They are the
hottest former spies on TV. Jeffrey Donovan and Gabrielle Anwar are
the stars of the USA Network’s mega-popular series Burn Notice
playing an agent left out in the cold in sunny Miami and his
just slightly-crazed mercenary
The cool cocktail
of action, comedy and romantic tension has made Burn Notice one of the hottest shows on basic cable, recently being picked up
for a fourth season.
Donovan, an actor
and martial artist, has become a star from the series, after over a
decade of fine work on TV series like Touching Evil, Crossing
Jordan, Spin City and films like Hitch and Changeling.
Meanwhile, Anwar has finally found the role to return her to the
early career buzz she had built up in the 90s with the movies Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken, The Three Musketeers
of a Woman.
A few days before
Burn Notice was about to
air the last few-episode arc of the third season,
Donovan and Anwar
agreed to sit down in a conference call with us and several other
websites asking questions about the
finale of the third season.
Are you surprised
at the success of this show? I know at times, for a cable series on
the USA Network, the show is either competitive with NBC
ratings-wise or sometimes even passing them. Are you surprised with
the following that it's gotten over the years?
Jeffrey Donovan: Well, I think that all you can hope for is that you make
something that people want to watch and then somehow keep integrity
while doing that. So we're very happy with the ratings definitely.
We work really hard, so surprised…? Yes, we're always surprised
when anything succeeds in this day and age.
Can you talk about your characters and the evolution that we've seen
in your characters? Are you happy with where you guys have ended up
with your characters? Also, if you're in charge of everything,
where would you like to see them go this season or in the future?
Gabrielle Anwar: Do you think we've evolved?
I'm sure you could always do it better, I mean everybody's got to
have that feel for their character.
Gabrielle Anwar: I don't know where we're going. Where are we going,
Well, I'll speak for Gabrielle. I know from talking with
all the other cast mates, we're very happy with where it's going.
But sometimes Matt Nix and all the other writers keep us slightly in
the character dark, not because they don't trust us with the
knowledge, but they're just trying to figure it out as well along
the way. When you're dealing with espionage and covert affairs,
sometimes the secret is more exciting than the knowledge. If we
were both in charge, I would love a deeper insight into Michael's
past, that's for me. I don't know about Gabrielle. What would you
Gabrielle Anwar: I'm quite happy with Fiona's enigmatic state of being. I
don't think I need to know more about [it]. I'd love to know more
about where you're from, absolutely, but I quite like not knowing.
I don't like to know who I am.
Jeffrey, I read
online that in an upcoming episode, Michael will be going somewhere
other than Miami and that he won't be alone. Can you tell us where
your characters going and why, as well as who's going with him?
Jeffrey Donovan: Well, obviously I can't. It's the season finale, and it's
really literally in the last five minutes of the show. It's a bit
of a cliffhanger. Michael's been stuck in Miami for quite some
time, and there's a couple of psychopaths on his tail, and things
come to a hilt. By the end of the show, Michael is actually
transported out of Miami, but I can't tell you where. It's a bit of
Well that's good enough, yes, we wouldn't want to give
everything away. Okay, and then my next question is for both of
you, when my husband and I saw the previews for Burn Notice
before its first season, the thing that first caught our eye was
you, Jeffrey. We've been huge fans of yours since we saw you in
Touching Evil, which we loved.
Jeffrey Donovan: Thank you.
The other things
that caught our attention were the plot and that it was on USA,
which we feel is a terrific network for bringing out new and
extraordinarily interesting shows and characters. So for both of
you, what first drew you to the show and to your characters?
Jeffrey Donovan: Gabrielle?
Gabrielle Anwar: I was drawn to the character, Fiona. I just thought it
was so brilliantly written. It was sparingly written, but so
insightful. I couldn't believe that a man had actually written the
script, I mean at least her character. When I first met Matt Nix,
who created and wrote the script, I actually said to him, you must
have a remarkable relationship with your wife, because you have such
incredible insight. So that was what intrigued me about playing a
character. When you sign up for a TV show, you don't know if it's
going to be for a pilot or for the rest of your life, so I wanted to
play a character that I enjoyed thoroughly, and there weren't that
many of them out there. So that's why I clasped onto this script
with great hope.
