Cinemax series lets actress channel traditionally male action roles
Q: Your “Jett” thief character Daisy “Jett” Kowalski seems to encompass everything you have done in your career, from glamor to action. Do you view her that way?
A: She’s a combination of things I have seen and was influenced by, and Sebastian (Gutierrez, the show’s writer-director and Gugino’s significant other) as well … Lee Marvin in “Point Blank,” or Toshiro Mifune films, much more of what you’ve been used to seeing male actors play.
She’s a professional who loves what she does, and she’s not Robin Hood. And this is the first time in her life that she’s not pulling the strings, and I think that is a very unusual situation for her.
Q: Giancarlo Esposito is an estimable co-star of “Jett.” What can you say about working with him?
A: Jett’s relationship with his character Charlie is interesting. They have worked together, they are lovers, and he is kind of a father figure – so there’s this combination of complicated issues. She’s smart enough to know that you probably should never take the proverbial “last job,” but at the same time, she really is in an unusual circumstance. She has a daughter to protect, even if she doesn’t quite know how to be a mother.
Q: The “Jett” cast also includes acting spouses who are close friends of yours, Rya Kihlstedt and Gil Bellows. How is that for you?
A: Obviously, I’ve been doing this for a very long time – and when you have something you’re involved with from the beginning, and you can create as much of the environment on set that you’re able to, one of the great boons is to be able to cast amazing actors you’ve known for a long time … and who share a similar passion and work ethic. So yeah, it’s a really special treat.
Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.