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Jay Hernandez is the latest film actor to join the migration to television. In his new show, Six Degrees, premiering Sept 21 on ABC, Hernandez plays a young lawyer who becomes infatuated with a mystery girl (Erika Christensen). Both of their lives intertwine with four other leads, showing how people are only six degrees of separation apart.
Hernandez Talks Six Degrees
The chance to play an adult with a job gave Hernandez a chance to grow up more than film has allowed. “That was one thing that was intriguing about it, the fact that I got to be in a courthouse,” he said. “It was exciting. The first episode had a couple scenes in the courthouse. To walk in there and to talk to council and to have clients, that whole experience which I’m definitely going to be doing more stuff in the courtroom, it’s exciting to me. It’s something that I’ve never done and it just feels good as an actor to be in there and experience that.”
Hernandez got to spend time with real lawyers to perfect his work. “I actually went down to the courthouse, sat in on a session and just watched proceedings. I tried to get a handle of what these people do on a daily basis, the comfort level, just the way they approach it, just little aspects so I was able to do that for my character which is great because not everybody has the luxury of saying, ‘All right, this is a real big part of my life.’ Like Erika is such a mystery, so I did have that luxury of being able to go there and talk to public defenders and understand what they do.”
The character, Carlos Green, was not originally written as a Latino. The writers adapted that when Hernandez got the role. “It was after I came. I became Carlos Green. It wasn’t really specified. They had an open mind and it’s not really explained as of yet what my ethnicity is. I don't know if it’s important. A city like New York is so diverse that you expect a little range in terms of ethnicity. He’s a New Yorker.”
So with a series commitment on his plate, does that rule out Hostel 2? “I’m going to be doing it. There’s definitely a scheduling issue but we’re going to try to get around that. The great thing about the show is there’s potential for having little blocks of time available to do small projects. Jump in, do some work, go away, come back depending on the situation. So it’s definitely going to be tough but those are my intentions. It would probably demand a lot from but we actually shot Hostel in a pretty short amount of time, so I don't know. I haven’t read the script so I don't know how much work it’s going to be.”
See more of Jay Hernandez when Six Degrees premieres.