Canadian actress Charlotte Sullivan will soon be visiting the Windy City on Tuesday night as she guests on the 100th episode of Chicago Fire. The Rookie Blue alum will be playing a patient in need of a bone marrow transplant who Severide (Taylor Kinney) may be able to help. Elsewhere, the milestone episode will also see Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Dawson (Monica Raymund) apply for permanent adoption of Louie, before discovering a hurdle.
The Toronto born Sullivan will also soon be costarring in the upcoming Global drama Mary Kills People, set to premiere in winter 2017. The six-episode series, created by Tara Armstrong and from Rookie Blue showrunner Tassie Cameron, follows Dr. Mary Harris (Hannibal’s Caroline Dhavernas) who moonlights as an underground angel of death. She’s a single mother and emergency doctor by day, who by night helps terminally ill patients that want to go on their own terms.
Given that we’re huge Rookie Blue fans here at The TV Junkies, we thought it would be fun to catch up with Sullivan about her guest role to find out more about who she’s playing and what it was like joining the Chicago family. She also shares why she was so eager to join Mary Kills People.
The TV Junkies: What can you share about the character you’re going to be playing on Chicago Fire?
Charlotte Sullivan: Her name is Anna and she has leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. Severide, who doesn’t really like where his life is heading and decisions he’s been making lately, finds out he’s a bone marrow match to this woman. So he’s faced with this opportunity to do something for someone else who is in desperate need after having lived selfishly.
TTVJ: Between this and your arc on Saving Hope last season do you have a new obsession with hospitals?
CS: Oh my gosh I hadn’t even thought! [laughs] Saving Hope was all the Rookie Blue crew and my husband [Peter Stebbings] directing, so it was nepotism at its finest. With this show, I don’t want to jinx it, but it feels like a beautiful dream job.
I say that because I’m always nervous–even if it’s a short film, it doesn’t matter–I get stage fright over the anticipation of meeting everyone and all that. I thought this show had been on for so many seasons, they are very close and I’m going to come in–I’ve been a guest on episodes where you don’t feel super welcomed–but that was the opposite here. They are just so lovely, really gracious and really great actors. I’m constantly blown away by how great they are and how grateful they are and the tone on set is just beautiful. I felt so welcome.
TTVJ: This was Chicago Fire’s 100th episode, so did that factor into anything while you were there?
CS: You’d almost expect some complacency because they’ve been doing it so long, but they could not have been further from that. They are really grateful people, there to do good work and they really care about each other.
TTVJ: If you have to star opposite someone there are FAR worse people than Taylor Kinney. What was it like working with him?
CS: He’s so lovely. I haven’t met his family, but whoever made him did such a great job because he’s such a wonderful soul. He’s very encouraging and wants you to do well. He’s a wonderful and great actor, honestly. He’s very present in his work, is really funny and just great to work with.
TTVJ: This opportunity is a bit of a departure for you since we’re used to seeing you do Canadian TV.
CS: Sometimes you audition for years, don’t get anything and auditioning is such a brutal process. Then you realize when you’re trying to please people all the time, and trying to get validation, that it’s just the complete wrong attitude to have. It’s when you start to realize it’s more about pleasing yourself and also, when you have a kid you realize it doesn’t matter. My art is important to me, but my family is my everything. Then it’s such a bizarre thing that when you don’t want it as much, that’s when you get it.
TTVJ: You’re going to be co-starring in the upcoming drama Mary Kills People. What can you tell us about the character you’re playing on that show?
CS: Well first I’ll say that the script was such a dangerous script when I first read it and it was so good. What’s interesting is there’s a Thelma & Louise type quality to the show in that I play Mary’s sister. Honestly though, I don’t want to ruin it for people because I love not knowing anything before and I love the surprise.
It’s all about euthanasia and anybody who knows someone who is dying, you hold on to people and realize you want them to die with grace because to prolong them is more for you. It’s a really wicked premise and to have Tassie tell you that she wants you, you sign right on! I’m very thrilled for that show.
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Chicago Fire airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Global and NBC.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.