During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), Jonathan Tucker describes “Kingdom” as a “visceral, deep dive into family and relationships and addiction” as well as an exploration of “why people fight, what they’re actually fighting for.” This Audience Network series for DirecTV centers on Alvy Kulina (Frank Grillo), a mixed martial arts trainer who juggles running his gym with keeping his family together. Tucker plays Alvy’s son, Jay, the perennial black sheep who struggles to restart his fighting career while battling drug and alcohol addiction. Kiele Sanchez, Matt Lauria, Nick Jonas, and Joanna Going round out the ensemble.
“The show, in many ways, uses fighting as a conduit for the drama,” Tucker divulges, “but really, the drama is about discovering who you really are, and how comfortable you can be in your own shoes.” Everything for Jay, “is about self-discovery, and oftentimes self discovery is uncomfortable. So you put yourself into that authentic space, and for somebody like Jay, who’s an addict” and, “has a hard time being vulnerable, when he finds himself in a place of truth, it hurts.”
Tucker has had prominent guest roles in “Parenthood,” “Hannibal,” and “Justified,” and acted in the films “In the Valley of Elah” and “The Next Three Days.” He recently appeared in Starz’s “American Gods,” playing “Low Key” Lyesmith in the pilot. Check out our full interview above for more about his work on “Kingdom,” which premiered its third and final season on May 31.
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