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The moment HBO’s Perry Mason made actor Chris Chalk truly take notice

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Matthew Rhys (left) stars as Perry Mason and Chris Chalk (proper) performs Paul Drake within the HBO sequence Perry Mason.


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This story is part of I’m So Obsessed (subscribe here), our podcast featuring interviews with actors, artists, celebrities and creative types about their work, career and current obsessions.

Because the coronavirus pandemic canceled our journey plans, one escape many people discovered this previous summer season was the brand new Perry Mason series on HBO. Matthew Rhys, from the excellent show The Americans, stars because the titular protection lawyer together with actor Chris Chalk, who portrays detective Paul Drake. The onscreen chemistry between Rhys and Chalk is simply one of many issues that makes this Perry Mason reboot so compelling.

Chalk, who additionally performed Gary Cooper within the Aaron Sorkin series The Newsroom and Lucius Fox on the show Gotham, was a visitor on PJDM’s I’m So Obsessed podcast. He defined how initially he virtually did not audition for Perry Mason.

“I used to be like, ‘Oh, that is only a bunch of white folks,'” mentioned Chalk with amusing. “Then I noticed Paul Drake and I went, ‘Wait a second.’ They took Paul Drake, this traditional character performed by an older white male, and utterly invested in him being a younger black man within the ’30s.”

Perry Mason initially aired throughout the wave of world protests for Black Lives Matter and towards police brutality that passed off this summer season. The sequence displays what’s occurring in American society with out being heavy and arduous. Earlier than Perry Mason, Chalk starred as Yusuf Salaam in Ava DuVernay’s acclaimed four-part sequence When They See Us, primarily based on the true story about 5 Harlem teenagers falsely accused of a brutal assault in Central Park.

Throughout our interview, Chalk discusses DuVernay and dealing with folks like Sorkin, Steve McQueen and Katherine Bigelow. He additionally opens up about making his directorial debut with the function movie Farewell, which he additionally wrote, produced and starred in alongside together with his spouse, Okay.D. Chalk.

Take heed to my complete dialog with Chalk on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Season one in every of Perry Mason is available to stream on HBO Max. Additionally, you may subscribe to I’m So Obsessed on your favorite podcast app. In every episode, Connie Guglielmo or I meet up with an artist, actor or creator to study work, profession and present obsessions.

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Patrick Holland