging in their joint passions for the theatre, reading, and mutual respect and love for each other.
Early in 2019, fans of "Chicago P.D." and its franchise cousin, "Chicago Med," rejoiced at the announcement of both series' renewal. However, fans reacted a bit differently when the Chicago NBC franchise announced the departure of some cast members.
WHAT WE DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE SERIES
When it comes to crime shows, Chicago PD truly stands out from the rest - and here’s why. Unlike other shows, this series is backed by the Pentagon. Meaning that the entire thing is produced with the Chicago Police Department’s cooperation. This gives them permission to use proper uniforms, markings, and insignia. Aside from Chicago PD, The Blue Brothers were the only ones given this privilege.
Another interesting fact about the series is that it was supposed to turn out completely different from what it is today. Both the cast and the setting was totally different when it was first being developed during Chicago Fire’s first season. The only characters that made it to the first episode were Dawson, Voight, and Wilhite.
And that’s not where it ends. Evidently, the production of the series wasn’t all ‘smooth-sailing.’ In fact, one of the cast members ended up disrupting the production, putting everything on hold for some time. Any guesses? That troubled actor was, in fact, Jason Beghe.
After showing some serious anger management issues, production quickly hired counselling for the actor to help keep his temper under control. Unfortunately, this was one of the driving forces behind Sophia Bush’s departure from the show as well. Bush has been fairly private about her reasons for leaving “Chicago P.D.”
In a podcast session with Dax Shepard she finally revealed all the details around her reasons for leaving. She spoke about the “consistent onslaught barrage of abusive behavior” and said the following:
“I quit because what I’ve learned, I’ve been so programmed to be a good girl and to be a work horse and to be a tugboat that I have always prioritized tugging the ship for the crew, for the show, for the group, ahead of my own health.”
Fans of hers may remember the drama she had on her teen soap "One Tree Hill." Bush, along with other female cast members, accused showrunner Mark Schwahn of "traumatizing" sexual harassment. She compared her experiences on "One Tree Hill" with those on "Chicago PD".
“Our experience on 'One Tree Hill' was unpleasant, but our boss who was a bad dude lived in L.A... eighty percent of the time we were on set loving our experience and each other.. and there was a lot that was inappropriate but it wasn’t all the time…it wasn’t the same.”
Although it might not be the same type of drama they experience as their characters, the Chicago PD actors clearly have enough adrenaline and action in their personal lives as well! Are you a fan of the show? Share your comments with us below, and let us know which character you love the most!