(Transcript from Royal Pains set visit on Wednesday, May 20, 2009)
Question: Just tell us a little bit about the character.
Question: Am I next?
Paulo: You guys better be on your toes.
Question: Jeez! Well, you say he's over the top, and you clearly get a lot of chances to kind of have really big facial reactions and really big movements. So, like, you have to make sure that you don't make it--
Paulo: I like to think of it as just good acting.
Paulo: We don't say "facial expressions," we don't say, because you get to pretend like you're entertaining. Go on.
Question: No, I just-- like, do you have to make sure that you don't take it too far that the character becomes obnoxious or unreal?
Paulo: I mean, the beauty of this show, I mean, you would say, like, the tone of it is not-- we don't really get too serious a lot of the time. I mean, enough to actually, like, you know, make it have real stakes and whatnot. Especially in a medical show, you have to, like, you know, really be afraid that someone's going to die and whatnot. But specifically my character gets more of the physical comedy and more of, like, the comic relief, as it were. But yeah, I try not to actually, like, scream my lines and, like, do somersaults and cartwheels in the middle of things.
Question: That's for next season.
Paulo: Yeah, that's next.
Question: In what ways specifically is your character more than just this opportunistic--
Paulo: Okay, so that's a good question.
Paulo: As the season progresses, the first season, the first episode obviously is a lot of character development and just getting people squared away as to what they're doing. But as the show has progressed-- we're on episode 5 now-- I don't get to read the script, so I have no idea where it's going to go. But so far, my character specifically has deepened, like, so, so, so much.
Paulo: Yeah, and he's already, like, way more fleshed out. And a real guy, like, he's a real guy. And there's a lot more than meets the eye to my character and to his past, which I can't say a lot about. But there's definitely-- it's not all happy, jokey fun in Evan's past. That's all I'll say.
Royal Pains Q&A: Paulo Costanzo
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