Date of publishing: 7th
The show follows the exploits of four young, working-class
Irish-American brothers and their involvement in organized
crime in New York City. The Donnelly brothers will
do anything to protect each other against all odds.
The ensemble cast includes Kirk Acevedo, Thomas Guiry,
Billy Lush, Keith Nobbs, Michael Stahl-David, Jonathan
Tucker and Olivia Wilde. The pilot was directed by
Haggis, who also wrote the Academy Award-winning “Million
Dollar Baby.” Haggis and Moresco are the creators
and executive producers.
The series is a production of NBC Universal Television
Studio in association with Blackfriars Bridge Productions.
This is the full report from the NBC press conference
with Jonathan Tucker & Olivia Wilde.
Media World was there to cover the event.
Question: For my
first question for Jonathan, and I was just wondering
how do you kind of get into your character or pump
yourself up before a scene, do you listen to, I don’t
know, Dropkick Murphys or watch the Departed before
you go and film the next day?
Jonathan Tucker: You know, actually,
I do use music a lot for - I've always used music
for my acting and I do have a kind of a very personal
play list that I create - iTunes has been a real blessing
for that, because it allows me to personalize the
moment and scenes and the whole general overview for
the show. And I don’t do the Dropkick Murphys
because they're not on iTunes, I've doing the Flogging
Mollies which I think are a wonderful little band
for the Irish stuff but…
Oh yeah definitely. Have
you been exposed to any new Irish based bands since
Jonathan Tucker: Actually, I have
them on my computer and I can't tell which ones are.
But there is a band I just heard about the album called
“Enter the Haggis” which is an Irish American
band and they’re fabulous and I thought that
was appropriate that they were called “Haggis.”
and my other question for Olivia, since it is a very
testosterone filled set, have you played any pranks
on the guys to kind of, hold your own, do you joke
around with them about anything?
Olivia Wilde: They’re playing
pranks on each other, there’s no room for my
pranks. But I - they are just a pleasure to work with,
each and everyone of them and I never really feel
outnumbered - I don’t know, I guess I feel like
one of the guys or they feel like one of the girls,
I can't tell which but its all good.
know there's acting and you always have to step into
another role, but this is so interesting because the
two of you both comes form families you’d call
almost academic or literate or so forth very artistic
families, and you’re into such a tough blue
collar role. So I was wondering just how, as you step
into these characters just in general, what do you
do to get into their - much different roles than I'm
sure you’ve grown up?
Olivia Wilde: Okay, I met with Barbara
Moresco, who is Bobby Moresco’s wife before
we shot the pilot, and discussed what it was like
to grow up as a young woman in this type of neighborhood,
and I still use my notes form that interview as we
shoot the show and it is invaluable information for
me, because I did grow up in a very different type
of environment. So that’s really helpful, also,
shooting the show in New York City really helps get
into the role and with our crew who are mostly from
neighborhoods like the one we are creating, and having
Bobby Meresco around to keep us in the moment and
keep us close to where he come from and reminding
us how there people think and react and speak really
helped. So I think a combination of all those things
Jonathan Tucker: Mike, I'd say that
this show really, more than anything else, is we've
worked to have it be about truth and that’s
really what were hoping kind of separates us from
a lot of the other shows that are on network television,
it is more cinematic, it is like the shows you’ll
see on an HBO or Showtime, it’s more like going
to sit in a movie theater. And for me, the truth that
I was able to find in regards to that working class,
Irish American experience, it was very close to home,
I grew up, as I joke around, I say the People’s
Republic of Charlestown in the City of Boston. And
I was blessed to be raised right there, on Monument
Square in Charlestown and every morning, I'd hop on
the bus on go to a 45-minute out into the suburbs
in Brooklyn. So I went to school and I got have my
seat really in both worlds.
did you take the long bus trip for the elementary
Jonathan Tucker: It was just a wonderful,
And Olivia, just some impressions
or thoughts from Rosco, I mean when you first met
her, what did you find interesting about her as a
Olivia Wilde: I found it fascinating
that so many difficult things - so many painful things
that happened during her life, and yet she didn’t
feel sorry for herself, didn’t tell a soft story
about her, you know, difficult childhood, she was
very strong and resilient and I think that’s
what I try to take and put into Jenny.
