This story is part of , our podcast featuring interviews with actors, artists, celebrities and creative types about their work, career and current obsessions.
Because the coronavirus pandemic canceled our journey plans, one escape many people discovered this previous summer time was the brand new Perry Mason series on HBO. Matthew Rhys, from , stars because the titular protection lawyer together with actor Chris Chalk, who portrays detective Paul Drake. The onscreen chemistry between Rhys and Chalk is simply one of many issues that makes this Perry Mason reboot so compelling.
Chalk, who additionally performed Gary Cooper within theand , was a visitor on . He defined how initially he nearly did not audition for Perry Mason.
“I used to be like, ‘Oh, that is only a bunch of white folks,'” stated Chalk with amusing. “Then I noticed Paul Drake and I went, ‘Wait a second.’ They took Paul Drake, this basic character performed by an older white male, and utterly invested in him being a younger black man within the ’30s.”
Perry Mason initially aired through the wave of worldwide protests for Black Lives Matter and towards police brutality that happened this summer time. The sequence displays what’s occurring in American society with out being heavy and arduous. Earlier than Perry Mason, Chalk starred as Yusuf Salaam in Ava DuVernay’s acclaimed four-part sequence, primarily based on the true story about 5 Harlem teenagers falsely accused of a brutal assault in Central Park.
Throughout our interview, Chalk discusses DuVernay and dealing with folks like Sorkin, Steve McQueen and Katherine Bigelow. He additionally opens up about making his directorial debut with the function movie Farewell, which he additionally wrote, produced and starred in alongside together with his spouse, Okay.D. Chalk.
Hearken to my complete dialog with Chalk on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Season one among Perry Mason is available to stream on HBO Max. Additionally, you’ll be able to subscribe to I’m So Obsessed on your favorite podcast app. In every episode, Connie Guglielmo or I meet up with an artist, actor or creator to study work, profession and present obsessions.