During our recent webcam chat (watch below) Liev Schreiber admits his title character on “Ray Donovan” is “in a pretty bad place. I guess he started in a bad place.” As he explains, “things have really sort of fallen apart at home. That’s the saving grace of Ray in the first season is that he had his family to back him up. I think that at the end of two (second season), those resources may no longer be available to him.”
Donovan is a Boston native who moves to Los Angeles to work as a “fixer,” handling problems of the rich and famous that nobody else wants to handle. In the sophomore season’s final episodes, he has been preparing his family that he will be arrested and then a murder forces him against several enemies.
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Schreiber was nominated at the Golden Globes last year as was his co-star Jon Voight, who plays his ex-con father Mickey Donovan. Voight won the Best Supporting Actor race and Schreiber admits he was “pretty emotional. I didn’t expect it to be, but I was very happy for Jon. He deserved it. He comes to work every day and has a tremendous attitude. One of the things I love the most about Jon, aside from his incredible talent, is his enthusiasm and his good spirit.”
In addition to the strained relationship with his father, Ray Donovan also has children of his own. That was an appeal to do the series for Schreiber. “That’s one of the first things that grabbed my attention about the show was, I guess being a new father myself, that it explored some of those ideas about fatherhood and contemporary masculinity.”
Schreiber was a Globe and Emmy nominee for portraying the legendary Orson Welles in “RKO 281” (1999). He won a Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play in 2005 for the revival of David Mamet‘s “Glengarry Glen Ross.”