As an actor, Michiel Huisman has had the opportunity to take on a variety of roles, from the fantasy drama of Game of Thrones to the romantic daydreams of The Age of Adeline to the horror of The Haunting of Hill House. But in the role of Alex Sokolov in The Flight Attendant – the HBO Max series produced by Kaley Cuoco as the flight attendant Cassie and starring – the Dutch actor gets one as a mysterious man in a terrible one-night stand Let new comedic muscle play wrong. Here he is talking about becoming the good hallucination that haunts Cassie.
DEADLINE: You’re almost like the Greek choir in The flight attendant – you challenge Kaley’s character and fill in the gaps for the audience. Was that what attracted you to the role?
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MICHAEL HAUSMANN: There were many things that attracted me to it. First off, I’d never done comedy before, so I’ve wanted to dip my toes in for a long time because I really enjoy watching comedy. And I also think that as an actor it’s just fun to work on lighter things, you see? And so this seemed like a great opportunity to do this, and do it to someone like Kaley who is really comfortable with the genre. But then I remember reading the first episode and thinking, “Wait, how am I … What’s going to happen here?” How in God’s name am I supposed to play a character who dies halfway through the first episode? ”Something strange and the surreal fact that he’s back after his death. But really, it’s not like he rose from the dead. It’s really in her head, and I really liked that. And I think when you say it’s like the Greek chorus, bizarrely, it’s a bit like Cassie is having a dialogue with herself, but that’s me, you know? So I thought this was insanely cool and would be a challenge for me to try and tackle.
DEADLINE: It’s not just any comedy either, it’s dark comedy and there is a need to hit that tone just right.
HUISMANN: Yes absolutely. And I think that was one of the biggest challenges in producing the show. I think this is such a big deal that I only play a small part. It’s really about writing, directing – you see? And I’m glad we made it.
DEADLINE: You have wanted to do comedy for a while – what did you learn from that experience?
HUISMANN: I think I learned a lot about feeling for rhythm. Maybe that’s also something that comes with the territory of doing something that’s a little bit more in the comedic world. You know, like I just have to open my senses a little more to the rhythm of a scene and the rhythm of a line. Especially at the beginning, I had the feeling that Kaley really understood that and knew how to control a scene. And I was like a hobble around, and hopefully it got a little better at some point. Because yes, characters on the show probably speak up a little more. They’re thinking out loud in The Flight Attendant, and a lot of the things I worked on before the characters took it in. And that took a little adjustment in my opinion.
DEADLINE: Viewers are really busy trying to figure out what happened to Cassie that night – how are we going to watch this now in season two after the mystery is solved?
HUISMANN: I can’t really comment on that, but I also think I represent part of Cassie’s trauma. And in the course of this first season she has to or tries to come to terms with this trauma. And I think Season 2 is going to be a bit different from that, and it’s going to be a new adventure without wanting to spoil anything.
DEADLINE: That’s what makes it such a standout series – it’s more than a thriller; it is the bigger story of Cassie’s own life.
HUISMANN: Yes. And that’s a really big story and a pretty tough story. So that goes back to what you mentioned earlier, the tone of the show, that was also a challenge that would make it easy and fun for me, but dealing with such heavy subjects you know? And my killing is nowhere near the hardest.
DEADLINE: So, will you or the hallucination of yours be back for season two?
HUISMANN: They want me to be incredibly vague about this. I respect that these writers want to keep it nice and vague and then try to surprise their audience.
DEADLINE: Production was interrupted by the pandemic. So what was it like getting back on set to finish filming?
HUISMANN: When we got back to finish the last three episodes it must have been around September last year, and the only time we could pretend things were relatively normal was when the cameras were rolling because then they could Kaley and I take it off our face mask and be within six feet. So it was strange. You would forget all of this. And then after the camera stopped rolling you looked over and then you saw, “Oh, we’re still in a pandemic. Everyone wears an awful lot of PPE. ”It was a bit surreal. This is so funny. So Kaley, she’s a tennis player, she used to play tennis as a kid and she’s very good at sports and stuff and a fanatic, she wants to win. And me too. And I love table tennis. So I talked to her about ping pong a few times and she said, “I’m going to hit you. Let’s play. I’m going to beat you. “And I said,” Dude, I’m taking classes. You know, I’m going to some place where I have classes and all that. You are not going to win. “So I brought my teacher for her birthday. He came to our studio in Brooklyn and gave her a lesson and we had a ping pong table set up so we just played our lines playing between scenes and then of course one day she said, “Let’s play a game.” am like, “Really? Come on. We should just keep it nice and friendly.” And I really also thought, “You know, I’m going to hit her like, ‘You’re good, but you’re not ready yet.” “Before I knew it, it is 8-5 for her. I concentrate a little more, tense up and make the rookie mistake to make her win. And she puts down a paddle and says, “Done. I’m done. We won’t play again . ” And I keep bugging her for playing again. Then the pandemic hit. After the pandemic, we were no longer allowed to use the table tennis table. Do you know what she gave me as a wrap present? She bought me a really nice whiskey decanter from Tiffany. Nice. And she had it engraved. It says, “Do you remember when I hit you at ping pong? With love, Kaley. “
DEADLINE: Oh man, you’ll never live that.
HUISMAN: Yes. I have to live with that forever. She also posted it on her social media that she won. So I get text messages from friends like, “What happened?” She will never want to play with me again.