Pirates have taken over NBC's airwaves with the premiere of Crossbones, the new high-seas adventure with an impressive creative team and a cast led by John Malkovich. English actor Henry Hereford has a recurring role as Frederick Nightingale, and we touched based with him last week to talk about how entertaining it is to play in a pirate's world.
"[It's] very cool. It's very exciting," he enthused. Why did he end up taking the plunge? "I think there were so many factors involved. I'm a massive fan of Luther, which is the TV show that Neil Cross wrote for the BBC [that] is done incredibly well, so to be in a project that was being created by him was amazing and I couldn't have been more excited about that.
"The first two episodes were directed by David Slade, he worked on Hannibal," he added. "And to get to work with Richard Coyle, who I've loved his work, and John Malkovich. It was a dream come true."
"I think I just enjoyed being in the world that Neil and the other incredibly talented people [co-creators James V. Hart and Amanda Welles] created," Henry continued. "Everything was built on the island, in the area that we were filming it. It was all beautifully made; the crew is just so talented. It felt like you were in that world. I think that's what people will get from watching it."
Having largely built his resume in his native United Kingdom, he's also looking forward to more exposure in front of an American TV audience. "I guess I'm quite a quirky actor," he commented. "It's a good chance for me to be seen in a world showing off a skill set that I feel [like] I will get cast again in that kind of project."
"Pretty much everything that I've done in the past two or three years has been amazing," Henry reflected. "I've worked on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which was another dream come true; I got to work with David Fincher. Then I worked on the Liz Taylor biopic [Liz & Dick] with Lindsay Lohan, which was a different experience but so much fun, and I got to play another great character."
His ultimate goal is to "Keep working in television. I love the television that's being created at the moment," he said. "You've got amazing writers and showrunners creating incredible stories...I'm a character actor and I think it's a great time for character actors."
What are some of his favorite programs? "At the moment I'm really enjoying watching all the television coming out of Scandinavia. The Bridge and The Killing and Borgen, I really enjoyed them," he told us. "The thing I'm enjoying the most is Fargo. I think it's such a great story [with] really inviting characters."
Now he's waiting to see if Crossbones will join an ever-expanding list of memorable TV series that capture the public's imagination. "I think the show is going to be one of the most exciting shows this year on TV," Henry said, "and I hope people watch it. "
Crossbones airs Fridays at 10 PM ET/PT on NBC. For more on Henry, you can follow him on Twitter (@MrHereford).