10 Actors to Watch

What makes your show different?

“Probably the vision of (creator) Shaun Cassidy. He has a sort of broad-reaching view of where this thing is going. He has a commitment to address larger themes and larger issues while telling smaller stories of these people on this show.”

What previous role are you most proud of?

“I did a play in New York this last fall called ‘Yardbird’ by Stephanie Stowe. Being able to work on fresh new material like that and bringing that to life onstage is so fulfilling and gratifying. It was especially fun for me because I hadn’t done a play in years. The feeling of being back onstage was like, ‘Oh, God. This is what this feels like. Stretching the wings.’ “

What shows influenced you in becoming an actor? Why?

“Honestly, I don’t know anything did. I took a hiatus from television-watching and didn’t have one for seven years. Finally I caught a lot of ‘The Sopranos’ when the videos came out. Those episodes were astonishing, but astonishing in a way that was unreachable and incomprehensible. A friend showed me 15 minutes of ‘The West Wing’ and I said I have to get a TV. I watched that show as much as I could.”

Comedy or drama: Which is harder?

“Probably when you’re trying to walk that deft line between both of them. When I was a kid our family would watch ‘Family Ties.’ There was one episode they did that stuck with me. It was like a very special ‘Family Ties,’ where Alex had a friend who died. The first two or three scenes they shot like they always shot it, but then it switched and he was struggling to deal with what happened and he talked to a therapist and it was filmed like a play.”

Whose career would you like to emulate?

“The good ones who seek out good material and have the sensitivity and intelligence to recognize it when it comes along. Someone who brings passion and a pioneering spirit to the table.”

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