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THE ARRANGEMENT -- Season: Pilot -- Pictured: (l-r) Michael Vartan, Lexa Doig, Josh Henderson, Christine Evangelista -- (Photo by: Jeff Lipsky/E! Entertainment)

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THE ARRANGEMENT Season 1 Set Visit: Interview With Josh Henderson, Lexa Doig and Michael Vartan

Taking a peek into the inner workings of a famous Hollywood actor and the people who keep his life on track, E!’s new drama series THE ARRANGEMENT introduces Kyle West (Josh Henderson) and what happens when he falls for a young, upcoming actress Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista) and makes her the offer of a lifetime. In classic Hollywood, arranged marriages were common. But in today’s world, an arranged marriage seems too good to be true. As Megan falls under Kyle’s spell, and intriguing dance of seduction plays out — for with Kyle and his amazing offer comes the deeply embedded philosophy of the Institute of the Higher Mind, run by Deann Anderson  (Lexa Doig) and Terence Anderson (Michael Vartan), who seem to control every aspect of Kyle’s life.  During a visit to the set, press were given the chance to chat with the stars of THE ARRANGEMENT and find out just how dark and twisted things may get behind the curtain of Kyle’s seemingly glamorous life.

THE ARRANGEMENT looks like a network defining show for E!  Have you all felt that while filming on set?
LEXA:  I think that we all have that hope.  That’s the intention behind the show and that’s where it’s hoping to land. There’s a lot of intelligent writing, and it is a bit darker.
MICHAEL:  I’ve been doing this for a long time, and being on set, the tone feels very dark and dramatic. It certainly doesn’t feel like your typical E! show. I think that’s a good thing for us. It’s certainly going to be something different than the E! audience is used to, so hopefully we’ll deliver.
JOSH: I think it’s unique in its own right. There’s kind of never been a show done like this, or about this kind of a world that we’re doing. That is something that for us is exciting, and I think for E! should be exciting. We’re very unique.

What’s exciting to you about the show?
MICHAEL: It’s not a lawyer show, it’s not a doctor show, it’s not a cop show.
LEXA:  It’s not set in space.
JOSH:  It’s not set in space. And there are no zombies, yet.

So no clones, no spies?
MICHAEL: [Laughs] Maybe a couple of spies, but they’re human.
JOSH:  I like the clone idea.
MICHAEL:  If you get some days off, we could clone you.
JOSH:  I’m down. I think what’s exciting for me about this show is that I’m portraying an actor who comes from a unique past, and now has found himself as essentially the biggest movie star in the world. He’s 5 or 6 different guys on a daily basis. For an actor, that’s something that can be a challenge. But it’s also something that’s fun. Nothing is monotonous. He’s always dealing with something, depending on the situation or who he’s with, in a unique way. For me, that was what really excited me about this.
LEXA:  What I find exciting is the peek behind the curtain. How does the sausage get made?  That is fascinating to me. It’s true. You see the finished project and it’s all shiny, glossy, and pretty, but then how it gets made is the thing that’s most interesting to me. When you look at celebrities like Kyle West, he’s this huge celebrity, he’s a brand. So what goes into the marketing, the creation, the promotion of that brand? And what happens to the person who shares the same name, but is not a brand? What sacrifices have to be made by everybody? There’s a whole ecosystem that orbits around celebrity, and that’s totally fascinating to me, because I don’t live in L.A., so it’s like, “Ooh, this is so neat!” It’s totally fascinating to me. That’s what I find really interesting about it.

How would you describe your characters?
LEXA:  My character’s Deann Anderson. She is married to that one over there [indicating Michael Vartan], and is the producing partner of this one over here [indicating Josh Henderson]. That’s kind of all you really find out about her at first in the pilot. As the series goes on, you get to know a little bit more about her and what her identity is outside of the men in her life, which is, to me a little bit more interesting. Who is Deann? Because she’s described as, and often presented as, Kyle’s producing partner or Terence’s wife. But who she is when she’s not an appendage of the males in her life is the thing that’s she’s discovering and I find very interesting.

