The only person or thing holding your back is yourself. And [Peter] Berg had a big role in that, from the get-go, from improv-ing in the audition room, from how he shot the pilot, ‘Try this, try that.’ “I was talking to [Kyle] Chandler, and he was saying, ‘In 20 years in this business, you will never get an opportunity to grow so much, so fast.’ We always say, he’s the spine of the show and we’re there to support him. Do you remember when we were getting the scripts for episodes 4, 5, 6, and how intense it all was and we were like, ‘How do they know we can even do this? “Especially at the beginning, the stakes were so high, ‘We’ve got to get this thing going and get people on board.’ And you’re watching these other actors, watching them bring their game up, and you’re like, ‘I don’t know if I can match these guys right now.’ I’ve caught myself just watching Kyle, just watching other actors, just being a fan. “Yeah, and at the same time, he’ll play that, but really, you can push his buttons quite easily, in a sense.Everyone’s in line waiting to work more with him.” Does it ever get intimidating, to work this way? If you bring certain things up, he’ll completely shut down.
That everybody in the small town happens to resemble a movie star, and nobody more so than Kitsch—cheekbones as high as goalposts! As he walks toward me, I stand, my heart kicking in my chest. This is a high-stakes game for me: is my favorite show, Riggins my favorite character.
Kitsch told me on the phone, about a week before the race, that he was looking forward to re-uniting with his castmates.
“It feels forever ago [since the show started], no doubt,” he said.
I think he’s getting a better understanding of what his decisions are doing to other people and he’s apologizing to anyone who’ll listen.
“I’ve been asking for [more of a leadership] role for a while, I want those speeches [too].