Donal Logue on Juggling Two Shows at Once and Why He Wrote a Book In Between Acting Jobs

donal-logue-copperIt would be surprising if Donal Logue has much of a social life anymore.  He recently wrote a young adult novel, runs a trucking company, and stars in not one, but three cable TV series.

“I’ve been incredibly fortunate in Hollywood, but the reality is sometimes you do a pilot in November, they own you until June, you know it’s not going and you’re not working for seven months,” he said in an interview with The Los Angeles Times.  “I hate waking up feeling like I’ve allowed myself not to feel like I can make a decision to have a vital and full day.  I can get in the truck and go back and forth on I-5 between our loads in LA and Portland, or I can write something.  I wrote a novel last year that got picked up by Harper Collins Canada.”

Logue got the idea for the novel from his son Fin.  “I’d just gotten this phone call where I thought I was going to be doing this big movie in Budapest, and they went with someone else,” he explained.  “You get a lot of those, which is fine.  It spurred me into immediate action.  It’s called ‘Agua.’  I was so busy with the performing side of all this for so many years that [writing] was just something that had lain dormant for a long time.”

It’s understandable that Logue claims he’s been busy acting—he’s currently appearing on BBC’s Copper, the History Channel’s Vikings, and FX’s Sons of Anarchy.  “Copper was something quite unexpected, literally a phone call on a Tuesday afternoon before I started shooting on Monday,” he said.  “I just had to call Kurt Sutter [the show runner-executive producer] from Sons of Anarchy, because I knew there could be a little bit of dates mishmash.  The last month has been a real whirlwind of finishing Copper and getting Sons off the ground, but it’s exciting.”

Some would say more exciting than driving a truck, but Logue would probably disagree.

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