Jeffrey Donovan: I got hooked on the voiceover. The first page is a
voiceover, it says, "You know what it's like to be a spy?" I love
the idea that not only do I get to play a spy, I get to play a burn
spy. And on top of that, I can talk to the audience about what it's
like being a spy. I thought I had never seen anything like that on
television, so that's what hooked me.
Could you tell
us anything about the rest of the upcoming episodes this season,
especially “Good Intentions”?
Jeffrey Donovan: It's difficult, because the penultimate episode and then
the finale have a lot of cliffhangers and a lot of reveals. So
without giving too much away, Gilroy, who's basically a psychopath
controlling Michael's actions, has to deliver a plane that has a
secret piece of cargo in it and needs Michael's help to do it. When
that happens, you find out it actually is someone quite dangerous,
and Michael unfortunately allows him to escape. Then the finale is
about trying to capture this psychopath that's loose.
Alright, and what was it like working with Carlos Bernard
in the episode?
Jeffrey Donovan: Gabrielle?
Gabrielle Anwar: Fantastic. He's such a wonderful man and a fantastic
actor. It was an absolute pleasure.
Jeffrey Donovan: I didn't really work with him much, so it was all
Gabrielle and Carlos. I only met him in brief, I think at the lunch
You both obviously had success in film. A lot of times when that
happens, people are less likely to want to do television. What do
you like about this particular medium and why do you keep coming
back to television? What do you like about this?
Jeffrey Donovan: I think that, especially with cable, it's an avenue to be
creative. I think why people are drawn more now to cable shows than
ever is that they take more risks, they're creatively pushing the
envelope. The networks have to answer to a bigger advertising
calling, whereas the smaller cables have lower ceilings that they
can bump their heads on. So that's why I keep being drawn back to
television, because I think it's one of the most creative outlets.
If you think about it, we make sixteen one-hour movies a season.
You don't get any opportunity like that in movies. I mean, I can't
say I'll be able to do sixteen movies in the next year, and so
that's how I see it. How about you, Gabrielle?
Gabrielle Anwar: I like the stability, the continuity of having a lifestyle
where I know I can pay my rent at the end of each month. Also I
have these children that I am raising and it's nice for all of us to
sort of know that we're going to be in a specific place for a
certain amount of time. I've never known that in my career. So I'm
really quite grateful at this point that I get to have the sort of
double existence and I can rely on both.
us a little bit inside Fiona's mind with regard to Michael's pursuit
of the truth of trying to erase the burn notice. What is her
threshold? How long can she wait for him to sort of fulfill this
quest that he's on?
Gabrielle Anwar: I don't know. It's really not up to me is it? I have my
own personal threshold and it was at the end of season one.
Jeffrey Donovan: Wow, wow.
Gabrielle Anwar: I think it's going to be a real testament to have patience
and adoration of Michael, which I don't think she would admit
One of the
strengths of the show is that each of the three major characters is
capable of assessing the strength and weaknesses of an opponent or
an ally. What I'd like is if you would put yourselves in the
mindsets of your characters and then assess your own characters and
Gabrielle Anwar: Whoa.
Jeffrey Donovan: Well, Dr. Freud, I would say that Michael is probably some
sort of borderline personality disorder who grew up in incredible
fear in a dysfunctional hostile family. He ran away and escaped it,
so he joined the U.S. Army to find a noble pursuit. Now, he uses
all the things that damaged him as his abilities now to help
others. I wouldn't even go in to trying to figure out Fiona.
Gabrielle Anwar: Well, I don't even understand your question, so let's just
leave it at that.
Okay, what would Fiona's assessment of Michael be from an
objective potential opponent or ally position?
Gabrielle Anwar: His ability to decipher the characteristics of the problem
at hand you mean, that assessment of him?
That kind of
Gabrielle Anwar: I think she finds it extraordinarily erotic.
Jeffrey Donovan: Really.
Gabrielle Anwar: I do. I think it is foreplay, all of it. I think she
finds him the most fascinating creature.
Jeffrey Donovan: Wait a minute, you said I do, and then you said she, is
this Gabrielle talking?
