Carla Gug­ino

OF ‘JETT’ ON CINEMAX

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY JAY BOB­BIN

Your “Jett” thief char­ac­ter Daisy “Jett” Kowal­ski seems to en­com­pass ev­ery­thing you have done in your ca­reer, from glamor to ac­tion. Do you view her that way?

She’s a com­bi­na­tion of things I have seen and was in­flu­enced by, and Se­bas­tian (Gu­tier­rez, the show’s writer-di­rec­tor and Gug­ino’s sig­nif­i­cant other) as well ... Lee Marvin in “Point Blank,” or Toshiro Mi­fune films, much more of what you’ve been used to see­ing male ac­tors play.

She’s a pro­fes­sional who loves what she does, and she’s not Robin Hood. And this is the first time in her life that she’s not pulling the strings, and I think that is a very un­usual sit­u­a­tion for her.

Gian­carlo Es­pos­ito is an es­timable costar of “Jett.” What can you say about work­ing with him?

Jett’s re­la­tion­ship with his char­ac­ter Char­lie is in­ter­est­ing. They have worked to­gether, they are lovers, and he is kind of a fa­ther fig­ure – so there’s this com­bi­na­tion of com­pli­cated is­sues. She’s smart enough to know that you prob­a­bly should never take the prover­bial “last job,” but at the same time, she re­ally is in an un­usual cir­cum­stance. She has a daugh­ter to pro­tect, even if she doesn’t quite know how to be a mother.

The “Jett” cast also in­cludes act­ing spouses who are close friends of yours, Rya Kihlst­edt and Gil Bel­lows. How is that for you?

Ob­vi­ously, I’ve been do­ing this for a very long time – and when you have some­thing you’re in­volved with from the be­gin­ning, and you can cre­ate as much of the en­vi­ron­ment on set that you’re able to, one of the great boons is to be able to cast amaz­ing ac­tors you’ve known for a long time ... and who share a sim­i­lar pas­sion and work ethic. So yeah, it’s a re­ally spe­cial treat.

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