Briggs and Mike pit rival gangs against one another, while Mike adjusts to moral dilemmas that arise during his undercover work.
Last night, the pilot episode of “Graceland” finally aired on USA Network! Did you watch? What did you think? In the series, Aaron Tveit plays rookie FBI Mike Warren who is assigned to Graceland in Malibu, a safe house with other FBI, DEA, and US Customs agents — and, judging by the opening episode’s cliffhanger, it seems like things are going to get tricky very, very soon. I’ve added over 1,100 HD screen caps from the pilot to the gallery; quite a lot, as this was an extended-length episode. Enjoy!
Glamour recently published a “Graceland” article in which we get a behind the scenes look on the production. If you head to the source, you can check out various pics of the cast, including Vanessa Ferlito removing makeup after a long day and Serinda Swan prepping for a scene by re-reading her lines. I’ve added the three photos of Aaron Tveit to the gallery, two of which feature him at a table read and another of him in the Graceland kitchen.
In the midst of constant “tell me about [insert latest project here]” questions, it’s nice to be treated with a fresh interview. This time, the relief was provided by Entertainment Weekly with a Pop Culture Personality Test segment. Aaron Tveit and Daniel Sunjata sat down to discuss moments in pop culture that made them cry, their first concerts, what films they saw too young, and what’s their most prized possession. You may be surprised to know that Aaron once wrote a fan letter himself. Click the image above to reach the video, as I’m unable to embed it.
Did you catch Aaron Tveit on “The TODAY Show” earlier this morning? He and co-star Daniel Sunjata were special guests on the program, there to talk about their USA series, “Graceland,” which debuts tomorrow evening. The interview is short and sweet, but they talk about the premise of the show and – at the end – show off their shooting skills using Nerf toy guns. Check out the video below; or, if you’re international, you may want to give YouTube a try.
Aaron Tveit attended the opening night for Good Television earlier this evening, June 4th, at the Atlantic Theater. Written by Rod McLachlan, and directed by Bob Krakower, the play “pulls back the curtain on modern television drama at its most extreme.” Afterwards, attendees gathered at Jake’s Saloon to celebrate the new off-Broadway play. A couple of pictures have been added to the gallery, with hopefully more to come.
In a new interview with, well, Interview Magazine, Aaron Tveit goes in-depth on the amount of research he conducted in order to properly portray Mike Warren in “Graceland.” Although he doesn’t mention books by name, he does elaborate on what they taught him — including how the FBI changed post-9/11 and why it’s important for an actor to correctly hold a gun. He also talks about his maybe-maybe not future music career and why he wanted to sing Taylor Swift at his 54 Below shows. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for more:
DAWN KAY: Did you do any preparation that was specific to this role? Particularly in relation to Mike’s budding career as an FBI agent?
AARON TVEIT: I did read a lot. There were a couple books that were suggested about undercover agents for us in preparation for the pilot. I was really interested in the fact that in pilot they speak about my character as someone who has just graduated top of his class at the FBI academy. That brought up a lot of questions for me: What does that actually mean? What does someone who has just graduated at the top of his class, what does he tangibly have to be good at? Smart at? I learned a lot about the FBI and how it’s structured. After 9/11, the amount of applicants the FBI received increased exponentially. Whereas you used to require a college degree, and it was a small group of people who were just out of college, after 9/11, it changed. Most applicants that get in now have at least one Master’s degree, so it’s really the crème de la crème of the academic world that then goes into this FBI academy and into law enforcement.
Earlier this year, on February 21st, there was a “Graceland” press day held on set in South Florida. Finally, TV Equals has posted an account of what was discussed with co-stars Aaron Tveit and Daniel Sunjata. They’ve also shared some amazing pictures of the two cast members during the interview(s), along with a few on set shots of filming. Read an excerpt below before heading to the source for a more in-depth transcript:
Mike will get a romantic interest this season. Asked about the chance of romance for Mike in the first season, Tveit said: “I meet a girl; actually, it’s really nice. [Mike] is such an East Coast guy that being out on the West Coast and being in this situation is so not what he bargained for, and then [he] meets this beautiful girl, and she happens to be spending the summer out here, and she’s from the DC area, and we kind of bond over that. And then that gets very complicated too, because I really care for this girl, but then I literally have to lie to her all the time, and so it becomes a very straining thing too about that I want to be honest with this person, and I can’t be honest with this person.”
SOURCE: TV EQUALS
Those lucky enough to attend one of the fifteen screenings of “Graceland” on Wednesday, May 29th, were also treated to a special Q&A with the cast. Although there isn’t any official video footage from the event, I’ve added several HQ photos from the panel that feature Aaron Tveit, Daniel Sunjata, Vanessa Ferlito, Serinda Swan, Brandon Jay McLaren, and Manny Montana. (For those who want to see the Q&A, you may want to try searching YouTube…)
The New York Post has just released a new article featuring the “boy wonder,” Aaron Tveit. It features a pretty great look into his drive to succeed, instilled at a early age (learning violin in kindergarten) and continuing to this day (booking roles in Les Misérables and “Graceland” mere days apart). There was some buzz among fans over Aaron receiving a degree last year, and the article also elaborates on that process. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for the full article:
Born in Middletown, NY, Tveit’s talent became evident at an early age. He learned to play the violin in kindergarten. He took up the French horn and joined the choir in fourth grade. By high school, he was juggling play rehearsals and practice for soccer, basketball, and golf.
“I’d go to school at 7:30 in the morning and wouldn’t get home until 9 or 10 at night,” he says.
Tveit interrupted study for a degree in theater at Ithaca College to join the national tour of Rent; he went back for one semester before joining Broadway’s Hairspray, as Link Larkin. He never returned to college, but his stage work, including a starring role as jet-setting con man Frank Abagnale Jr. in the 2011 musical Catch Me If You Can, earned him academic credit and he finished required course work on line.
“My first graduation date was 2005, and I eventually graduated in 2012. So, yeah, I was on the 11-year plan,” he says, with a laugh.
SOURCE: NEW YORK POST