The actor tells The Hollywood Reporter of exploring his character’s past, “It was the first time since ‘Six Feet Under’ I’ve had to carry that much emotional weight.”

After spending years with his characters on Six Feet Under and Parenthood, Peter Krause made a careful choice when deciding to join Ryan Murphy’s procedural 911.

For the actor, the decision stemmed from a conversation he had with the show’s co-creator to push the needle beyond the current crop of procedurals on the small screen.

“He wanted 911 to drive, to move and be different from other procedural shows, and have humor and romance, and that’s what you see,” Krause tells The Hollywood Reporter during the latest episode of In Studio, adding, “I love the end result on the show. It’s really hard work on 911, but what we end up with, it’s a superior product.”

Krause says bringing the stories of first responders to light has always been a priority during each performance. “The hours that they have to keep, the number of hours they have to be awake and do what they have to do, it’s a difficult job. Any time we’re experiencing difficulty on set, all of us always remind each other that this isn’t the real deal. Even though this is a difficult acting job, this doesn’t even come close,” says Krause.

As for feedback he’s heard first-hand, the actor says, “They understand that it’s television, but they enjoy all the elements of the show, the fact that their lives — not just their heroic moments, but their lives — are explored, the difficulty that they have with certain things.”

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