And then, I got the script and it sounded like me talking. And then, I met with Jeff [Eastin] and his vision for the character and the growth of the character were in the same light that I saw it.I was scared of him becoming the Mexican sidekick and goofy guy who’s always laughing, but USA and Jeff did a great job of helping him growing throughout the season.Two of my best friends in Long Beach are cops, so I’ve gone on ride-alongs with them. I recommend that everybody do that because you view both sides and see it from different angles, for the rest of your life. It was great to learn about a regular beat cops lifestyle.If you’re driving and a cop is behind you, you automatically think they’re going to pull you over, but cops have so much more going on than to think about pulling you over. And then, once I got booked on the show, Jeff set us up with a consultant who actually worked undercover.
The series tells the story of Carter Morrison (Atwell), the brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former president, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. In charge of Forensics, Frankie has a street-savvy reserve that co-exists with a boyish excitement for science.The last thing a real cop wants to do is write a ticket. We also met different undercover agents in Florida, when we were shooting out there. It blew my mind that they were able to separate their job from their real life.And just the fact that they had regular lives killed me. To talk to them and to hear their stories was a treat.Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.When you were given the pilot script for Graceland, was it always to read it with Johnny in mind, or did you read it to see which character you found yourself relating to most?