October 25, 2013

Fictional Fancy: Matthew Casey

Today's Fictional Fancy is brought to us by Kristin, a mother of two from New England who enjoys gardening, writing, taking pictures and cooking. You can get to know her more via her Twitter @InstaMommy.

After House ended on Fox in 2012, I hated the idea that I wouldn’t get my weekly fill of my favorite Aussie: Jesse Spencer, who played Dr. David Chase. Fortunately, he quickly landed on another hit show, Chicago Fire.

Just like in House, Jesse's character on Chicago Fire—Matthew Casey—is far more complex than you might first think. He has an on-again off-again relationship with Hallie Thomas, which sets him into a tailspin when she dies in a suspicious fire. To add to the complexity, there is a lot of tension between him and paramedic Gabriella Dawson, but they can never seem to get their relationship timing right. (When Matthew gets back together with Hallie, Gabriella is dreaming of a relationship with him. And when Gabriella starts up with probationary firefighter Peter Mills, Matthew had broken up with Hallie. After Gabriella and Peter break up and she tries to make another go at Matthew, he is falling into a deep depression after Hallie’s death.)

As I am sure you can imagine, there are plenty of great characters in Chicago Fire, and their lives weave together in a way that can only be described as a very tight-knit family. After all the cliffhangers at the end of last year, I am certainly looking forward to the fall season!

What is amazing to me is how well Jesse Spencer can lose his Australian accent when he plays Matthew. He must have asked some advice from Dr. House himself, Hugh Laurie, who had to drop his British accent for the show. Although I will admit, I do miss hearing Jesse's accent after seeing him every week on House for almost a decade. He was always one of my favorite characters on the show.

I think my friends got the hint as to how much I liked Jesse Spencer by how much I talked about the shows he was in. So as a gag gift for my birthday, my friends made me an iPhone case from Shutterfly with a picture of him on it. I will probably never take it off.

So as Chicago Fire heats up for another season, I will certainly be watching!

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