Taylor Kinney knows how to weave an intriguing tale or two, and one reason the “Chicago Fire” star is humble and refuses to be complacent comes from an experience he learned after shooting the 2006 TV series “Fashion House.” Check out my video below, along with a partial transcript of Kinney’s story which, by the way, also deals with his mother, blowing $90,000 on sushi, a Mexican restaurant, and working one’s a** off in San Diego!!
The humorous and self-deprecating Kinney begins the video by talking about how his mom really didn’t know he was taking acting seriously until he got a high profile role in the 2006 TV series Fashion House. He mentions co-stars Natalie Martinez, Robert Buckley, and Joel Berti during the conversation. The transcript begins with his specific recollections of Fashion House:
“That was pretty amazing. We shot at a stage in San Diego called Stu Segall. They used to do, I think JAG or something like that there. We shot, I think, maybe 60 episodes in four months. We’d do these twenty page days and everything was block shooting and you had all the scripts so if you had a scene in your kitchen at a character’s house, you’d shoot it all this way and you’d shoot episode 22, 36, 40, 42, and so you’re rifling through thousands of pages and you’d just shoot it all. It was the weirdest thing but it was like acting camp.
I remember afterward, I made good money, but not a ton. And I remember it ended and just thinking ‘okay, alright, I’ve made it!’I think I spent $90,000 on sushi and then I was broke. And then I started auditioning again. I was just spending money like an idiot. I was 24 (or) 25, something like that and I just thought ‘I’m on the train.’
I didn’t work for a long time. There was a writer’s strike. It was really humbling to go back and I think – I actually – because I left Los Angeles and I was living in San Diego for a while and I was broke. I kind of had to hump it and I got a job at this Mexican restaurant in the Gaslamp District in downtown San Diego. It’s humbling to ask someone if they want their Coke refilled and they go, ‘I love that show, what are you here?’ It was just the oddest thing but it gave me the motivation to not get complacent”
***The Full Video is below – and I’m hoping that $90,000 total for sushi was an exaggeration!
Chicago Fire, co-starring Jesse Spencer and Monica Raymund, airs Tuesday evenings on NBC (Tuesday, 10 pm et/pt).