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James Wolk looks to notable political family to assist in creating his role on “Political Animals”

Actor James Wolk discusses his role on the USA Network miniseries “Political Animals” and the appeal of the show to audiences
BY MELISSA HAYER Published: August 4, 2012

“I thought, ‘Well, how interesting would it be if that's what Douglas had, if that's where Douglas came from.' And, I really read it, and I really wanted to take Douglas in that direction, and it was something that Greg (Berlanti, creator, co-executive producer and writer of the show) felt when he created the character as well,” Wolk said.

Playing this type of role has been a positive lesson for the actor.

“I'd say I've had to go to some really dark places to play Douglas, and that's not always easy to do. But it's been a wonderful stretch as an actor to go to these really dark places, and these unlikable places, and it's been a real great exercise and experience doing that,” Wolk said.

Getting to see what goes on behind closed doors is the main viewer attraction for “Political Animals,” according to the actor.

“With this show, we're pulling the veil back on this former first family, and ... you're seeing how these pristine people really do have flaws and really do struggle,” Wolk said.

“And, I think it's really putting the magnifying glass on a portion of it that we don't get to see in real life, but, that we imagine in our heads, and that we're curious about finding out. And I think that's what's so fun about watching this family.”