OK. And then can you say who is playing your dad?
These changes in Wade, do they come about mostly because of his relationship with Zoe?
I think both because of that and some not because of that, but I think it’s one of those things of like when you’re kind of falling for somebody whether you like it or not you’re opened up in certain ways that you might not have been otherwise. So I think there is an element of Wade that as his affection for Zoe develops maybe he finds himself acting out of character a bit for himself whereas maybe in a certain situation he would be more selfish. With this kind of blossoming affection for Zoe he finds himself maybe taking a different kind of approach.
That said I do believe that he does have this kind of innate quality of him that is a really good guy and it’s kind of obscured sometimes maybe by people’s perception of him as being this kind of archetypal bad boy type character and so there is that interesting kind of conundrum that I think a lot of people face, what their outward appearance is to other people and what other people is expected of them to be and what they genuinely are. That makes for really interesting work on my end as an actor, where you have a kind of interior and exterior life for a character.
He seems maybe a little bit of a womanizer and someone who likes to get along with his charms and his looks.
Yeah, absolutely and again that remains true to a certain extent. But you’ll see there is much more of him in subsequent episodes and that’s where you really start getting the shadings that I think give the character a lot of depth.
How do you like driving his muscle car?
It has been a dream my whole life to have a late ‘60s or early ‘70s muscle car and I'll tell you what, there is nothing so good as the feeling of 458 horsepower underneath your hands. It’s pretty incredible.
Do you ask to take that home for the weekend?
I wish they would let me. They’re smarter than that. They know that I wouldn’t be at work on Monday if they gave me the car for a weekend. I’d be in Baja.
And never coming back.
I saw that showrunner Leila Gerstein said there will be some Wade-Zoe flirtations and you just confirmed that.
Yeah, I don’t think there is any doubt about it. I mean we’re making out in the pilot, so it lays the foundation pretty firmly from Jump Street. Yeah, that’s a pretty central defining characteristic of our relationship is the flirtation that kind. But one thing I like about it is—it’s a kind of fun, needling flirtation where they’re always kind of getting on each other’s nerves a little bit or I'm getting on her nerves, but I think there is really that kind of deep innate affection there that drives it further.
And so there will be a lot of that repartee.
Totally, absolutely, yeah.
Are you happy that you’re not shooting in the South and that you’re shooting in LA or would you rather be down on location?
To be honest I loved shooting the pilot down there, but I'm thrilled that we’re shooting in LA. It can be both really fun at times as an actor to be able to shoot on location and go to some really cool places and I have had some really wonderful opportunities to do that. I have traveled a fair amount with my work, but especially for a series where you might end up spending years of your life working on it. It’s a lot to kind of up and relocate for maybe three or four, five years or more and for eight or nine months out of the year, so I really couldn’t be happier to be in LA. This is where my life is, my friends are and I'm a stalwart proponent of LA. So yeah, I'm thrilled to be here.