TRAINING AT WORK IS SIMPLY MURDER
Drama school can teach you many things, but the art of murder isn’t one of them apparently. Which makes onthe-job training for How To Get Away With Murder actor Jack Falahee a bonus.
Asked what he’s learned from the dastardly plot of the Shonda Rimes production and the 27-year-old, who plays legal intern Connor Walsh, jokes: “how to break up a body with a crowbar.”
Co-star Matt McGorry, whose character Asher Millstone turned to the dark side last season, says he’s picked up a greater understanding of the legal system both from this role and his stint as a corrections officer in Orange Is The New Black.
Between scenes, the co-stars and friends “bounce ideas off each other” – whether it’s watching how the court scenes play out or swapping reading material each has been engrossed in.
“The real education,” Falahee says, “has come just amongst our peers, while watching (leading lady) Viola Davis act.”
A campaigner on issues including mass incarceration and the war on drugs, McGorry, 29, has found his interests outside of this job unconsciously feed back into the show.
“I’ve felt very fortunate to be using my voice on social media, primarily for the Black Lives Matter movement and gender equality and, you know, things related to that,” McGorry says.
“Reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, was just an incredibly eye-opening and very fact-based account of how the war on drugs has led to mass incarceration and how it’s really unfairly and disproportionately affected communities of colour.
“One of the wonderful things as an actor is when you have so much...you get so many nice things, so many blessings and you have so much validation...I’ve realised at the end of it all, the thing that really makes me very happy is to try and make a difference,” he says.
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