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CHICAGO FIRE’s Jimmy Nicholas Reflects on His On-Screen Partnership with Hanako Greensmith

October 26, 2022 by  

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CHICAGO FIRE — “Every Scar Tells a Story” Episode 1102 — Pictured: (l-r) Hanako Greensmith as Violet, Jimmy Nicholas as Chief Hawkins — (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)

During his year on CHICAGO FIRE playing Hawkins, Jimmy Nicholas frequently worked with Hanako Greensmith (Violet), as their characters became entangled in a relationship and ultimately fell in love.

And with his time on the NBC drama at an end—following Hawkins’ tragic death—Nicholas acknowledges he will miss “everything” about working with Greensmith.

“I wouldn’t have been on the show for anywhere near as long if it wasn’t for my friendship with Hanako and our working relationship,” Nicholas tells Give Me My Remote. “How close we are, there’s no bad ideas, no judgment; just full jumping in with both feet and making good art. And I think our chemistry is something that continues off-screen as well.”

“One of the things that I love [was] that the crew would always say, ‘Whenever it’s just Jimmy and Hanako days, it felt like a field trip,'” he continues. “We both are extremely wild and crazy and doing dumb jokes and singing way too loudly. And then calling action after that level of energy and good vibes in the room, you can just see it pop off on screen right away. So I’m sad [it ended].”

But if Nicholas has his way, the duo will work together again. “I made a comment to Hanako where I was like, ‘We’re gonna make more art together. We’re gonna get another shot at this,'” he recalls. “I said those words, and then both of us had a moment of almost crying, because we wanted to make a lot more. I wanted to do more with that dynamic, just because that’s not normal—there’s a lot of times where actors, when they spend time with someone on-screen, it is forced. It is two people in two [figuratively] separate rooms; they just happen to be together making a love story, but they’re oceans apart.”

“That was just never the case with Hanako and I,” he continues. “The good onscreen partnerships on TV and in film, you see that. And so her support of me, from day one…Hanako was just down to clown. She was like, ‘Let’s do this. Let’s make this great.’ And we had a great time. We never had a bad day on set, ever. I’m grateful I now get to have Hanako in my life as a friend.”


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Nicholas also acknowledges he’ll miss the entire cast and crew of CHICAGO FIRE. “I’ll miss the set,” he says. “I’ll miss showing up and getting my mic on with the crew, hanging out with sound team, talking about relationships as I get my makeup done and my hair done, and seeing the cast in the morning. Sipping on coffee and tea, and that whole process—that beautiful process of what making anything film or TV related is, with that group of people.”

“We’re so lucky on that set, that everybody is family; it’s so close,” he continues. “Eamonn [Walker, who plays Boden], my first day on set, made me feel so unbelievably welcome. He said if I needed anything, to come to him. I hadn’t even said two words to him yet. That’s a chief—that’s a life chief right there, just setting the tone for us. Same thing with David [Eigenberg, who plays Herrmann] and Christian [Stolte, who plays Mouch].”

“So many of the things you see on the screen every week are just emblematic of what you see behind the scenes every single day,” he finishes. “How everybody there shows up for each other. And sometimes that means that 8am in February, when you’re filming in five below [zero degrees] outside. Sometimes it is tough; it is tough to not be just the worst version of yourself. And I’m gonna miss that crew and that cast and making art with them. I’m gonna miss that.”

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