‘Prime Suspect’ Star Tim Griffin Talks New Show and Working with Taylor Lautner

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If Tim Griffin’s face looks familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve caught him in one of his many roles in film and television.

Whether you’ve seen him in The Bourne Supremacy, Grey’s Anatomy or Super 8, the actor has impressed audiences and fellow actors alike with every role he has taken on, and he’s about to do it again — twice! Griffin is set to appear in NBC’s new detective drama Prime Suspect along with Taylor Lautner’s much anticipated action-packed film Abduction.

Celebuzz had a chance to chat with Tim about both projects, in fact we even got some behind-the-scenes scoop on what it’s like to work with TLaut. Check out the interview and make sure to catch the premiere of Prime Suspect tonight at 10 PM on NBC!

You’re known as “the actor who is in everything.” How does that description make you feel?

I’m actually really proud of that. People know my face. It’s nice to hear where people recognize me from. I’m thrilled that all my work has brought me the validation. The year I had six films coming out, I had no idea how that happened.

You’ve done both film and television. Is there one you prefer?

That’s like Sophie’s choice. I love them both for different reasons. One thing I love about film is that every film is a different adventure with different people. I’ve done three films with JJ Abrams. I’ve also worked with George Clooney and Matt Damon. It’s nice to work with the best of the best. At the same time, I have a family. Television affords me the opportunity to have a normal life. Working now on Prime Suspect is great because it shoots in Los Angeles five minutes from my home. The director is amazing, and I still get to have a life.

Speaking of Prime Suspect, what is you character going to be like?

This is probably the best character I’ve had the opportunity to play. I’m so excited. My character is Detective Augie Blando. He is part of the homicide department, which is one of the hardest jobs you can have. In order to deal with the work, these guys have a great sense of humor. To have those combined is a great thing. Maria Bello is also so great in it. We all warm up at different times. My character is a lover at heart. Everyone in the cast is wonderful.

You will also be appearing with Taylor Lautner and Sigourney Weaver in Abduction. What’s your role in that film like?

It’s a bit of a throwback to when I did Bourne Supremacy. Some of that same production teamed worked on Abduction as well. I have a code name that is “Flannel.” All I can say is that I’m a relentless pursuer of Taylor’s character. You don’t know whether I’m on the good side or bad side.

Taylor Lautner is such a big name star out there. Teens and tweens love him because of Twilight. What was it like working with him?

 I did a movie called A Better Life with Chris Weitz who also directed New Moon. We had many conversations about the level of fame the Twilight cast has. I’ve never seen the level of hysteria that surrounds people like Taylor, and he couldn’t be more down to earth about it. He’s so nice and respectful and so appreciative of his fans. They would show up to where we were filming and it was crazy. Abduction will be a great opportunity for Taylor to shine as a leading man.

You’ve played a lot of roles throughout your career. Is there any dream role that you still want to tackle?

I have had some of the best dream moments for an actor already. I feel very proud of the shows and movies that I’ve done. I feel like Lords of the Rings was one of those movie that would’ve been great, especially now with The Hobbit. I’ve had such a happy, successful career, though, that I’m glad to be where I’m at right now.

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