women are so interesting in the show, the mother in
the second episode, the way she suddenly hides the
blood on the collar, there is just these little efforts,
define it in general how do people both keep their
nurturing spirit and yet this absolutely tough spirit
Olivia Wilde: Yeah, I think it is
a matter of survival, I think that’s what they
ask to do in order to keep going in that world. I
think especially the women, have to remain incredibly
strong kind of turn the other cheek pretend they’re
not seeing a lot of what’s going on and yet,
keep everything going and nurturing and so I think
that’s what’s so great about Kate’s
character, is that she sort or coaching Jenny in the
ways of being a woman in this neighborhood and what
Jenny’s going to have to deal with in the future,
even though she’s grown up as one as one of
the boys, now she’s going to have to start covering
do you relate - did you, Jonathan, have a lot of brothers
growing up and was easy for you to jump into your
role here, to just do a lot of covering up for anything
that happened with your brothers or anything like
that, or friends?
Jonathan Tucker: I have a younger
sister and I'm actually here in DC right now surprising
her for her 21st birthday, and I love her very much,
I think that as much as this is a show that is specifically
about New York City and about the Irish and the Black
Irish, and by the working class group of brothers,
it is a universal story in regards to family, what
you would do for a family. So I don’t have nay
brothers but I really fundamentally can understand
being put to a position where I have to make an extraordinary
choice to take arms to protect the people I love.
Miss Wilde, I saw one episode where you were trying
to covering up for the brothers by, you know, you
went down to the basement and you took care of the
accident that have happened there, how hard was it
for you to - like, do you want to do this to protect
these people but you kind of have the feel it was
kind of wrong in a way too, how do you deal with the
moral ambiguity of what you’re struggling with?
Olivia Wilde: I think that’s
exactly what she does for the whole season, is struggle
with that, and she decides that she has to protect
them because they are her family, but she needs to
remove herself a little bit from them so that she
can protect herself, and I think that’s why
she distanced herself from Tommy against every instinct
that she has of her loving him, she has to protect
herself. And so yes, she struggles with that and goes
back and forth, she’ll clean up the blood but
she won't knowingly condone the violence, at least
A question for Jonathan.
Wow, you played a really convincing thug at the end
of the first episode, very, very convincing, but I
know that your background is - your father is a great
art professor, did he help you prepare for the art
student side of your character? And how did you prepare
to be a gangster, did you have, like, training with
Jonathan Tucker: That’s very
sweet of you, thank you for saying that. My father
teaches at UMass Boston, it is one of the only public
institutions in the entire city which hosts almost
60 colleges and universities, is the only public one
and he’s got people coming in who’s got
one or two jobs, the average age in his class in 27,
a lot of people have kids, a lot of them have very
real concerns and they're coming in almost an hour
of public transportation to go once or twice a week
to learn about say French impressionism and modern
sculpture and that is sort of a beautiful thing to
see. And that experience has been a part of my life,
and so I can understand the duality with Tommy because
it is very much the duality that you have in a lot
of the students that are coming from tough neighborhoods
to go to UMass and I understand that from my father.
And as for the weaponry and those are those things
when you’re acting, you really want to, you
got to commit and you just got to go for it. You know,
that means driving a car or any kind of props, you
just got to practice all that stuff a lot and I've
been very lucky, we have great prop guys and good
practice time and it’s all about truth so a
lot of the stuff there are real props and I got to
really try them out.
for Olivia, I have read somewhere that you’re
actually a princess, is that true?
Jonathan Tucker: Yeah, you should
see her on set, it is unbelievable.
Olivia Wilde: My husband’s
father was a Prince, he - unfortunately passed away
a couple of years ago, but he was a prince in Rome,
and so, by law, and so it’s my husband, and
technically, that makes me a princess and so…
Very archaic thing, aristocratic title that actually
the Pope gave out to a few families in Rome in the
15th Century, so you know, it’s kind of funny
because in writing, occasionally, I’ll get a
piece of mail that says Princess Olivia and I’ll
get really excited and keep it for a year. But it
is - yeah, I'm not a princess on set though.
