Taylor Kitsch, who plays bad boy Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights, spoke to BuddyTV about the new developments with his character. Excerpts below...
BuddyTV: First, why don't you start by telling us about your character?
Taylor Kitsch: Oh, where do I start, that's the thing. He's this kid who deals with alcoholism. There's lack of a family. His brother has kind of turned his back on him this season. He's just a kid that's been jaded and he's lacking a sense of purpose. All these things that have happened in his life have kind of impeded the growth or his decision making. And the repercussions, he's still just not understanding them. So, it's a really fun character.
BuddyTV: Right. So you know he is kind of the "bad boy" on the show. Are we going to get to see him grow up and mature a little this season?
Taylor Kitsch: Absolutely. I think even in episodes three to seven, Tim Riggins goes to Mexico with Jason Street and he's just trying to do the right thing, you know? And again, he's learning probably slower than normal just because of the trust factor and everything that impedes it. But slowly but surely, he's trying.
BuddyTV: Let's talk about the show in general. It almost didn't get a 2nd season and so once it was renewed, did the writers and producers decide to change the tone to attract more viewers?
Taylor Kitsch: I don't know. I think we all kind of stuck to our guns. If anything, we're more intense and we can do darker stuff because we are on Friday nights. So I think it's evolved for the better. The stories are great, and soon they're going to intertwine, which in my opinion is the best part of this show.
BuddyTV: One of the notable storylines is Landry and Tyra's that we saw at the beginning of the year. Do you think the writers are being true to the characters?
Taylor Kitsch: Absolutely. I was talking to Jesse Plemons who plays Landry, because everyone one was like, "Man, does this actually happen?" It happened weeks before they actually shot it. So we're staying very true to these characters and I'm sure they'll tell you the same. Even the things that are happening with Riggs and his family and everything else ... it happens, you know? And I think that's why people can connect so closely with these characters.
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