Rachel is pretty much one of the coolest gals I have met in Hollywood, which is saying a lot because I have met a lot people in the time I've been doing this. She is just an incredibly cool, fun, down-to-earth chick and I really couldn’t be much more blessed to have her as the lead of our show. She is easy to work with and really fun too.
Had you met her before?
Yeah well, my first job in LA was actually working on “The OC” as a matter of fact. When I was 18 years old Rachel and I had a scene together.
That’s cool. So how about Scott Porter? I met him at Comic-Con this year. We were at this party and we both got pulled into this after-party and ended up bartending together.
That’s hilarious and that is totally something that Scott would do. Scott is amazing. Scott is amazing and it’s like between me and Scott and Chris I think there is just a really cool little romance going on there. I have so much love for those guys. They’re just terrific guys, the type of dudes you want to hang out with and grab a beer with, which we’ve now done plenty of times. And also go dancing with, be able to talk about acting, really just guys who are down to just roll with the punches, which is about the best you can say of any friend.
So in both of their cases, really in the case of everybody on the show, what an incredible amount of talent there is. Everybody brings so much to their characters, so much to the show and really, really dynamically so.
And do you get a chance to work with all of these folks in your scenes too; everybody intermingles?
Yeah, absolutely and again it’s because the writers I think are doing a really wonderful job. They’re not rushing it either, so it’s not like trying to throw everybody together, which sometimes you see on shows. You slowly get the full scope of the intermingling. It’s a small town, so everybody has a certain amount of history together.
I just got a kind of script synopsis the other day of an episode that is coming up because I hadn’t yet worked with Jaime [King] who I'm very keen to work with. She was so talented and there is a really cool storyline coming up with me and her and Scott all joining forces together, so I'm really looking forward to that. I think that will be fun and yeah, it’s one of those things where I think over the course of the season and hopefully multiple seasons you’re going to see a lot of cool little different pairings of all of us and being able to play off each other’s strengths both as the characters and our strengths as actors.
You were a finalist for “Captain America.” How was that?
It was pretty rugged. I think if you talk to any actor who has been doing it for awhile, everybody has gone through countless rejections and close calls, but every now and then there are parts that both speak to you on very kind of deep connection character levels and also ones that are obviously potential game changers as far as just the scope of the project. Obviously when you’re talking about something like a hundred million dollar major franchise action movie those are game changers, so yeah, it’s safe to say I had a lot invested in the process of auditioning for that movie and when after several months of callbacks and screen tests and stuff I didn’t get it it’s safe to say I was pretty devastated.
But I learned a lot from it and I also, with those types of things I think the best thing that you can hope for is that you walk away from it having felt like you grew in some way. I feel like I grew immensely from that experience both as a person and as an actor and I think in Hollywood there is often a sense of like, ‘Oh, you know, somebody just got their break.’ It happened overnight or whatever, like suddenly this person is famous. Really for 95 percent of the actors who I know who are working in Los Angeles it’s a slow build of near misses and a near miss helps you get your next job even though you didn’t get the last one.
And maybe that’s because it makes you a stronger person, maybe it’s because it makes you a better actor in some way, but I can definitely say with some conviction that I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t not gotten a lot of the jobs that I didn’t get, which is part of it. That is part of making it in this business: not getting jobs and learning from not getting jobs.
How difficult is it not to take that personally, or is it not really at all?
Yeah, it’s very hard. It’s very hard, but you learn. You learn to figure out ways of coping, whether it’s bottles of Jameson or meditating or some combination of the two. [Laughs.]
Is that your trick?
[Laughs.] Some combination of Jameson and meditating, absolutely.
How about “Generation Kill”? That was sort of your big first huge project?