'Dexter's' Michael C. Hall Calls His Friendship With Ex and Co-Star Jennifer Carpenter 'Respectful'
Michael C. Hall shocked fans back in January of 2010 when he revealed he was undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Three years later, Showtime's Dexter star, with the support of his costar-turned-wife, turned ex-wife, Jennifer Carpenter, remains cancer free.
“There is a lot of cancer in my family, people who've gone through it, survived it, died from it,” Hall told reporters at a press conference in Beverly Hills recently. “Going through that experience maybe helped me to feel closer to some of them.”
For Hall, Dexter is a career-defining role, ironic that it should coincide with his life-threatening illness. According to him, the key to getting through it was time off for treatment.
“I had the luxury to really commit to my treatment,” revealed Hall. “I have good health insurance. Truly that makes things a lot easier.”
The 42-year-old actor began his career on the HBO series, Six Feet Under, before landing the Showtime hit, about a blood-splatter expert who moonlights as a vindictive serial killer.
“I think it's a testament to our individual and collective commitment to the show,” said Hall about their evolving relationship. “We've been through quite a journey in our personal life, but thankfully that remains a fundamental friendship and respectful.”
Hall and Carpenter are thrilled about the seventh season, because Deb finally realizes her brother is a murderer.
“That's the big challenging situation that Dexter has to be vigilant about,” said Hall about the reveal. “He is ready to lay it out there, ‘This is who I am, this is what I do and I suspect if you really challenge yourself, you agree with that.”
“I’m not in favor of the death penalty myself,” confessed Hall. “Maybe I should say that's what Dexter is for!”
Dexter airs Sundays at 9 PM on Showtime.
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