Shawn Hatosy of TNT’s Southland: “It’s kind of up to the actor to deconstruct the scene and deconstruct the character and figure out how to make it real”
Fans of TNT‘s “Southland” expect violence and anticipate gritty, realistic stories inspired by true experiences of the Los Angeles Police Department. The fatal gang beating of Detective Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro) closed the Jan. 25 episode of the police drama, leaving Moretta’s partner Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy) bloodied, shaken and guilt-ridden. And now, Hatosy is ready to take on the completely different person his character is bound to become, and he couldn’t be more excited. ”Oh, believe me, this is gonna be good,” he says about the rest of the third season. “There’s really no limit to where this character will go.”
“We sort of own these characters,” Hatosy says. “At the beginning, the directors told us, ‘We intend on making the most realistic show possible. We’re going to get these guys trained and understanding protocol and pretty much having us as experienced as actors can be with what the LAPD goes through. So in essence, the situation happened to others, but we wear it like it’s our own personal experiences.”
Hatosy, 35, who often is cast in the role of a police officer, also knows how to do crazy: He played a serial killer in “Dexter” last year and an inmate on death row in “Alpha Dog“.
“It’s kind of up to the actor to deconstruct the scene and deconstruct the character and figure out how to make it real. That’s what I love about this job: It’s sort of a puzzle each time, and figuring that out is sort the key, whether I’m playing a cop or a killer,” he says.
Carla Vila is appearing on Southland tonight! Check Carla out as ‘Yvette’ in tonight’s episode called ‘The Winds’ at 10 pm on TNT!
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Showtime has picked up two new series, Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex, that will start to air in 2013.
Ray Donovan, a one-hour drama starring Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award nominee Liev Schreiber, and Masters of Sex, a one-hour drama starring Emmy and BAFTA Award nominee Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, have both received 12 episode orders and will both film in Los Angeles for air in 2013. Read more
Check Carla out as ‘Angela’ in tonight’s episode called ‘This Magic Moment’ at 9 pm on ABC! Her scene is with Jason George.
She’s also working again on Southland this coming Monday!
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Armie Hammer, Ed Helms, Regina King, Julianna Margulies, Natalie Portman to Present at the SAG Awards
The SAG Awards have just announced that Ed Helms, Julianna Margulies and Natalie Portman will join Actor nominee Armie Hammer, SAG Awards® social network ambassador Regina King and SAG President Ken Howard as presenters at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®.
The SAG Awards® will be Simulcast Live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT)
Congrats to all the nominees!
But, I just have one WTF as I go through the list: Glee was nominated as in the Ensemble category? The cast is fine with Jane Lynch, Heather Morris and Matthew Morrison being the standouts but nominating the cast for best ensemble? Seriously?
Check out the nominations below!
Dramatic Actress Roundtable – 7 Great Television Actresses talk about their careers, acting and more!
I love these roundtables that The Hollywood Reporter does throughout the year. They gather a group of fantastic actors and talk to them about their careers and acting and it ends up being the most incredible conversation.
This time around, they gathered some of the best actresses on TV; Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Regina King (Southland), Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), Melissa Leo (Treme), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights).
Below are 2 clips and the full on hour conversation. I could seriously watch these roundtables all day.
17th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® NOMINATIONS
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
JEFF BRIDGES / Rooster Cogburn – “TRUE GRIT” (Paramount Pictures)
ROBERT DUVALL / Felix Bush – “GET LOW” (Sony Pictures Classics)
JESSE EISENBERG / Mark Zuckerberg – “THE SOCIAL NETWORK” (Columbia Pictures)
COLIN FIRTH / King George VI – “THE KING’S SPEECH” (The Weinstein Company)
JAMES FRANCO / Aron Ralston – “127 HOURS” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
ANNETTE BENING / Nic – “THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT” (Focus Features)
NICOLE KIDMAN / Becca – “RABBIT HOLE” (Lionsgate)
JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Ree Dolly – “WINTER’S BONE” (Roadside Attractions)
NATALIE PORTMAN / Nina Sayers – “BLACK SWAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
HILARY SWANK / Betty Anne Waters – “CONVICTION” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
CHRISTIAN BALE / Dicky Eklund – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures)
JOHN HAWKES / Teardrop – “WINTER’S BONE” (Roadside Attractions)
JEREMY RENNER / James Coughlin – “THE TOWN” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
MARK RUFFALO / Paul – “THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT” (Focus Features)
GEOFFREY RUSH / Lionel Logue – “THE KING’S SPEECH” (The Weinstein Company)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
AMY ADAMS / Charlene Fleming – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures)
HELENA BONHAM CARTER / Queen Elizabeth – “THE KING’S SPEECH” (The Weinstein Company)
MILA KUNIS / Lily – “BLACK SWAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
MELISSA LEO / Alice Ward – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures)
HAILEE STEINFELD / Mattie Ross – “TRUE GRIT” (Paramount Pictures)
Ally Walker plays the character everyone loves to hate, ‘Agent Stahl’ on Sons of Anarchy.
You’ve seen her on tv shows like Profiler, The Shield, Southland and CSI but this is a different character for her. She even said that ‘it was tough to find her.” Originally hired for 3 episodes, the shows creator, Kurt Sutter, liked her work so much, he kept writing her into the show.
I spoke with her on a conference call where she talked about her role, how she approaches a script and her advice to actors.
For the full interview, click onto the audio link above or download from iTunes.
Does your character ‘Stahl’ have a moral compass?
Ally: When I got the character thrown at me last—or given to me, not thrown at me—but there was a lot thrown to me right away with “Stahl.” In order to really kind of understand her, I had to sort of understand that whatever worked for her in that moment was how I was going to go what—“June”—I was going to go. That really is a sociopath, whatever works for her. So she’s kind of like this wonderful little actress. At least that’s what I like to think. I don’t know if she’s so wonderful, but— That’s what I did with her. I just made everything, anything that was to her advantage, she was lovely. She could turn on a dime, and I really like that.
It was kind of a wow reveal when we saw that “Stahl” has a girlfriend right now. Was that a surprise to you? Why was right now kind of the time to reveal that in the show?
Ally Walker: I’m not really sure why the timing was right. You’d have to ask Kurt Sutter that, but no, actually it wasn’t a surprise to me. Last year, I had filmed a scene in bed with a female lover, so I’d kind of built that into the character last year. “Stahl,” obviously, is kind of a sociopath. At least that’s how I sort of like to play her and an opportunist, so I don’t think her sexuality is really about being— It’s interesting. I think she is gay probably, but I think she swings both ways depending on what works for her. So no, it wasn’t a surprise to me.