Does the show devote enough time so that that we get to know her?
LEXA:  It’s starting to, yeah. That takes time to lay that track down. Definitely not in the first episode. But I actually like that, because then it’s a slow reveal, and you slowly get to know her.
JOSH:  I play Kyle West, who essentially in our story is the biggest movie star in the world. He depends on these two [indicating Lexa Doig and Michael Vartan] a lot. I consider [Michael] my mentor, my best friend. I trust him. He is going through a lot. In the beginning of the pilot, you see that there is a publicly bad breakup. So Kyle’s trying to get his bearings and figure out his life, and then a new girl comes into his life, who we meet as Megan Morrison [Christine Evangelista]. She rocks his world, and he brings her into something that would be strange to anyone. It’s a great ride that we go on.
MICHAEL:  I play Terence Anderson. I still love that name, Terence. It’s creepy.
LEXA:  [Laughs]  The best part about it is when you take the name down to Terry, it loses all of its creepiness. Unless you think of it in terms of creepy Uncle Terry.
MICHAEL:  I know, and I lose all my power when people call me Terry. I’m like, “Aw, don’t call me Terry, that’s not fair.” Terence is the creator and the head of the Institute of the Higher Mind. He’s also Kyle’s mentor, and in his own mind at least, a bit of a puppet-master behind the scenes in terms of fashioning this career that we’re all getting very rich on. Terence obviously has quite a few skeletons in his own closet that as the series progresses he has to deal with. That’s one of the things I love so much about the show, is the interactions between the characters on the surface can seem quite linear, but in fact there’s so much stuff going on.
LEXA: There’s this whole icky spider web that sits in there.
MICHAEL: Oh, it’s wonderful, because no one wants to see a show about people being happy. That’s boring. We want drama, and failure.
LEXA:  And despair.
MICHAEL:  Redemption and despair, and flawed characters who are evil, and all that stuff.

The show appears to be taking a fictional look at the real world of Scientology and its influence on Hollywood high life.
MICHAEL:  It doesn’t feel like that to me at all. I haven’t done any research on that. The way I base my character and the Institute of the Higher Mind is really, if you look at the world we live in today, there are so many groups that are devoted to self-help and empowering people.  I’ve got friends that are on a retreat every other weekend: “I’m going to the mountains of so-and-so, and I’m going to find myself.” It’s all wonderful stuff, especially in the world we live in today. We need a little more of that. I think that in our story, my character’s main goal initially was to help people, and provide a platform where people could come and get right with themselves, and exorcise demons from the past. As he gets more powerful and more money comes into the Institute, and his affiliation with Hollywood now, he maybe loses his way a bit. But I really don’t see any comparisons in terms of that. If there were, I would not be doing my job right now.
LEXA:  I think that whole thing is very seductive. It’s seductive to have that power over people, to have somebody place their lives in your hands, and say, “Fix me.” Or, “You are the reason that I’ve been fixed. What more can I do?” That is an incredibly seductive thing. I reckon that when Deann and Terence got together, they maybe at that point had very idealistic goals in mind that have since gone a little sideways.
MICHAEL: Just a wee bit.
LEXA: Taking a turn for the dark maybe, or a turn for the selfish.

The interpersonal relationships between your characters: are they on a friendly basis or is there something more going on?
LEXA:  Terence and Deann have been married for a really long time. So some days they get along, and other days they could kill each other.
MICHAEL: We joke that they love each other as much as they can.
LEXA: Yeah, as much as they know how to do.
MICHAEL:  Terence interacts — I’m not going to say the same way with everyone, but this is one of the things I love about playing this character — he’s a very low-key and intense. Very different from anything I’ve played before, which is a lot of fun. I think his relationship with Kyle is very much that of a mentor, and a friend, and a brother, and also father figure. Kyle in Terence’s eyes is what he aspired to be, younger in his life, and never quite cut it. He’s sort of living vicariously through Kyle a little bit. His relationship with Deann is very complicated, but that’s a marriage for you, right?
LEXA:  Yep. Like I said, they’ve been married for a really long time. There are agreements that you have in a long-term marriage, especially when you recognize — which I think Terence and Deann have — they’ve got goals that they want to achieve, that they need each other to accomplish, but they’re not necessarily marriage-based goals. They’re things that are outside of that. You put up with a lot of shit from your partner, because you’ve got your eye on a bigger prize.

Are they aiming for the presidency?
LEXA:  I don’t think so. I don’t know. I reckon Terence has too many skeletons in the closet. Deann could run for president.

