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Fairly Legal: Interview with Michael Trucco

by Lynn DeVries on February 14, 2011 · 0 comments

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Michael Trucco

One of the stars of USA network’s new series, Fairly Legal is Michael Trucco. He’s not only handsome and charming, but he’s fun to talk to as well. On Thursday, he agreed to answer questions from many of us about his character on the show, how he originally got into acting and what may be ahead for his character on the show. This is the transcript of that conversation. Unfortunately, the phone line occasionally cut out, so there are some gaps in things in a couple of places.

Be sure to watch this week’s episode of Fairly Legal when it airs on Thursday at 10/9c on USA>

Q: So, [let's] start at the beginning and find out how you got involved with the show and what drew you to the character.

Michael Trucco: Sure. I guess the process was a little over a year ago. I had just finished completing work on Battlestar Galactica. You know, that series came to an end. I was looking for work and for another show and to get into another project. I liked the idea of Fairly Legal being 180° turnaround. That’s the complete departure from the tone of a show like Battlestar Galactica and that was attractive to me.

I think it’s important for an actor to look for diversity in their roles and I like the idea of playing a human being, for one. I like the tone of the show, the light-hearted, the dramady so to speak and the character interests me. I’m a son of a police officer, and so the aspect of law and prosecution interests me greatly.

Q: You studied criminal justice in college, so is there anything from your studies that you can apply to your work on Fairly Legal?

M. Trucco: We’re going a ways back there. I don’t really retain much from the first couple semesters of my criminal justice studies. No, I would say it has more to do with growing up in an atmosphere of law, being in the household of a police officer that informs my role more than anything that I started to study in college. When you went to college, you take some very general classes and I never got into the specifics of criminal justice because I changed my major so early into the process. Once I discovered the theater at Santa Clara and once I got into the theater program, I never got into specific criminal justice studies. So, I would say that the majority of the experience I bring to the role really has everything to do with growing up the son of a police officer.

Q: What challenges you about playing this character?

M. Trucco: That’s a good question. I think striking a balance between the character of Justin Patrick and Kate Reed is the challenge. We’ve sort of explored the unconventional side of the male character in Justin and in terms of this relationship between Kate and Justin, we’re in the midst of a divorce when we pick up the series, as you know. They still have a relationship that would be considered friends with benefits, so there is definitely an aspect—these two end up in bed together several times and oftentimes, for the male, in a relationship, that arrangement seems to be okay. If it aint broke, don’t fix it.

I think what’s challenging here is that the writers of the show have given Justin the sort of moral perspective. He’s not copacetic with this relationship. He doesn’t like the way things stand. He wants some sort of resolve. I find that a unique perspective and one that is challenging in this character.

Q: We’ve certainly seen there’s such great chemistry between you and Sarah Shahi. Did you find it was instant between the two of you or did you guys take a bit of time for it to gel?

M. Trucco: The chemistry between Sarah and I is something that we discovered on set. To use a term instantaneous is probably inaccurate. It was more something that you develop as the scenes go on, but it definitely developed in the pilot. You know, when you’re thrown into a scene with somebody and you’re half naked, there’s not a lot of room for discussion. You just jump right in and sometimes the dynamic works between two actors and sometimes it doesn’t. And Sarah and I were fortunate to discover that there was a good rapport. There was a lot of trust between the two of us.

The creators of the show are open to exploration in these characters and Sarah and I have a lot of fun working off each other. So, we were very lucky. The chemistry is something you just can’t fabricate. It just is there between two actors or it’s not and having never met Sarah before, we’re very lucky to be able to jump into these roles and discover that there was a chemistry and I think it’s working for the two characters and you’ll see it continue throughout the entire series.

Q: We’re used to seeing you as a speed junkie in most of your roles and in your life too. How is it playing this—I guess you have a lot of things going on, but it’s certainly not a robot or driving a motorcycle or flying a plane and that kind of stuff. How is that different?