Gabrielle Anwar: Well, Dr. Freud, who's the bloody doctor here, Jeffrey?
Jeffrey Donovan: He is.
Gabrielle Anwar: Look what you've caused.
The more I watch your series, Jeffrey, it reminds me of
this old series from the 60s called
The Avengers. It has that feel. There's a very, the
combination of real drama and camp and humor and lightness. And
Gabrielle, you're Diana Rigg for lack of—
Gabrielle Anwar: Yes, thank you.
And of course,
Jeffrey, you're Patrick Macnee for me, I feel the more I watch it,
the more I'm reminded of that series as far as the pacing, the
energy, the breaks of comedy into the drama. And I was wondering if
you could tell me, I really enjoyed seeing Tim Matheson and you play
off each other, and I'm wondering will we see Larry again?
Jeffrey Donovan: Yes, you will. Larry's such a pivotal thorn in Michael's
... and that gives my character great ammunition to kind of fight
with. He's a terrific character and Tim's such a wonderful man and
an extraordinary actor. One, we were lucky to get him, and two,
he's actually happy to be on the show and wants to continually come
back. He'll be directing season four's premiere. Also, he'll
return as Larry at some point in the season.
Love that. And
Gabrielle, I love the unspoken communication, you guys say more in
glances and looks than what's delivered on the script, and that's
another wonderful thing about this series. I was wondering about
you and Madeline, your relationship with each other, and obviously
she and Michael are a tribe of two, but I think it's growing
bigger. Can you talk about that?
Gabrielle Anwar: Yes. I think that these two women have a tremendous
amount of respect for one another. And you're right, there's so
little spoken about what's really being felt and really being
witnessed with that connection to Michael, which I think is pretty
accurate to real life, especially with the in-law figures. There's
so much that's not spoken out loud, and yet there are so many
physical undertones and it's very apparent, and that's thanks to
Sharon. I mean, her performance is so beautifully nuanced and I
find it terribly inspiring. She's a wonderful woman and actress.
Who would be your dream guest stars you'd
like to see appear on the show?
Gabrielle, who's your dream guest star?
Yes, he's dead.
Gosh, you don't read the papers.
I didn't realize it had to be somebody who could actually appear on
the show, but I would say Steve McQueen.
I would love Angelina Jolie.
And do you think there might be perhaps any other USA network show
crossovers in the future or would you like to see that happen?
I actually would like to do a crossover somehow with White Collar,
I think that the show tonally is similar to ours. I don't know how
that would work, but I would like to see that. I don't think we
would work with any other show. I think Psych and Royal
Pains doesn't figure into our tone.
One of the things
that I really love about the show is the different kind of
characters and personas that you both take on to figure out to help
your clients and everything. And so I was wondering if you had a
favorite kind of accent or persona that you've done or how you get
the inspiration for that or if you just go with what's in the
Well, you're the final king. I don't know how Jeffrey can come up
with these creations that he does. It's pretty remarkable,
especially he's got such a heavy workload and yet he still can
create these fabulous side characters. It's really, really fun to
watch. I don't have that in my repertoire, so I'm glad it's all on
Oh, sure you do. You played the French character, you played a
hillbilly kind of girl, white trash girl, Gabrielle—
That's it, we've seen all I've got.
I think a lot of the characters that we play really do come out of a
script. The writers are incredibly talented and they really help us
with specific dialogue and note and kind of character descriptions.
Yes, you do still come up with these fabulous little quirky things,
like the chewing tobacco and the tooth picks and it's really fun.
Those little tiny quirks make it so much more interesting than if it
were just what was on the page I think.
Some people call those crutches. Those are crutches. But my
favorite character of all has to be Michael McBride, the Irish
character that I played. It's because it's the character that Fiona
had fallen in love with, so it's very dear to my heart.
I'd like to know
what goes into learning all the side tricks. Is it just like here's
your script and have at it or is there more training and research
involved in your roles?
We have an ex-operative that actually is a consultant on our show
that Matt Nix and the other writers have access to, so everything
that is put into the show gets vetted through him before we air it.
Ninety-five percent of it you can find on the Internet anyway, but
everything that is put into a script has been researched and vetted,
so that when we speak it or we do it, we know it's actual.
