If TV series about spies is your cup of tea, then you’re in for a treat!
You probably would’ve recognised Scott Foley as Captain Jake Ballard from Scandal and Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene from The Walking Dead, and now they’ve both teamed up for Warner TV’s new series — Whiskey Cavalier.
The American comedy-drama series follows the adventures of Scott Foley’s character as FBI agent Will Chase who, following an emotional breakup, is assigned to work with CIA operative Francesca ‘Frankie’ Trowbridge played by Lauren Cohan. Together, they lead an inter-agency team of spies as they save the world (and occasionally each other) while dealing with relationships, rocky roads of friendship and office politics.
As season one of the series recently kicked off its pilot episode, let’s take an exclusive look behind the scenes as the pair share on their characters, chemistry on set and more.
FEMALE: Does your character carry his past relationship with him throughout the show?
Scott: A little bit. I think he carries the weight of the experience with him, but it’s not a constant in the episodes you’re going to see in the first season. It was really a great way to introduce a different side to a leading action man, and I thought it was an interesting way to jump into the show.
FEMALE: We see this back-and-forth between yours and Lauren’s characters, even after he saves her life. We’re not completely sure she trusts him, and vice versa. Does that maintain? Do they ever reach a level of trust, or is that a constant throughout the entire series?
Lauren: The fun part is that she’s consistently unwilling to admit that she does begin to trust him, and that upends everything that she is built on, this emotional independence. It’s undeniable they work well together as a team, so as this first season progresses, at least Frankie does acquiesce to that truth. Then we see if they can be friends. You know, don’t want to spoil anything.
F: We’ve seen so many things with spied and secret agents, for example, the remake for “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”. He was almost robotic, with no emotions at all. You play a guy who is virtually an empath. I mean, he’s got such strong emotions. What do you think about this different take on the portrayal and the idea of empathic men in action series?
S: That was the idea going in. I have a very strong belief that it’s time to reinvent the trope that is the leading man in an action series. The leading men who save the world on the television shows we grew up on are unrelatable. This take on a leading man is more modern and interesting for me, and it’s much more relatable to have a character like this than someone sort of stoic instead.
F: Parts of the show are shot in Eastern Europe. Is the entire show based over there?
L: We are shooting primarily in Prague and doubling it for a lot of different European cities. We are basically a New York team that I think gets too fascinated with how much Europe needs us, so we go over there.