In which decade would you want to live?
“I would probably have to say the ‘50s. Growing up, that’s the music that my dad would always be playing in the car — the ‘50s, ‘60s and a lot of Motown. It was a much more innocent time.”
The secret to a successful series is?
“I don’t know if there is one overall secret. What makes our show successful is it comes from a solid origin, from a place where you take something that people have seen in the past — a procedural format, a police drama — and we add elements that heighten those stories and present them to an audience in a fresh way.”
The best part of the job?
“It’s fascinating to live with a character (for this long). When you’re on a successful show that has the good fortune of being on for five seasons, you’re playing a character’s arc for essentially five years. It gives me a certain amount of fulfillment that we’ve been able to sustain these arcs and make these characters interesting.”
The worst part?
“Most of my family is back East, and I spend a lot of time out West by virtue of the fact that I’ve got to report to work every day. Every time I go back home, several things have happened, and I wasn’t there to be a part of it.”