With Season 8 premiering September 25th on NBC, Chicago Fire’s Joe Minoso talks Joe Cruz, crossover episodes, #Bruz and more!
W: Congratulations on the S8 renewal! That’s amazing! What are you most excited for next season, both overall and perhaps for your character, Joe Cruz?
JM: Overall I have to say what I’m most excited about is the fact that we’ve made it this far! Making it to eight seasons of television in this day and age, is pretty much impossible. I consider us all very blessed to still be among the shows people like to watch.
W: Crossover episodes always seem like fun in terms of working with people from each of the other shows, albeit stressful scheduling wise. But the events that have occurred for them to exist are usually a bit wide ranging things. Which makes sense that they’re of the "accident, crime or injury-involved" scenarios that then easily allow for each corner of the shared universe shows to be triggered. Do you think we’ll see a few more “non-accident” related, yet, of the same magnitude of a crossover story in the future? There’s always some hurting involved with them so far!
JM: Quite frankly I don’t really think you get the drama you come to see on our shows without some hurting. I find it incredible that our riders are capable of so easily integrating us into all of the other shows. For the most part when we are not doing crossovers they are very much three different shows, with three different crews, and three different casts. Some of my favorite moments across all three of the shows is the smaller stuff. When we just appear in each of the shows for a bit here and there. I think that really builds the world in a very realistic way. We don’t have to make a meal out of the fact that we live and work in the same surroundings. That’s just the way it is. As for the major crossovers, they typically require some sort of a major event in order to bring us together, so chances are that we are going to be doing some thing of the hurting variety!
W: You’ve been rescued by the real CFD in the past, when you were stuck in an elevator. What was that experience like? Did you end up using anything from that day towards your work on Chicago Fire?
JM: I was yes! The elevator in my apartment building has had a history of being a little touchy. One day I got stuck in between floors and the doors wouldn’t move at all. So had to call the fire department to come and open the baby up. It took maybe 10 minutes to get there, and they had me out 10 minutes later. I was lucky enough to think to record the experience. It was hilarious when one of the firefighters open the door and yelled “hey it’s that guy from that show!”. It was amazing and incredibly embarrassing all at the same time. But the looseness with which they took on their job is something that I tried to work on more for Cruz. You forget that just because it’s incredibly intense and everything is life or death that at the end of the day for these men and women, it’s a job and they treat it as such.
W: Quite a few fans are interested in Joe rekindling his possible relationship with Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer)? Anything to share with those fans?
JM: I wish I could deliver some better news. To all you “BRUZ” fans, thank you so much for your support. But I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up to date but seems like Sylvie might be developing some feelings for our fearless leader Casey. So there’s a good possibility that our time has run its course. Not to mention Joe seems to be really happy with his current girlfriend Chloe.
W: Over the years, your character has faced some troubling situations, both personally and professionally, what’s something you’d love to see happen for him?
JM: I really feel like we’ve run the gamut with storylines for Cruz. We’ve seen some great ups and some great downs. Going forward I’d love to see more of the same. I love the fact that I get to play so much comedy and so much action and so much drama. Their are few shows that give you that much variety in terms of what you get to play.
W: To switch it up a bit - Is there a genre or character type you’d love to visit in the future? Is there a show you’re watching that you’d love to have a role on?
JM: Actually, a show that I’m already a fan of has been kind enough to bring me in for a couple of episodes. GET SHORTY on Epix, has me playing a very interesting, eccentric character. I just had the chance to film up in Vancouver and it was fantastic. That was a huge honor! As for other roles that I hope to do... Any and all! I’m an actor, I just want to act!
W: And lastly, is there anything you’d like to say to the #OneChicago family that’s reading and/or watching?
JM: Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you! We wouldn’t be here without your dedication. Without you guys coming in every week to watch us live, or on DVR, or online. Sincerely, we are blessed to be amongst very few shows that get to go this long. We owe that all to you. So once again thank you!