M. Trucco: Yes, no gun wielding car chases in this season so far. It’s great. I said this earlier in an answer that I like the diversity of the roles, coming off a character like Anders in Battlestar Galactica and then jumping into something like Justin on Fairly Legal. It’s 180° and I like that. I like the idea that I don’t always want to get pigeonholed into playing that same character. Although I love the action roles and I love the hero, I just want to keep trying something new with each project. And, this was the one that presented itself to me and I’m happy to be here.

Q: You’re in another fake San Francisco and you know having grown up in that area, how is that for you? Is that kind surreal?

M. Trucco: It’s like the carrot dangling out in front of the horse. You know, we’re so close to— I would love to shoot in San Francisco permanently. It would be such a joy to come back home full circle, but we did have the luxury—it’s funny. I’ve been reading a few of the reviews prior to the pilot airing and they said, “You know with gratuitous use of CGI, the San Francisco background was put in,” but in actually, we shot, I think, three or four days in San Francisco for the pilot. So, what you see, at least in the pilot—that was Sarah on the port at San Francisco on a boat and that was the Transamerica building and those were cable cars. There was a lot of production value that we brought to the pilot simply because we did have albeit a few days, but they got a lot of work out of those few days in San Francisco for the exteriors.

And, Vancouver is such a beautiful city, it doubles so well for San Francisco that I don’t mind it all. I mean, I love Vancouver, don’t get me wrong. Being there for two—four seasons of Battlestar, it had become a home to me. But, I think Vancouver doubles great for San Francisco. It would be fun. I hope that if we get continue on the series that there will be episodes in which we get to return to San Francisco for a couple of days just to shoot some more exteriors.

Q: How is Justin similar to Anders, or is he?

M. Trucco: They’re both played by the same actor. No, there’s a true line, I think, in just about every character that I play, there’s a—at least I like to try to bring a fierce … of purpose and loyalty to the character. Whatever that characters arc or that characters intentions are, I like to bring a clear sense of purpose. I hope I was successful in doing that with the Anders character and we’re so early on in the run with Fairly Legal, but I like the dichotomy of the character, of the Justin character, to Kate. Kate is a little bit more—flies off the handle at the speed of … kind of character and Justin represents the city of San Francisco and he takes an approach that is more pragmatic. He has a fierce sense of duty.

I think there is one episode in which we did get to share some screen time together. I was just saying that Baron is fun to work with because as a comedian, he has a great sense of timing and comic sensibility. So, you’re on your toes with him all the time because you don’t know what’s going to come out of his mouth, but sometimes it’s great. Sometimes it’s not, but that’s what’s fun for the editors to—look through a lot of footage of different takes. I’m hoping that the two characters get a chance to get together more in the future.

Q: With regards to your most noted role, which was on Battlestar Galactica, the rabid fan-base that the show has, have you heard any feedback from BSG fans as to what they think of your new role and if they’re enjoying it?

M. Trucco: You know, that’s a good question because I haven’t really checked and I haven’t really taken the pulse of the audience, but that’s just probably for lack of trying. I imagine there is some feedback. I haven’t heard anything directly. I don’t know if this is in the same genre. Clearly the shows are two different entities all together, so I don’t know if the audience that were rabid fans of BSG would necessarily follow blindly into Fairly Legal, but I would like to think that they would come seeking, you know, come watch the show out of curiosity.

I know that in the correspondences I’ve had with fans say at a convention or through the Website or through e-mails and fan letters, they all say, “Looking forward to Fairly Legal.” So, I think there is going to be a large portion of those fans coming to check us out, but I can’t speak to it. I don’t really know. Maybe no news is good news. I don’t know.

Q: You seem to keep ending up back in Vancouver. Is this, do you think, partially intentional or is it just a coincidence every time?

M. Trucco: No, it’s by request. I only take jobs in Vancouver. No, it is complete coincidence. It’s not unknown that Vancouver is a huge destination for television film. It has been for many years. So, it just seems to be that I’m drawn to the show that shoots in Vancouver. I have to say, I like swore to myself in the last couple years that after Battlestar I would batten down the hatches and take only work in Los Angeles where I live, , simply to stay a little bit more grounded. And, the one city outside of Los Angeles that would be the exception to that rule was Vancouver simply because I have the history there being there so often and I just really like it there.