Jonathan Tucker: The thing is, sometimes
Olivia calls me Daddy and that makes me a King. (laughter)
It comes all back, and it is really not archaic, I
like to think of it as a modern day fairy tale.
Do you bring that experience
into your character, about how you got married and
the rebellious side?
Olivia Wilde: That’s interesting
when I read the pilot script, I thought wow, I've
never read about anyone else who got married when
they were 18 except for my grandmother actually, but
I don’t know about that until after I got married.
But so, I do bring into account the fact that to do
that, to really go against the norm and do something
that other 18 year old girls are certainly not doing.
You have to be a little bit different, a little bit
of an oddball. So I recognize that in Jenny and in
myself and it definitely helped me understand her
the way I think other girls wouldn’t really
be able to understand.
question for Olivia, I read that you grew up in Dublin,
I just wondered whether you knew any families like
the Donnellys, not necessarily from the organized
crime element, but in terms of family values and loyalty.
And also whether either of you were worried about
kind of playing into negative stereotypes of the Irish
really with this show.
Olivia Wilde: Well, I actually,
my father is from County Waterford in the Southeast
of Ireland and I went to acting school in Dublin,
but when I was in Ireland as a young person, I was
always in the south in a very, very small fishing
village called Old Morrick and there were a few thousand
people at most living there. And the kids there became
each others families and some people didn’t
have mothers or fathers and everyone became a huge
family and the tight knit group that formed really
informed my acting on the show. And it is very Irish
to take care of each other and to struggle through
very profound difficult times with humor and with
your friends and family, of course. So, yeah, that
definitely helped, I didn't know any families like
the Donnelly’s although it is funny because
there was always a family, the Hennessey’s in
our town that there seem to be endless Hennessey’s,
it was like 76 Hennessey’s in the village alone
and they were all cousins and I always wanted to be
one of them, so I understand this feeling of being
friends with the family and always feeling like you
kind of wish you were one of them. But I'm, just because
they're such a tight knit group and they took care
of each other, as far as the stereotype, I think the
Irish American community is very different from the
Irish-Irish community, and I certainly learned that.
And because we are working with - under the guidance
of Bobby Moresco who grew up in Hell’s Kitchen,
I feel like there’s absolutely no creative license
were taking with who these people are and their essence.
And I don’t think - I don’t think there’s
any negative stereotypes being drawn in the show,
I think that the most important thing we’re
showing is that this is a community that sticks together
no matter what, and it is a very isolated community
and yes, it is very difficult to extricate yourself
from it and move beyond it. But that’s all based
on real experiences and I really- I hope the Irish
people don’t take offense with any of the statements
being made in the show, because, of course it is very
different from the Irish people, Irish Americans is
very different and I think we’re making a point
of showing that.
Jonathan Tucker: I mean the show
is about contrast and I simply - we try to show as
fully and as richly as we can in the story that there
is violence and there is alcohol and there’s
this scent of impetuousness that you see with these
young boys but there is also tremendous love and family
values and great humor and I think that is very important
And do you have any Irish
links, yourself Jonathan, and then have you had any
kind of feedback from obviously, it's early days,
it's only just screened over here, but have you had
any feedback from kind of the American Irish community?
Jonathan Tucker: As I said, blessed
to come from Boston and specifically from this neighborhood
in Charlestown and they’ve all been incredibly
supportive, very lucky to have that support and I
think it is fun for them to see part of their experience
put into a story.
your character started out trying to be the peacemaker,
and then he got sucked into all this awful stuff,
and I just wondered if you were the peacemaker or
the troublemaker among your own friends?
Jonathan Tucker: I would say quite
like Tommy, I'm probably a little bit of both, actors
were all little kind of Gemini, two faces and I'm
working always towards the peace, but sometimes, I
get a little fire in my belly.
did you do any joyriding as a teen?
