Everyone has their challenges.
There has to be a measure of faith. That's what this business is all about: trusting in something that may never show up, that you have no concrete proof of.
There'll be moments when I'm out in the prison yard, chatting with the cast and the crew, getting ready to shoot a scene. And then I'll remember if I were actually an inmate, I'd only be out there an hour. The other 23 hours of the day, I'd be in my cell. It's kind of a downer.
There's so much we can't express in our day-to-day interaction with people because it's considered inappropriate. And acting is all about being inappropriate.
They told me at the end of that test that they wanted me to be a part of this project. I walked out and had a moment of clarity where I thought, not many people will ever have this moment.
This role is more visible, and I grew up without a lot of that sort of modeling so I'm relieved and proud to have done this film.
To be honest, I find going out pretty scary and intimidating. Got all those people checking you out, with only one purpose: hooking up. I'm quite the dork, I'd rather sit home and play Scrabble. But that doesn't get you a girl, does it?
When I got to college, acting suddenly seemed like a very risky proposition and all my friends were going to law school or med school or Wall Street.
You have to love what you do, and you have to need it like you need air. And there's nothing else that would give me the same degree of satisfaction as acting, which is why I can't walk away from it.
You're confronted with the quandary: do I grind things to a halt? Ideally you would, but I have better things to do than educate people.
I remember my father saying one word to me as I would walk out to school every day: 'increments.' Every test, every quiz, every conversation with the teacher, it all added up to the final grade, which would affect where you went off to college and the rest of your life. All those little bits and pieces added up to something larger.
My rule is you want someone who's got both feet on the ground. An ideal girlfriend might be someone who works in the business and can understand what you're going through but is not an actor themselves - is willing to run lines with you but when you start acting crazy, they throw up their hands and take you for what you are and be accepting.
I don't feel any particular pressure to be the cute one. That's Dominic's territory.
If there was a place that was ever haunted, it would be Joliet.
He's great. He's a great actor, has a really interesting presence. It kind of reminds me of
he has a quality that Anthony Hopkins has, he has stillness and precision in his delivery. It's really interesting.
There's 150 years of fear, violence and pain soaked into those walls, ... The overall mood there is one of despair, and filming there gives the show grit and authenticity.
[Meanwhile, within the prison walls, a little bit more of Michael's plans come into view each week -- only, however, for those who know where to look.] Each episode is going to have a number of puzzles for viewers to solve, and there are six or seven different subplots swirling around, ... It's really going to be something that rewards the attentive and patient viewer.
'Prison Break' is a thriller, but it's really a family drama, ... It's really the story of: How far would one go to save a loved one? And in Michael's case, it's to the wall. Each episode will be his resolve and ruthlessness and brilliance running smack into the brick wall that is chance and fate and human nature and all those things you cannot predict or prepare for.
The prison helps a great deal in keeping me grounded in the character, ... When you're surrounded by 3-foot thick walls, you really understand how impossible his task is.
The (fake) tattoo takes about four to five hours to apply, ... if you've got two people working on it.
[A ghostly side note: Soldier boy Miller played a Lucifer-like character in the final two episodes of Joan of Arcadia. Coincidence?] I do find it strangely poetic, ... that a character who shows up on a show about God to play something kind of satanic winds up in the very last two episodes of that show, and then appears in the show that replaces that show on its exact time and night the following season.
All he has is his wits. He's not a superhero. He doesn't have any Jackie Chan martial-arts moves, ... And every episode, his planning and preparation and cleverness run smack into the wall of fate, chance, accident, human nature -- things you can't predict or prepare for.
That is very true for any walk of life and very true for my character in 'Prison Break' because he's a structural engineer. I did a little bit of reading about that. And structural engineering is the art and science of connectivity. The pieces of a building are all interdependent. My brother in the story is behind the wall and every brick in that wall represents the conspiracy that put him there. My job as his brother and as an engineer is to find that one brick and loosen it. And another and another and hopefully the whole thing will come down.
Four months of preparation and about 12 hours of shooting turned into about 30 seconds of screen time.
I broke my nose in gym when a ball hit me. I took a girl to her debutante ball the next week wearing a tux and a big, honking bandage. Not the romantic night she had in mind.