WATCH Magazine: December 2022: Dylan McDermott


“Growing up, I watched TV religiously. That was everything to me.”

simpler and more concrete because, unfortunately, the world is not that way. But television is.

I always try to find certain things to fill out my life. I love to take pictures of people, but COVID really put a dent in that because of the masks. I’ve also written a couple of screenplays, and I’ve been working on my memoir for a long time. But I don’t know if I can be so cavalier about releasing it. Maybe on my deathbed. How do you feel about going back to work on Monday and starting a new week? Well, those 12-hour days can pile up on you, so I’m very disciplined about going to bed early and knowing my lines. But it goes without saying that I’m grateful. I get to play the lead on a television show that millions of people watch and are addicted to. And he’s a fascinating character. And I’m 60. You don’t see that a lot. To go from 23 to 60 and still be doing this? That’s so cool.

Is that your personal belief as well? Yeah, in many ways I think that’s what television is for. People long for it. Do you watch a lot of TV? I don’t have a lot of time. The stuff I watch is with my daughter [Charlotte], so I end up watching a lot of teenage horror. But I checked out all of Most Wanted because I wanted to get familiar with the format and the characters. I had to think about where I fit into the world and how much humor I could bring to it. I watched one episode of the other FBI shows as well.

We’re talking on a Saturday. What would you typi- cally be doing? What are your off-screen interests?

GROOMER: Jessica Ortiz



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