It’s beautiful and it’s an easy flight. We’re on the same time zone as in Los Angeles, so it’s not as taxing to travel back and forth, and I do travel a lot. I come back home almost every weekend or my wife comes up every other weekend to Vancouver. So, in that sense, we make it work. It’s just a great city. It’s a great country. They’ve been good to me and I have no problems being up there.

Q: What was it about this character that made you want to play him?

M. Trucco: I was looking for a departure from the character of Anders. I was looking for something to do that was going to be a polar opposite. Coming off a show that was so … in popular culture and was so identifiable as Battlestar Galactica and Anders , I think it was important to do something a little different just so I didn’t get pigeonholed into one character-type. I have absolutely no disrespect to the character of Anders and the series and Battlestar, but just as an actor, you need to look for some diversity. I’ll always hold that character dear in my heart. I just wanted to do something that was different, play a human being, play something contemporary and to have kind of a light tone to it. And this came along and it just felt like the right fit.

Q: You do have the slightly rabid fan-base behind you after all of those shows, did you feel like there was more pressure on you coming into this one because you knew that you were going to take on something different?

M. Trucco: Yes, that’s probably fair to say that there is a certain amount of pressure to deliver your next role when you do have a fan-base as potent as the Battlestar Galactica family. There was certainly a lot of curiosity to all of us on that show on Battlestar—what are you going to do next? Where can we see you next? That was a question we got more often than not, “Loved the show. Where are you going to be next? Where are we going to see you? What are you going to turn up in?”

Before Fairly Legal presented itself to me, that question … moving in the back of my head. I don’t know. Oftentimes, actors don’t have the luxury of picking their part. You go from one project to the next and you hope that you find one that fits you and that you’re suited for and then they see that you’re fit for it. This one came along and—I don’t know. It’s so early in the run and it’s so early in the season that I don’t know what the feedback is and if it’s going to be embraced by the fan-base, but I mean I’m hoping it will.

Q: What would be your ultimate dream role if you could pick anything?

M. Trucco: I’ve been asked that before and I think sometimes it changes. A few years ago, you ask me that question and it would have been easy, no brainer. I would have said Superman would have been my dream role. I think that was before all the talks and all the remakes and all the different versions that have been out since. It was—as a kid growing up for me, I grew up with the Christopher Reeve Superman and that was something that was just a dream role.

But now? I don’t know. I think that has always been part of my DNA is the fact that my father was a police officer for my entire life growing up. And, before I pursued acting full-time, I had every intention of going into some form of law enforcement work. So I think … poetic to be able to get to play—I’m close to it in this role as Justin Patrick who’s an assistant district attorney. There’s definitely that aspect of law enforcement, but I think these days I would love to … the police uniform, play a beat cop, you know, on patrol, in the car, on a motorcycle, whatever the case may be. That would be great. I’ve never done that and I’d like to.

Q: What would you say about this show and your character though he seems like he could become hard to play for you. In any other legal show, this would be the hero. This would the lead, but you’re not. How do you approach the character?

M. Trucco: Yes, that’s interesting. Somebody else brought that up. Clearly, the show is centered on the character of Kate Reed, and you know that she’s been dealing with … Kate Reed with the other characters and her assistant Leo and her stepmother and her ex-husband, who I play. So, there is a certain aspect of taking a second seat in playing Justin. I think, you have to reconcile with that as an actor. I don’t think it hasn’t presented any problems. You know, there are advantages. My workload is considerably less than Sarah’s. That poor girl is in every shot of every scene of every day of every hour that we shoot. I definitely had a more cushy schedule than she did.

But, in terms of the character, you know, I don’t really see it as a deficit or a disadvantage. I think we explore the stereotypes of male and female characters on its head in this show. And that could make a certain challenge in playing a character that is the male prosecuting attorney who would be the driving force behind the show and having to take a step down in the presence of Kate Reed. She sort of drives … you know.

