Fairly Legal’s Michael Trucco Interview

February 23, 2011

Fairly Legal’s Michael Trucco is heating things up on the new USA show! This guy is on fire in a role that he seems to be born to play thanks to his own back ground in the legal field. I learned this an much more in an interview with the hottie, which you can read all about below as you check out some pictures and video too.

Michael Trucco

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a Q&A conference call interview with Michael Trucco who currently stars on Fairly Legal, USA’s breakout hit show. Many remember him from his days on Battlestar Galactica but not me I first got a glimpse of Michael’s talent as hot Uncle Cooper on One Tree Hill. It was great to talk to him and he is as nice as I thought he would be.

Of course the main focus of conversation was on his new role as Justin Patrick who sees the law as black and white and has considerable faith in the legal system. Michael let us know what attracted him to the job which was just how different the role of Justin was than Samuel Anders, his Battlestar Galactica character. That along with the fact that he is a son of a police officer and the law interests him won him over very quickly.

If you have seen the show then you know Trucco has amazing chemistry with Sarah Shahi who plays the lead character of the show, Kate Reed. He shared with us that the chemistry was not instantaneous but that they do have a great rapport and he loves working with her. Although Michael called them lucky to have the chemistry I call it good casting. BTW when asked why people should watch the show Trucco simply said Sarah Shahi because she is amazing. I happen to think he is pretty darn good as well but do agree Sarah is fabulous on the show.

One very interesting thing that came out was that Michael actually studied Criminal Justice in college. You might think his studies would help him with his new role but it was more his background of growing up in an atmosphere of law that informs his role. His father is a police officer which he credits the majority of the experience he brings to the character coming from being the son of a police officer. Oh and in case you wondered once he discovered theater in college he changed his major from Criminal Justice.

That brings me to a couple of questions that stuck out with me that really helped us learn more about this super hunky guy.

Q. Can you talk about how you got started in acting?
A. I got interested in it in high school, in theater particularly, but I grew up in a medium size town called San Mateo, just south of San Francisco. I just figured acting was something that happened to people in Los Angeles and New York. I didn’t know what the path was. In college I auditioned for a play simply just to have some extracurricular activity while I was studying. A long story short, the head of the theater department at the time at Santa Clara University sat me down in her office and talked me into taking a course for non-majors, was one semester called Acting for Non-Majors. Upon completing that course, she talked me into coming over to the theater department and actually changing my major and studying with them and getting a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts. From there, it was like a light went off in my head and it was such a moment of clarity. I took the long, slow, hard road. I started on the stage. I stayed in the area for a couple of years. I knew that if I was going to do this for real and forever, I had to position myself in the best way possible and that was to move down to Los Angeles and get myself in. I started doing a lot of local theater and just kept plugging away.

Q. What would be your ultimate dream role?
A. A few years ago, I would have said Superman would have been my dream role. As a kid growing up for me, I grew up with the Christopher Reeve Superman and that was something that was just a dream role. But now I think it would be poetic to be able to get to play a policeman in uniform, play a beat cop, you know, on patrol, in the car, on a motorcycle, whatever the case may be. That would be great. I’ve never done that and I’d like to.

Although we all know him as the great actor on screen it seems that Mr. Trucco has quite the behind the scenes talent as well. He directed an episode of Pensacola and hopes to direct an episode of Fairly Legal as well. Plus Michael shared that he would like to get back to his theater roots. He shared that there is something very appealing about getting back on stage at some point in his career. Another talent of his is playing the guitar, he started playing when he was 13, 14 years old. Now he may be able to play the guitar but don’t expect to see Michael on Dancing With The Stars, he shared that he hates to dance. In fact he went as far as to say that it terrifies him, who would have thought?

It was so much fun to get the opportunity to participate in the Q&A interview with Michael Trucco. If you haven’t seen his new show then I highly suggest you check it out because it is awesome. Plus Michael rocks in it, which you can see from the below video.

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Photos: www.wenn.com/FayesVision/Adriana M. Barraza

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One Response to “Fairly Legal’s Michael Trucco Interview”

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    Sandy Says:

    Great interview!