Terence seems to have a lot of skeletons in the closet, but would that necessarily stop him from running for president?
LEXA: Not necessarily. I think that’s a Michael question. How power-hungry is Terence?
MICHAEL:  I think it would end at the presidency. That might be a step too far for him. I think he’s happy, in his own mind at least, fixing people. At least, thinking he’s fixing people. One of the great things, Lexa touched on it, about the writing. Like we did this scene the other night  — and this is what I love about TV, because you never know what’s going to happen, and we really don’t know where the stores are going to go down the road — we did this scene where one of my lines was, “Hey, let’s leave my family out of this, okay?” I don’t know what that means. I really don’t. As an actor, I don’t know what that means. That’s going to be revealed to me in episodes 9 and 10, or maybe not till episode 3 of season 2, if we’re so lucky to have a Season 2. You have to make a choice in your head to make it interesting, but who knows?
LEXA:  We had two very different interpretations of that.
MICHAEL: We did. Of course, I went very dark.
LEXA: You went very dark, and I was like, “No, you just don’t get along with them anymore.” So boring.

What’s the arc we’re going to visit with Kyle, specifically? Is this a redemption story? Is this a downfall story, he’s got to fall before he rises? What are we going to see with this guy?
JOSH: He’s a colorful guy. Like all of us, he’s got kind of a troubled past. He comes from Lone Grove, Oklahoma, and there’s a lot of issues that he’s dealt with through his life. You’re going to see a roller coaster ride with this guy. There’s ups and downs. You see him in the beginning where he’s got this big film coming out, and he’s excited, and he’s proud of his work, but he’s also anxious about, “This is a big one for me.” It’s really a love story for him. He falls head over heels for Megan. I think he just wants to be loved, and he’s got so many demons about that particular topic in his life that he relies on people around him to help that machine continue forward. But when he’s with Megan, he tries to be the best that he can be. You’re going to see him career-wise go up and down through the season. Emotionally he’s going to be all over the place.  He’s a good guy. He wants to be a good person in everyone else’s life, but he’s dealing with a lot of stuff. As soon as you think you might know who Kyle is, you’re going to realize, “Oh wait, I don’t know who he is yet.” That’s what’s really fun, for not only the show for me, but this character. He just keeps you guessing, and you’re like, “What’s going on in that guy’s head?” Like I said, the situation’s unique. This guy came from the sticks, bad past. Now all of a sudden he’s a superstar. How do you accept that on an everyday basis? I think no matter where you come from, that’s a really tough mentality be like, “Wow, I can’t go anywhere in the world without being known.” There he is, or who’s he with, or who’s that person, or is he in love? For me this character is just full of surprises. It’s good stuff.

Referring to the relationship with Kyle and Megan [Christine Evangelista], in the pilot, we don’t know why Kyle’s last relationship ended.
JOSH: That’s right.

So the audience is questioning: is Megan in over her head? We don’t know why that prior relationship blew up for Kyle’s character and we don’t really know what Megan is getting into.
LEXA:  We’ve got a few different hints, right?
MICHAEL:  Yeah.
LEXA:  Hints about the Institute and who’s setting who up.
JOSH:  You just know that Kyle’s in a bad place and he’s trying to keep it together. This breakup really affected him, and this new girl comes in and just kind of throws him for a loop, and he’s like, “Whoa. This is relief, I think she’s amazing.” Obviously, we all have different perspectives. Terence has a different idea about this. He’s very particular and careful with Kyle and everything that happens in Kyle’s life. It’s such an interesting dynamic between us, because at the end of the day, I as Kyle also just want to be a normal person in a relationship, and have someone love me. But I also listen to this guy, and I trust this guy. I also trust her [referring to Lexa]. We all have our opinions about what’s right for Kyle, so it’s an interesting battle, every episode.
LEXA:  It’s what Kyle wants versus what we want for the brand, and something when they come in conflict it can be a really difficult thing. I think what’s lovely about the Megan character is that she seems to be this very pure thing. Comparatively speaking to what we’ve all done to get to where Kyle has gotten to, she seems to be this very pure ray of light. She sort of serves as the audience’s proxy into this world, because she’s on the outside of it. She’s a struggling actress, and then she gets caught up in it, and brings the audience with her. That’s the fascinating thing, to see that. When I look at Kyle’s and Megan’s relationship I see this beautiful purity that you’re desperately trying to protect, that I don’t think is possible in Hollywood. I don’t know.
MICHAEL:  And that’s why the contract is presented. Terence has a brand, and there’s a lot of rules to preserve Kyle’s image.

Would you ever want to be anywhere near as famous as we’re going to see Kyle West is?
LEXA: Hell, no. Hard pass.  There’s nothing interesting to me about that, because there is a lot of work that goes into maintaining that kind of celebrity. There’s a lot of work to getting to be that famous, and I am too f-ing lazy to put the work into it. I really don’t.