Q: A lot of lawyers are vastly different in the courtroom than they are outside of it. So, I’m kind of curious, what do you think Justin’s courtroom personality is like?

M. Trucco: Well, hopefully we’ll get a chance to see it. I think Justin’s at where he is for a reason and I would venture to say—based on what we know about the background between Justin and Kate, as characters, they’re two type A personalities that are constantly butting heads—he’s a bit tenacious in the courtroom. I have a feeling—what I bring to the character is that for Justin, unlike for Kate, for Justin, the law is black and white. There is right and wrong. There is yes and no. There are winners and losers just as long as I’m always the winner because as a prosecuting attorney, if I put you on trial, then you’re guilty or else you wouldn’t be there. So there is no ambiguity. There is no gray area, and I think that’s that a facet that Justin brings to the courtroom. Absolute clarity, absolute purpose and you know, losing is not an option.

Q: In the show, you guys are a former married couple. Did you guys get together beforehand to create any sort of back story?

M. Trucco: No, we didn’t—Sarah and I had not met. Well we met when I was testing for the role, Sarah was obviously cast in the project and then they were bringing people in for what they call chemistry reads to work opposite of Sarah and to see what the dynamic … work out. So, Sarah and I met briefly in that process. And then when we got to shooting, it was pretty much fly by the seat of our pants.

What we have discovered is that we created backstory throughout production, in the process of shooting. Instead of actually having time to do homework and sit down pre-production, we created our history during production. We tried to put little subtleties into certain scenes and certain times that wasn’t—things that were necessarily on the page that I think translate well.

There’s just certain times when there’s a scene between Sarah and I, between Justin and Kate, in which there’s a familiarity that only two people who have been together for a certain amount of time, particularly who have been married and living together, they do. In the way she might reach over and take a sip out of my coffee cup, we don’t make a big issue out—there’s certain characteristics, the familiarity, that we found during production in the midst of filming and I think that sort of informs our back story.

Q: Just in general, what’s your advice to actors?

M. Trucco: My advice to actors, oh. Yes, get to a theater. That’s my advice to actors. If you can, put some in any shape, form, put some work up on a stage. Whether it’s in … study or monologue studies or actually it could be local theater or Equity … or even Equity Theatre, but do some work on a stage. Pick up a play. For me personally—was the most important thing in developing my craft was learning the stage. That would be my advice.

Q: What’s the best reason to watch the show?

M. Trucco: I’ll give you two words: Sarah Shahi. She’s fantastic. She’s brilliant in the part, full of energy, unpredictable, beautiful to look at and she anchors our show. This is going to put Sarah on the map because she’s a star in the making.

Q: What’s been your favorite scene so far in the show and why is it your favorite?

M. Trucco: Well, I without giving too much away, there’s a scene between Sarah and myself, between Justin and Kate, in which the cute pretense is dropped. Oftentimes when you see these two characters on screen, there’s a certain comedic air. There’s a lightness to it, there’s banter, there’s sexual tension and we do have a scene in an upcoming episode in which all that pretense is dropped and the gloves are off. Justin lets her have it. It was a new aspect of the character to explore. There was no cute one-liner, no banter, nothing tongue-in-cheek. There is a scene where he just dresses her down and— It was pretty powerful to shoot that scene.

Q: Are we going to see flashbacks with Justin’s relationship with Kate and Kate’s father?

M. Trucco: You know, I can safely say it’s not in the first season per se and I don’t think we’ve actually done— No, we don’t shoot flashbacks in the conventional sense of—we don’t go back to see that. There’s references to—clearly, to her father and her relationship with her father, our relationship together. And, I don’t know if that’s … that we’re going to explore in the second season if we go again to, you know, to get a sense of where these characters got together, how they got together. But, in terms of the first season, no, we won’t see any flashbacks.

Q: If you can cast one love interest for Justin, who would it be?

M. Trucco: Oh, wow. That’s an incredibly loaded question. Well, I can answer that unequivocally, Sandra Hess, my wife and my best friend.

Q: How would you compare Justin to some of the other characters that you have played?

