Jesse Lee Soffer played police officer Jay Halstead on Chicago PD in nearly 200 episodes and has also appeared on the other One Chicago shows Chicago Fire and Chicago Med. Even though he’s played the infamous character for so many years, there just so happens to be another role in the franchise that he would have been interested in if he was ever given the chance.
In a 2014 interview conducted by Black Hollywood Live (via YouTube), Sophia Bush, who played Erin Lindsay, and Jesse Lee Soffer were asked which character they would rather play than their own. Without much hesitation, Jesse Lee Soffer quickly replied, “I would play Olinsky,” and Sophia Bush immediately agreed, saying, “You’re not wrong. I kind of want to play Olinsky too.”
Actor Elias Koteas played Detective Alvin Olinsky on “Chicago PD” for several seasons until his last appearance in season 5, episode 22 (“Homecoming”). It’s no secret that Olinsky was a well-loved character among Chicago PD fans and was not easy for anyone to lose. Showrunner Rick Eid told TVLine that Alvin Olisnky’s exit from the series was an “extremely difficult decision” and that “Elias [Koteas]is a great actor and a good person. He was also an important part of the show from the start… We will miss him dearly.
His former co-star Elias Koteas also made his presence felt in the series. Alvin Olinsky had such a positive impact that his character is the only one Soffer would rather play than Jay Halstead.