– Michael Kelly, I have a question. So what made you wanna
join the cast of Jack Ryan? – Pretty much John.
– Yes. – They sent met the pilot, while
I was doing House of Cards, they sent me the pilot
episode from season one, and they sent me scripts from season two, and the scripts were phenomenal. – It does feel like a cinematic
experience for a TV show, so what was it like on
set on those bigger days where it’s like (mimicking explosion) Running around and duckin’ and shootin’. It really is, it’s a lot
of fun, it’s exhausting. Flying in the Black Hawks, and– – That’s so cool.
– And we had to do, it’s just giant sliding door on the side, and you have a four point harness, so you have two that come
here and two that come here, it all buckles together. And the shot was me leaning like this, but you’re strapped in so, they were like we really can’t, we’d come down, we’d do the shot, and they’re like, we really
can’t see you on the approach. Are you comfortable undoing the top two? I was like yeah, of
course I am (laughing), you still have a seat belt on, you feel totally safe but to lean out. – That’s terrifying. – And when that helicopter
does one of these, and you’re just hanging
out over that open window, it feels, I don’t know,
you never feel so alive. – Have you ever said no to
something, where you’re like, you know what, I wanna live? – I don’t think so. I think they’ve said no to me more than (laughter) I’ve said no to them. – You have no protection. None. We are supposed to be on that plane. We do this, nobody’s
coming to save our (beep). – [Sally] So you and John are
obviously really good mates. – Yeah – I can fully tell when
I’m watching interviews that you two genuinely like each other. So how does that change a
process for you as an actor when you go to set, you really
have a mateship with someone. – So lovely, an incredible work ethic, I think we share very
similar work ethic where, and Wendell as well, the three of us, we will go to work everyday
just wanting everything to be the best that it can be. If that meant rewriting it on a day or tweaking something as we went along. We all buckled down and
made John rewrite it. – Is that sort of
collaboration unique on set or do you feel like you’ve
been fortunate enough to have that going on?
– I think so. I mean I’ve certainly had experiences on both ends of the spectrum. Especially in the Beau
Willimon early years, everything was very, you said
every word as it was written. There was a reason, there was a certain
poetry to that dialogue. Whereas not to say that Jack Ryan doesn’t have a poetry to his dialogue. It’s just different, and it’s more, that character was closer to me. – So this role felt close to you, has there ever been a time where you thought you
kind of lost yourself a little bit in a character, and it started to seep into Michael Kelly? – [Michael] Yeah, I mean
Doug certainly at times, when I lived here in New York, and I kept an apartment in Baltimore, and going back and forth, and every time I would make
that drive to Baltimore, which was once a week or whatever, And that’s not to say that after work I wouldn’t go out for beers, and hang out with other cast members, and I had plenty of fun on that job. But you do sort of feel yourself. I gave myself alone time that I never do, I would go for walks or runs and just, like I said listen to my words or just do everything in silence, and be in the apartment by myself, and not have anything on all day. And just go in and study for a little bit, and then just be in silence. For me as a person, I
think to have quiet time, I never do, I have two little kids, I have a seven and a 10 year old. (laughing) There’s no quiet time at home. When I started House of Cards, my son was born, right when we started so there was no quiet time at home. – Did you ever snap on your
kids and turn into Doug? – (laughs) No, but we do, it’s funny, they try and replicate the
stare and it’s so funny. – I know things, Doug. – Nothing you can prove. Now threaten me again. – So as you get busier and busier, you’re obviously making
a conscious decision to make that family time so it’s the most important thing.
– Yeah, yeah when I’m home that’s 100%, yep, 100%, I think it’s, I am gone a lot in what I do so when we are together as a family, we really take full advantage of that. – That’s so nice.
– Yeah it is, really nice. Having been going around
now recently with this, we went to a screening for the
troops in London and Germany, and just to see the overwhelming
response from the public about how much they’re digging this show. – So you are a patriot,
and you’re an optimist. – 100% a patriot, I am proud American. – On a positive note, we do have a bunch of really good democratic
candidates moving into 2020. – Yeah – So, what are you looking
for out of those candidates? – I’m not a fan of Tulsi
Gabbard though, very much, I think for whatever reason, like Donald Trump was a Democrat
who actually ran through, I believe that she is a Republican actually running as a Democrat. And I do fear her pulling some silly stunt like running as an
independent at the last minute and getting those independent voters that we desperately need
to win this election. I think that Mayor Pete is saying some, he’s saying a lot of the right things, that really registers with me. I’ve always loved Joe Biden,
I think he’s a great man. Some of the women, we’ve got
a lot of great candidates. And I’m not, I haven’t
jumped on anyone’s train yet and I usually wait. – And you’re hopeful for the future, what else gives you hope?
– 100%. My daughter, the kids, they
give me great, great hope, and I really believe that they will, She goes to public school here
in New York City, at ADCS, and she knew, the school is teaching these kids the right thing, what’s right. And if you have eight
and nine and 10 year olds understanding that, now, that those generations will get older, and be in power, so (laughing)
– I love it, it’s a great way to end.
– We’ll see. – Yeah, thank you so much Michael Kelly. – Thank you, always a
pleasure chatting with you – Always a pleasure.
– Thank you. – This is such an insightful
interview, I appreciate it.