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Jesse Soffer has been an actor since the age of 8. He started with a Kix Cereal commercial and has had a successful career ever since staring in big movies and hot TV shows. Acting isn't all glamour, however, it can be really hard work. Listen to three experiences Jesse shared.

 

  • He'll Never Eat Kix Cereal Again

    We asked him if the "kid-tested, mother-approved" cereal has a special place in his heart for launching his career. "I don't think I've even tasted it since that day," he replied! "I had to eat about 19 boxes of the stuff during that day of filming." So what does he eat for breakfast? "Cinnamon Toast Crunch... it's like dessert... it's like crack!"

  • Soap Operas Make You Learn 30 Pages of Dialogue Per Day!

    At age 20 Jesse took the role of Will Munson on daytime soap opera "As the World Turns." He said soaps are fun because they're fast-paced. Uh, apparently that's an understatement. "You film an entire episode in a day," he explained. "You wake up in the morning, have a cup of coffee, learn 30 pages of dialogue and then you go film it -- everyday. It's insane."

    You read that right. 30 PAGES OF DIALOGUE EVERY DAY!

    "It's like college, too, working that muscle as an actor being able to memorize so much," he added. Like college? More like Homer memorizing "The Odyssey"!

  • Real Cops Are Always on the Set of "Chicago PD"

    How realistic is "Chicago PD"?

    "All our technical advisers are real Chicago PD," he explained. They're on set constantly talking to the set designers, the prop managers, hanging out with the actors getting them in the right frame of mind. They tell real-life stories to the writers. All the extras in the crime scenes are real officers on their days off."

    Wow, now that's what I call commitment to realism!

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