From the cancellation of “Graceland” to the immediate casting in CBS’ “BrainDead,” Aaron Tveit has experienced an “emotional rollercoaster” in recent months, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Although this new-ish interview was released before “Grease: Live” (and consequently talks about the then-upcoming live telecast), it delves pretty thoroughly into Aaron’s other television-based work.
After the abrupt cancellation of USA’s “Graceland” last year, fans were left in the dark as to what a possible fourth season might entail. Aaron finally gives some insight on what the writers were planning, which included searching for Jakes. Additionally, we learn some more about the upcoming comic-thriller Aaron will be starring in – “BrainDead” – and what attracted him to the role in the first place. “He’s not a kid,” he said of his character, Gareth. “This is a young man who’s already in his prime so I’m excited to do that.”
Read an excerpt of the interview below before heading to the source for the full piece:
You have a big year coming up with “BrainDead,” which you signed up for right after “Graceland” was canceled. What was that time like between gigs?
It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster because I did “The Good Wife” years ago; so they had called saying that they were interested in me and sent me the “BrainDead” script, and I loved it. But at that time, we were fairly confident that “Graceland” was going to get picked up and we thought the pick-up was imminent so I said I was unavailable. They saw some people and then they came back about a month later and it just worked out. We literally thought “Graceland” was going to get picked up any day, but I told them, I’m going to come in anyway. They knew full and well that “Graceland” might get picked up and then, the day that “Graceland” got canceled is when I was in the room with them; so it was just one of those things that there just seemed to be something else looking out, and it just seemed meant to be in the way it all worked out.
From his first filmed appearance in Ghost Town to his extensive involvement in two original Broadway shows (Next To Normal and Catch Me If You Can) to Fox’s upcoming “Grease: Live,” Aaron has a lot to talk about. In a recent interview with BuzzFeed, he sat down to reminisce over these career highlights and milestones, including his curly Enjolras wig and which role of his has yielded a lot of very strong opinions.
Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for the full piece — not to mention a few new gifs sprinkled throughout:
Aaron Tveit: The word that really comes to mind is “us.” It’s such a collective experience between myself and my cast, and our creators and our showrunners, and our crew — we just really love each other and have so much fun. We all live in Florida to shoot the show, so I think that creates a sense of our own little community because we’re all transplanted. So when I think about “Graceland,” I really think about the entire group of cast and crew.
Do you guys do fun stuff after filming?
AT: Yeah, it’s interesting because we all kind of live there in a place where we don’t live. We all do our own thing, but then we all feel the itch of loneliness at the same time and we’ll all text each other like, “Hey, want to go get dinner this weekend?” So we all feel this at similar times.
Do you have any crazy Florida stories?
AT: You take your life in your own hands driving down the street every day. Having to drive I-95 every day in Florida is like, the most dangerous experience.
With animosity brewing between Mike Warren and Paul Briggs, it’s no surprise that Mike wants to find “the wires” to take down a scheming “magician” that is his fellow federal agent. And, it seems as if he’s just discovered a huge, life-threatening aspect – the sarin gas shipment – that links straight back to Briggs. The subject of good versus bad within the Graceland household has been brought up several times this season — which side do you think Briggs is on?
If you found yourself especially enjoying this episode of “Graceland” (S3E09, entitled “Master Of Weak Ties”), you may want to send some love towards Lucy Liu, who directed it with finesse. The opening shot alone was masterful, and the episode had a bit of bite (Johnny’s dabbling in boxing) mixed with tenderness (Charlie’s tough love talk to Madison). Meanwhile, Mike has started to piece some things together: his life, and some kind of plan Briggs is cooking up while remaining aloof about it. What could he – and Gusti – possibly be up to?
Think it’s possible to sum up the first two seasons of USA Network’s “Graceland” in thirty seconds or less? Co-stars Aaron Tveit and Daniel Sunjata were given the challenge by Entertainment Weekly; and although a lot was glossed over, they did a fairly good job at highlighting their characters’ journeys. Check out Aaron’s solo 30-second take above, and Daniel’s below the cut along with their combined summary.
With a newfound sense of sobriety, Mike also has clear eyes — and that means observing a scheme that Briggs may or may not be up to. Of course, that inherent distrust did have its consequences, when Paige was ultimately forced to, well, use force to save herself. Could it have all been avoided if Briggs had told the truth? What about Mike and Johnny upholding their part of the plan, even if they were unaware on their involvement? In a job where “their lies are their lives,” maybe it’s best if the Graceland team started telling each other the truth to accomplish their goals… but will we see them working together once again?
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