Boston native Jonathan Tucker’s acting career began when he was 12, (after years of training with the Boston Ballet), with appearances in feature films like The Virgin Suicides, The Deep End and The Ruins. His star has since risen with major roles in series like Parenthood, Kingdom, Westworld and City on a Hill. He appears next in the reboot of Charlie’s Angels out November 15.
Who’s your favorite Charlie’s Angel from the original series?
It was just slightly before my time, but as a young boy, I grew up in a five story house in Charlestown, on Monument Square. It had been a rooming house, and there was a plumber who lived in the basement for 20 years. When he died, his family came and picked up his stuff, but they left behind a stack of Playboys, and definitely one of the highlights was Farrah Fawcett.
Why do you think you keep getting cast as the bad guy?
I don’t see them as bad guys. I tend to see the world in gradations. People have to consciously choose to do the right thing, and they don’t always. I can relate to making the wrong choices. It’s also always fun to play the bad guy.
Next big project?
I have a few things, but my wife and I just had twins in May, and frankly, I’m looking forward to spending some time with them. I haven’t had an open schedule like this for seven or eight years, and I’m extremely grateful for that, but I’m looking forward to taking advantage of it. I’m lucky that I can press pause in my life when it’s given me the greatest gift.
You’ve completely transformed yourself physically for recent roles. How?
Physicality is critical to a performance and building a character. We all walk and eat differently. We use utensils differently. You could recognize your father walking toward you at 100 yards in the middle of the night. So body and movement are hugely important. Sometimes, it’s a very obvious physical transformation, but with others, it’s more nuanced. That’s why I find what we call “animal work” so compelling. We easily see the difference between a dog and a cat, or a baboon and a snake, and you can borrow elements from those animals. You just don’t necessarily share that with anybody, though, because you sound like a nut.
Would you accept a role that required you to gain 75 pounds?
Yes. I look forward to that opportunity.