MONDAY, April 4 — Lansing resident Nick Eyde will appear on televisions nationwide tomorrow night with a featured role on NBC’s “Chicago Fire.” For his national television debut, Eyde gets to show off the darker side of his acting range.
“It’s not the most savory character,” he said. “He shoots and injures a patient that the paramedics are working with, then he steals a paramedic’s ID and basically stalks her for the rest of the episode. He’s not a good guy.”
Eyde is represented by a Metro-Detroit-based talent agency, which submitted him to the show’s production company. He auditioned via video and was offered the role. Eyde traveled to Chicago for three days, including two full days of shooting. Both days he had to be in the make-up chair at 5 a.m. to prepare for the day. The first day they shot until 7 p.m., the second day until 10 p.m.
“It was crazy,” he said.
Eyde came away from the experience very impressed by the show’s camaraderie.
“It was a really nice crew and a really great cast. I was really impressed with how talented the actors were.” he said. “And a really great director. He knew everyone’s names; he was really on top of things.”
Eyde, 36, is a project developer for his family’s development business, the Eyde Co., but he has taken on acting ventures on the side when he can.
“Our whole family, my brothers and I, all did theater in high school,” he said. “I did theater in college and acted in a few films. This was in line with other things I’ve done.”
Eyde’s episode of “Chicago Fire” airs 10 p.m. tomorrow on NBC. While he’s not quitting his day job just yet, Eyde is hoping this will lead to more on-screen opportunities.
“This was a lot of fun,” he said. “I’d definitely do it again.”