That’s why you hire people.
LEXA:  I know, but you still have to do it, you know what I mean? [Laughs]  I just don’t give enough of a shit.
MICHAEL:  And you’re still the face of it, you’re the brand.
LEXA:  You’re the brand, and on top of that, there’s a heavy responsibility that comes with that, because the bigger brand that you are, the more people … Like, Terence and Deann’s livelihood rests on his shoulders. I would never want to be in the central place of that. That is just far too much responsibility for me.
JOSH:  It’s an interesting question because potentially being where he is goes hand-in-hand with the career.
LEXA: Choices.
JOSH:  Well, we are actors, that’s what we do. I’m playing an actor. As an actor, it would be nice to be able to do any script and film work with any director you want. There’s things about his career, or his life, that … I’m actually okay with responsibility. I like to do my best to give people hope, and inspire people, and maybe be a good role model for people that look up to me as an actor. I’m okay with that stuff. Now, being the biggest actor in the world comes with all kinds of responsibilities. At the end of the day, we all enjoy privacy, and you have none at that level. There’s a give and take, I think. Hard answer, would I want to be that guy in real life? I think I’m okay with just continually working on great projects for the rest of my life. I don’t necessarily need to have a billion dollars in my bank account.
LEXA:  Preach! Preach!
JOSH:  As long as we’re working, I can be content, and luckily we can do this as long as we want to do it. I don’t think I’d want to be where he is, but I guess I don’t mind where I am.
MICHAEL:  It’s what I live for. It’s actually, quite honestly, my worst nightmare. There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t walk down the street, whether it’s here, or L.A., or anywhere in the world, and no one knows who I am. I just go, “Thank God, you’re so lucky. You’re lucky enough to work in this industry.”  And have done so for almost 30 years, I’ve made a living, and I still get work, miraculously. But I’m maintained complete, for the most part, anonymity. There’s something so nice about going to Starbucks and not worrying about wearing a baseball hat and your sunglasses, and just me as a person, I’m not comfortable with dealing with strangers in general, so I don’t think I would be able to handle it.  I do agree with what Josh said about quality of projects. There is something to be said about getting to work with a great director. I’m digging my situation right now, with these two here. Number 3 on the call sheet is just fine for me. By the way, I get to go back to L.A. for five days and visit my dog next week, and Josh is going to be stuck working here, so there is that.

What’s the tone like for the show? Is this supposed to be a cautionary tale, or is this a salacious kind of type show? Where is it going?
LEXA: It’s kind of hard for us to say, because we’ve just been filming it. We haven’t seen it.  Out of 10 episodes, we’re right smack in the middle of it. Like I said, it’s hard for us to tell, because so much of tone is also dictated in the edit with the music, whenever things are finally put together. I actually haven’t even seen the pilot.
MICHAEL:  I haven’t either.
JOSH:  I haven’t either.
MICHAEL:  Romantic thriller was always the goal headed into the project.
LEXA:  I’m the worst person for always going for the gag, I can’t help it, it’s just me. So we do try to inject little bits of humor here and there as well, to lighten it up.
JOSH:  There’s a very real tone. Not only how it looks, but I think how we play it is very real. I haven’t seen the show either. I know it does really well.  Even how it’s lit, our DP is amazing. It’s very real, grounded, but also edgy. There’s an edge to it and a darkness to it that I think will hopefully pleasantly surprise the E! audience. What I think my goal is, is that they’re expecting something that could be really entertaining, and all of a sudden they’re like, “Oh my God, this is actually even great.”
LEXA:  Quite thought-provoking.
JOSH:  Yeah, sort of like, “I didn’t know it was going to take me on this kind of a journey, watching this show.” I think that’s our goal, to really surprise the audience a little bit. Go above what they hopefully expect.

Are you letting the show exist in sort of an alternate reality? How close to the real world is this show in terms of the way it portrays that Hollywood community?
JOSH:  I have a lot of recent experience, I started when I was 18, and have lived in that whole world for the last 14 years. I have a lot of experience where Kyle’s at now, I think. Not career-wise, but age-wise and being the city, and coming from a certain place. We kind of come from the same area of the country. I kind of had insight to stuff that happens in the industry, but also within this show, I’m kind of taking each script as it comes and trying to live in our own world that we’re living in with stuff that I don’t have a lot of information about. Self-help things and everything else. I’m just going off of who I believe this guy is without a lot of self-experience.
LEXA:  I think it’s a bit alternate reality at this point. It would be fine, I think we were talking about this before, if they show proofs that hint that we might be able to bring it closer to actual reality by getting celebrity cameos and things like that on the show to add to the believability of the world. At this point, it does feel a bit alternate reality with inspiration from real reality. I’m going to trademark that term. Real reality.  Super real reality.

