Jeremy Sisto – “It’s Okay That it Takes Some Time to Get to Know Your Character”
CBS' hit procedural, FBI, is enjoying success in its 3rd season. Along for the ride is veteran of stage and screen, actor Jeremy Sisto, who knows all too well that a successful television show is like catching lightning in a bottle. He recently joined the WRKR morning show to talk about some career disappointments and the evolution of his character on FBI, Jubal Valentine.
My last three shows - a show called Wicked City, a show called The Returned, and a show called Ice - all never really found their audience, and all three had really positive things about them. So I was definitely coming off a run of missing that acceptance and encouragement. So I joined Dick Wolf's team because that's a good team to be on when you're looking to build something that lasts. It hit well out of the gate. It's never smart to be too optimistic about these things, but definitely better odds than most when you're on Dick's team.
The show is created first, and that doesn't mean the characters aren't a big part of it, but it does mean that the tone of the show, the rhythm of the show - that's what needs to be honed in on and understood. And then you have the freedom to explore these characters. In the first season we actually went through a couple of different show runners and they all had different ideas for my character, and that was okay, actually. I don't think the audience really gleaned that there was some kind of alternating position because, like I said, the focus was on making sure the audience got what they paid for, got what they tuned in for, which is a solid procedural show which really revealed the inner workings of the FBI.
The character has evolved and I feel like I know him better and better. And in a show like this, it's okay that it takes some time to get to know your character.
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