Chris Messina on Acting in Television: “You have to be open to change and surprises”

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While has been busy this season with the coupling of Mindy and Danny on , there’s one other show fans can still catch him on, The . The HBO show is coming back for a third and final season.

Messina shared his thoughts to Vulture about the short run of the cable show.

He said, “I don’t know. I actually think [short seasons]will be something we see a lot more of, like . There’s so much great and I’m so behind, it’s kind of nice to not to be overwhelmed with the idea of season after season of something. I can enjoy a show and move on. We do 22 episodes on Mindy, and it’s a lot on everybody. Three seasons, I thought, sounded nice and human.”

Viewers last left his character Reese with deciding to not accept the resignations of Will [], Charlie [] and Mac [] after the Genoa scandal. It was a move that surprised many fans.

The 39-year-old actor explained his take on it, “You know, with television shows, they take on a life of their own. You can tell an actor, this is what your character is and does, but it changes. You have to be open to change and surprises. When I did six episodes of Six Feet Under, I remember I was nervous and I hadn’t done a lot, so I was asking, ‘What happens? What happens with my character?’ And I remember Alan Ball saying to me, ‘You know, like in life, these characters don’t know what’s going to happen to them.’ That relaxed me. Now I know you have to go with it. If you don’t, you’re going to be frustrated.”

Season 3 of will debut in the fall. The Mindy Project wraps up Season 2 on Tuesday, May 6 on FOX.

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