'I would love to visit India'
There's a certain charm and charisma that American actor Harry Lennix brings out every time he performs. He has essayed the role of DC comic character Calvin Swanwick in 'Man of Steel' and played in other blockbuster hits like 'The Matrix Reloaded' and 'The Matrix Revolution'.
Harry is also known for playing some remarkable roles in television series like 'House M D', 'ER' and 'The Blame Game'. Now he is playing the role of Harold Cooper, assistant director counter-terrorism, on 'The Blacklist', which airs on Star World and Star World HD on Sundays at 9 pm. He chats with Anila Kurian about his work on the show.
How do you feel knowing that your work is recognised internationally?
I'm thrilled that people are watching my work, especially in India. It's an extraordinarily important market and it was necessary for us to be relevant here. I'm proud that the show is doing well with the audience.
What do you enjoy most about playing Harold?
His integrity and his belief to stand for something that's bigger than itself. He believes in the good side of the law. When he protects the people, he looks at the bigger picture. I like that there's a good system of balance in his characteristics.
Is there anything you don't like about your character?
(Laughs) He could really spend some time outside of the office. Maybe he should go back to his neighbourhood and check about his past. He should have a relationship with his family. But yes, you get to see a bit of that in the season five.
You've played a lot of characters over the years. Which one of them have you related to the most?
I liked my role in 'The Matrix Reloaded' and 'The Matrix Revolutions'. What I found common between him was that I need to see something to believe it is true. That determination to get to the bottom of it was very interesting. I also like playing Harold Cooper for his will to experiment with things. He's the kind of guy you want on your side.
You put out a lot of positive tweets. Is there someone who motivates you to stay positive all the time?
It has to be my business partner David White. He is the most positive person I have ever know and he always has a way of looking at the bright side of things. Whenever I do feel cynical, David makes sure that I feel better. It's important to have positive people around you all the time.
What are some of the things you do when you're not working?
I enjoy reading, playing the piano, go bowling and watch movies. I usually get some time off during Summers which means swimming!
Can we look forward to seeing you in India anytime soon?
I've actually never been to India. I would love to visit it as I've heard some amazing things about it. Having said that, I have no immediate plans of it but let's hope so!