Jonathan Tucker: I sure….
don’t mean steal a car necessarily, but…
Jonathan Tucker: Well - I sure -
there had been many times when I've heard slow down
coming from the passenger side or my mother and father
would sit, clutching the car door.
Question: And Olivia, were you a
tomboy at all as a kid and did you hand around with
a bunch of boys as a young girl?
Olivia Wilde: Yeah, yeah, I was
a tomboy and I didn’t have a bunch of brothers
but I always wanted them and so I sort of adopted
a few of my great friends to be my brother.
very much like your character then?
Wilde: Yeah, exactly, very much like Jenny,
and as I get older, I mean, my mother was a very strong
woman, a very important part of my life and so as
I got older, I became sort of more of a girl, and
I have now ten amazing wonderful girlfriends in my
life and yet, I still feel like a tomboy all the time.
And I think I bring that into Jenny. It's funny, I
always imagine that if we have another season, one
day we’ll meet one of Jenny’s friends
if she has any, who is a girl… I'd love to see
Jenny trying to get dressed up for a night out or
would be cool…
Olivia Wilde: She is so not girly,
it would be great to see her try.
question is for both of you. How difficult is it as
actors waiting months and months after getting picked
up until your show finally airs?
Olivia Wilde: It’s painful.
Jonathan Tucker: I see and Olivia
and I were talking about this - just the other day
is that, were people really don’t understand
to who maybe aren’t in the business who aren’t
haven’t been a part of these kinds of project,
is that it’s an experience that we share and
then we create and it’s a very beautiful experience
of this particular project is a very painful experience.
Emotionally, all of us were cutting ourselves so to
speak. And we experiences the experience - the ride,
the journey and then the release of this or people
watching it or anything is, that’s just as a
small fraction of it. In the present, we’re
so blessed that you guys are here. I'm so thankful
that you're helping us to put the word out. But this
is such a small little part of everything that we've
been doing and nothing really affects that experience
because it stands on its own and it was such an incredible
place for all of us and we’re so changed as
actors and human beings because of it that waiting
for to come out or all the anxiety that people think
may or may not be there when you're really think about
just what it is how great or was. That really affects
Olivia Wilde: Also I think we were
very blessed also to have the opportunity to shoot
13 episodes without premiering so we can concentrate
fully on the work without really worrying about premiering
and doing press as we’re on set working because
that really does distracts you. So I think that was
a wonderful thing that we got just as really concentrate
and be in the moment.
at the end of the first episode, your character takes
a really a huge turn and I'm wondering you think after
that you can ever go back and sort of redeem himself
as to the line he crosses?
Jonathan Tucker: Yeah, I don’t
know but - yes. I think this - obviously coming my
actor perspective representing him like a client in
a suit here or a court case. He is a redeemable character
and if he’s not redeemable, then we got a very
serious problem on our hands as storyteller and I
think he is redeemable and I think what people want
to help people understand is that, again, it’s
a story about New York and it’s a story about
the Irish underworld perhaps, but it really is about
family. And if you put somebody in Des Moines Iowa
or somebody over there in an island or somebody in
Japan into this same kind of position that they perhaps
would crossed that very painful line.
And Olivia, the show doesn’t
romanticize the balance at all but I imagine just
from an actor’s perspective, it got to be a
playing more sort of fun thing to want to be a gangster
to run around with the gun, do you ever envy the guys
getting to do that sort of stuff?
Olivia Wilde: You just wait. Jenny
gets tougher and tougher. Yeah. I love though. I love
her strength. There’s a few times when you think
if I were Jenny I would blow out at that point or
I would break down or I would kill somebody myself.
But she had learned to practice extreme restraint
and self control. And I think that, that makes the
response for me as an actress. She sort of has the
opposite reaction with things as she should for a
lot of things. But she does get tougher and tougher.
