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Graceland - Tom Schanley Interview - Questions Needed

28 Jun 2015

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SpoilerTV has been given the exclusive opportunity to interview veteran actor Tom Schanley regarding his upcoming recurring role on Season 3 of USA's Graceland as Trooper Cash Windgate. He will be making his debut on the July 9th episode and given his esteemed resume as a great character actor this should be a deviously fun character to watch.

Want to know more about Trooper Windgate? Well I'm here to please, so look below for an exciting character breakdown:

“A charismatic state trooper, Cash Windgate is straight out of "Cool Hand Luke," mirrored sunglasses and all. Smooth-talking, confident, charming, he appears to be on the up and up. However, he is actually corrupt and very dangerous.”

Well it sounds like he’s going to fit in nicely with the other “corrupt and very dangerous” characters that populate Graceland. I for one am curious to see how Trooper Windgate interacts with the team and who ends up on his radar.

If he looks familiar to you it’s because he’s been all over TV and movies for decades as his career has spanned genres and varying character types. He has built an esteemed career comprising of extraordinary variety and scope.

“Tom Schanley is an American actor best known for his roles as the drug dealer, Ricky on "Dexter," the self sacrificing Evan Abby on "Criminal Minds" as well as his memorable guest-star roles in “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Castle," "CSI:NY," "CSI: Miami," "Without a Trace" and many more.

He recently starred as Captain James McNabb in the upcoming western “Hot Bath An’ a Stiff Drink 2” (2016), with costars Robert Patrick, Alison Eastwood, and Frankie Muniz. He can also be seen as Evan Rachel Woods’ father in the romantic comedy “10 Things I Hate About Life”. No stranger to the other side of the law, Tom recently guest starred as the killer Hinze in“Hawaii Five-0”, a hit-man chasing down Mel Gibson and stolen money in "Get the Gringo" and an ICE officer in the Chris Weitz (Twilight Saga) Oscar buzz film "A Better Life."”

If you want to ask him anything leave your questions below in the comments or tweet me at @ahicks83 by next Tuesday, June 30th. At that point I will go through the questions and pick a select few to pose to him. This interview is an extraordinary opportunity to get some insight into the industry from a man who has experienced many facets of it. He is a wealth of information and with Graceland getting ready to premiere this week he can give us some insight into what to expect from Season 3.

Look for the full interview on July 10th, the day after we get to meet Trooper Windgate, and be sure to tune into Graceland which returns this Thursday, June 25th at 10pm on USA.

About the Author - Aimee Hicks
Aimee works for a local newspaper and has a BA in Broadcasting and Cinema. She has been a TV lover since before she really understood what TV was. She has a long list of shows that she loves to watch and can be found on twitter (@ahicks83) live tweeting about each new episode whenever she can. A list of her favorite shows includes (but is not limited to) the following: 12 Monkeys, Orphan Black, Outlander, Chasing Life, Scorpion, The 100, The Night Shift, Bitten, Black Sails, 2 Broke Girls, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Continuum, Lost Girl, Faking It, Falling Skies, Finding Carter, Once Upon A Time, Orange Is The New Black, Switched At Birth, The Fosters, The Flash, The Originals, Teen Wolf, Under The Dome, & Z Nation. The upcoming shows she is most excited about are: Supergirl, Dark Matter, UnReal, Blindspot, Lucifer, Legends of Tomorrow, Stitchers, Recovery Road, Shadowhunters, Quantico, Code Black, Heartbreaker, and Chicago Med. She has a large and passionate dislike of ""reality"" TV, espeically ""reality"" dating shows, but has a weakness for Americas Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance. But those two don't really count as ""reality"" shows, at least that's how she justifies those guilty pleasures. She was the original creator and co-founder of LOST Video Island ( which is still operting under the management of the very capable and skilled group she turned it over to.
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  1. Let me know what you want me to ask Tom and I'll incorporate as many of your questions as I can. This is a great opportunity to get insight from an acting master.

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  3. I normally cherish these opportunities to ask questions directly to actors, but this time..
    Checked out his imdb page and I have no notable memory of the few shows/movies I must have seen him in (I think I should remember the Dexter ep). :/

    That said, I'll try to wrangle out a few questions :P

    - Are going to be in the house, or will you only meet the others outside Graceland?
    - Which agency would you join if you could chose? FBI/DEA/ATF/US Marshals/ICE/CIA
    - Who was the most fun to work with on Graceland?

    - When guest starring on a tv show, do you watch any episodes of the show to get a better feeling of what you getting yourself into? And did you start watching any shows after you starred in them?
    - In which genre do you prefer to act vs which do you prefer to watch at home?
    - Who is your favourite actor you ever worked with?

  4. Great questions! I will do my best to make sure I ask at least one of your questions. Tom has done a lot of character work and he's quite a good actor. It's really surprising he's never booked a series regular role on a show. I'm glad he's got this recurring role coming up on Graceland. The character description seems like a perfect character for him.


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