Kristen Hager answered many questions during One Chicago Day, a fan event for dedicated fans of the Chicago series. Hager and Marlyne Barrett, who plays nurse Maggie Lockwood, were asked how their characters break female stereotypes. When asked this, Hager didn’t hesitate in saying, “Stevie doesn’t hold back. She’s a fighter.”
Immediately after this declaration, One Chicago Day cut to a scene of Stevie having an argument with Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) because he intervened with one of her patients and authorized something she didn’t approve of. In the clip, she even accuses him of going around her because he thought he knew better than her and that he hasn’t changed since med school.
“There’s something that I find very similar between our two characters is this ability to put the bravado on and get the job done. They’re not hard, but they’re firm in their commitment to get the job done and they’ll deal with the emotion of it after,” Barrett answered, comparing the parallels between Maggie Lockwood and Dr. Stevie Hammer in her answer. Hager agreed with this assessment, nodding her head and vocally agreeing.
Stereotypes usually dictate that women are overly emotional, especially in extreme circumstances or life-and-death situations, but Nurse Lockwood and Dr. Hammer refuse to let their emotions get in the way of doing their jobs well. Nothing matters more to them than saving as many lives as they can, and nothing will get in their way.