Before Jesse Lee Soffer was locking up bad guys on NBC's primetime hit Chicago PD, he was dealing with drama on CBS' daytime staple As the World Turns. For four years, Soffer played legacy character Will Munson, son of Hal Munson (Benjamin Hendrickson) and Barbara Ryan (Colleen Zenk) and little brother of problematic Paul Ryan (Roger Howarth).
He looks fondly on his daytime experience. Soffer told TV Insider of his on-screen mom and brother:
She was very much a 'mom' to me. She was a caregiver, just lovely. The person on the show who gave me the best advice was Roger. He’d say to me, 'Save your money, kid!' That was his advice!
On his brief reappearance in Oakdale before the show went off the air in 2010, Soffer recalled:
I came back after being gone for a few years. I had no hesitation about doing that. I felt very grateful to [ATWT]. When I was on ATWT, our audience was dwindling. The show was on for 54 years! I was so grateful to have been a part of that era of television. It was something special to be a part of it, especially at the end.