M. Trucco: How do I compare them? I haven’t played anything like this before. Well, you referenced to Wishmaster 4 and the amazing Steven Verdel. I said this in another answer regarding an aspect of Justin is there’s a sense of purpose and a sense of loyalty. I feel like that I kind of bring to all the characters that I have the pleasure of inhabiting and getting to live in. There’s a sense of purpose … direction. In that sense, Justin reminds me of a few of the characters I’ve played in the past.

I mean, that applies to characters that … hero character or even evil, you know bad guys, roles that I’ve played. There was a character I played on Law & Order: SVU a couple of seasons ago that was just a horrible character, but there was sense of personal truth and purpose. Even for the bad guys, even for the ones that we might not find appealing. But, if you don’t have any direction, you don’t have any purpose, then you have an empty shell.

Q: Can we expect to see any of your musical talent featured on the show because I know you have a band? Can you talk about Simpleworld?

M. Trucco: I do, yes. No, we haven’t really discovered or explored that possibility yet. That’s interesting. You gave me some good—maybe I’ll call the producer and see if I can work our music in.

Q: If you could write any storyline for your character and have anything happen, what would it be?

M. Trucco: Wow, well because the show is a law show and it centers mostly on mediation, but Justin’s character is clearly a prosecutor, I think he does his best work in the courtroom. For me personally, I would love a shot at an episode in which we get to see Justin in his element. I would love to see a high-profile case in which Justin …my character is given the lead and given the rein to try in the courtroom. That would be—I’m not sure exactly what direction or storyline we take or what the case would be, but I’m hoping that we get a chance to see Justin do his thing on trial.

Q: You’ve already talked a good bit about Battlestar. Can you talk about working on Castle?

M. Trucco: Yes. Great experience. There was a warm aspect to that show and I was embraced very quickly by Nathan and Stana and Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever. A very comfortable atmosphere, extremely professional cast and crew and it was a real treat. It was a real pleasure to get to play on that show before we started shooting you know Fairly Legal. I’ve retained friendships with all of them, in fact, since then and even just in my short time there, the four episodes, what a blast. I would do it again in a heartbeat if I was given the opportunity.

Q: You talked a lot about Kate and Justin and their relationship. Do you feel like he wants to stay married or do you think they’re not going to be able to do it? They seem to get along so well, at least half—

M. Trucco: Yes, I think there is no clarity yet in that and I think there’s a certain irony that Justin in his job and his 9 to 5 and his work is all about clarity, black and white. No gray area. I think the irony here is that when it comes to his personal life, he can’t—they can’t make that judgment. They can’t decide yes or no. I think that’s what makes their relationship so complicated and that’s what makes it love in general so difficult. These two, on paper, are not right for each other. They’re butting heads all the time and they just discovered that they have a real tough time living with one another, but there’s still a strong physical attraction, obviously, but there’s also an emotional attraction. I wish I could answer that question and say you know with certainty they should be divorced or they should be together. I think Justin is trying to find some resolution. I would say that he’s swaying towards a permanent separation, just for some clarity, but that isn’t so easy. It’s just not that black and white when it comes to love.

Q: Kate can’t bring her mediating skills to that, huh?

M. Trucco: Well, that’s just it, right? Whereas I show on my job, Justin’s job, as black and white in his day job, the same for Kate. She is a mediator by day, but somehow can’t seem to translate her professional skills into her personal relationship.

Q: How’s it going wearing a suit all day long at work?

M. Trucco: Yes, man, it’s different. Every day. A lot harder to get in and out of than I ever realized, you know. There’s a lot involved, especially when you’re wearing French cuffs and you’ve got to put on cufflinks and sometimes I wear a three piece and you’ve got the waist coat and then you’ve got a lot of buttons in that. Just a lot of buttons … and I’m not the best tie …. I’m a left-hander, so I never really made the best knots. I don’t know if you can see, but they never look quite right.

Q: Yes, so you have to do it yourself, huh?