And the only reason she doesn’t fight as much
as they do is because she knows it is usually not
a good idea, but she eventually loses a little more
I just want let you guys how you touch upon a little
bit about filming in New York but ask you a bit more
about what that’s like it’s really distracting
the pilot it seems Jonathan were - you're chasing
the guy and through those streets and through that
sort of big dirt pile that it really have a genuine
feel what's it’s like to be someone in that
Jonathan Tucker: Is it that they
continue to - is it it’s part of kind of a pie
that adds to the veracity of the project and the story
that we're trying to tell. And being on those neighborhoods
and being in the environment cinematically and the
story and for us as actors just aids in that.
question for both of you. What was your reaction when
you first read the script of The Black Donnelly’s?
Olivia Wilde: Okay, when I first
read the script of The Black Donnelly’s, I was
completely shocked that it was a television show,
that it wasn’t a film. It read like a film then
it actually better than 90% of the film scripts that
I read the previous year. So I had not wanted to go
back into the television but the second I read it,
I knew I had to try and get this role which I didn’t
think of that I was going to be able to get. But I
was completely shocked that it was TV.
Jonathan Tucker: I had somewhat
the same reaction. We read the script all the time
and then so, unfortunate that you get see all these
movies that get made that just aren’t that interesting.
And I think that more and more now actors are reading
scripts just for the script and just with the story
and I think and this came across as spectacular. It
was a hard decision. For me, I didn’t really
want to do play the same character for five years
and looking back and how hard the decision it was
to do television and to have an experience that I've
had and how positive it was. I'm surprised that it
was such a hard decision.
I want to understand looking
more about the Jenny Tommy relationship. Because in
the first episode, it said that Jenny was married
and I haven’t referenced to is - that much since
that, first is that true that Jenny still has a husband
that’s alive right now or?
Olivia Wilde: No. Jenny’s
husband is dead but she doesn’t know it yet
or we don’t think she knows it yet. Joey Ice
Cream has a line with the pilot where he says - he
showed up in an oil drum and nobody had the heart
to tell poor Jenny. So the idea is she’s in
denial or she actually doesn’t know. And that
resurfaces later on. I think we wanted to see that
going - I mean. In this type of neighborhood you don’t
just get divorced and she actually has a meeting with
the police in one of that episodes that you may have
seen where she tells her to get annulment or suggest
an annulment. And that’s the only way out that
she could possibly envision. But for a girl like her
to have been left as it seems since she doesn’t
necessarily know he’s dead. It’s such
a disgrace for her. She’s sort of falling from
grace in a way. And not to say to be as harsh to say
she’s used up good but she definitely sort of
off the market and kind of in a sad place. And the
problem is that, she got married to solve one problem
with her life that didn’t turned out. And so
now, she tries to in an attempt to solve this problem,
she make more mistakes, and that sort of the journey
of Jenny. She is not supposed to be the saintly good
Catholic girl. She has many, many issues and dark
places in her life and this is one of them. And it
doesn’t make sense and it is a huge problem
for her. And it continues to get even more complicated.
know this is series takes place in more contemporary
times. What did you guys do about the wardrobe that
you guys are wearing? Do you think it is true to what
a New Yorker would be wearing right now?
Olivia Wilde: Yeah. Actually, our
wardrobe designer just went to the stores that these
will go to. There’s no Abercrombie and Fitch
in there. There’s nothing like that. These are
local stores that she found our all wearing hand me
down - the Donnelly brothers, I'm sure, are all wearing
each other clothes. And so, it’s all very true
to real life, she actually is a wonderful costume
designer and then she make sure not of them look too
modern or attractive and that meant that Jenny’s
pants are always a little bit too short and to - everything
is not quite right and that was her way of making
sure we didn’t look straight out of the OC.
It’s very real.
Jonathan Tucker: And you're saying
that - do you feel like they were close - should you?
we had, you know, when I was watching with my friends
who are all born and raised New Yorkers and we all
work in media, they all like, “Hey, wait.”
You know, some of the are Irish and they were like,
“Where are the Mets Cap?”
Jonathan Tucker: There is something.
I mean there is something that we wanted to do to
have more of a timeless feel to it?