Got it. And to
both of you, what has been your most memorable experience with
meeting the fans of the show?
I think actually to be honest, it's the fact that so many couples
are enjoying it together. It's become sort of a date night theme,
which is really fabulous. I'm happy for bringing the love, it's all
about the love.
Yes, that's actually true, Gabrielle. A lot of husband/wives and
boyfriend/girlfriends come up to me, the husband will say, "Oh my
gosh, my wife loves the show. I got her onto it," or she'll say, or
a woman will come and say, "My husband didn't watch the show until I
told him about it." It's pretty neat that it is kind of a date
night for couples.
I love Fiona.
Fiona is fabulous, because sometimes a girl just wants to see things
blow up and she's the answer that we've all been praying for. I'm a
long time viewer of the show, and one of the things that I wanted to
know more about was season one, wanted to know who burned Michael
Westen; in season two, we wanted to see him get away from Carla; in
season three he was exposed, kind of naked to the world, in fact, of
espionage. So I was kind of wondering now is there going to be a
return of management anytime soon? Maybe management checks in
saying, "Michael, do you want to come back," or are we going to see
that at all, maybe in season four?
Yes, season four is actually pretty remarkable. I met with the
writers last week and we kind of broke down the next eight or nine
episode arc. A new character is going to be introduced. I don't
know the name yet, but he is going to be a young operative, but he's
going to play a significant new role on the show. Then there is
actually going to be a change of management. There's going to be a
new management that controls Michael's life, and you'll see Michael
have to go on even more dangerous missions under this new management
with the new operative.
Fiona gets to blow more stuff up, correct?
Yes, more of Fiona explosions.
We know Fiona
wants Michael to settle down, Fiona wants the life, and at this
point, we're not sure Fiona's going to get the life. So for both of
you guys I guess, what do you think the life that Fiona seeks would
look like or could look like, obviously it's not going to be
Suburbia and the 2.5 children and the dog and the cat, so what could
it look like?
I don't know to be perfectly honest whether she does want to settle
down. I don't think that that is interesting to her at all. I
think she wants to feel secure, but again I don't know what that
definition of security might be to her. It's certainly not your
typical conventional idea of marriage for example, but I think she
wants to feel secure because she's a woman and it seems innate in
all of us.
One thing that
always cracks me up when watching
Burn Notice is the tags that they put on the freeze
screens of like the newer temporary characters such as Gilroy –
Freelance Psychopath. What would each of your tags be under your
names, not for Michael and Fiona, but for Jeffrey and Gabrielle?
Okay, you first.
If I got introduced, a smiling shark.
Oh, gosh, still figuring it out.
That's true actually.
always interested in the fight scenes on the show. I'm a martial
arts instructor. I know much of what we see you do is most likely
complements of the stunt coordinator, but I've also heard that you
have martial arts training yourself. Can you fill me in on that?
Actually what you see is 90% me actually. I have a black belt in
Shotokan karate, about fifteen years experience. I have eight years
in Jujitsu and Akito, and about three years of boxing. So what I
try to do in every episode is the stunt coordinator makes it safe,
but most of the time I choreograph it. It's a great relationship,
because I will say what would really happen here is this, and then
he comes in and makes it safe for the guest stars. And if something
gets too physical, then the stunt men come in and take over.
you're the main character, you are very physical in this role, and
you obviously spend so much time on set, what do you do for fun in
what little off time you have?
I golf. Luckily down in Florida, there are a lot of golf courses,
and I just put a golf hat on and take my sticks out and I usually
walk a course. Sometimes I'm by myself and sometimes I just kind of
walk onto a twosome or a threesome and join them, and most people
just kind of leave me alone, and that's my quiet time. I love
walking about four or five hours on a golf course.
I'm good. I'm a single digit. I'm down to a seven.
have a complicated life too, you've got kids and you live out in LA,
how do you juggle all this and then find time for yourself?
I don't. I don't have any time for myself. In fact, sitting here
in this hotel room in New York is as exciting as it gets for me, my
alone time. There really is no time, I'm a mom, and mom's don't
have days off.
