One of the reasons why I’m appreciating Taken is how each actor seems emotionally invested into their respective role. A part of that believability comes with the ensemble that anchors the show, and in the video below Gaius Charles, Michael Irby, and Brooklyn Sudano talk about their acting origins.
Charles’ love for the craft began in seventh grade after taking his first acting class. Irby’s plugged in physicality and focus, evidenced from his work on the David Mamet series The Unit, partly originated with his passion for soccer (he’s an athlete turned actor – and it was a necessary transition). Sudano studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York (“Honestly, experience is the best teacher,” says Sudano).
The video featuring the three actors (they all do solid work on the show fyi) is below, and if you haven’t seen Taken, it’s definitely worth checking out. I was initially skeptical that the project would solely be about Bryan Mills’ (Clive Standen) storyline, but thankfully his journey is just one of the many intriguing (and often resonant) storylines that run throughout the show (my personal favorite is an episode called “Leah” which, though effectively exploring Taken’s themes of loss and perseverance, adds a deeper dimension to Jennifer Beals’ character).