What storyline are you guys most excited to explore with your individual characters?
MICHAEL:  I’m actually really interested to see how the storyline between Terrence and Kyle develops, because I’m not going to obviously spoil anything, but there was some serious rollercoaster rides taking place in the middle of the season between us. A lot of things need to be addressed that potentially can fracture this very close relationship. And to see how that’s going to either get fixed or not is going to be interesting, because their relationship is obviously really complicated, because there’s a side of Terrence that’s very envious of Kyle’s life and everything he’s achieved, because that’s ultimately what he wanted to do when he was younger. But he also has great love and fondness for the guy, but there’s this weird control. It’s fascinating. So we’ll see where Jonathan [Abrahams] takes it. Not knowing is great too. I read the scripts and I’m a little nervous. What’s going to happen to Terrence?
LEXA:  [Laughs]  I’m terrified when I read the scripts.

Between Terrence and Deann, do each of them have their own motivations in terms of what they want? Or are they on the same page?
LEXA:  I think they each have their own motivations and eventually they meet up.
MICHAEL:  Yeah, I agree.
LEXA:  Well, I’m glad you agree.
MICHAEL: It’s about time I agree with you.
LEXA: No, but I think that sometimes with what they want to accomplish, they will work together, because it jives together. But I think they have their individual goals that they want to accomplish. I know with Deann, the thing that I’m looking most forward to with her is her figuring out her own place in the ecosystem that is Hollywood, that is separate from Terrence and separate from Kyle. And where she’s taking control and maybe pulling some of those puppet strings that Terrence thinks he has.

Also, what is Deann’s relationship with Megan?
LEXA:  That’s what I’m really looking forward to, because that’s one thing. I didn’t want to spoil it, but Jonathan did say to me at one point that because there hasn’t been a ton of interaction on screen between Deann and Megan [so far], there will be going forward. So I’m really, I’m really looking forward to that, because I can’t wait to play with Christine. But I haven’t really had much of a chance to yet. Not to haul out the female empowerment trope because that can get tired and as a feminist, I’m personally tired with it. Anyway, but that part of it too, because Hollywood, we know, is not kind to women. It’s not kind to women over a certain age. It’s not kind to women in general. It can be very objectifying, not just to young, beautiful women, but also young, beautiful men. I think we do get to see that a little bit with Kyle as well. And that whole aspect of it is fascinating: the objectification and turning person into a product is really cool.

It seems like it’s very hard on women, in particular. Women within the industry are perhaps harder on other women in the industry than men are on women.
LEXA: I think they can be. I think it depends, because a lot of it is internalized notions of sexism that is spread. Depending on the generation that you grow up in. They’re internalized, they’re subconscious, you don’t think about it. There’s only so much room. You can have one woman at the top. You can’t have ten. And I think those attitudes are changing. I think there are many women in positions of power that are getting up to busting through the glass ceiling that are starting to change that mentality and offer a handout to help make space for other women as well. But yeah, that does exist. I’ve seen it firsthand. I’ve seen female executive producers that are so brutal to other women.

Is that something you brought into Deann at all?
LEXA: Not yet, no. And I don’t want to necessarily see that with Deann. But you do, at some point, see it with a different character on the show that I’m not going to talk about. But you do see that that exists as well. But listen, all of it exists. Jonathan and I were talking about it in terms of tired tropes. Like the empowered woman, totally strong, superhero trope is just as restricted and just as reductive as the damsel in distress, because it’s not human. Nobody’s actually like that. So, in the ecosystem that is Hollywood, or in any kind of industry, you’re going to be able to find men or women that are generous and helpful and that are happy to mentor and lift people up. And you’re going to find men or women that are complete dicks. And are selfish and want to keep other people down and they’re petty and all that stuff.  So, if we want to see equality represented on the screen, we get to see both. We can’t automatically reduce seeing one woman character and having her speak for all of them. That’s not realistic either. And I love that. It’s great. I love personally seeing all that representation happening behind the lens as well, because I think that speaks volumes about the idea of telling balanced stories and interesting stories.

