‘Political Animals’ Star James Wolk On How Bobby Kennedy Inspired His Character; Working With Sigourney Weaver, Greg Berlanti (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)
So, it’s no wonder that Political Animals sexy star James Wolk had nothing but great things to say about his three-time Oscar-nominated costar during his exclusive video chat in Celebuzz’s Hollywood studio.
Wolk whom he previously worked Weaver with in the 2010 comedy You Again said, “She’s the real deal.” “
“Let’s put it this way: When she acts, there’s no acting going on there, It’s just real,” the actor gushed.
“When she gets intense in those scenes, you’re in there, and that’s someone getting intense with you,” he continued. “So, yes, it is intimidating; but as an actor, that’s perfect, because you don’t have to act. You just react. You’re like, ‘I’m scared as shit right now, and I’m gonna feel that.'”
In Political Animals, USA’s hot new series by creator Greg Berlanti, Wolk plays Douglas, the twin son of former First Lady-turned-Secretary of State Elaine Barrish Hammond (Weaver).
To prepare for the role, Wolk told Celebuzz he drew inspiration from ’60s political icon Robert Kennedy.
“Douglas is kind of like the family protector; he’s the bulldog. He’s just terribly ambitious, and it takes him down some dark coriridors,” Wolk said.
“When I read the script, I was trying to find who in the political realm was really like that,” he continued. “And I looked and I read Bobby Kennedy’s biography, because Bobby Kennedy appeared to be very pristine, but behind that was a very ruthless [person], and that’s how Douglas is in the show.”
In addition to Weaver, Wolk has gotten to work closely with series creator Greg Berlanti (Everwood; Brothers and Sisters) on the six-episode miniseries, which Wolk says is something he’s wanted to do for awhile.
“He’s a really smart guy, and he understands people and emotions,” he said. “I think when he creates these shows — especially shows that have families in them — he creates these really beautiful dynamics. So, I was really eager to jump in and work with him.”
Still, the experience has had its share of drawbacks — like, you know, when he had to get smacked in the head with a newspaper about 40 (yes, 40!) times while filming the pilot.
“[Berlanti] had a real infatuation with just making that [scene] go over, and over and over again,” Wolk quipped. “So, I actually love him, but hated him for making me do that about 40 times.”
Political Animals airs Sunday nights at 10/9C on USA Network. For more on the series, visit the official website.