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Jesse Talks with BuddyTV About Eric’s Evolution and His Friendship with Grayson

Check out Jesse’s interview in full over at BuddyTV.com

Eric really doesn’t like the Atrians. Does that feeling hold throughout the season?

It gets chipped away. I think Eric gets exposed to different layers of the Atrians that he hadn’t seen before. He’s exposed to the reality of what the Atrians are. It’s like any prejudice, you know, it usually comes from a place of not ignorance and not knowing any better. As the Atrian 7 are in school more often and interacting more often his perspective on the whole thing goes through an evolution for sure.

Grayson intervenes in a conflict between the Atrians and the Humans, does he have any influence on Eric?

Eric and Grayson are best friends, so I’d say they both influence each other’s thoughts. That’s actually a theme that comes up a lot throughout the season is Eric and Grayson sort of struggling with their own fears and prejudices and trying to help the other one see their own point of view. Without giving out too much, it’s definitely interesting.

We see Grayson has a connection to the Red Hawks, but he’s hesitant to that connection. Is Eric aware of that? Or, is that something that’s even secret from him?

Eric is aware of it. There’s a level of Grayson that’s a secret from Eric and secret from everybody, but Eric is at least at a superficial level aware.

I spoke with Executive Producer Meredith Averill last week and she mentioned that in episode 5, we find out that one of the humans is secretly an Atrian. How that affect the characters?

It doesn’t come out for a while. The Human that is revealed to be an Atrian is not revealed publicly. And so, this person is revealed to a select number of people. They all have to work to conceal it for a couple episodes. It’s somebody very unexpected.

Jesse Luken reveals the inner life of a Boyd Crowder henchman

Zap2It.com — If you watch “Justified” with any regularity, you’ve seen Jesse Luken quite a bit. You may not, however, heard much of him.

Luken plays Jimmy, Boyd’s (Walton Goggins) right-hand man on the show. The character is smart, dependable — and quiet. It’s the nature of the role that while Jimmy is on screen quite a bit with Boyd, he doesn’t say much. Luken says he’s learned to handle those kinds of scenes.

“The trap that you can fall into is to just sort of watch the action happen,” he tells Zap2it. “You are watching the action happen, but as his No. 2, I’m the guy that’s supposed to be guarding him and protecting him. … You do occasionally get lost as an actor because Walton is so brilliant and all the rest of the actors on the show are so wonderful that you’re just like ‘Wow, I’m watching a play right now.’

“So I think [the trick is to] just actively listen and actively engage, and there’s going to be times that they’re going to want to look to you, so you’ve got to be able to give them reactions to what’s happening in the dialogue. It’s sort of just basic stuff: Listen, don’t be an idiot, I guess. Which is difficult enough for me. I struggle with the second part of that.”

Luken (who also recurs on The CW’s “Star-Crossed”) will have a somewhat more prominent role in Tuesday’s (March 5) episode of “Justified.” In last week’s episode he traveled with Boyd and the Crowes to Mexico, where a drug buy went seriously sideways.

“[Boyd is] in quite a pickle and has to figure out how to get out of Mexico, and it’s quite a journey and a lot of fun to play,” Luken says. “You find out that Jimmy speaks Spanish, which is helpful in getting them out of Mexico and not previously known on the show.”

Luken thinks the difficulty Boyd has had this season, both with his business and with Ava (Joelle Carter) being in prison, has wornon the character. “Boyd has sort of lost his sense of light in the world, and things are getting very dark for him,” he says. “I think you start to see something out of Boyd that you’ve never really seen before, which is fatigue.

“I think he’s getting tired of this life, and there’s a scene in a couple of episodes that presents a real moral dilemma for Boyd — and Jimmy, in fact — and you sort of see the consequences of the route they start to take.”

“Justified” airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT Tuesday on FX.

JustJared Jr: Eric Gets a Love Interest & Which Human is Really an Atrian?!

JustJared Jr: Eric Gets a Love Interest & Which Human is Really an Atrian?!

Don’t miss Jesse’s exclusive interview with Jared over at JustJaredJr.com

JustJaredJr.com: Hi Jesse! So last week, we learned the reason Eric hates Atrians so much is because his family lost a business due to the Sector. But we did get a glimpse at his sympathetic side too. Will we continue to see Eric struggle with his opinions?
Jesse Luken:
Throughout the season, Eric’s view of Atrians evolves and devolves a little, and then evolves. Yeah, he does go through some changes. I think it’s great because it’s relatable. This is where all prejudice is generally based, from a lack of understanding and knowledge. And Eric’s just never been around Atrians. They’ve been in the Sector. They caused his family a lot of pain and financial ruin, but this is the first time he’s actually been around them. I wouldn’t say he does a 180 or anything, but he struggles a lot with this view that has been instilled in him by his father.

JJJ: Tell us about your audition process. What was that like?
They were, at that time, very stressed out (laughs). They were sort of yelling things down the hall. I knew the casting director a little bit because she had called me a few times for other things. I remember I had three auditions that day. It was in the middle of pilot season and it was really busy. I got a call from my agent who was calling with my manager, which that generally means it’s a good thing. But when I heard from them, I remember they said that I booked Star-Crossed, and I was like, “That was the last one I thought I would have booked from the three.”

JJJ: What do you like to do in your free time?
I’m a very simple redneck. I have two dogs and we go camping, hiking, running. I play baseball. I’m a pretty simple dude, I guess. I love being outdoors and being around nature, and not just in that cliche way. If I’m not doing it for a while, I start to get irritable.

Variety: CW Sets Midseason Premieres of Star-Crossed and The 100

Variety.com — The CW, looking to build off its momentum from the fall while increasing the number of original hours it airs in the back half of the season, revealed its aggressive midseason plans on Thursday, including the debut of two dramas, timeslot shifts for a pair of others and the return of an unscripted fave.

Star -Crossed,” the futuristic story of an alien/human romance, kicks off the net’s second-half plans for the season, airing Mondays at 8 p.m. starting Feb. 17.

“Star-Crossed” will replace third-year drama “Hart of Dixie,” which will finish out its season on Fridays at 9 starting March 21. That’s the same night that comedy/improv series “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” a success in its premiere on the net this summer, returns with a pair of original episodes.

One week later, “Whose Line” will begin its regular air pattern of an original followed by an encore from its summer run.

“Whose Line” and “Hart of Dixie” should be able to provide a nice ratings bounce for the net on a night where it has seen modest results this fall with “The Carrie Diaries,” “America’s Next Top Model” and “Nikita.”

CW is also looking to give another new show, post-apocalyptic adventure drama “The 100,” a shot behind its hot second-year drama “Arrow,” with the dramas airing back-to-back starting March 19. To make room for “The 100,” the net is sending rookie drama “The Tomorrow People” to Mondays starting March 17, where it will follow “Star-Crossed.”

“Beauty and the Beast,” which has been airing Mondays at 9 p.m., will go on hiatus following its March 10 episode and return with original episodes at a date to be announced.

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