Covert Affairs Premiere: Peter Gallagher Talks About the Show & His Role!
Covert Affairs is about to debut on USA Network. From Universal Cable Productions, Covert Affairs is executive produced by Doug Liman (the “Bourne” trilogy, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “The O.C.”) and Dave Bartis (“The O.C.,” “The Heist”) through Dutch Oven and written and co-executive produced by Matt Corman (“Deck the Halls”), Chris Ord (“Deck the Halls”). James Parriott (Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ugly Betty”) executive produces. Jonathan Glassner (“Stargate SG-1,” “CSI: Miami”) is co-executive producer and director. Tim Matheson (USA’s BURN NOTICE, PSYCH, “Criminal Minds”) directed the pilot.
With a line-up like that in the background creating, directing, producing this series, this series also has a stellar cast that includes:
Piper Perabo as Annie Walker — the newbie CIA agent who is the pivotal character.
Peter Gallagher as Arthur Campbell, Director of Covert Affairs. Kari Matchett as Joan Campbell, Arthurs wife and the counselor on staff; The cast is impeccable.
This is the podcast of the group interview (about 50 mins and I cut a lot out) and the transcript.
Moderator Our first question comes from Lisa Steinberg with Starry Constellation.
L. Steinberg What made you want to be a part of the show?
P. Gallagher Very simply, I wanted to work with Doug Liman and Dave Bartis again. Doug Liman directed the pilot episode of The O.C. and he and Dave were producers on the first season of The O.C. and I just love these guys. I love the way they tell stories. I like the people they are. In my experience, when the people at the top of an organization are people you respect and you like then chances are they’re going to surround themselves with other people that you feel the same way about. And you know what? That’s exactly what happened. So I was drawn to working with Dave and Doug again. As I say, I like the way they tell stories, because they’re powerful storytellers and they like to have the story they tell find a place in the world we live in.
Then they sent me the script because we’ve been talking about doing stuff. I said, “Man, this is great.” At that point I don’t know what kind of future Arthur Campbell had or has in the show, but he seems to be perking along and I’m having a great time. Everybody on the show is great, so that’s why I’m there
L. Steinberg Is there anything you find particularly challenging about the role?
P. Gallagher Commuting to Toronto, but I love Toronto, so that’s not so bad
L. Steinberg Yes, you are a warm-weather man from The O.C.
P. Gallagher Oh, but I’m New York born and raised, but you don’t have to spend much time in the warm weather before your blood gets a little thin. That’s the truth.
Moderator Our next question is from Matt Carter with Examiner.com.
M. Carter How would you describe Arthur’s relationship with Piper Perabo’s character on the show?
P. Gallagher Well, I think the cool thing about a series is we basically don’t know anything except what we know, which is just the extent of the episodes we’ve done and the ones we’ve read. So what I would surmise is that Arthur is a busy guy and he is becoming very much aware of this very young and very valuable asset, Piper. So she obviously has his attention and, judging from the last episode I shot, his respect. So I think it’s an open relationship.
M. Carter In watching the pilot, you had a therapy session scene with Joan. Is that something we can plan on seeing a little bit more of? How is filming those scenes?
P. Gallagher I love it. You know what the cool thing, the amazing thing is? It’s true. Think about it. Apparently, in the CIA they encourage their agents to marry each other because you can’t talk to anybody who’s not in the agency about what you do. You can’t even talk about everything that you do with somebody else in the agency. So what they have is when people do get married, they actually have in-house marriage counselors that have been vetted and received security clearance, as well as the Starbucks baristas. They go through a security clearance for a year. So it’s a pretty interesting dynamic in that here are these two CIA agents, who are accustomed to dissembling or trying to find out the truth or whatever and they’re married and their therapist is at work too. It’s a pretty unique situation I think. Yes, I think there will be more of that. I mean I think; I don’t know. I’m still alive. That’s all I can tell you.