Ten Days In the Valley is Fall's newest addictive mystery!
TV Fanatic had the chance to speak with the charming and funny Kick Gurry, on, everything from television classics to profound Reagan quotes.
But, most importantly, he gave us scoop on his shady character, working with Kyra Sedgwick, and Sense8's unexpected return.
Check out the excerpts from our phone interview, and a sneak peek at Ten Days In the Valley Season 1 Episode 2 below!
TVF: You have such a wide, diverse body of work. So I do want to ask you what attracted you to this role?
Kick: This really felt like a big departure from the stuff I've done over the years. I've done a couple things in a row...[Edge of Tomorrow, Friends from College]. When this popped up with Kyra Sedgwick, and Erika, and Adewale...and profound and brilliant dramatic actors, I was thrilled to jump in there...It's a pretty cool opportunity. It was really a dream come true.
On Working With Kyra Sedgwick:
Kick: Kyra is really interested in performance, and actors, and acting, and that character development and character. I think she had her fingerprints on probably a lot of the casting.
We were chatting, early on in the piece, and she looked at me and she said "Oh yeah it was so many actors that read for your role, and yeah, they were all good actors, and they looked so extremely handsome... but you just look like you've just lived that life. You look like you've just...." [laughs] ..."You look a little banged up." And, uh, I loved that, actually, part of me was deeply offended by that.
TVF: Oh, no! [laughs]
Kick: [laughs] But a big part of me was thrilled because when I read roles like this, it's what I've sort of always yearned to be... the gritty actors that I've always loved, they have the same feel in a movie where it isn't just acting, they're bringing something of themselves to this.
TVF: Yeah you're embodying something very authentic and real. All the characters are. Pete is a very complex guy.
Kick: No doubt, and we love playing it up. Kyra is unbelievable, and I can't speak highly enough about Kyra.
You know that scene in the driveway you saw where she slaps me in the face? That scene, it was good and it was gritty, and it was hard... We had done about five takes and I looked and said "Kyra, when I call you a liar in the scene when I say you're a liar, we have so much history, we have a kid and we were in a relationship for so long, so much messiness. When I call you a liar, why don't you say "fuck it" and start hitting me in the face as hard as you can? Just do it.
TVF: Uh oh. [laughs] That sounds risky!
Kick: I locked onto her eyes, and she was like "All right" and it wasn't in the script, and so I'm like "You're a liar!" Even though I said it to her, you know, feel it or whatever, I did not see it coming, and I don't know if its because I'm the same height as Kevin Bacon...
She hit me so clean. [laughs] across the face, and you see my reaction in the episode. You see me as she hits me. It's a really genuine response because I never saw this thing coming, and it was really organic, and that was my favorite time in the entire series actually. It was just unbelievable, and she clocked me and ironically she actually swore as she hit me and you can't swear on these show. We had to do it another time just for sound.
I think it might have been the crew just wanted to have fun with me and get me slapped by Kyra again. But [laughs] But uh, that really was really what it felt like on this show.
TVF: On his character Pete Greene.
Kick: For Pete, it was just so much history that we bring to these characters. When this story kicks off and this young girl goes missing, it's the history and reality of all these people's lives that give the show intrigue...In the absence of the kid missing would those, histories and stories be relevant to anything? Not really, you wouldn't really care.
When the kid goes missing, and you're trying to find that kid, suddenly, as Jane, you're piecing together everybody's lives and learning things about them and everything seems to be a clue and a reason for their guilt. It just keeps piling up, and the show does not slow down it just keeps going. As the story moves forward you learn about the past of each character and it gets even more and more intriguing. You're going to be convinced that eleven different people have done it.
TVF: I'm already suspicious. There's the housekeeper, PJ, and you.
Kick: Yeah, that continues It's the only job I've worked on where all the crew would come up to me each week and be like "Hey can I tell you my theory?" and I'd be like "yeah, sure," They'd have a theory on who it is, and so it was a fascinating experience to be apart of cause as the story unfolds, everybody was just more or more engaged involved in the story and I think people are going to really be completely transfixed and intrigued by it, so it's exciting.
TVF: Did you know how it was going to end and who took Lake the whole time?
Kick: Actually, as an actor, it was more interesting to me if I didn't know the answer. I just felt like the answer might become a part of how I was playing it....I just think if you can in each episode, in each scene, play that for what it is without having an answer I think that's more true to life.
TVF: Sense8 is making a surprise return. Was the fan response to the cancellation overwhelming? They brought it back.
Kick: We really, we felt it even before that, I actually saw a young kid in a supermarket in Melbourne the day before the show got announced that we were going to do a finale... He just looked so devastated by the end of the show and he came up and.. I just felt so terrible for this kid.
I said to him...."Just don't be surprised If at some point down the road you're gonna get a conclusion to this story"... about three and a half hours later online there was news of a finale, and so I went back and found the kid and he was like "You said it, you must have known!" was like, "I didn't know!"
TVF: Fans are very passionate about the show.
Kick: You sort of sense the investment that these people who watch the show have in the show, and to be able to do such a special experience and working for Lana, who's just extraordinary...History will remember her as just one of these incredible artists who created some incredible pieces of artwork.
TVF: Definitely, I think Sense8 is this global oneness despite who you are or where you're from. People sort of crave that, especially now.
Kick: Yes, especially now. It's that the things that unite us are more powerful than the things that divide us.... And I just feel like the whole world needs to just say that's where we draw the line....hopefully Sense8 can go a little bit of the way in convincing people to do that.
TVF: Because this is TV Fanatic, I have to ask, what kind of shows do you watch and love?
Kick: You know, I actually just started watching Game of Thrones. I've only seen the first season. Yeah, I'm rebellious by nature and have this obsession where when everyone is getting into something, I have to not be into something, you know? I was just like "I'm not watching it" and I just watched the first season, and I'm completely obsessed by it now. I do believe quite strongly that I have fallen in love with Khaleesi. I could be her Khal Drago [laughs]
I don't really have a style. I was obsessed with Lost...and I love that first season of True Detective. Those are my top three. As a kid, I loved M.A.S.H and 21 Jump Street. If you go back and watch it, it holds up. It's actually a really amazing show about kids feeling left out of school, and you know issues of homosexuality, like early days issues of sexuality and it was a really amazing show.
Ten Days In the Valley airs Sundays at 10/9c on ABC.
Is Pete behind Lake's disappearance? You be the judge. Check out our exclusive clip from the next episode below!
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