Now having three
seasons under your belt, is it getting easier or harder to keep
playing these characters and stay invested in them? Are there any
challenges you're facing now that maybe you didn't have in the
beginning of the show?
I'm getting older.
As you get older it's harder to run and jump over cars and beat up
bad guys, but it becomes easier in some ways because you know the
characters so well, so it's a little bit of both. What would you
Yes, I always get a little anxious like the first day of school when
we've had our hiatus and we're coming back, because I think I'm not
as insane as I was when we started shooting, which really lent
itself to Fiona. Now I'm afraid I might be getting a little boring
in my old age, so I think that I don't know if I can step into her
shoes and deliver. I have that anxiety before we start shooting.
Oh, you underestimate your insanity.
Really? Oh, thank you, I really appreciate that support.
Have you ever
tried any of the spy tips you give on the show?
No. No, absolutely not. Gabrielle?
Not the spy tips, no, but I do think that I can do super human
things like drive my car at 150 miles an hour on the PCH and then
get into trouble for it.
You have such
fantastic chemistry on screen, so what is it like off screen with
each other and with other cast members?
Oh, it's a problem.
Well, we don't find each other at all funny, that's a hard thing.
We're very blessed, we really are. I know cast mates usually
probably hide the fact that there's tension and turmoil, but Bruce,
Sharon, Gabrielle, and I, we get along, not only on screen, but off
screen. They're extraordinary actors, but even better people, and
the chemistry is just terrific. We have dinner, we hang out
whenever we have time off, which is very little.
On a recent
Live, they did a parody game show called, “What is Burn Notice?”
where people who had not seen the show tried to figure out what it
was about based on vague promos and sort of an obscure title. Did
you know that aside from your massage number of viewers, that there
were people out there who didn't really know what the show was
about? And do you think it's a hard show to wrap your head around
either based on the title or on the concept?
I don't know. It seems like everybody knows the show, because I
walk down the street and everyone yells, "Burn Notice, I love
your show." So I thought it was kind of a funny parity, quite funny
actually, to make a show, it's like what is Seinfeld on
cable? So I just thought it was hysterical. What did you think,
I thought it was funny. I think Ashton Kutcher's awfully cute. He
can make fun of me anytime.
The addition of
Chris Vance as a psychopath Mason Gilroy is really given you guys a
violent insane villain this season. And when Michael and Gilroy
meet it seems like they're kind of coiled vipers waiting to strike
at each other. He seems to really enjoy being a psycho. How is
working with him added to the show during the season?
Yes, he's definitely added a great tension to every scene that I'm
in with him, and I think kind of a great super villain that kind of
governs over the show. I think the best part of Burn Notice
is always when the villain or guest star is either more talented,
smarter, or crazier than the rest of the cast, because it ups all
our game. What do you think, Gabrielle?
Yes, I agree. I don't actually get to work with Gilroy, but I agree
with you. There's nothing more inspiring than to have to pull
everything you have out of your back pocket on the stage. And we
have so little time to rehearse and to find everything imaginable in
one scene, that when you do have this fantastic talent to work with,
it really is, it's fun, it makes it so much more enjoyable.
obvious that Miami is as much a character in the show as the
setting. What's your favorite part about filming in such a diverse
and vibrant city?
I actually love the weather, to be honest with you. I love that the
climate is constantly being washed and rinsed. You're living in the
Caribbean in the United States and sometimes it is incredible blue
skies and sometimes it's an incredible thunderstorm that kind of
screams through, but I love that part of Florida.
How was it
working with Tyne Daly from Cagney and Lacey? I mean those scenes
at the start of this mid-season premiere, they were heart
wrenching. It was some of the best drama I've seen on the show, so
I was just curious how it was for you? I don't know if Gabrielle
had much of an opportunity to spend time with her on set.
To be honest with—
No, I didn't unfortunately.
Yes, and neither did I. It was almost all with Sharon. So we all,
to be honest with you, sat back and watched two pros go toe-to-toe
twelve rounds. It was quite remarkable. We were all just blown
away by it. So I was more of a spectator like you than I was an
actor in it.
What would you
say is most dangerous stunt you've had to do? Were you ever
actually afraid doing it?
