ABC’s drama, Quantico is in its first season and already has audiences on the edge of their seats. Lenny Platt, (Drew Perales) who plats alongside Priyanka Chopra talks to me about his character and what we can expect next. Not forgetting his work with a theatre company called BBQ Films, he fonldy relates his enjoyment working with them.
What’s it like to work with Priyanka Chopra (Alex Parrish)?
I’m really lucky to be on a show with someone like Priyanka, she’s so experienced, she’s been doing this for a long time. She’s a confident professional, she brings a lot of ideas, she’s humble and really easy to work with so it was something I did not take for granted going to my job because the nature of my character and the storyline. It’s really great to work with her. I’m learning a lot from her.
Quantico also has an element of terrorism, how do you think it resonates today?
There’s a huge gravity to it, and while our show may not be the most realistic show, there is heightened dramatic element to our show. A lot of the issues are very real, there’s a lot of gravity to what we’re doing, all the stuff that is happening it is important, and I think our show does this in a very well thought out way, just do a commentary on the world, and we are a form of entertainment. A great example in last week’s episode was when Raina is in the house with Miranda and Charlie and this terrorist is in the house with them, and there’s a conversation about Islam, and Raina is a devout Muslim, and this person who has entered the house is an extremist, and the have some really pointed conversation about religion, and what religion is Raina, versus this person that’s committing this horrible act. Our show is not trying to be being realistic terrorism and dealing with the FBI, but we have these kinds of moments on the show and this scene was really moving to me as a citizen of the world. I am not Muslim American, but I imagine this is a topic that means a lot to Muslim Americans in the country today, so I’m proud to be on a show that comments on that.
How would you write the next part of the season?
I wouldn’t do anything different. We are filming one of the last episodes of the season, and I can tell you that’s it’s full of drama, action, intrigue and romance. It is a beautiful crazy, rollercoaster that the audience will be in store for. It’s impressive what the Quantico writers have done, it all wraps up nicely and I think the clues are always there about who the terrorist was.
In Quantico, your character (Drew Perales) butts heads a lot with Alex Parrish, played by Priyanka Chopra. How do you think you, Lenny Platt, would react towards her, what would your relationship be like?
That’s an interesting question so let me think about it for a minute….I think she is a competitive person, and I’m pretty competitive myself I really identify people who are competitive in nature. I played sports my whole life, I was doing karate and I played football for eight years so competition is important. But you know, she drinks whiskey, I think we also share that in common, she’s a whiskey person and I can respect that. But she’s a little too inquisitive, she’ll get into other people’s business. I would need her to get out of my business..(laughs)…I like my space, my privacy, but I think what is funny about that is for Drew, he’s very interested in her, very attracted to her, and I think he likes the fact she has shown this interest in him. So he is therefore open to it, which may or may not have trouble for both of them later. (Laughs)
Any other projects you have in the works?
I have a private part in an immersive theatre company called BBQ Films, which is a group of volunteers that…we screen a film, an iconic film like Back To The Future, or Beetlejuice, inside of a venue that feels like a set from the movie, and we have actors in costume who play the roles from the film. And the audience also in turn comes dressed in character, and we have live music, food and drink, props, to immerse the audience in the very film that they’re there to view. Basically it’s interactive movie, our tagline is: we put you inside your favorite film. I’ve been involved with them for three years and it’s been life changing. We’re really trying to give people a reason to go back in the theatre, we live in age of Netflix and Hulu, On Demand screening, where people don’t really have a reason to leave their house and experience a film with a group of strangers and there’s something magical to that. It’s why we go to the movies. Basically it’s a play, a movie and a concert all in one.
Catch Lenny Platt on ABC’s Quantico, Sundays at 10|9c.