Michael C. Hall: It’s One Killer Of A Job

Michael C. Hall

Looking back at your time when you were primarily working in theater — were you very happy? Or is it a crushing sense of insecurity financially?

I think from a financial standpoint, working on stage in New York is a sort of paycheck-to-paycheck kind of proposition at best. I certainly, when I started to do “Cabaret,” I had a more sizable paycheck and was able to start saving some money and paying off the student loans. But there were times doing plays off-off-Broadway and I looked forward to that ending from a financial standpoint and going on unemployment and making some real money.

When “Six Feet Under” ended, were you immediately then off to the next thing?

There was a bit of a gap, a gap I’d welcomed. It’d been five years. We all simulated our deaths onscreen. I think it felt like a death. Or at least a saying goodbye. And I must say, the last thing I thought I would do next was another television series.

How did “Dexter” come to you?

I got the pilot script from my agent at the time, and I knew that there was interest on the part of Showtime — Bob Greenblatt who was and is the head of original programming and was a producer on “Six Feet Under.”

You’re still shooting Season 3?

We’re halfway through the ninth of what will be 12 episodes. We’re shooting through October.

And then what do you do to celebrate?

You don’t go to work. No, I dunno. You catch your breath. Sleep late. Maybe take a trip. . . . It’s a tricky thing, because you’re saying goodbye to the season but not totally saying goodbye to the character, so you put it back in the oven, so it’ll simmer while you’re not thinking about it.

You’ve always kept a fairly low personal profile and now you are just reaching the point where you become a subject of gossip.

Mmm hmm.

Does that feel weird? Are you surprised?

Um, no, I mean I suppose it’s as far as the level of exposure and popularity the show has, those kind of dynamics would emerge. It’s not something I’m interested in indulging or courting.

So when you talk to Showtime or whomever, you’re like, “Ignore, ignore, ignore!”?

I don’t actually have any direct conversations with Showtime about that.

Don’t go get drunk at the Ivy or something.

Good idea.

Hmm. What else? What are you reading?

I just picked up an anthology of Philip Roth I’ve been reading. But — yeah, that’s what I’m reading right now. Along with the occasional script. Honestly at this point I’m pretty immersed in the “Dexter” freight train. I’ll come up for air when we’re done. Can I ask you a question? What is this article focusing on?

Oh, it’s straight Q&A format! It’s interesting that you say “coming up for air.” I get the sense that living in “Dexter” in midseason is stifling.

Well, yeah — to extend the metaphor, you do dive into the waters of the show. You’re pretty much swimming in them, it feels like one long day — in a way that I totally welcome and enjoy. … But right now I’m very much in the thick of it.

Cody Bennet – Preston Bailey

Cody Bennet Preston Bailey

Cody and Astor Bennett are the children of Paul and Rita Bennett.  Cody does not remember the abuse his mother suffered at the hands of his father and so, when Paul returns home from prison, he is overjoyed. During season two, Astor and Cody try to maintain their relationship with Dexter even though he broke up with their mother; Cody hides toys in his bag, forcing him to come to their home to return it, and asks Dexter to attend an oral report he makes in class. Dexter’s love for Cody and Astor helps convince Rita to rekindle their relationship. As Season 3 begins, Dexter’s relationship with the children has developed to such an extent that Cody asks him to be a speaker at his school for Parent’s Day.

Bailey was born in Portland, Oregon. He is the younger brother of Brennan Bailey, also an actor. He moved to California at the age of five. Bailey started acting in commercials at the age of two. Some national television commercials starring Bailey include Priceline.com, Clorox, Stouffer’s, Juicy Juice, BMW, Bissell, and Mucinex. He guest starred in his first role, Strong Medicine in 2005 as Dougie Nauls. He co-starred in NBC’s pilot Alpha Mom. He also starred in such television shows as Criminal Minds, How I Met Your Mother and Numb3rs. In 2007, he joined the cast of Showtime/CBS serial-killer drama Dexter starring in a recurring role as Rita Morgan’s son Cody Bennett/Morgan. He took over from Daniel Goldman from season one, playing the character in seasons two, three, four and five.

Astor Bennet – Christina Robinson

Astor Bennet Christina Robinson

Astor Bennett is Rita and Paul’s daughter. Dexter finds it hard to relate to a growing young lady, which results in some tension between the two. Christina has been an actress for some time despite her young age and has several movie and theater roles to her name, although “Dexter” is the only television show in which she has been credited. She has received two Young Artists Awards for Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actress in both 2008 and 2009. She has done theatre work and has starred in a McDonald’s TV commercial. She has a twin sister, Courtney Robinson, who is also an actress.

Joey Quinn – Desmond Harrington

Joey Quinn Desmond Harrington

Joseph Quinn is a detective who transferred to the Homicide division after being in narcotics. Quinn takes a liking to Debra Morgan, even giving her a C.I. to help with the Oscar Prado case. Quinn’s past is unknown and even called into question, as Debra is pressured by Internal Affairs agent Yuki Amado to gather evidence against him. Quinn got the Internal Affairs case dropped, and later confessed to Debra that the real source of the Internal Affairs investigation was from the death of a former partner of his and Yuki’s who had a crystal meth addiction. Quinn knew about the partner’s addiction but tried to offer private help instead of informing his superiors.

Desmond was born in Savannah, Georgia, but moved to his parents’ native Bronx, New York at age 3, where he attended Catholic schools. Desmond found trouble in and out of school throughout his formative years. After high school, he took jobs as a laborer, a landscaper, a cold caller at a brokerage firm, and finally a bartender in Manhattan, where a co-worker invited him to attend an acting class. That changed the course of his life. Over the years, Desmond has appeared in dramas and comedies alike, including LIFE IS HOT IN CRACKTOWN with Shannyn Sossamon and Brandon Routh, WRONG TURN with Eliza Dushku and Emmanuelle Chriqui, GHOST SHIP with Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies and Emily Browning, WE WERE SOLDIERS with Mel Gibson and Greg Kinnear, THREE WAY with Dominic Purcell and Joy Bryant, and RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS with Drew Barrymore and Steve Zahn.