I don't like fighting with Jeffrey, because I always hurt him.
Because I don't know what I'm doing, and he's such an expert, and I
always manage to accidentally cause some damage.
Yes, the most dangerous is either a bomb or something going off or a
fight with Gabrielle. They're about the same.
Well, you sort of touched on what I'm going to ask already, but over
the years Michael and Fiona sort of brought this romantic feeling
and this background story of their past, and it seems like there are
little hints that they're giving in a little bit more. Both as a
character and also as the straight actor, do you think that that
could ever work? Do you think that maybe it's a good idea not to
give into those things, getting into sort of the Ross and Rachel,
Dave and Maddie type of thing, where you lose too much of the
tension in the show?
What do you think, Gabrielle?
No, what do you think?
No, you go first, I've done it all.
No, no, no, no answer.
Fiona and Michael are our real relationship in as much as TV
relationships are built off of tension, and let's say it is Bruce
Willis and Cybil Shepherd in Moonlighting. Once the banter
ended after a couple of seasons and they slept together, there was
no tension. That is a typical TV relationship. Ours actually is
atypical, we have had sexual relations, we have fought, we have
gotten back together, we've hated each other, we've become friends
to each other, that is the tumultuous relationship of their dynamic,
and that will never change. So the tension is not about them
hooking up, the tension I think is their love for each other and how
that's displayed every episode.
And speaking of tension, it seems to me that this season Michael's
relationship with his mother is sort of softened this season. They
were constantly fighting, and now you see more of the strong bond
and the love together. Did that sort of come naturally with just
dealing with Sharon over the years or is that something that was
sort of planned out?
Well, you can't help but love Sharon, but at the end of the day, we're
actors and we can create any hatred or tension that we need for a
scene to work. So I don't think the writers were ever thinking
like, "Oh, how nice, Jeff and Sharon get along, let's make them love
each other on the show." I think what you're seeing is just a
natural evolvement of what does a viewer want to watch. Do you want
to see a mother and son antagonistically attack each other every
single episode for five years? I don't think so. So it's just a
natural progression, just like Fiona and Michael's natural
mentioned about Michael's past, it seems that his father seems to be
a significant part of who he is and we always get little bits and
pieces about him. There's been some fan speculation that maybe the
show isn't always what it seems, that maybe his father could be
alive or could not be alive. How would you feel if that were to
change, if he found out some new information about his father?
Well, that device is always in play every season. I don't think we
ever sit around and plot that Michael's father is going to come
back. It's not something that we think about, we just know that the
device is in play and we like it that way. I think the only
shocking thing would be if Sam turns out to be my dad – that would
guys get along really well, are there any favorite or challenging
scenes that you've done so far that kind of stick out in your mind?
What do you mean, challenging, in what way?
dangerous, any challenges there, or dynamic scenes, like anything
that's a favorite that you two have done and worked together that
kind of stand out as memorable?
Yes, I really love a scene that kind of came out of working with
Gabrielle this past season where we created a scene that wasn't
necessarily on the page where I slap her across the face. And
Gabrielle did such an incredible performance of having to deal with
her feelings for Michael hitting her and then acting as an
undercover character. That I think was probably some of the best
work I've ever seen her do and that was one of the most memorable
moments for me.
Jeffrey, I know
that you've recently donated some money to your high school in
Angsbury, Massachusetts. Also, you're also very involved in Life
Rolls On, could you tell us a little bit about that cause and what
drew you to it specifically?
Well, many years ago, an actor friend of mine asked me if I wanted
to go to a charity golf event out in Malibu for Life Rolls On, and I
hadn't heard about it. He explained it's a charitable foundation to
raise money for spinal cord injuries in young athletes. And Jesse
Billauer suffered a life changing surfing accident at the age of
nineteen, and this foundation was created out of his name. It's a
wonderful foundation that raises funds that aren't necessarily being
put into by the government or a lot of private foundations, to
research how we can get these kids either wheelchair assisted living
or new types of devices that will help them either walk or stand or
even ride a surf board again or any sport that they got injured in.
And so that's how I got involved and it's an incredible
redirection here, but we see a lot of TV shows getting the action
figure treatment now,
would you guys be interested if the opportunity came up to be
immortalized little plastic—
Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute, Dexter, a serial killer
is an action figure?
