Richard was kind enough to answer these questions for the site. Thanks to Cujoy, Rodlox, Liz, Pan, Fanwoman and everyone else who submitted questions!

  • How did you get into acting? Is it something you’ve always been interested in?
    I started acting when I was nine years old. My parents got me involved in acting classes as a hobby, but once I started I knew it was what I wanted to do. I did a lot of theatre as a kid, and started pursuing the film/t.v. side professionally when I was eighteen.

  • Although it’s not easy for us to get details, we’re under the impression you enjoy being involved in theater. Is there a particular role you’d like to play?
    I love theatre, I basically grew up doing theatre. There are so many great parts I’d like to play, I had a chance to do a little bit of Shakespeare, and I’d love to do some more, I think playing Hamlet is every actors dream. It’s been a while since I’ve been on stage and I really miss it which is a big part of why I started this theatre company, Selfish Productions.

  • Is there any acting gig you’ve had that you’ve regretted taking, or that hasn’t turned out the way you’d hoped it would?
    No, hopefully with out sounding clichΓ©, I’ve learned something from every job. The interesting thing about film/t.v. is that you never really know how the finished product is going to turn out, but I feel like I’ve been pretty fortunate to be a part of some really interesting projects.

  • What’s your favorite Gil Kurvers scene or story and why?
    I don’t know if I have one in particular, but any time I had a chance to show his vulnerable side, what was beneath. Playing a character that is always covering up is fun, but then being able to see what he’s covering, see his insecurities, that really helps make him a well-rounded character.

  • How good is Chas Harrison’s aim? How many tries did it take for him to dunk you at the Carnival? Did you end up having to be dunked more than once while making the scene, and was the water cold?
    Chas’ aim is pretty good, but for the camera we had to do that a bunch of times, and they heated the water, but still, it was not the most fun scene to film!

  • If you were offered the opportunity to take part in a reunion movie or TV movie to return to the characters of Edgemont, would you take part in it?
    You know, I think we were all pretty happy with the way Edgemont ended, and where we left those characters. We did the show for five seasons, it was a great time, and I’m still really close with a lot of the other actors.

  • Da Vinci’s Inquest was starting its seventh season when you became a guest star for four episodes. What was it like working that much on such an established show, and what are your thoughts on the series, in general?
    Da Vinci’s Inquest is one of those shows that I wanted to be a part of for years, I think it had some of the best actors and writers on t.v., so I was really excited when this part came along. It’s true though, when you come on to a show that’s been on for that long, where everyone knows everyone, you never know how you’re going to fit in to the project. But everyone on the show was great, very welcoming, and I learned a lot.

  • Isaac Silsbee’s accent in The Colt was very convincing. What was the process of creating it? And was that you on the horse?
    Thank you. I was fortunate enough to work with a great dialect coach before we started filming, and I also had a whole stack of accent tapes and books that I worked on. I went and took riding lessons, but when we started filming they felt it would be too dangerous, so that’s a very talented stunt person you’re seeing in the riding scene.

  • How fun is it working with the cast and crew of The 4400?
    We have such a great time working on The 4400. I mainly work with Jacqui and Joel, and we’ve become really close. Jacqui and I will get our dogs together at the park on the weekend and let them play while we run lines. And Joel is pretty much my neighbor while we’re filming, so we get together a lot which is great, Joel is truly one of the world’s nicest human beings. The crew’s awesome, it’s been pretty much the same group of people since the first season, and it always amazes me to see just how many people it takes behind the scenes to make a show like this, and we have the best of the best working on this crew.

  • In what direction do you see your character going on the show?
    I really like when Marco gets a chance to get out of the office, and become more hands on with the cases. I think we’ve found a really nice working dynamic with Tom, Diana, and Marco, I’d like to see that explored even more.

  • What do you want from the show in terms of your own career?
    I think it’s hard to set specific career goals for specific projects, but the show has already opened a lot of doors for me. People really enjoy the show, and thankfully I’ve received a lot of positive feedback on my work, so I couldn’t ask for a better experience. There are so many great actors and directors involved in the show, and working with them has really taught me a lot.

  • You looked like you knew what you were doing with that computer hardware in Mommy’s Bosses. What aspects of Marco are like you? Are you a technophile, yourself?
    Well I’m glad to know it looks like I know what I’m doing! I’m just kidding, I do know I bit about computers, and I guess I’d say I’m a bit of a technophile, or a “gadget guy”.

  • Marco has a unique sense of style. Who is responsible for creating it?
    Marco’s style is courtesy of our brilliant Costume Designer Trish Flynn, and the whole Costume Department. They come up with some of the greatest outfits, once you step in to those clothes, you can’t help but feel like Marco. I do share some of Marco’s fashion sense in my own life, we like to call it “geek chic” at it’s finest!

  • Marco seems to always wear a striped leather band on his right wrist. What’s the story behind it, if there is one?
    You know it’s funny, I’ve been asked about that leather band a lot, hopefully the real story isn’t disappointing. It’s actually something that I own, it was a present from my sisters. I was wearing it in front of our Costume Designer, and we decided that it was very Marco.

  • If you could have any 4400 power, what would it be and why?
    I think my answer to this question would probably change every day. Some days I think I’d like to be able to see the future, other days I’d like to be a mind reader.

  • Do you think the writers will ever bring back the Diana/Marco relationship in a romantic sense? A lot of fans really loved that relationship and would have liked to have seen it explored more.
    I really don’t know, I also liked that storyline, and would have liked to see it explored more. The great thing about Marco and Diana is that they’re very similar people, similar in how they approach their work and also in life. So I think they’ll always be close, but romantically, I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

  • Do you think Marco will be a part of Maia’s life again? Even if Marco and Diana don’t get back together, that was a relationship that it would be interesting to see more of.
    I do think Marco will be a part of Maia’s life again. I think that whatever ends up happening between Marco and Diana, they will always be close, so I think he’ll always have that connection with Maia as well. And I agree, it would be interesting to see more of that relationship.

  • Does it surprise you at all that Marco has his own fan following? Is there anything you’d like to say to your/his fans?
    Yeah, it surprises me that Marco has his own fan following. I mean, you hope that you’re creating a likable, relatable character, but you never really know. I knew from the start that Marco’s a lot of fun to play, so I’m glad that people are enjoying watching him in the series. And to my/his fans, I can’t thank you enough, you know, when you start off doing something you love as a kid, and then you end up having people all over the world who enjoy your work, and support it, that’s a pretty beautiful thing. And a special thanks to everyone who wrote in with all these great questions.


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