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Southland's Michael Cudlitz Gets Tangled Up in Blue

In Southland's deft mix of intriguing characters, Michael Cudlitz's complex cop, John Cooper, is a standout. The veteran character actor shares some secrets from the TNT police drama as well as his own life. ...

Ileane Rudolph

In Southland's deft mix of intriguing characters, Michael Cudlitz's complex cop, John Cooper, is a standout. The veteran character actor shares some secrets from the TNT police drama as well as his own life.

TV Guide Magazine: John Cooper certainly has a lot going on. He's training a young cop, he's quietly gay, and he's addicted to pain-killers due to a back injury. What's next for him?
Cudlitz:
He's less and less reliable physically as the season goes on. But he still thinks he has the situation in control.

TV Guide Magazine: What is he dealing with this week?
Cudlitz:
He comes across a teen who's been abandoned by his family. He connects with him because of what happened to John as a kid. He is also forced to do something related to that past.

TV Guide Magazine: Will John and his trainee, Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie), have to break up when Ben's training period ends this season?
Cudlitz:
In real police departments, they usually separate, but it's a fantastic partnership, so let's hope they stay together.

TV Guide Magazine: Will John's sexuality enter into the story lines?
Cudlitz:
He has a lot of problems; being gay is not one of them. We will see him in relationships, living his life as a gay man.

TV Guide Magazine: In real life, you have 13-year-old twin boys. Do they want to be actors or cops?
Cudlitz:
[Laughs] They're more interested in all things computer. Designing games and writing codes.

TV Guide Magazine: Is it true you used to be a set carpenter?
Cudlitz:
Yes. I'm still in the union! I was the construction coordinator on the original Beverly Hills, 90210[before I got my role on it]. I stopped doing carpentry full-time only after I got Band of Brothers.

Southland airs Tuesday at 10/9c on TNT.

 

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