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Law & Order: SVU Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

Sterling Beaumon

This is a transcript of an interview with Guest Star Sterling Beaumon and Co-Executive Producer Dan Truly on May 5, 2011 about the show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Question:
What was it about this character that made you want to play him?

Sterling Beaumon:
I'd been told that he was definitely going to be a totally creep and it's different than just an average kid with his fun. I've never really played a drunk kid before, which was really an interesting twist on the fact that not only is he presumed to be a killer and a rapist, but he's also having a lot of problems with alcoholism, which is different and fun.

Question:
What was the most challenging part of playing this character?

Sterling Beaumon:
A challenging part of playing this character also was one of the parts that I really enjoyed the most - trying to find a happy medium between being too drunk and being just right or being not drunk enough. And also there is a scene at the very end where he's just breaking down because he figures out that his whole life has just been kind of messed because of an event that happened early in his childhood. And he just breaks down and just bawls his eyes out. And I think that scene was, it took a lot of focus and a lot of time. And thank God for the amazing director, Holly Dale. She really helped me through and really got the best performance out of me.

Dan Truly:
I can actually confirm that he pulled this off quite well. I mean, obviously on SVU we do a lot of twists and turns. And most of them are sort of plot things that happen. But his character in Delinquent is really has to undergo a number of changes that the audience has to feel different ways about him. And he pulled it off every step of the way. It was really quite amazing, you will love him and hate him in this episode.

A lot of times you get actors to do one or the other, and as an audience member to battle your own feelings about what has already been given to the audience by this character. And then he gives you something else and suddenly you're conflicted about how you feel about him. That's why he was perfect for the role.

Question:
What has been the best part about playing the character and working on the SVU set for you?

Sterling Beaumon:
One of the best parts was working in fabulous New York City. And also the cast and the crew were also welcoming into their own tight family. And when they have guest stars they welcome this person in. And they were very welcoming and I really enjoyed my time with them. Also Rita Wilson, who is amazing, played my mother in this episode. She was just so awesome and so sweet and just helped me out like, and gave some tips on stuff. Like, "Oh, why don't you try like this," or something. And you know, really I think it made my performance better.

Question:
Was it intimidating at all to come into such an established set like SVU?

Sterling Beaumon:
Not too intimidating. I'm actually really good about not having too many nerves or anything about that. And also, I fortunately have had the experience of going into amazing great sets with a lot of great people. So it wasn't too intimidating. But you know, every time you go into a new set you do want to your best. So I was definitely trying my hardest.

Question:
Were you an SVU fan before? And can you tell me a little bit about your scenes that you did on set?

Sterling Beaumon:
I never watched SVU religiously. But I had seen quite a few episodes and I did enjoy the episode that I saw. But I wouldn't call myself a huge fan because I didn't watch it every single week. But the ones that I did see I really did enjoy. And I definitely thought that they had a lot of really great stories and great plots. And the creepiest part about it, from what I've found out, is that almost every single story on there is real and has actually happened.

And in terms of the scenes that I did on set, they went from being in the police station to being in a courtroom, to being on the task courtroom steps to being in a skuzzy little rundown apartment sort of thing, and then being in a high class apartment. And it's really just a wide variety of places that we filmed at. And also a wide variety of emotions, anywhere from being completely wasted to being a smartass.

Dan Truly:
And at one point he's covered in blood. So it really runs the whole gamut. What he said is correct, "On SVU we try not to just make things up out of whole cloth." And the inspiration for this episode was kind of some psychology about how people who commit sex crimes are built psychologically; the things that happened to them that make them do the actions that they end up doing.

And that what was so terrific about this, is that usually a lot times when we have young people on the set doing characters they're usually the kids of the perp, or tragically they're victims. But his character is so in charge of everything and gives back to Rita Wilson who plays his mother. He gives it back to Stabler and Benson. In a way he's as evolved a perpetrator as any of the adult characters that have been on the show, which is sort of unnerving to watch, the kind of predatory confidence that he has. But like I said, this story then turns into other places and he reveals other aspects of this psychology in this sort of effortless performance that is really something to watch.

Sterling Beaumon:
He also has a few altercations with Chris Meloni's character and he really, his character, he's not afraid of too much. And he knows that he controls the situation that he's in. Nobody tells him what to do. Nobody makes him do stuff. He does what he wants to do.

Dan Truly:
Which is really great for a character like Stable because Chris Meloni plays Stabler with this sort of silver-back kind of dominant personality sense. And he doesn't quite know what to do with this kid who is really in his face and kind of accusing him of things. It really brought the best out of the Chris, because you see this real frustration. In a way he knows this is a young person, so he shouldn't let his buttons be pushed, but he can't help it because his character is being manipulated by this kid.

Question:
How it was working with Chris and Mariska on set?

Sterling Beaumon:
Chris and Mariska were fabulous. Like I also mentioned, they were very welcoming because you know, it's pretty much their set, and the crew's set, and they were very welcoming about having a guest come in. And they were also very fun and they shared some awesome stories about some of the crazy stuff that they've done on set. And they're very, just very open about running lines. And just they were very - they're amazing, amazing actors. And just, I was honored to work with them.

Question:
What about any upcoming projects you have yourself?

Sterling Beaumon:
I have a few projects that have some possibilities of going. And the one for sure right now is I'm working on a lot of music because music's always been a passion of mine. And fortunately because of being in film and television I've been able to pursue that and gotten some notoriety for it, which is awesome. I have a new single coming out. Hopefully it'll be out before the episode.

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