Actor Carter MacIntyre joined the cast of Drop Dead Diva this season, taking over guardian angel duties for Jane Bingham (Brooke Elliott) and recently he participated in a conference call with the press to talk about his new role of Luke Daniels.
NiceGirlsTV had the change to take part in this conference call and the following is an excerpt of what Carter had to share:
Question: How would you describe Luke as compared to Fred?
Carter: I would say in a very kind of general way they’re almost polar opposites. I think Fred was naïve and kind of overwhelmed at times by the ways of earth and what it takes to…be a human, whereas Luke jumps ahead full force and goes after what he wants. (He) isn’t afraid to speak his mind, has a lot of confidence, and just really enjoys everything that life has to offer. He’s kind of hedonistic in a weird way, which is pretty much the opposite…of Fred, who was kind of more like a lost boy. I think Luke is just a man who’s trying to milk life for everything that it’s worth.
Question: How (does) Luke’s point-of-view make for conflict with Jane?
Carter: I think Luke and Jane are both surprised with each other’s resolve. I think Jane…has herself together by this point, she’s kind of gone through the ups and downs of…figuring it out, she kind of has a boyfriend now and she’s kind of trying to move forward with her life. And I think Luke comes in there, making sure she’s keeping with the plan and…(moving) forward with Jane, becoming Jane, being Jane. So each (of them) have really strong points-of-view and they’re both…surprised (when) Jane can’t push Luke over and…impose her will; and Luke’s shocked and surprised at not getting his way as he’s so used to…getting his way and getting people to do what he wants. They’re…both at a standstill, trying to figure out how to handle each other…it’s fun to have these bantering conversations back and forth and the give and take. Brooke is so amazing and so good with surprising you as an actor and throwing you things you don’t expect and finding new depths in the character.
Question: What was it about this particular role that interested you?
Carter: Just off the bat, talking to Josh and reading the material and talking with him. It’s the idea that you’re playing a guardian angel who’s like a devilish guardian angel…you don’t get many chances to play a character with those kind of polar opposites at play. It’s also…fertile ground for endless possibilities as a character, because there’s that magical side to being an angel where anything is possible and it seems limitless, (a) boundless opportunity to take it in different directions…so that was…really attractive (to me). (The) cool thing about the show is (the) dramedy tone of it, which is so hard to pull off…in TV nowadays to have those comedic elements balanced with a nice dramatic storyline. (The) way this show is able to do that so well really attracted me to the role and that I would be able to play both those type of moments in the scenes.
Question: What do you think it is about the show that really connects with the fans?
Carter: (The) show has such a great message for people. It’s all about acceptance in the end and about being who you are and that you can…have all these different things in your life, to have confidence and pride (in) who you are. That’s something I think is really important, (it’s) a message that resonates with the audience…especially in these times where we (are) kind… of image obsessed, putting the stress on the wrong things in our lives. (This) show celebrates that individualism and what really matters is more who you are as a person.
Question: Can you talk about what the difference between Fred and Luke will have on everyone at the firm and then how that affects Jane?
Carter: (He) comes in and… (he) basically (thinks of himself as) the boss…(that is the) complete opposite from Fred. I think it creates a little friction with Parker…so there’s a little tension there, and it creates some funny moments (too).
To find out more about Luke Daniels and what kind of mayhem or help he will cause/provide to those on Drop Dead Diva, tune in to Lifetime tomorrow night (June 10) at 9 PM for the show’s next new episode.