Paulo Costanzo is Evan Lawson in the new USA Network original series ROYAL PAINS, which premieres on Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 10/9c, immediately following the hit series BURN NOTICE (at its new time, 9/8c). Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Paulo to chat about his new show and it was one of the wildest rides I’ve been on in a very long time! Thank you Paulo for making this interview one to remember!
EclipseMagazine: Tell us about your character.
Paulo Costanzo: I play Evan Lawson, who is an accountant, who’s a very colorful, kind of a charming, charismatic, adventurous, slightly over the top brother to Hank Lawson, who kind of likes to take life by the horns. And he’s very opportunistic, but with a good heart. And manages to stick his foot in his mouth most of his life, but somehow also manages to stumble upon success throughout the course of the show.
EM: Jeez! Well, you say he’s over the top, and you clearly get a lot of chances to kind of have really big facial reactions and really big movements. So, like, you have to make sure that you don’t make it—
PC: I like to think of it as just good acting. We don’t say “facial expressions,” we don’t say, because you get to pretend like you’re entertaining. Go on.
EM: No, I just— like, do you have to make sure that you don’t take it too far that the character becomes obnoxious or unreal?
PC: I mean, the beauty of this show, I mean, you would say, like, the tone of it is not— we don’t really get too serious a lot of the time. I mean, enough to actually, like, you know, make it have real stakes and whatnot. Especially in a medical show, you have to, like, you know, really be afraid that someone’s going to die and whatnot. But specifically my character gets more of the physical comedy and more of, like, the comic relief, as it were. But yeah, I try not to actually, like, scream my lines and, like, do somersaults and cartwheels in the middle of things.
EM: That’s for next season.
PC: Yeah, that’s next.
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