Holmes un­der the ham­mer

Katie Holmes finds it eas­ier to shake off the bad guys than Liev Schreiber as RayDono­van re­turns. By MICHELE MANELIS

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pri­mar­ily known for such films as Bat­man Be­gins and, more re­cently, The Giver (2014), other than her off­screen role as the ex-Mrs Tom Cruise.

She jumped at the chance to play the role of Paige Fin­ney. “I’m a big fan of the show,” she says. “I’ve never put lim­its on my­self in this busi­ness in terms of TV or film. I go wher­ever the re­ward­ing work is and where the in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters lie.”

Of the new sea­son, Jon Voight, who plays Ray’s fa­ther, Mickey Dono­van, says “the most im­por­tant sto­ry­line is about Ray”. This is cen­tred on Ray work­ing for Fin­ney – an op­por­tu­nity he hopes will act as the spring­board for him to fi­nally go le­git.

As for what’s in store for papa Dono­van, Voight chuck­les: “Mickey al­ways winds up do­ing the wrong thing. But he has other in­ten­tions. This sea­son he’s re­ally try­ing to es­tab­lish him­self on his own.”

Schreiber’s long-run­ning stint on TV has changed his views on the act­ing pro­fes­sion. “I never sub­scribed to that school of act­ing where I was deeply im­mer­sive and wanted peo­ple to call me by my char­ac­ter’s name,” he says. “I never re­ally be­lieved that char­ac­ters could ac­tu­ally con­sume you un­til I played Ray Dono­van.

“But you put your­self in that sit­u­a­tion 14 hours a day, over and over, and you get his ha­bit­ual re­ac­tions to things.”

Schreiber’s role of­ten calls for dark tur­bu­lent scenes, some­thing he ac­tively shakes off at the end of the day. “I try to do a med­i­ta­tion be­fore and af­ter we shoot,” he says.

Holmes seems to have an eas­ier time of: “I’m able to do my work and I don’t re­ally live with it when I go home.”

Rave re­views have al­ready emerged from ad­vance screen­ings of the new sea­son, with lead­ing man Schreiber ad­mit­ting he did not an­tic­i­pate the hit show’s suc­cess.

“Oh, I’m al­ways sur­prised if some­thing I’m in is suc­cess­ful,” he laughs. RAY DONO­VAN MON­DAY, 8.30PM, SHOW­CASE

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