Actor Steven R. McQueen took on roles in prominent television series early in his acting career. Talent for acting is in the performer’s blood as his grandfather is the late legendary entertainer Steve McQueen. In 2014, Steven spoke to The Wrap about how watching his grandfather’s films inspired him to pursue acting as well. “I was like, ‘Wow, this guy is pretty cool. Maybe I want to give that a chance,'” he said.
In 2010, Steven told Seventeen about his love of performing and how he “couldn’t see [himself] “I think the beauty of acting is that you don’t really know who you are,” Steven said. “You can be whatever you want every day of the week.” His interest in acting led Steven to begin his professional career with a role on the series Threshold in 2005 when he was still a teenager. He went on to act a recurring role on the drama series Everwood and later earned the role of Jimmy Borelli on Chicago Fire. Prior to that appearance, however, Steven appeared on a fan-favorite teen series that propelled his career.
Steven R. McQueen played Jeremy Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries.
Years before audiences first became acquainted with him as his Chicago Fire character, Jimmy Borelli, actor Steven R. McQueen had a major role on the popular drama series The Vampire Diaries. McQueen portrayed the character Jeremy Gilbert on the long-running show for six years, but left the role in 2015. He later returned in 2017 for the final episode of the show.
In 2015, McQueen spoke to Just Jared about how he felt after finishing his final recording session on The Vampire Diaries. He said, “…A lot of the people in the cast, the crew, the writers, they’re family at this point… It’s hard to say goodbye. But in other ways it’s exciting. It’s exciting to see what’s next.”
The same year that he left The Vampire Diaries, McQueen earned a spot on Chicago Fire. He told Viben on Films in 2016 that he felt compelled to play Jimmy because “he’s a character who’s trying to do good,” who “wants to be a hero and [is] willing to risk his life to do it.” McQueen played Jimmy for a time before branching out into other roles.
Steven R. McQueen switched to film roles
After leaving The Vampire Diaries, Steven R. McQueen decided to join the cast of Chicago Fire as Jimmy Borelli. During a 2015 Showbiz Junkies interview, McQueen expressed how much he enjoyed playing a variety of emotions on the show. “…Since this is a newer character for me, I kind of like it [that] I see more parts of Jimmy with each episode,” McQueen said. “So I’m going to see some episodes where he’s just a super nice guy and some moments where he kind of snaps and it’s fun.”
In 2016, after 25 episodes on the show, McQueen left Chicago Fire. That same year, executive producer Michael Brandt told TV Line that the decision was plot-related and related to Jimmy’s run-in with Chief Boden. “With Jimmy’s character, it just felt like he had to stand up for what he believed in, but Boden had to stand up for what he believed in, and those two things couldn’t live together,” Brandt said. “It was driven by the story and who the characters evolved into.” Since leaving Chicago Fire, McQueen has shown his acting range with some recent film roles, such as starring in the Hallmark film ” Home by Spring” and the 2020 western “The Warrant” via IMDb. There’s no word yet on McQueen’s next acting project, so time will tell when this talented star will return to the big screen!