Shawn Wayne Hatosy is an American film and television actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the films The Faculty, Outside Providence, Anywhere but Here, 11:14, The Cooler, and Alpha Dog.
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Hello Reddit! I am actor Shawn Hatosy AKA Andrew ‘Pope’ Cody on TNT’s new show Animal Kingdom. I also played Sammy Bryant on Southland. Ask me anything!
The abrupt ending of Southland still haunts me. What was it like walking away from such intense characters?
we will be back
I just binge-watched the first three episodes and so far I'm really enjoying the show, but it seems to be lacking any likeable or redeeming characters. Without posting any spoilers, can you tell me if there's ever going to be a decent protagonist?
To me decent doesn't mean likable... the audience will root for these flawed characters because they are loyal to each other as a family --
Who is Pope's favorite brother?
I'm gonna say Deran
Workout regimen while working on Animal Kingdom? How many more butt scenes?
There will be more.
Is there a part of you that's really as unhinged as Pope? Or are you just that good at acting?
No I'm normal. And yes Im a great actor.
You seem like the nicest guy on the planet. How is it getting to play a character so different from yourself?
Pope is my favorite character of all time. he's unpredictable and can get away with anything. I LOVE doing this job. it's a joy to be able to find so many colors in each episode. he's never boring --
Will we get a peak as to why Pope seems to be so "different" than the rest? Everyone in the family has some secrets, but it really seems that Pope is so much more eerie, so much more shady than the rest.
Yes, the story unfolds revealing family history and how much Smurf really ruined him
Do you have any pets? Tell us about the.
No but I have children...
How far into SouthLAnd did Ben McKenzie start taking hair care tips from you?
Serious question: When did you decide that you wanted to be an actor? How did the family take it?
Ben has had the same hair for a decade. he's run out of options. I started acting at 12 and my folks were cool with it
I've watched the first three episodes and think that Pope is clearly a little out there. What sort of process do you go through to put yourself into this type of character?
I just embraced it and have to be open to anything. taking risks is important to succeeding with this character. its also important to find his emotional center... eventually people will be sympathetic to pope i think
What are you currently watching on TV?
Animal Kingdom. GoT. Bloodline
Hey how's it going?
You were great in Southland. I'm really enjoying Animal Kingdom. Keep up the great work man.
What was your favorite experience from Southland?
thank you! We were a tight cast and still are... that's what sticks with me the most. the performances were killer
Any fun stories from the set of Animal Kingdom? It seems like so many guys hanging out there should be some crazy stories or pranks being pulled. :-) Also, what's it like working with Ellen Barkin? She's so bad ass on the show, is she all smiles otherwise?
We laugh a lot for sure. it's great having Scott around because he's the oldest and gives great wise advice. Ellen is unique and filled with a treasure chest of acting stories. she also is tireless in her approach to smurf
I heard you talk about it a little on Kevin and Bean a couple weeks ago but how different is it to film in Oceanside compared to Los Angeles? We were out there right before Mother's day and I'm pretty sure you guys were there as well.
We filmed in Oceanside 3 times and its a welcome vacation in the midst of hectic schedule. I love it there--
Do you think Pope is misunderstood and is a good guy at heart?
pope feels like life is unfair(because of his illness) but he doesn't go around feeling sorry for himself. he hates to be managed and just wants to be treated like everyone else. But he needs to be managed.
Loved your work on SouthLAnd. I like that you get a chance to play a darker character on Animal Kingdom. Any chance we'll see some redeeming qualities in Pope or are we on just the start of a very dark path?
I think Pope is the emotional center of the show. He is the glue of the family but darkness is ahead for the Cody's for sure and Pope is at the center of that.
Are you secretly a psychopath in real life or are you just that good at being scary as hell?
I AM A GREAT ACTOR HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU!!!
I love AK...and I loved Southland! I also remember you as Owen from Felicity haha! Pope reminds me of "Danny" from Bloodline in some ways. ...Do you worry about ratings? I get so frustrated when people don't watch good shows!
Thank you. Ben Mendelsohn is a phenomenal actor and played the original Pope in the movie AK. I think the ratings are exceeding expectations. you can't look at the reported #s as a measure anymore. TNT is over the moon with the response by the fans.
What is the most redeeming quality that you see in Pope?
He's fiercely loyal
Hello, Shawn! I am a big fan of you and Animal Kingdom! Will there be a season two??
yes nothing official yet but you can count on it
I recently introduced my girlfriend to SouthLAnd, and I think she's really getting into it. We both love your character in the show, and think you do a phenomenal job portraying Sammy. Once we finish it, we're going to have to jump into Animal Kingdom.
