Michael Kelly Q&A: ‘House of Cards’
In a video chat with Gold Derby, he admitted, "I was kind of hoping you would have some insight for me. I don't know anything yet. Beau (Willimon) and that whole staff keep everything really tight to the chest."
Kelly plays Doug Stamper, the chief of staff to Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) on the Netflix drama. His character helped the former Majority Whip move swiftly into the Vice President's office and ultimately sworn in as President of the United States in the season finale.
In the second season finale, Stamper is hit over the head by a prostitute he has been hiding. The audience (and Kelly himself) are left to wonder for many months ahead if Stamper is dead or just knocked out.
The character has been fiercely loyal to Underwood for many years and also handles much of his underhanded and evil activities. On why he is so loyal, he added, "I think of Doug as that rock that's just there for him. That's his life. With a lot of alcoholics that I've known in my life, they tend to take that energy that they used for getting wasted and avoiding everything and channel it into one thing. So for Doug, he takes all that energy, every single bit of his being, and channels it into work."
Kelly is a veteran character actor seen often in films and television portraying the extremely good guys as well as the bad ones. Films in his career include "Unbreakable," "Changeling," "The Adjustment Bureau," "Now You See Me," and "Man of Steel." TV roles have been in "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," "The Shield," "The Sopranos," "Criminal Minds," "The Good Wife," and "Person of Interest."