I felt like this show would be in my wheelhouse, between the sort of stories we told on "The X-Files," "Angel" and "Alias." You have weird things happening, you've got a spy show, and you've got emotional storytelling. I was excited that they asked me come play.
Yeah. There wasn't a script. Joss and Jed and Maurissa called me. I knew Joss before then, and I worked with Jed and Maurissa on "Spartacus." As they were getting ready to take it to ABC, I guess my name came up on both sides.
Joss, Jed and Maurissa created the show. The one thing that they had before I came on were those characters. They had a clear sense of who all those people were. I came on, and was able to help shape the pilot some, and contribute in that way, but who the people were -- the engine behind who they were and how they would interact -- those guys knew pretty early on, which was cool.
I read comics all the time as a kid, and then stopped in college, and started again as an adult. When I was on "Angel," everybody was so deeply into it, that also gave me a chance to catch up -- "What did I miss since 'Watchmen'?" There was a lot of great stuff to discover; I think "The Ultimates" was fantastic, and I like a lot of non-superhero books, too.
I think what made it easy was that Joss brought a really fun, emotional life to the Marvel characters in "The Avengers." If you took a Venn diagram of Marvel over here, and ABC over here, and you overlap them, that overlapping area is what Joss does really well. There are relationships, there's humor, and there's character, and there's also lots of cool and scale, and the stuff the Marvel fans love. I think he brought both of those together in a great way, and Jed and Maurissa were there to sort of run with that.