‘Political Animals’ Preview: The Barrish Dynasty Ponder the Best Abs on Capitol Hill (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

'Animals' James Wolk
The actor talks inspiration and Sigourney Weaver.
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Politics in Washington D.C. has often been described as an ugly business, but it’s quite the opposite during this week’s episode of USA’s hit drama Political Animals.

Democracy takes a back seat in the fourth episode of the limited-run event when Sigourney Weaver’s character, former First-Lady-turned Secretary of State Elaine Barrish Hammond, debates the fine form of a fellow politician — with her sons and outspoken mother.

The characters played by Sebastian Stan, 28, James Wolk, 27, and Ellen Burstyn, 79, discuss who has the best abs on Capitol Hill.

So what’s it like to work on the set of the show?

Wolk — who plays an aide to his mother sat down recently with us in our Hollywood, Calif. studio and revealed what it’s like to work alongside the three-time Oscar-nominated actress.

When asked about filming some of the show’s tense scenes with Weaver, the actor said: “Let’s put it this way, when she acts, there’s no acting going on there, it’s just real.”

“When she gets intense in those scenes, you’re in there, and that’s someone getting intense with you,” Wolk said.

“So, yeah, 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.”

Political Animals airs Sunday nights at 10PM on USA Network.

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