Susan Sarandon continues to challenge ‘Ray Donovan’

Oscar winner is in her second season of drama series

Susan Sarandon of ‘Ray Donovan’ Sunday on Showtime and The Movie Network

Q: What has your experience been of working with title star Liev Schreiber on “Ray Donovan”?

A: I love Liev! It’s very difficult, what he does, because he’s someone who is a word warrior – and I think they have a word cap on him in this show. He has to convey all of that strength and torture and psychological damage while keeping it in, and it’s hard to be that charismatic when all of that is going on and you don’t have a lot of words to say.

We work really well together. We have a lot of fun, and I think (as Ray) he likes to have someone to boss him around a bit. She’s overstepped her boundaries a few times, but the dance that they do doesn’t happen very often with Ray. She’s definitely his equal, and it’s helped so far that they aren’t romantic. That’s literally the kiss of death with him.

Q: Since you did “Feud: Bette and Joan” last year, and have done television elsewhere over the years, is it safe to assume the home screen has long been a factor in your career choices?

A: When I did a thing called “Bernard and Doris” with Ralph Fiennes, we did that for $500,000 in 22 days … and then, when they were trying to figure out what to do with it, it was picked up by HBO. I remember thinking, “Oh, I don’t want this to be shown on TV,” but it did so well!

That taught me so much, because many more people saw it – and will continue to see it – that way. I don’t have rules about what you’re allowed to do, or not allowed to do, to keep your place in the business.

Jay Bobbin

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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.

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