Jonathan Tucker: And we certainly
could have got into gone farther. I mean, we didn’t
even want to have like cell phones and stuff. So there
is somewhat of not a fantasy aspect to it because
it is really all we’re trying to do is getting
the truth at every single turn we’re asking
each other questions. Why would I go there, why would
I do that? Well, wouldn’t somebody else see
me or things like that? And we go through all emotions
to kind of who to get at that truth, but there are
also things that we kind of want to shy away from,
I think one of the things in terms of the wardrobe
that was important was to make sure that it was really
neighborhood kind of stuff, but at the same point,
to not have that bling-bling kind of culture.
And one question about you,
this is into the premier of your show and I found
that you're doing some press. You're almost unrecognizable
because you had cut your hair so much. Is there a
reason for it? Are you preparing for another role?
Jonathan Tucker: I was just in Morocco
shooting a very small but wonderful role in Paul Agatha’s
next film called the Medallion of Alice, so it’s
an army soldier and I shaved it off.
a lot of fans will know you from the OC, I mean particularly
in the UK. Can you just tell us about how that role
has kind of affected to make your profile really and
a bit about the contrast between that and this role,
obviously, it is a big departure for you.
Olivia Wilde: Yeah, well, that role
was amazing to me because I had no idea how many people
it would reach and how many lives it would touch.
I still get letters from young women around the world
saying that I help them accept themselves and how
they're different from their peers and whether it’s,
you know, their sexuality or just because they feel
like an outsider much like my character was. And so,
that what's really important to me about having done
that role is that, I feel like it made a difference
in a few people’s lives. The similarity between
Jenny and Alex it was a girl from the OC is they're
both outsiders and difference is that, Jenny is much
less of kind of obviously she doesn’t know anything
about pop culture at all. She never had this opportunity
really. She wasn’t able to stay in school. So,
yeah. They're very good because they come from completely
different world. But their similarities is that they're
outsiders and I really enjoy playing outsider.
Jonathan, you come from kind of ballet training background.
So obviously this is kind of a huge contrast as well.
I mean if you kind of dance background help with by
choreography or anything?
Jonathan Tucker: I wish I could
give you a good answer and say that I did. It really
worried me about some important for me was when I
was younger and kind of professionalism and the functionality
and the kind of the ability to listen and take directions
just want to ask both of you. What is now the biggest
obstacle to your two characters getting together?
Is it that she still think she’s married or
a bit too shy to make a move or she is in love with
Shawn or what's the deal, I'm not sure.
Wilde: Well, basically the difference this
show and I think of normal television drama is that,
when it comes to the love interest and the love story,
we can't - we don’t have the luxury of dwelling
on the ups and down of love and the flirting and all
of that business because there is too many life or
death things to be worrying about. The stakes are
too high. And I think that they both realize that
and even though Jenny would have love for Tommy to
not get in that elevator and to step out and to stay
with her. And that wasn’t because she wanted
him to be with her. She was trying to save his life
because she sees him going down that road of his brothers
as losing his way out of the neighborhood and losing
his life. So I think that is really what it’s
about. And as far as their wellness together, it continues
to be this very difficult decision of do we give into
our instincts or do we remember that this can't happen,
A, because I'm married. B, because I morally object
to everything that he’s doing and I told him
not to do it and he did against my will and I think
that really what stops him. I don’t think the
fact that she’s married, I mean he knows her
husband is dead. He doesn’t have the heart to
tell her. And she maybe suspects that she knows he’s
not coming back at least. But the stakes are too high
to give in to anything just yet, I think.
Jonathan Tucker: Response to that
is really a reflection of kind of where we are all
as actors in terms of the conversation that we were
having with each other and with Paul and Bobby which
was that really is like think about acting kind of
as an iceberg where you got that 5% that you see above
the water. But in order to have that 5% buoyed, you
have to have another 95%. And so, really I think for
me as an actor and what you always I do I guess that
we’re really talking about on the set of the
Donnellys was how we are fighting against someone.
