“I wa n ted to p l a y s omethi d a rker ! ” Z A C H A R Y L E V I n g
After five seasons on Chuck, what made this the right show to lock yourself into as a regular again?
I wanted to play something that was not Chuck. I loved playing Chuck, but I didn’t want to be pigeon- holed into that character. I wanted to play something darker, moodier, grittier and dirtier. That’s what we found with Luke. Luke and his wife are hunting down humans with superpowers. Do you consider him a villain?
I definitely think he’s doing villainous things. He’s aware of that. Real villains don’t think they are doing villainous things. Real villains are perfectly happy with the decisions they are making. Luke may think that to an extent, but he’s tortured. It’s not as black and white for him. I think there’s a lot of ambiguity going on. How much have you enjoyed tapping into your dark side?
I like it, but it’s also been very hard. Up until now, I’ve mainly done comedic or lighter drama. Occasionally on Chuck, we went there. Just in five episodes on Heroes Reborn, there have been so many intense scenes already. I’m like, “Geez, man. I need to go do some comedy. I need some levity back in here.” It’s super- draining. If you are giving your all to stuff that is really dramatic or dark, it’s difficult not to let it affect you.