British actor Harry Lloyd is greatest identified for some of the dramatic “Recreation of Thrones” exits when his character, Viserys Targaryen, met his demise awash in molten gold.
Although Lloyd is gold-free on the brand new Starz collection “Counterpart,” (which premiered Sunday night time) he additionally makes a splash by bossing round his co-star — Oscar-winning actor J.Ok. Simmons.
“There’s clearly a spoiled little one inside me who likes to get his personal method,” jokes Lloyd, 34. “[Petulance] is one thing that [my ‘Counterpart’ character] Peter and Viserys each share. The primary distinction is clearly the hair, but in addition Viserys was somebody who was satisfied that he needs to be the lead a part of his TV present, and was offended that different individuals hadn’t acknowledged it.
“Peter is somebody who actually doesn’t need to be in his TV present. He needs to kill this drama and get again to his comfy life.”
J.Ok. Simmons (left, with Lloyd) performs two roles in “Counterpart”: a mild-mannered bureaucrat and his brash alter-ego.Starz“Counterpart” is an unlikely style mix: espionage and sci-fi. Set in Berlin, the collection revolves round a UN company that guards a gateway to a parallel dimension. Simmons stars in twin roles as a mild-mannered bureaucrat and his brash “counterpart” from the opposite world. Lloyd’s character, Peter Quayle, is a director on the company.
Starz gave “Counterpart” a two-season straight-to-series order — in accordance with Lloyd, that’s why creator Justin Marks (“The Jungle Guide”) selected the community. “When Justin was purchasing it round, everybody wished it,” he says. “I learn the pilot and thought, ‘In a world the place there’s a lot materials on the market, nice unique concepts and fantastic TV collection, this stands out as one thing that I’ve by no means seen earlier than; the philosophical parallel universe sci-fi style [mixed with] a grounded sort of John le Carré European spy thriller.’
“The element was simply extraordinary. I couldn’t imagine that this wasn’t taken from some large 20th century novel.”
Lloyd’s curiosity in novelistic scripts comes from a singular place: He’s the great-great-great grandson of Charles Dickens. Along with “Recreation of Thrones,” most of his initiatives have a historic or literary bent (“Wolf Corridor,” “The Principle of Every part,” “Jane Eyre”).
Lloyd is requested whether or not his ancestry impacts his selections ( his first TV position was a 1999 “David Copperfield” miniseries). “[That miniseries] wasn’t an enormous half; I used to be like, ‘It was all due to my performing expertise!’ however secretly I anxious, ‘This was like a pleasant little little bit of PR for them,’” he says. “So I used to be very nervous for some time after that, like, ‘I shouldn’t attempt to money in on that too arduous.’” He maintains that his dad and mom are a bigger affect than his well-known ancestor.
“I’m certain my curiosity in performing stems from my curiosity in books, however I believe that has quite a bit to do with the truth that my dad and mom are each publishers,” he says. “I bought the principle half within the junior play my first time period [in boarding school] as a result of I might learn out loud as an eight-year-old child. From then on, it simply grew to become one thing I actually loved doing that wasn’t in opposition to the principles and it was extra enjoyable than doing the work.
“I assumed, ‘Sooner or later, I’ll have to provide it up and get an actual job.’ And I’m nonetheless getting away with it.”
“Counterpart” eight p.m. Sunday on Starz