American actor Jesse Lee Soffer had his career beginnings in the as a child. He made his debut in the 1993 film Matinee, followed by the movie Safe Passage. He then became known for playing Bobby Brady in the filmsThe Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel. On television, he played Taylor Donovan in the ABC series Two of a Kind. In the 2000s, he starred as Will Munson in the soap opera As the World Turns. For his work here, he received Emmy nominations.
At the same time, he also appeared in the film Gracie, as well as in the TV movie The Awakening of Spring. In the 2010s, he first made guest appearances in various shows. He also appeared in the movie In Time. He later starred as Nate Devlin in the short-lived show The Mob Doctor. He got his mainstream break a little later when he got the role of Jay Halstead in the NBC series Chicago Fire. He reprised his role in the spin-off Chicago P.D., for which he still currently stars in since 2014. He has also appeared as Jay Halstead in Chicago Med.
How does the actor get ripped for his role as a cop in Chicago P.D.? The former child actor reveals that takes a lot of physical training and vigorous workout routine on his part. “I’m playing a cop in Chicago. So I have to look beefier—like a guy who eats steak and potatoes,” he said. How does he achieve this? He said: “I’ve been doing a lot of deadlifting and squatting for overall strength. And then I push a sled on a huge turf track at the end of the workouts. It’s brutal!”
Being candid about his routine, he explained: “You’re doing 10 sets of a few different exercises, 10 reps each, but at lower weights. Right now I’m doing a 5/10/15 program where I start off going heavy for five reps. On the next exercise, I do 10 reps at a medium weight, and then by the end of this superset, I’m on 15 reps of light weight. I can barely get through it.”