Derek Cecil

'Push, Nevada'

I’m not looking to play a character who wants to be cool all the time,” Derek Cecil says about his attraction to the role of IRS agent Jim Prufrock in the ABC whodunit “Push, Nevada.”

“He’s not looking to be liked by anyone, but he’s committed.”

A founding member of New York’s successful Rude Mechanicals Theater Group, Cecil’s substance-over-flash attitude toward work brings weight to the humble but determined Prufrock. The actor is likewise committed to finding balance between stage and screen.

“The long-haul career is in storytelling,” Cecil explains, and right now, the story is in TV.

“I’m still learning. Television sort of unspools in front of you. You don’t know where you’re going until you get the next script.

“I’m already thinking of a play that I would love to direct when I get back,” says Cecil, speculating on the prospect of bicoastal living after a long week on the set. “But I don’t think about it much because I got to get ready for the next episode.”

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