M. Trucco: Yes, you know. See, there’s no quick changes. There’s some days when we shoot three or four different scenes over the course of three or four different days in the script. So, you’ve got to keep changing from suit to suit to suit. This is day three, this is day one, this is day six, this is day two. So, you’ve got go in, you shoot a scene, you’ve got to go to the trailer, change suits and no quick changes for me.

Q: The roles that you have taken are usually opposite strong female characters. Are you attracted to roles that have strong female co-stars in them?

M. Trucco: I guess so. I think that has more to do with the people who create the shows and the state of entertainment more than … my input. Look … I just that’s the formula for good drama, for good entertainment. I just seem to gravitate towards those roles. I like, I really like playing opposite actresses like Katee Sackhoff and now Sarah Shahi.

These are women who, in my opinion, may raise my game so to speak, you know. It’s like you know the … who sports when—you play tennis with a professional tennis player, it’s going to raise their game. If you ski with a professional skier, it’s going to raise your game. I find myself doing my better—my best work when I’m working with people like Sarah and Katee. So, yes, I hope that I’ll get a chance throughout my career to constantly be surrounded by strong leading women.

Q: Will we ever see a Battlestar Galactica wink on the show?

M. Trucco: Right, you know, that’s funny. That’s a good point. Baron and I didn’t talk about that and I’m hoping at some point we could put a little reference last year I did work on that show Castle with Nathan Fillion and Nathan Fillion was so well known and so was …. And I think there have … opportunities for him on Castle. In certain scenes, there might be a prop in the background or something that in set dressing that is a reference or the set piece that came off of the … set.

Those things are fun. You don’t want to overdo it. You also don’t want to distract from the purpose of this show. It can be overdone and then it can become invasive. But, there’s certainly a door open there with Baron’s character, Leo because he is so to speak the target audience of a show like Battlestar Galactica. So, we kind of joked around it’d be fun to put an Anders action figure on his desk, something to that affect. We’ll see.

Q: About Castle, will we see Detective Tom Demming again?

M. Trucco: I would love to be able to answer that question. I don’t know. It’s not up to me. It’s up to the powers that be. I’m certainly open to coming back and getting some closure. I felt like Demming and Beckett, you know, could have had a little more time to resolve what was going on between the two of them. So, I don’t know. Anything’s possible.

Q: Can you talk about how you got started in acting?

M. Trucco: Yes, you know, I don’t want to bore you with mundane details. I got interested in it in high school, in theater particularly, but I grew up in a small town, you know medium size town in the Bay area called San Mateo, just south of San Francisco. I didn’t think that as a kid in high school and grade school that acting wasn’t something that made itself—wasn’t presentable to me. I just figured that was something that happened to people in Los Angeles and New York. I didn’t know what the path was. So, I went in college with the intention of being a criminal justice …. My father was a police officer and it’s the reason that was going to also go into some form of law enforcement, but I went and discovered the theater program in college.

I auditioned for a play simply just to have some extracurricular activity in the meantime while I was studying. And, a long story short, the head of the theater department at the time at Santa Clara University sat me down in her office and talked me into taking a course for non-majors, which is going to be one semester called Acting for Non-Majors. Upon completing that course, she talked me into coming over to the theater department and actually changing my major and study with them and taking a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts.

From there, it was like a light went off in my head and it was such a moment of clarity that, I guess that’s the whole purpose of college is the vocational purposes … you want to do with your life. That feeling of getting to study— You know, actually the first time to go to school for something you want to do and not just feeling in sense of obligation of having to go to school. But to actually get to study what you want to do and want to pursue for the rest of your life was an amazing feeling. I mean, look, that gets back again to it’s a tough business, you know. Just because you study theater doesn’t mean there’s any degree certainty that you’re going to get a career. So, I just—I don’t know.

I went—I took the long, slow, hard road. I’m certainly not a Cinderella story on the paper. There’s nothing great to write about overnight sensation. I started on the stage. I stayed in the area for a couple of years. I moved to Los Angeles because I started to get auditions for film and television in the San Francisco area and I kept hearing that, “You’re doing great, kid, but we cast the part out of L.A.” It was one of those situations where if you can’t beat them, join them. I knew that if I was going to do this for real and forever, I had to position myself in the best way possible and that was to move down to Los Angeles and get myself in. And, I just started doing a lot of theater when I got—a lot of local theater and just kept plugging away.

