There are a lot of really interesting and intelligent people in New York City doing amazing things—or at least proclaiming to do them—and I love hearing the stories. I’ve found it to be a much more palatable life than the one I was living prior to this. I remember at a certain point I said to a dear friend of mine, “I don’t know how to take what’s good in me and put it into the world anymore.” And now that I have this show… What living on the East Coast represents to me is being a person that is of use to something that millions of people around the world are entertained by.As far as my personal life, so much of my time is spent on the show that I feel like that social atmosphere is where my vested interest is right now. When you first got this script, how much did you know about government work or the FBI?
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“Our relationship working together was analogous to the two characters working together,” says Spader. I am certainly older than she is and have been doing this for a long time. She greets everyone, apologizing for being late, and introduces herself to the cadre of people present for the photo shoot, including the hired guns guarding the jewelry. One of the tough guys mouths to me, his eyes widening, “Oh, my God. I had a hard time finding a toehold in the industry; it’s very impenetrable for the most part.
I am not very social in Hollywood—I didn’t go out and schmooze people. I recently interviewed Jeremy Renner, who talked about the parallels between DC and Hollywood—the ambition, the lobbying.
He is the son of Todd and Jean Spader and discovered his passion for acting while attending high school.
Though both parents were schoolteachers, James dropped out of Phillips Andover prep school at 17, moved to New York, and enrolled at the Michael Chekov Studio where he studied drama.
coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from the year before, wherein Roker introduced a young, still-unknown Boone—who was there to boost her brand-new crime show—and called her “Megan Brooke.” The —in which Boone stars as tough rookie FBI agent Elizabeth Keen opposite James Spader’s fedora-wearing criminal mastermind Raymond “Red” Reddington—was the breakaway hit of NBC’s 2013 pilot season. We’re becoming friends just like in the show.” We spoke with the 31-year-old Florida native at The Loews Regency in New York, not too far from where she was filming that day with Spader and new villainous cast member Paul Reubens (otherwise known as Pee-wee Herman).