Interview with actors Eamonn Walker and Hanako Greensmith, and executive producers Derek Haas and Andrea Newman of “Chicago Fire” on NBC by Suzanne 3/30/22
This was a fun press day, dubbed One Chicago Day. OneChicago Wednesdays return with originals on April 6! I’ve spoken with Eamonn before, but it’s always nice to see and hear him because he’s got such a beautiful voice and presence. Hanako is new to me, and fairly new to the show. She’s just been made a regular on the series. We hope to have the transcripts up soon, and don’t miss the show! It’s a very exciting episode and, unlike the other two shows that night, there is no spewing blood or vomit.
“CHICAGO FIRE” — “KEEP YOU SAFE” (Wednesday, April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT)
Severide and Kidd work with CPD regarding a suspicious car wreck. Hawkins and Violet’s relationship is in jeopardy. Chloe and Cruz adjust to a new family dynamic.
Wednesdays on NBC (9-10 p.m. ET); Returns: Jan. 5
From renowned Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf (“Law & Order” brand) and co-creator Derek Haas, the writer behind “3:10 to Yuma,” comes season 10 of the adrenaline-fueled drama “Chicago Fire.” This edge-of-your-seat ride is a look into the professional and personal lives of the firefighters and paramedics of Firehouse 51 as they risk their lives every day to save and protect the citizens of Chicago.
Led by Lt. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney), Rescue Squad 3 works closely with Lt. Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) on Engine 51 and Lt. Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) on Truck 81. Their tireless, never-give-up mindset brings them all closer together – the men and women of Firehouse 51 are more than co-workers, they’re family.
The firehouse also includes Deputy District Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker), who keeps his house running smoothly and his firefighters prepared to overcome all adversity. Paramedic Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) returns alongside seasoned veterans Randy “Mouch” McHolland (Christian Stolte) and Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso).
Completing the team are daredevil Blake Gallo (Alberto Rosende), talented and dedicated Darren Ritter (Daniel Kyri), and 51’s newest addition, headstrong paramedic Violet Mikami (Hanako Greensmith).
Executive producers are Dick Wolf, Derek Haas, Andrea Newman, Michael Gilvary, Reza Tabrizi, Arthur Forney and Peter Jankowski.
“Chicago Fire” is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Wolf Entertainment.
Battalion Chief Wallace Boden, “Chicago Fire”
Eamonn Walker plays Battalion Chief Wallace Boden on the NBC drama “Chicago Fire.”
Walker was born in London and attended Hungerford School in Islington. He went on to study social work at the University of North London, and eventually trained as a dancer. He then joined the Explosive Dance Theatre Company in London. He also studied at the New York Film Academy.
Walker made his professional acting debut in 1983 on stage in London in the musical “Labelled with Love,” based on the music of the pop band Squeeze. In the U.S. he is known for playing Kareem Saïd on the HBO television series “Oz,” for which he won a CableACE Award.
His film roles include “Tears of The Sun” and “Lord of War,” opposite Nicolas Cage. He returned to British television in the ITV1 production of “Othello,” opposite Christopher Eccleston. For his role, he won the Best Male Performance in Television Award at the first Black Film Makers (BFM) Film and Television Awards ceremony.
He made his debut on Broadway, playing Mark Antony in “Julius Caesar,” opposite Denzel Washington as Marcus Brutus. Two years later, he became the first Black actor to play the role of Othello at either the original Globe Theatre or at the modern reconstruction, Shakespeare’s Globe, in London.
He recently starred in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Between Riverside and Crazy” at the Steppenwolf Theater. For his performance as Pops, he was nominated for a Jeff Award and won best actor from the 2016 Black Excellence Award Committee.
Violet Mikami, “Chicago Fire”
Hanako Greensmith plays Violet Mikami on the NBC drama “Chicago Fire.”
Recent TV credits include “Chicago Med,” “Bull” and “FBI.” She made her New York theater debut in the Off-Broadway production of “Lolita, My Love” and is a graduate of Pace University.
Proofread and Edited by Brenda