Chicago Fire Cast's Real-Life Partners
Chicago Fire is a beloved series of thousands of fans. And while the show is in its 8th season, let’s find out how the cast members’ lives have changed during the last year.
How come Taylor Kinney let Joe Minoso’s wife take off his jeans? Which Chicago Fire actor has Miranda Rae Mayo labeled a “mama’s boy”? And what on Earth is going on with Jesse Spencer’s love life? All the answers to those questions are right here!
Yuriy Sardarov as Brian “Otis” Zvonecek
Spoiler alert! We did NOT see that surprise twist coming! It was a real shock finding out at the very start of season 8 that Otis is really gone! To paraphrase his final sentence on the show, we have to say: “Brother, you will be with us always".
It really is a big loss for the series and for the thousands of loyal fans who now want to know why Otis was killed off. Even showrunner Derek Haas said, “It’s been a long time since we had the main character go.” Haas later explained that the writing team wanted viewers to genuinely understand the danger the characters experience on the show, and there’s no better way to convey that than the deaths of certain main characters. Oh, that is CRUEL...
But it seems like actor Yuriy Sardarov accepted the news with grace. He shared that communication between him and the showrunners was very open and honest and both Sardarov and Haas walked away from the situation feeling really positive. Though the actor also confessed that his last episode was very tough for him:
"It was a combination of me wanting to move on and them needing something akin to what’s going to happen. And I think those two things met at the perfect time.”
Yuriy even posted a small poem on his Instagram account as a goodbye to the character. At least Sardarov’s loved ones can spend more time with the actor now, so hopefully, fans can take some solace in this and accept the cruel reality that Otis just isn’t coming back.
We don’t quite know any more about the identity of Yuriy’s mysterious girlfriend but you can often spot her in the actor’s Instagram photos and the two of them look pretty charming together.
Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd
Let’s continue with another fun but tough and brazen firefighter from Firehouse 51, one portrayed by Miranda Rae Mayo. Her name first became widely known after her steamy role on Pretty Little Liars, which also happened to be the source of gossip and rumors about Miranda's real-life sexuality.
Listening to her answer in an interview with AfterEllen, you might also get the impression that she has a lot in common with her character. Reporters asked if Miranda was excited to make out with Pretty Little Liars actress Shay Mitchell and Miranda responded right away: “I mean, who wouldn’t be excited? The girl is gorgeous, and she’s so wonderful to work with…”
However, we have no further information about relationships or interviews to confirm Miranda L-card credentials. And with Miranda becoming a part of Firefighters team in season 4, a whole new slew of rumors sprang up. Some people hinted at the possibility that Miranda was having an affair with Yuriy Sardarov. How come? Well, the actress disclosed that the best massage she’d ever had in Chicago was a shoulder rub from Yuriy, adding that "those Georgian hands are pure MAGIC".
That quite the сonfession... but, of course, there are much more scandalous rumors about Miranda and Taylor Kinney, especially since the two post pics with each other like crazy. Here is a good example of two pictured together, with the ironic caption: “Healthy boundaries” - But are they really so healthy?
And while "Stellaride" is at its highest peak on the show, in real life the actress calls her co-star.... a mama’s boy! Yes, she adds that he’s actually very cuddly, always very chivalrous but also compares him with a slow cat! Because it takes him a while to warm up before acting out a scene.
Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide
So what’s Taylor Kinney’s response to all that? Well, he resorts to the old chestnut - he sticks to being polite and comments that he has a wonderful, friendly team of co-workers on Chicago Fire…
As for his character Severide, season eight will see some really big challenges… so big, that he might not overcome them… Chicago Fire co-creator Derek Haas recently teased that Severide might be leaving Firehouse 51 soon. When the creator was asked about Severide and Matt Casey’s futures, boy, nobody would have expected the response he gave the fans. “They won’t both be at 51 before the winter break,” Haas shared.
Social media was set ablaze on a scale bigger than the series had ever known: hundreds of shocked fans took to Twitter to comment like crazy. And it might all be for nothing since there’s always the possibility that what Haas said was possibly nothing more than a play on words, as Severide will have to leave Firehouse 51 for a bit because… of his sweet honeymoon.
While we’ll be hoping Severide gets his long-awaited honeymoon, are there any wedding bells on the horizon for Taylor Kinney anytime soon? The tabloids are going nuts about the lack of information about star’s personal life, which is why we so often see fake news stories featuring the same one photo of someone who looks a BIT like Kinney who’s PROBABLY kissing some mysterious woman... It’s just...pitiful and woefully uncreative.
Apparently after his infamous break up with Mother Monster, Kinney does everything he can to hide his personal life. But that doesn’t seem to help stem the tide of rumors and Taylor has already been paired off by the press with Here and Now co-star Sarah Jessica Parker. Don’t read too much into this fake news either, though, as the two are only connected by a professional bond.
David Eigenberg as Christopher Herrmann
Someone else from Chicago Fire who has previously worked with Sarah Jessica Parker is David Eigenberg, otherwise known as Steve and now as a beloved firefighter. David met the love of his life while serving in the United States Marine Corps. It was love at first sight. Right after his term of service was over, David and Chrysti decided to share their lives under one roof.
Although not everything was always so idyllic as the two-faced some pretty serious money issues. David was so devastated that he almost gave up acting to be a carpenter before finally getting his big break in a long-term role on Chicago Fire. Fortunately, the project brought the family the financial stability they were searching for, and this helped the couple make the decision to have kids. Today, David and Chrysti are happily raising their son, Louie Steven, and their daughter, Myrna Belle.
