Scandal season 2 continues on Thursday, February 7 with an episode called "Nobody Likes Babies." BuddyTV caught up with Guillermo Diaz on a set visit during last month's TCA 2013 and he talked to us about what it's like playing the mysterious Huck.
"It's more difficult for him now to move forward."
Huck has definitely had an interesting journey on the show, especially when it comes to his struggles between being the guy he wants to be now and the guy he used to be. About Huck's recent difficulties, Diaz said, "I think [Huck] took a few steps forward but now he's taken a few steps back. It's more difficult for him now to move forward."
Huck basically has an addition to violence, but he's working on it. Diaz said, "I think you can see it in Huck that he doesn't want to be this guy. He doesn't want to do this anymore, but he can't help doing it. It's like an alcoholic drinking or [a drug user] using drugs. And we've used that metaphor on the show, he's trying to get 'sober,' but it's difficult and that's a world he knows and there is some sort of alluring thing about that darkness for him and he's trying to stop it. I think you can see it on his face that he doesn't want to do it and he's sad about it and that's why people connect to him."
"I love that he's mysterious."
But Diaz loves playing Huck, even with all of his faults. "I love that he's mysterious, and he's mysterious to me, too. I don't know where he's going to go in the next few episodes and that's what makes it so exciting. Yes we ask Shonda, but she won't tell us." He said.
When asked if he had any inkling in the beginning that Huck would turn out to be the character he is today, Diaz said, "My audition monologue was [the scene] when Huck is torturing Charlie in the first season. But I was telling Quinn about me torturing people so it was me explaining to her that I had done that to someone. That was in the script, but we never shot it that way. So I kind of new who Huck was and where he came from and that he was very dark and tortured and all that. That's what I loved about the role; that it was so different than anything else I had auditioned for. I played a lot of thugs and bad guys and funny guys, and this guy was so complex."
"I've never felt so vulnerable."
Recently Huck through a very rough time when he was captured and tortured for information on the president's assassination. Diaz talked about what it was like filming those scenes. "I've never felt so vulnerable. I was completely naked during those scenes. I was in such a vulnerable position, but the good thing is that we did rehearse the scenes the day before, so that felt good. We rehearsed with the stunt guys and the director, so I felt comfortable with them. It was brutal. It was a tough, long, long day but so worth it. I'm so happy with the final product." He revealed.
What's coming up next? Well, it looks like we're going to be learning even more about Huck and the other characters. "We are going to do a few more flashback scenes and you learn so much in the flashbacks. It's so exciting, I'm excited for people to see what's coming. And the stuff in the new few episodes that we've shot already is mind-blowing, like with characters that you don't expect." Diaz teased.
What do you think now that you've heard more from the man who plays Huck? Have you been enjoying his journey so far on Scandal? Are you looking forward to seeing what else is going to happen to him this season?
Stay tuned this week for more interviews from the set with Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, and Bellamy Young. And don't forget to watch new episodes of Scandal, airing on Thursdays 10/pm on ABC.
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