Interview with ABC’s Betrayal Star Henry Thomas #Betrayal

reblogged from RCR Article

We had a very enjoyable chat with Henry Thomas a few days ago about his role in the hot, new TV drama, Betrayal, which airs on Sunday nights on the ABC TV Network at 10 PM. A few weeks back, we spoke with one of his cast members, Stuart Townsend, and they both had the same comment about the series, that it takes time to unfold the complexity of the characters and they are pleased with how the series and fans are now reacting each week.

Another interesting part of our interview was that I felt like I knew Henry, like a son, as I watched him grow up from his unforgettable role in the Steven Spielberg classic “E.T.” which just had it’s 30th anniversary (oh, yikes, that kinda reflects on my age… but I’m only 29?!). I digress.

About Playing T.J.

We asked Henry about how he got the role on Betrayal. He tells us he initially read for another character but was called back to read for T.J. Henry said that he hadn’t thought about doing that character initially, he was trepidatious because he really didn’t want to see the character become a caricature.

Stuart Townsend, Helena Mattsson, Henry Thomas, Betrayal Photo Credit ABC/Jean Whiteside

Stuart Townsend, Helena Mattsson, Henry Thomas, Betrayal
Photo Credit ABC/Jean Whiteside

What Do You Like About T. J.?

Henry told us that he likes that T.J. is struggling with himself, he’s at the controls and is clever and more capable than people give him credit for. He may make mistakes but Henry likes that his character is a “good guy” who is a loyal, good-hearted person.

Turning the Tables 

Now that we’re seeing more of T.J.’s character in the past few episodes and his interactions with Stuart Townsend’s character, Jack, and the death of his “girlfriend” Brandy, we’re seeing how he starts to rebel against his support system of family and friends.

We asked Henry an off the wall question at this point in our interview – “what if your character overcame his disability and turned the tables on his father because of Brandy’s death?” and Henry started laughing and said, yes, that would be coming up in Season 6. (spoiler alert – LOL).

T.J. and Thatcher Argue About Brandy

But seriously, Henry tells us in terms of the devastating blow of losing Brandy, there are other things like Jack and his Dad talking down to his character T.J. and excluding him from family business that has pushed him to this point. He has had enough – and its this desperation of wanting to have complete control over his life even though he knows he has a disability, he is trying to deal with life in a healthy way.

It’s a bold move for him and threatens his relationships with his family.

Do You Like How Your Character is Developing?

Henry told us that he really works hard to not make his character T.J. a “rain man” type personality or caricature and is very protective of him. He says the writers are good about working with him on making sure that his character is treated with kit gloves and respect, so if there’s anything grim that he has to be a part of, he collaborates with the writers and then puts that scene in context with T.J. so he can handle whatever they throw his way.

Best Scene

Henry tells us the best scene for him so far has been when he shows up to talk to Carsten (his dad, played by James Cromwell) with Brandy and a ring and a plan.

Henry Thomas and James Cromwell, Betrayal Photo Credit ABC/Jean Whiteside

Henry Thomas and James Cromwell, Betrayal
Photo Credit ABC/Jean Whiteside

Act or play music…

Finally, we ask Henry – what would he prefer to do full-time? Then, we had to add the caveat that he would be paid the same (he’s a hard negotiator when interviewed) and he said “I would do music, then it could be on my own time and be whenever I wanted and I could work from home.”

Well, Henry, we hope you get to do that some day – but we hope it’s several years from now after your character T.J. has turned the tables after being healed by some new medical procedure in season six of Betrayal.

About Tonight’s Episode

“It’s just you and me now…” – Jack whisks Sara away for a romantic road trip, even as the FBI is tracking him down. As T.J. is unable to cope with Brandy’s death or find his place at Karsten Allied, his reckless behavior turns dangerous. Karsten decides to settle the score with Jack by making a deal with an unlikely ally, on “Betrayal,” TONIGHT, DECEMBER 8 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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Watch full episodes and find out more about Betrayal on ABC’s website. http://abc.go.com/shows/betrayal

“Betrayal” stars Hannah Ware as Sara Hanley, Henry Thomas as T.J. Karsten, Chris Johnson as Drew Stafford, Wendy Moniz as Elaine McAllister, Elizabeth McLaughlin as Valerie McAllister, Braeden Lemasters as Victor McAllister, with Stuart Townsend as Jack McAllister, and James Cromwell as Thatcher Karsten.

Guest starring are Sofia Black-D’Elia as Jules Walsh, Brendan Hines as Aidan, Erin Way as Megan and Ora Jones as Quincy Theringer.

“It’s just you and me now…” is written by David Zabel & Lisa Zwerling and directed by Bethany Rooney.

2013 NYU TISCH Annual Gala #NYUTischGala

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Mingle Media TV’s Red Carpet Report and host, Ashley Bornancin, were invited to come out to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Annual Gala honoring Academy Award winning film director, screenwriter and producer Oliver Stone at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, in Beverly Hills. Tisch alumna, director and award winning star of ABC’s Grey’s AnatomyChandra Wilson will co-host the benefit, with alumnus and Tony-Award winning actor, Steve Kazee.