Eamonn Walker as Chief Wallace Boden
Of course, on the series, everyone tries their best to hide their forbidden working love affairs from the Chief. But in real life, it’s Eamonn Walker who seems to hide his personal secrets from everyone. And he is really good at that.
Imagine, how does any Hollywood actor manage to keep their marriage a secret for THIRTY YEARS?! Well, the actor manages to live a life of total privacy with his wife Sandra Walker. The only tiny thing we can tease out about the actor’s personal life and his family is that Sandra is apparently a novelist and that she and her hubby shares three children, two of whom are twins. And after three decades together, that’s all there is for us to know! It is especially fascinating, as Eamonn seems to be so open and talkative in all his interviews.
Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett
But it’s not just Walker that’s such a mystery… His co-star Kara Killmer is also something of a mystery wrapped in an enigma. But we did our own research and are delighted to disclose that Kara is happily married.
She tied the knot with another mystery guy, fellow actor Andrew Cheney. The two met while working on the movie Beyond the Mask together and after a year of dating in sweet secrecy, Andrew presented Kara with a massive rock… in the middle of Grand Canyon. Since then, the couple has kept a strong bond and while there’s no breaking news to say otherwise, the future looks bright for the two of them.
Christian Stolte as Randall "Mouch" McHolland
At last, we’ve found someone from the cast of Chicago Fire who’s willing to share personal details about their life with the rest of the world.... and you might be surprised to find out it is the actor behind Randy “Mouch” McHolland!
Christian Stolte is an avid user of Instagram and it’s an immense pleasure for his fans. Thanks to this post, where Chris describes how he lets his 15-year old daughter drive a car, we get to learn how Stolte is a great father to this beautiful young lady. Due to his posts, we found out that Mouch is secretly a fan of Disney on Ice and that he loves watching it together with his wife!
But the MOST exciting news we explored is that his real-life daughter is ACTUALLY the daughter of Mouch on Chicago Fire! It was a long time ago, so let me remind you. Mouch’s daughter was shown in Season 3 when Randy learns that he has a daughter Lizzie. Surprise, right? And Chris’ other daughter Corinne Anderson worked with her dad on Chicago PD.
For all the bad rap it gets, sometimes Instagram and social media are a great way of connecting with stars and celebrities, and remembering that there are real human beings behind the characters we know and love.
Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson
Did you miss Gabby? Well, she’s back! Yes, we’ll get to see Monica Raymund again in season 8, which is right around the corner! The actress gave the fans some spicy predictions about her guest role in this upcoming season.
“Fans can expect sparks to fly from the Dawson and Casey reunion,” Monica told Entertainment Weekly.
And be sure to stay tuned as the season develops as, in episode 9 “Best Friend Magic”, you’ll get to see something really special shared between some of the most beloved characters from the show.
So what new developments can we expect from Monica’s REAL LIFE romantic adventures? After her divorce and coming out as a bisexual, the life of the actress has changed drastically. It seems that Raymund has found a perfect match in her girlfriend Tari Segal.
On Twitter, Monica gushed over her feelings about Tari at length! "She is the love of my life. World, meet my Queen, who has given me all my strength & courage." And as time goes by, the couple has only gotten closer.
Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz
And while it might be easy to forget that the events on the show are all fictional, Joe Minoso found himself in a situation that was all too real when he had to call the Chicago Fire Department for help! It turns out Joe got himself trapped in an elevator in 2017 so when the firemen arrived they were more than surprised to see that it was “one of their own”!
Meanwhile, Chicago Fire has a lot of significance in Joe’s life not just because of his role in the show. In fact, it was on the set of Chicago Fire that Joe met his future wife! Caitlyn Murphy was a makeup artist on the show when Joe met her, romance bloomed and today the couple are happily married.
But it’s not just Joe who’s happy to have Caitlyn in his life... Taylor Kinney ALSO adores her, going so far as to let her... take off his jeans?! It seemed to be more about pain than pleasure, though: Taylor posted a picture of himself getting a tattoo from Joe’s wife Caitlyn and shared it to a Facebook Fan Page. This mass promotion of his friend’s business is especially touching as this was the very first decorative tattoo that Caitlyn had inked. She was also really grateful to the actor for his trust in allowing himself to be her guinea pig!
Annie Ilonzeh as Emily Foster
Talking of newbies. Wasn't it a very welcome surprise for Firehouse 51 to finally add some new moment of bonding between female characters? Take Annie Ilonzeh, for example. She played Maya Ward on General Hospital and has now practically stepped into Gabby’s shoes on the show. This made it hard for the actress in Season 7 as many fans couldn’t help but compare her with Gabby. But Ilonzeh’s second season has been, as she puts it, a much "smoother ride.”. She seems to enjoy working with the team and, hey, who wouldn’t?
The only public relationship Annie has had was with former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal, but she didn’t seem to be able to pin Shaq for very long. Let’s hope the actress finds a long-term partner for herself sometime soon or just sticks to enjoying the single life!
Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey
Finally, let’s move on to the burning question we all have about Captain Matthew Casey: who will cap choose? It’s obvious that Casey and Brett still have chemistry, but then there’s Emily Foster… And Gabby’s coming back, too! Decisions, decisions… doesn’t seem like the worst problem in the world to have, though!
And it seems that the actor behind the Cap Jesse Spencer has had similar problems making up his mind in real life. After the most romantic and then tragic on and off-screen break up with House co-star Jennifer Morrison, Jesse periodically makes the news with his hot new girlfriend.
While this latest romance with Kali Woodruff seems to be official, over the last year there haven’t been any new details revealed about the couple. Did the two separate? Did they secretly get married? We just don’t know!
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