USA’s newest original series Colony has become a hit, in part thanks to the underrated performance of Tory Kittles as the tough yet layered Resistance fighter Broussard. Ahead of Thursday’s all-new episode which is actually named after his character, LA Fan Cultures Examiner conducted an interview with Tory to talk about how Broussard has come together so far in the first season.
“It was not like anything that I had ever read before,” he said of Colony‘s appeal. “It was nothing I’d ever done before, and the world was so expansive and huge and vast but yet it still remained intimate. At the core it was a family drama, and it had elements of espionage and elements of being a thriller and elements of being an action film. All these things going for it was the reason that I wanted to be involved. Couple that with [series reators] Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, and those are good reasons to me.”
Though the last time we saw him on a series was also one with a supernatural element – BBC America’s sci-fi adaptation Intruders – Tory explained that they don’t have much in common. “This was totally different,” he said, “and I think in between Intruders and Colony I also did Bessie [the award-winning HBO film in which he co-starred as Clarence Smith], so I had gotten away from Intruders and went into the 1920’s, because Bessie was a period piece.”
“My first impression of Colony was it stood on it’s own and had nothing to do with anything else,” he continued. “The script really sucked me in and it was great writing, great characters – smart characters, complex characters. Broussard was the most complex guy that I’ve ever had the opportunity to dig into character-wise.
“He was this guy that had this huge heart but he was playing his cards close to his vest. He was obviously intelligent, he had elements of being experienced in espionage and gathering intelligence, so he had all these [aspects] that made up his character, but he was still just a human being fighting for what he believed in.”
Thursday’s seventh episode is called “Broussard” so it goes without saying that it will provide valuable information about the show’s most ambiguous character. “You’ll get a lot of him and a lot of the reasons why he’s doing the things he’s doing,” Tory told us. “You’ll find out some things that you’ve been wanting to know about him.”
We’ll likely learn more when Colony returns for its second season, but he’s content to let that happen organically. “I don’t know what they’re going to write,” he continued. “It’s like the scripts come, you’re prepared and you’re sort of at the mercy of Carlton and Ryan. We don’t know before what it’s going to be, so I’ll get the script and see where the character goes. I’m excited to see what they do with it.”
“I’m just proud to be part of a incredible cast,” he added. “We can all be proud of the way the work is up on the screen and the way the fans are responding to it. You just go in and hope that the response will be positive, and it has been. That’s been pretty great.”
With everything the character has been through and is going through, what does he think would ultimately be Broussard’s happy ending?
“I think in an immediate way, ending the occupation would make him happy because that’s his primary objective,” Tory told us. “That’s why he’s rallying the troops and gotten Katie on his side, so that’s the primary goal and I think he finds some joy in that. I don’t know if that would be complete happiness for him, but I definitely think he’d find joy and accomplishment in ending that.”
As for Tory himself, he’s accomplished plenty in his career and there’s no shortage of other roles that Colony fans can appreciate. “I’ve been on a few shows,” he said. “Sons of Anarchy was a big hit and I played a character, Laroy Wayne, who was the leader of the One-Niners gang. I get recognized for that. I get recognized for Bessie. Other than that, I tend to stay in the moment; I don’t normally think back on what I’ve done.”
You can’t blame him for doing so, as he’s gotten better with every performance. Broussard is Tory’s most dynamic character, and he’s shown an even wider range of talent as he portrays one-part butt-kicking rebel soldier, one-part genuine human being dealing with the reality of life under occupation. In a show with a strong cast, he’s easily the most underrated player, and has made a statement that we should have our eyes on him for years to come.
Colony airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on USA.