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For more than 45 years, the NYU Tisch School of the Arts has drawn on the vast resources of New York City and New York University to create an extraordinary training ground for the individual artist and scholar of the arts. Students learn their craft in a spirited, risk-taking environment that combines the professional training of a conservatory with the liberal arts education of a major research university. Learn more at www.tisch.nyu.edu.

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ABC’s Castle Season Six Screening and Panel #PaleyLiveLA

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About Castle – Watch on Mondays at 10|9c on ABC
Wildly famous mystery novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) is bored with his own success. Then he learns that a real-world copycat killer has started staging murder scenes depicted in his novels. Castle is questioned by NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), a bright and aggressive detective who keeps her investigations under tight rein. And once that case is solved, he and Beckett build on their new relationship as they look to solve more strange homicides in New York – as much fun as one can have with death and murder.
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The Paley Center for Media seeks to preserve the past, illuminate the present, and envision the future through the lens of media. With the nation’s foremost public archive of television, radio, and Internet programming, the Paley Center produces programs and forums for the public, industry professionals, thought leaders, and the creative community to explore the evolving ways in which we create, consume, and share news and entertainment. In an era of unprecedented change, the Paley Center advances the understanding of media and its impact on our lives. The Paley Center for Media was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit www.paleycenter.org.

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Interview with ABC’s Lucky 7 Cast Members Lorraine Bruce and Matt Long #Lucky7ABC

Lorraine Bruce and Matt Long from the new ABC drama, “LUCKY 7”

Lucky 7 Series airs on Tuesday Nights at 10 PM ET

“Lucky 7” stars Summer Bishil (“Towelhead”) as Samira Lashari, Lorraine Bruce (“Eden Lake”) as Denise Dibinksy, Alex Castillo as Bianca Clemente, Christine Evangelista as Mary Lavecchia, Stephen Louis Grush (“Detroit 1-8-7”) as Nicky Korzak, Matt Long (“Private Practice”) as Matt Korzak, Anastasia Phillips (“Stoked”) as Leanne Maxwell, Luis Antonio Ramos (“The Ruins”) as Antonio Clemente and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (“The Wire”) as Bob Harris.

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ABC’s Trophy Wife and Back in the Game 2013 PaleyFestPreviews Fall TV #PaleyFest

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About Back in the Game: Series premiere Wednesday, Sept. 25 8:30/7:30 C
Batter up! Psych’s Maggie Lawson stars as a divorced single mother and former all-star softball player who moves in with her estranged father, Terry “The Cannon” Gannon Sr. (James Caan), a beer-swilling ex-baseball player. Father and daughter reconnect when they start coaching a Little League team together. The comedy comes from Las Vegas’ Mark and Robb Cullen, and also stars Ben Koldyke and Lenora Crichlow. http://abc.go.com/shows/back-in-the-game, https://www.facebook.com/BackInTheGameABC, https://twitter.com/BackInTheGameTV

About Trophy Wife Series premiere Tuesday, Sept 24 9:30/8:30 C
Malin Akerman is Kate, a reformed party girl who marries Brad (Bradley Whitford) after meeting him at a karaoke bar. He comes with a lot of baggage though: three manipulative kids and two ex-wives (Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins) who, suffice it to say, don’t approve of Kate. Shocking! http://abc.go.com/shows/trophy-wife, https://www.facebook.com/TrophyWifeABC, https://twitter.com/TrophyWifeABC

About PaleyFestPreviews: Fall TV
The 2013 PaleyFestPreviews: Fall TV, the Paley Center’s annual weeklong celebration of the fall television season, will feature interactive Q&A sessions with members of the cast and creative teams of participating shows, in addition to multiple premiere screenings in their entirety, with each night devoted to a single broadcast network. AOL will live stream the Q&A panels of the following upcoming fall series exclusively at http://www.Falltv.aol.com, giving audiences an insider look at: CBS’ We Are Men, The CW’s The Tomorrow People, FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, ABC’s Trophy Wife and Back in the Game, and NBC’s Ironside. Viewers can follow @PaleyCenter on Twitter and use #PaleyFest to join in the conversation. For more information, please visit http://www.paleycenter.org.

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NBC’s Ironside at Paleyfest Previews Fall TV 2013

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About Ironside: Series premiere Wednesday, October 2 at 10/9 C

NBC is digging into its past to look for another hit. A remake of its 1960s series, the police procedural stars Blair Underwood as the titular detective-in-a-wheelchair made famous by Raymond Burr. Brent Sexton, Pablo Schreiber, Spencer Grammer, Neal Bledsoe and Kenneth Choi co-star. Needless to say, it’d be blasphemous if they don’t use a version of Quincy Jones’ classic (and catchy) siren-heavy theme song. http://www.nbc.com/ironside/https://www.facebook.com/NBCIronsidehttps://twitter.com/NBCIronside

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