As an actor, Michiel Huisman has had alternatives to tackle quite a lot of roles, from the fantasy drama of Game of Thrones to the romantic reverie of The Age of Adeline and the horror of The Haunting of Hill House. But in taking part in Alex Sokolov in The Flight Attendant — the HBO Max sequence optioned, exec produced by and starring Kaley Cuoco as flight attendant Cassie — the Dutch actor will get to flex a brand new comedic muscle because the thriller man in a one-night stand gone horribly unsuitable. Here, he discusses changing into the good-guy hallucination that haunts Cassie.
DEADLINE: You’re virtually such as you’re the Greek refrain in The Flight Attendant — you’re difficult Kaley’s character and filling within the blanks for the viewers. Was that what attracted you to the half?
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MICHIEL HUISMAN: There have been many issues that attracted me to it. First of all, I had by no means accomplished comedy earlier than, in order that was one thing that I’ve been desirous to dip my toes in for a very long time as a result of I actually get pleasure from watching comedy. And I additionally suppose that as an actor, it’s simply enjoyable to additionally typically work on some lighter stuff, ? And so, this gave the impression to be like an amazing alternative to do this and to do it reverse somebody like Kaley who’s actually comfy within the style. But then I keep in mind studying the primary episode and considering, “Wait, how am I… What’s going to happen here? How in God’s name am I going to play a character that dies halfway into the first episode?” Such a weird factor, and the surreal-ness of him being again after he dies. But actually, it’s not like he’s resurrected from the useless. It’s actually in her head, and I actually appreciated that. And I feel that while you’re saying it’s just like the Greek refrain, it’s bizarrely sufficient just a little bit like Cassie is having a dialogue with herself, however that being me, ? So, I believed that that was loopy cool and could be a problem for me to try to sort out.
DEADLINE: It’s additionally not simply any comedy, it’s darkish comedy and there’s the necessity to get that tone excellent.
HUISMAN: Yes, completely. And that was, I feel one of many greatest challenges in making the present. I feel that’s such a giant factor, that I solely play a small half in. That is admittedly about writing, directing — ? And I’m glad we have been capable of pull it off.
DEADLINE: You’ve been desirous to do comedy for some time — what did you study from this expertise?
HUISMAN: I feel that I realized quite a bit about being extra delicate to rhythm. Maybe that’s additionally one thing that comes with the territory of doing one thing that is a little more within the comedic world. You know, like I simply needed to open up my senses a bit extra for the rhythm of a scene and the rhythm of a line. I felt, particularly to start with, Kaley actually understood that and knew find out how to drive a scene. And I used to be like hobbling alongside, and hopefully it bought a bit higher at a sure level. Because yeah, characters most likely communicate their thoughts a bit extra within the present. In The Flight Attendant, they’re considering out loud, and on many issues that I’ve labored on earlier than characters internalized stuff extra. And so, that required a little bit of adjusting, I feel, in my view.
DEADLINE: Viewers actually get caught up in making an attempt to determine what occurred with Cassie that evening — how are we going to see that now play out within the second season now that the thriller has been solved?
HUISMAN: I can’t actually communicate to that, however I additionally suppose that I symbolize a part of Cassie’s trauma. And over the course of this primary season she must, or tries to, come to phrases with that trauma. And I feel Season 2 might be a little bit of a departure from that, and it will likely be a brand new journey, with out desirous to spoil something.
DEADLINE: That’s additionally what makes it such a standout sequence — it’s greater than a whodunnit; it’s the larger story of Cassie’s personal life.
HUISMAN: Yes. And that’s an actual large story and a reasonably heavy story. So that goes again to what you referred to earlier, the tone of the present, that’s additionally what I believed was going to be a problem to nonetheless hold it gentle and humorous, however take care of such heavy topics, ? And my killing is by far not the heaviest.
DEADLINE: So, will you, or the hallucination of you, be again for the second season?
HUISMAN: They need me to be extremely obscure about that. I respect that these writers need to hold it good and obscure after which shock their viewers.
DEADLINE: Production was interrupted by the pandemic, so what was it wish to return to set to complete taking pictures?
HUISMAN: When we got here again to complete the ultimate three episodes, it should’ve been in round September of final yr, and the one time that we might faux like issues have been comparatively regular was when the cameras have been rolling, as a result of then Kaley and I might take off our face masks and be inside six toes. So, it was unusual. You would neglect about all of it. And then after the digital camera stopped rolling, you’d look over and you then understand, “Oh, we’re still in a pandemic. Everyone is wearing insane amounts of PPE.” It was a bit surreal. This is so humorous. So, Kaley, she’s a tennis participant, she used to play tennis as a child and he or she’s excellent in sports activities and stuff and a fanatic, she needs to win. And so am I. And I really like ping-pong. So, I talked about ping-pong to her a few instances, and he or she was like, “I’m going to beat you. Let’s play. I’ll beat you.” And I’m like, “Dude, I take lessons. You know, I go to a place where I get classes and stuff. You’re not going to win.” So for her birthday, I introduced in my trainer. He got here to our studio in Brooklyn and gave her a lesson. And we had organized for a ping-pong desk and so we might at all times, between scenes, simply run our traces whereas taking part in. And then in the future, in fact, , lo and behold, she says, “Let’s play a game.” I’m like, “Really? Come on. We should just keep it nice and friendly.” And I actually additionally thought, “You know, I’m going to beat her, like, ‘You’re good, but you’re not ready.’” Before I do know it, it’s 8-5 to her. I begin to focus a bit extra, and I tense up and make the rookie mistake, so she wins. And she places a paddle down and he or she’s like: “Done. I’m done. We’re not playing again.” And I hold bugging her to play once more. Then the pandemic hit. After the pandemic, we weren’t allowed to make use of the ping-pong desk anymore. You know what she gave me as a wrap reward? She had purchased me a very nice Tiffany whiskey decanter. Beautiful. And she had it engraved. It says, “Remember when I beat you at ping-pong? Love, Kaley.”
DEADLINE: Oh man, you’re by no means going to stay that down.
HUISMAN: Yeah. I’ve to stay with that ceaselessly. She additionally posted it on her social media that she gained. So, I get texts from pals like, “What happened?” She’ll by no means need to play with me once more.