Q: You’re a fan of forensic crime dramas, correct?
A: I am, yes. Fiction and nonfiction (laughs). I’m a junkie when it comes to that stuff, yeah.
Q: Did you learn anything new about forensics from doing “The Alienist”?
A: You know, something that I loved about the show when I first read the scripts years ago was the integration of the birth of forensics. You know, like when we show in “The Alienist” the fingerprints and like how that came to be and we get into that a little bit more. … But as a viewer, I’m super-entertained by all of that and kind of seeing the methods that would have been used during this time and seeing how far they’ve come. And I do love all that, for sure.
Q: Do you think you might get to direct an episode at some point?
A: I would love to, yeah. I directed a short film a couple of years ago (“Hello Apartment” in 2018), which was really exhilarating, and I would love to direct again. It’s something that I think about and just my experience on the short film, it’s like I can’t imagine directing something that I don’t have some sort of personal investment in. Like I think it takes so much out of you, even the little two-day shoot that I had for the short film was like you feel so responsible and worry so much about everything behind the camera and on camera.
Why I wanted to be a director was because I just feel such a – it’s such a powerful relationship between the director and an actor and I was so excited to be on the other side of that. And so I definitely would like to again. I just want it to be something that I can’t not do (laughs). You know what I mean? I want it to like call me, I think.
George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.