3 questions with 'Lone Star' star James Wolk


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James Wolk plays Robert/Bob Allen on the new Fox drama, Lone Star. His character is a charismatic and brilliant schemer who has meticulously constructed two lives in two different parts of the state...

Wolk is relatively new to acting, but should be making quite a name for himself. Aside from the show, which is getting good buzz, he will also be seen in the upcoming big-screen comedy You Again.

Q: When you first really realized you liked to do this; to perform and so forth?

James Wolk: I was about 10... 9, 10, and my parents used to sit me down in front of old Jimmy Durante movies or Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra Rat Pack movies. I used to watch these old movies and there's an energy that came off the TV that I knew I was attracted to. I mean I wanted to watch that one. I wanted to watch cartoons, and I eventually wanted to kind of give that out, whatever that is, that study of a person, that bringing someone into a different sort of a world and got attracted to it at a young age.

Q: Let's talk about David Keith and Jon Voight. You are a relative newcomer to the scope of a show like this, we're curious if they were people that you relied on in terms of seeking counsel or them offering counsel in working on the show?

JW: Well, you know what the great thing is about those guys is that they're always there. They're always present on set. They're generous people and so it's a real honor as a young actor to be in scene with them. I mean this wholeheartedly for no other reason than this is where most of the counsel comes from. It just comes from being in the moment with them and them looking into your eyes and giving you all the material that you need to react and act. You learn a lot just by osmosis, just by being around people who've done it for a long time, and I think it's wonderful to be on set with those guys. They're very kind people, too, very generous people.

Q: Your character Bob has sort of a lot going on and the show has this very cool thing where there's his relationship with his two father figures, his father and then Jon Voight's character. He's got the two loves and the two lives, of course, but we were wondering what do you find the most challenging in the role now that you've sort of lived in it a little bit longer?

JW: That's a really good question. I think the most challenging thing for Bob is of course being everything to everyone, and we touch on that. It's more difficult than one would imagine to fully live two lives. I think that's Bob's greatest challenge is to give his all to these people and really, he can't. He's in two different worlds.

Lone Star premieres tonight, September 20 at 9:00 p.m. (EST) on Fox.

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