And that’s particularly true between Tommy and
Jenny. We’re fighting again, not sure how much
we care about each other or not show how much something
hurts us or costs us emotionally. And in order to
have that - in order to fight against it, you have
to have a lot going on under the water and Olivia’s
response about, she tell you a lot then it’s
because that shows there is a lot that we have to
have in order for us to really come and get it the
truth to be a different show.
Olivia Wilde: Hopefully people were
really want to follow that relationship. I find that
you guys always want to be actors while you were growing
up or did you have other professions in mind?
Olivia Wilde: Yeah, I think there
was no other profession for me. I was either going
into an insane asylum or to be an actor. Because I
think it is for a lot of people. If we didn’t
have this profession, what would we do? I'm so grateful
that this tendency switch to different characters
and talk to yourself can be legitimized and get paid
for it. So, I always wanted to do it.
Tucker: It’s all. It’s like the
older we get, the more and more as actors we’re
trying to go back to that place when we were children
we’re all great actors when you go to the play,
the dress up box and you put on that costume and you
are the princess. And no matter what anyone tells
you or anyone doesn’t tell you, you are going
to be that way and you can play for hours like that.
It’s a great sense play that I think we as actors
trying to get back to over and over again.
did it feel like for both of you first stepped in
front the camera for your first professional acting
Jonathan Tucker: It just seem like
I remember looking around and I was 11. I remember
looking around and said, “Gosh, this is it.
This is what I want to do. This is fun. This is everything
I want to do.”
Olivia Wilde: Yeah, I agree with
that completely exhilarating and knowing, “Oh,
there’s nothing else for me now. Now that I
tasted it. This is it. And I’ll sacrifice everything
to be able to do it.
you mentioned you're doing another movie with Paul
Haggis. I kind of assume that you guys didn’t
get meet to meet him too much when you work on this.
But he becomes such a huge figure, you know, okay?
The guy won two straight Academy Awards and no one
else has ever done that and so forth. Yet, he’s
this deceptively light funny guy in person. Kind of
tell me a little bit about what is like what you meet
Paul Haggis? What do find interesting or surprising?
Was it imposing the first time you met him?
Jonathan Tucker: That’s a
great question. The first time I meet him. One is
that Paul and Bobby are this is their show and they
were day-to-day workers with us on this. And then
so, it was a very intimate relationship that was created
between all of us and it was interesting to go to
Morocco and to shoot to spend to Mexico with Paul
and to see him working on a huge movie, I mean Tommy
Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, and Susan Sarandon, wonderful
actors. And to see the way in which he worked there
because what he did to our television series is differently
that it was going to treat this film and it - he was
exactly the same. And Paul is a beautifully complex
person with just an incredible sense of empathy. You
feel like when you're working with him that he’s
- he’s both behind the camera and right there
next to you. And sometimes, he really is right there
next to you. He’s got a little Dualt which is
like a hardware. It’s like a high power drill
or something that he’s converted into a handheld,
like a monitor. So he can be very close to you which
and walk you through and talk you through. And you
feel like he’s kind of sculpting in someway
and he’s a huge part of the performance as an
actor and he is just tremendous. That was a long answer
but he is such an amazing person in my life.
Wilde: He sort of became my mentor up to
we shot the pilot. And I think a lot of people assumed
he is not really around and just slapped his name
on it for fun and it’s really not the case.
He not only directed two episodes, because but obviously
supervised the and editing and all of them, and was
always available to us and he was open to my very
early morning calls about would Jenny - is Jenny behind
the counter at the diner again? Or would she say this
or would she kill this person and - anyways, he is
very hands on and a wonderful person.
Jonathan Tucker: The thing is although,
he does come. Some people really - he can be a devise
figure, some people really just didn’t like
Crash. And you know what, you got to take every project
on its own. And I think that however you may feel
about his past work or his future work and I mean
the positively or negatively, it’s important
because I tried to do the same thing to try to look
in each project and I tell him and I think that our
show really does stand up.
thank you very, very much for being with us today,
Jonathan and Olivia. I just think that you're both
so articulate and interesting for people that are
Olivia Wilde: Thank you guys so
much. Thanks for joining us.