‘ I re­mem­ber say­ing: ‘Re­ally? Do we re­ally want to go au­di­tion for a ‘Doucheface’?’’

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“FRANK (played by Char­lie Web­ber) calls me (McGorry’s char­ac­ter, Asher Mill­stone) ‘doucheface’ in the show.

That was ac­tu­ally the name writ­ten in the script for the role when I went to au­di­tion.

In the whole script of the pi­lot, it had the char­ac­ter’s name, and then the dia­logue. My part read: ‘Doucheface’, and then the dia­logue. I re­mem­ber look­ing at my agent and say­ing: ‘Re­ally? Do we re­ally want to go au­di­tion for a ‘Doucheface’?’ And she said, ‘Go in, make them love you and make them want to write more for you’.

And I went in and tried to give it as much life and hu­man­ity and hu­mour as I pos­si­bly could and it turns out I’ve been in ev­ery episode since. Turns out Doucheface was a role worth au­di­tion­ing for. Com­ing from my last show, Or­ange is the New Black (he played hunky pri­son guard John Bennett on the hit show), Asher Mill­stone is very dif­fer­ent. I think I do well with a weird char­ac­ter that isn’t what he ap­pears on the page.

Asher is part of the Keat­ing Five, but he doesn’t do the dirty work of the mur­der.

The four mur­der­ers have it harder than I do (in terms of act­ing) from an end point and not know­ing what led up to the killing of Vi­ola’s hus­band. I haven’t had to deal with a lot of the time jumps and fill­ing in the blanks.

Asher has his own per­sonal chal­lenges through­out the sea­son, but the case that in­volves his fa­ther is a bit of a turn­ing point. Asher has grown up in a life of priv­i­lege, and I think in some ways grown up in a way some of the other char­ac­ters may have as well, but Asher re­ally rev­els in it. He doesn’t see it as a thing to hide.

His lin­eage is a source of pride. His fa­ther is a very pow­er­ful judge and I think when he re­alises what sac­ri­fices were made in or­der for him to have those priv­i­leges, it does af­fect him.

Asher can put you off ini­tially, but as ev­ery­thing sort of shakes out, it turns out that he’s the one with per­haps the great­est sys­tem of morals, the one who doesn’t lie and doesn’t cheat and doesn’t steal.

He’s up­front with the things that make him a douchebag and his be­liefs, but he re­ally wants to get ahead based on merit. He doesn’t want to steal the tro­phy. He wants to earn it and de­serve it and he wants to be the best.

I think there’s some­thing about that that I can see would make the au­di­ence sym­pa­thise with him, be­cause it’s prob­a­bly easy as the show un­folds to sit back and think, ‘Oh my God th­ese are all ter­ri­ble peo­ple’.

Peo­ple ask when you’re out in public a lot where the show is at, what hap­pens, who did it. I’m amused that they think I would ac­tu­ally tell them.”

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