Lexa, what was the biggest challenge for each of you into getting into your characters?
LEXA:  Learning how to not make a mess out of my clothing. Deann has an amazing wardrobe. Look at me, like I’m not stylish and I’m perfectly at peace with that. But Deann is incredibly stylish and I walk around like this half the time.
MICHAEL:  Oh, you should see her in heels.
LEXA: The clothes are amazing.
MICHAEL:  Magic.
LEXA:  I don’t want to wreck anything. So that was one of the harder things for me to wrap my head around was being that stylish. And actually owning it, which I don’t do well. The seven-inch heels was a bit of a challenge too. But there are certain aspects that I can’t get into because it’s spoilers — in Deann’s exploration that was a little, wow, okay. But that’s why you’re an actor. You have to challenge yourself and try and think outside the box.

Lexa and Michael, you are known for shows that are very action, adventure-heavy: CONTINUUM and ALIAS. Yet it seems this show is not that at all.
LEXA:   [Laughs]  Oh, there will be fight scenes between us. Wire work, all that kind of stuff. That’s all coming in Season 2. It’s going to be a very jarring, for [Michael] in particular, because Vaughn is still a very widely regarded character. And this show —  how do you think audiences are going to react to seeing this very subdued role?
MICHAEL:  We ll, I like to think that I’m not necessarily subdued. He’s just a more quiet and evil. Evil’s not the right word. Terrence has so many agendas. And to me that’s what makes him really interesting. I’ve never played a character who’s not been either the all-American guy or the boyfriend next door. Or just the boring boyfriend. So this is a departure for me. And I love it. I’m asked sometimes, would you be down to do an ALIAS movie or reboot? Well, they better hurry up, because I’m 47. The sounds that I make when I climb in my shoes in the morning. I’m not sure I could run down those hallways anymore. So in terms of the physicality of the role, simply I’m thrilled that I can just sit in my high chair and play puppet-master at times. But look, I’d like to think that I’m not really type cast, I think that ALIAS is the thing that I’m most known for on TV. And certainly fans of that show, when they see me, they’ll be like, “Oh. That’s Vaughn. What’s he doing in an even nicer suit?” But it’s been a while. ALIAS wrapped ten years ago, I think. So I think they’ve had time to digest that and move on.

Michael, what was the biggest challenge for you getting into this role?
MICHAEL: I’ve never played a character like this. And for me it was finding what made this guy tick.  We’re so diametrically opposite in real life. Terrence doesn’t exist, but finding something that made me comfortable playing this guy. I remember shooting the pilot and there were a couple of scenes where I felt, it’s not quite there. This is not really what I want to do with this character. And they were probably thinking, “Why did we cast this guy?” Luckily, that didn’t happen.  But as the season progressed, I’ve really found some interesting things about him that I keep to myself. Little things that I go to if I’m lost in the scene or there’s something about him that’s off. I go, okay, this is what this is all about for him. He’s very simple in the way that he approaches things. But hopefully I can make him complicated. [Laughs] Whatever the hell that means.
LEXA: I just see Terrence as being very efficient.
MICHAEL: Yes. And many agendas. Always up to something.

What was it like getting into this very deep role for you?
LEXA: You know what’s fun for me, because I’ve done a lot of sci-fi and a lot of action-y kind of stuff. And I’m 43. I’m not getting any younger. That shit gets harder as you get older. And so does pleather. Pleather gets less comfortable the older you get.

It looks so good on television.
LEXA: It does. It looks amazing, but it’s kind of nice to wear natural fibers, which I’m very happy to do. I love transitioning away from that kind of stuff. Listen, don’t get me wrong. I love doing it. It’s so much fun. But transitioning away from the fantastical into something that takes place very much in the real world. That works different muscles for you as an actor. And I really enjoy that. And there’s a Canadian television show that I did called ARCTIC AIR, which couldn’t be more Canadian. It was about an airline in the Arctic in the northwest territories of Canada. Like a little airline in the northwest of Canada. It’s awesome. And I’m not being facetious. I loved working on that show.  It was starring Adam Beach, who’s in “Suicide Squad” right now and it had a very exploring the first nation’s cultures and stuff up north. But my character was a nurse who lived in the middle of nowhere and it was awesome because she was just a normal human being, which is closer to who I am as a person. So playing Deann is fun, because although she’s nothing like me in appearance. Okay, we have the same color hair. But she’s nothing like me in presentation or how she chooses to conduct herself in the world, but I think her motivations for wanting to do things are still pure and fairly universal. And how she goes about it, I wouldn’t. But at the same time, it’s fascinating to get behind that, to dig into that. I’m really enjoying it at this point.

To see how the twisty and intertwined world and lives of Kyle West, Deann and Terence play out, be sure to tune in for the premiere of THE ARRANGEMENT on Sunday, March 5th at 9:00 p.m. on E!.

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