Would you be able to share any stories from SouthLAnd of C. Thomas Howell or Michael Cudlitz? They're our two other favorite individuals on that cast.
NO. Watch animal Kingdom now. Things are going to happen that you will hear about and you need to be caught up. Now, go watch. Sammy says to do it.
I'm a huge fan of Southland. I actually use to work at whole foods market in Pasadena and made you a sandwich one time as well as Scott Speed man who often visited wfs! Will you guys ever revisit Southland to give us fans a proper ending?! Great job on animal kingdom loving every episode so far!
Thank you I love sandwiches my goal is to have a sandwich named after me... Yes, I believe Southland isn't done yet...
I am loving Animal Kingdom right now. I hope to see more scenes with you and J like in episode 3.
My question is how do you think J is going to develop? Would you like to see him get fully in to the nitty gritty criminal side of the family or pull away from it and try to live a normal life?
Thanks if you answer!
Tune in tonight! Pope and j have a very real moment and conversation
Can you tell us about Medicine Men?
Its an indie I did that seems to be stuck maybe they lost their money I don't know
When I was in middle school, my friends and I saw The Faculty like 12 times in the theater. They all wanted to see Josh Hartnett but I went for you. On a scale of 1-10 how creepy is that?
PS- you're awesome on Animal Kingdom.
The vast majority of people usually respond to the hot "deep" guy it's nothing new there. I've seen it before and I'm seeing it now. Thanks for the pity fandom. lol
There's a lot of tension between J and Pope, how is it between you and Finn off camera?
he worships me
I loved the show so much that I created a subreddit for the show :) /r/animalkingdom
Was there any incest happening between Pope and his sister?
Any chance you can reveal why the P B J triangle is on Pope's old bedframe?
Great question. we explore this tonight! Pope, Baz, Julia
If you could have any other job, what would you choose?
Professional tennis player
Ever since I saw you in The Faculty I had a huge crush on you. I just thought you should know.
And since I have to ask a question, how's the weather where you are?
I'm not an alien I'm discontent. Thank you -- it's hot today in LA
Has anyone run away from you in public yet because they're scared of Pope?
My wife runs away from me and I'm not sure why. Thoughts?
I loved you in Southland & honestly you are the only reason I started watching animal kingdom. Will you be in fear the walking dead again? I didn't watch that show but then I found out you were on it, so....
My character is likely a walker
Hey Shawn, in Southland, did you prefer the detective story arc of Sammy Bryant or the patrol story arc?
PATROL. Good question
What's your stance on #Brexit?
cmmmmmmmmmmm sounds delicious
What has been your most challenging role thus far?
POPE CODY FOR SURE
What's your favorite spot in LA?
hmmmmmmmmmm def a food place but my god there's so many... Apple Pan maybe
If you had to choose to hang out with one character off of Animal Kingdom for one day besides your character, who would it be?
CRAIG LETS GET LIT!!!!!
Who is have you always wanted to work with, but never got a chance to? This could be another actor, director, producer...
truthfully working with John Wells and Chris Chulack is my dream collaboration.
Your character is sinister and evil. How difficult is it to invoke such malicious and destructive emotions when clearly you are not that type of person?
I don't think he's evil. I think he is protective of the cody family. I think he will stop at nothing to ensure survival of the pack. He may have some sexual hang ups but that's all Smurf's fault.
Pope's favorite meal?
He eats what smurf tells him to eat
You look super fit in the show. How did you do it?
I play tennis all the time
Do you like this gig?
You're character in Alpha Dog was a real piece of shit, but I must say you actored the hell out that part. My question is this, how was the tone on that set with the story being real and all?
It was brutal and you're right he was an awful human.
Is Pope scitzophrenic? Why does Smurf appear overly affectionate , almost serial with her "boys"?
I think he's more borderline personality disorder. Smurf uses her sexuality to control people it's been that way forever
This is probably a silly question but do you decide what Pope wears or does the wardrobe department?
It's a good question. Pope's wardrobe helps me find the character. Lyn our costume designer John Wells and I collaborated on the Pope look.
How do you feel when people compare AK to something like SOA? What's one of the best compliments you've received as an actor? Besides being great, that's a given.
People can compare all they want and SOA is a great show but this show stands alone in my opinion. I love it when people can't decide if they love or hate pope, that's the line I've been trying to tow
Did you watch the film Animal Kingdom and gain inspiration for your character?
I watched the film and certainly wanted to create as different of a portrayal as possible
You are excellent as Pope! What kind of frame of mind do you het into to play the character?
you know, it's as simple as finding the truth in each scenario. as messed up as that might be. accepting the disturbing qualities and not overacting pope
Did you ever consider a stunt butt? ;)
there was no stunt. you mean a body double i think