Orange Is The New Black's Michael Harney Says His Goal is to Generate Compassion from the Viewers for those Incarcerated in an Interview on AfterBuzz TV
August 20, 2013 --
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 20, 2013
Orange Is The New Black's Michael Harney made an appearance on AfterBuzz TV's Orange Is The New Black aftershow Sunday night. In his appearance, Harney talks about inmates' background stories, individual character personalities, and the overall message of the show.
On his character Healy:
I don't ever look at a character as good or bad. When I approach a part I always find the positive things to work with, because all of us are specialists in terms of what we're doing in our lives. We have our own human inadequacies. We have our own human frailties. That's part of what I was talking about. Embracing that area of strugglehow do we get through those limitations? So I approach a character by saying How do I do this? and believing what I'm doing.
On whether Harney learns more teaching or acting:
I learned more when I was teaching, I felt that my students became my teachers in a very real sense because they trusted me with their inner emotional and psychological material. I took this very seriously, acting class is not therapy, it is about helping someone access their life in a true way.
On what Harney wants the audience to take from the show:
The back story is really important and is being utilized by the writing team in a very life affirming way. We see why people are doing what they are doing which helps the viewer understand why they are doing what they are doing. If we can generate compassion from the viewers for folks that are incarcerated I think that would be a very positive result of the show. I think it is important for us to sit and listen.
On How Harney prepared for his role on Orange Is The New Black:
I do a lot of studying and watching documentaries like Locked up I did a lot of work when I was young in Civil Rights and Civil Reform, I worked on letting people know about prison life and how there was a great need for improvement to help better these human beings. I think Healy's reasons for doing this are very positive, but once you actually get into into it you realize how limited you are with resources and financial; I see both sides. It is very interesting for me to participate on one side and playing a character helps to embrace the gray area, I am doing this but I am also fully aware of what this inmate is going through.
On his sense of what one's first time in prison feels like:
Fear plays a big part with inmates coming into prison, it's a reality to face. When I went visiting and heard that door closing behind me it was just a wake up call. The fear of losing control of your life brings up people wanting to control their environment and the way they want to do that is very telling of their character. Claudette's environment is very clean and that is her way of controlling her tourettes.
Links to the interview can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=squSLYtDq_A
AfterBuzz TV's Orange Is The New Black aftershow, hosted by Thaddeus Massey, Megan Thomas, Emma Kostandyan, and Scott Moore airs live Sunday nights and is available for download the next day on iTunes and YouTube. The Orange Is The New Black aftershow is a weekly wrap up show that broadcasts worldwide from Los Angeles, CA as part of Extra's Maria Menounos and filmmaker Keven Undergaro's online broadcast network, AfterBuzz TV. AfterBuzz is dedicated to producing daily post-game wrap-up shows for fans' favorite TV shows, covering shows like Breaking Bad, Ray Donovan, WWE's Monday Night Raw and countless others. Currently, AfterBuzz TV receives over 20 million weekly downloads on iTunes from over 75 countries. For further information about the network, visit afterbuzztv.com
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