There is an
action figure of Dexter, so I mean Michael Westen would be an
obvious choice I would think, and you have to have knife—
Does he have a knife in his hand, I mean, are you kidding me?
He does, he does.
Are kids playing with this stuff?
I mean it's not
on the shelves at Toys ‘R’ Us, but it's for the older collectors.
Okay, alright, now I'm feeling a little bit better. I just was a
little worried about that.
I sense a little jealousy.
You sense a little fear. I would love a Michael Westen action
figure and a Fiona Glenanne action figure, and then I could blow
them up at home.
Most of my
questions have been asked, but I was wondering if we're ever going
to see any flashback episodes to see how your two characters met or
maybe how Bruce and one of your characters meet or anything like
that, if that's ever been talked about?
Flashback has been talked about, but not in a nice way. We've never
done a flashback ever of anything and it's just not a device that we
employ, so I doubt it, but I can't rule it out. One of my favorite
episodes of Magnum PI, which I was a fan of, was when Tom
Selleck got knocked off a boat and he had to wade in the water until
he was picked up. So they just basically shot him for about a half
an hour wading in the water and then did the entire show of
flashbacks. I liked that idea.
plans to return to Chicago and do some more theatre here?
Not in the winter, I will guarantee you that my friend, never
again. I give Chicagoans all the credit in the world. No wonder
Barack Obama became President, the man survived winters in Chicago,
that man can handle anything.
Okay. Well then
I guess it's not going to happen right, your shooting schedule
doesn't allow it then.
I know, I know unfortunately.
I follow both of
you on the small screen, and on the big screen, Gabrielle, you're
and Jeffrey, you were so awesome in Changeling. I wonder if
there's any other projects you guys are working on?
None for me.
you have two movies that are due to come out?
Oh, that's right, yes, I do. In fact, I don't even know what one of
them is called, because they keep changing the title on me, so I'm
not going to be able to do much of shout out for that. I have
nothing coming up, only Burn Notice for now.
and The Family Tree?
Oh, gosh, those. I shot those more than three years ago.
Oh, they have
them listed for 2010, that's so strange.
Oh, that's not a good sign when they've been sitting on the shelf
that long, just FYI.
I'll be the first in line.
And Jeffrey, I
hear you have an acting school here in Miami, is that true?
Jeffrey Donovan: Well, it's not a formalized school, but it
is, I teach seminars. I've partnered with a casting director who's
been working in South Florida for about 20 years, Ellen Jacoby, and
we created a acting seminar, basically a small little institute for
beginners, advanced, and intermediate actors in the area. It's
really a selfish journey for me, because we're running out of actors
on our show to hire locally. So instead of going to Louisiana or
South Carolina or any of these places around us, I thought why don't
we just increase the talent level of the locals, so that's why I'm
What has been
your most memorable episode to shoot?
Wow. I think the episode that's airing tonight was memorable for
me, because I actually had to work every day.
For once. It's true, I actually had a much greater significance in
the storyline for this particular episode, so I got a taste of what
Jeffrey has to contend with on a daily basis, and I was absolutely
bloody exhausted. So it was memorable, because I just had to work
really hard "for once."
Jeffrey Donovan: I guess my most memorable is the
pilot. No one had ever heard of Burn Notice, not even the
term. They put this rag-tag team together of Bruce, me, Sharon, and
Gabrielle, and Matt Nix who had never been given a show before, and
we just kind of went down to South Florida and we made our show. We
made the Burn Notice and what every episode has been based on
since, so that's the most memorable. Because I'm so proud that we
took a risk, we did the show we wanted to do, and that it caught on
is just gravy.
majority of the questions have been addressed, what is one question
that you wish someone would ask that they haven't asked you before?
There isn't a question out there that hasn't been asked to be honest
with you, all the way down to a why I don't sweat, and I do. I just
hide it well.
HERE TO SEE WHAT JEFFREY DONOVAN HAD TO SAY TO US IN 2012!
CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT
JEFFREY DONOVAN HAD TO SAY TO US IN 2015!
us Let us know what you