Sooner or later, the right person saw me in the right show at the right time and somebody said, “Hey, I can represent you,” and then from there, you just—one little part at a time. The next thing, you start building this house of cards and one level at a time. It just gets bigger and bigger and bigger and so flash forward to here we are today and I’m fortunate enough to be talking to you and discussing life on a series. So, it’s good. It’s all good.

Q: Do you plan to do theater again? Or, if you keep getting television roles, will you not?

M. Trucco: You know, I hope to, yes. I can’t say when and where. There is something very appealing about getting back on stage at some point. It is the truest sense there is, you know. It’s as raw as it gets. You get a character from start to finish. There are no second takes. The feedback is instantaneous and … it’s a great place to be. It’s a great place to learn your craft and I haven’t been on stage in a while and I hope the opportunity presents itself at some point.

Q: You’ve directed an episode of Pensacola in the past. Do you ever consider like writing or directing for Fairly Legal?

M. Trucco: Yes, absolutely. And I hope that’s a conversation that, you know, we could have should we go into another season or two. That’s something I would definitely like to explore because that was a while ago and I had the opportunity to direct on Pensacola and I really, really enjoyed it and I had a lot of love and support from the cast and crew at the time. There’s a lot of trust that goes in—along with that process from your fellow cast members and your crew members. I would love to do it again. And, I think, should we go again, I’m going to definitely have that conversation and hopefully bring that up.

Q: It seems like you can come into a series and only be on the show for a very short amount of time and create a huge impact with the characters that you create. And, I’m just wondering, is this easier or harder being on a show where you’re here from the beginning, you get to create right from scratch your character and you’re not kind of coming into something that’s already on page two or three?

M. Trucco: Yes, that is true. This is a unique experience … actually start from the beginning because it is a trend I have of coming onto an already established product and being lucky enough to get to play characters that were definitely memorable— they were written so and they were big arcs on these particular shows. So, this is a little bit different for me to start from page one.

I hope I can carry that energy—that record through and establish a character that is memorable and that people want to see week after week. The result is to be determined. We’re just getting out of the gates. We started last week, we air tonight, and we’ll see. I’m as curious as you are.

Q: What are some of your favorite influences growing up that helped pave the way for your career in television and music?

M. Trucco: Oh, wow, that’s a good question. I was a huge fan of film and television as a kid, almost detrimentally so, especially with television. I was a big TV watcher. I was fascinated by that business in general, by the ability to create—… for an hour at time when … two hours at a time in a movie theater. The ability to transport somebody into—taking you to a place … sitting there, living, sitting in a theater. So, it wasn’t—I don’t remember anything specific, you know.

I grew up in the heyday of the ‘70s and ‘80s of television when there was only three, then with Fox, four networks on television. So, it wasn’t the kind of explosion of programming you have today, you know, with several hundred networks and all these great shows showing up on all these different networks. You know, there’s so much diversity out there.

I’m trying to think of what shows—I was fascinated, I used to watch these marathons—they still have them—of The Twilight Zone, the original Rod Serling Twilight Zone and I think more than anything, those—that is what stuck with me, literally leave my jaw open as a kid, watching Twilight Zone. I watched a lot of television, but there’s something about the impact that those shows made on me.

Q: How about music?

M. Trucco: I started picking up the guitar when I was about 13, 14 years old. Right around the time I was becoming familiar with— my biggest influence is, for me musically in terms of guitar, is The Edge from U2. It was right around the time of the war album, just after the boy album and I heard this sound coming from this guy’s guitar. It was … analog delays and echo that he was using that—and the glassy sound of the Stratocaster and I was like—it blew me away. The first time I bought an electric and I was able to get the equipment to replicate that echo sound, that pretty much did it for me and that … the rest of the way I play guitar for the rest of my life.

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