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‘Ray Donovan’ Premiere: Liev Schreiber — ‘It’s Hard, He’s A Dark Character’

Fri, July 11, 2014 2:51pm EDT by HL Intern Add first Comment
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‘Ray Donovan’ kicks off its second season with even more drama than the first…if that’s even possible. This time around, the Hollywood fixer will need to focus on repairing his own damaged family. Liev Schreiber caught up with to talk about his challenging, dark role. Read on for his interview.

Ray Donovan became a quick hit among fans and critics with record ratings, an A-list cast and stellar critical reception, and Liev Schreiber promises that the next round of episodes will not disappoint. Ray finds himself wrapped up again in a mess with his father and the FBI. Not to mention, balancing his dysfunctional family relationships with his career. Ray Donovan Season 2 premieres July 13 (9/8c) on Showtime.

‘Ray Donovan’ Season 2 Trailer: Picks Up Right Where It Left Off

The first season of Ray Donovan ended in sheer intensity. Sully Sullivan (James Woods) was killed off by Ray and his father Mickey, played by Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner, Jon Voight. But Mickey just doesn’t know when to shut up about things, leaving his son to take on the cowboy role and round up for FBI questioning.

So, now Ray finds himself in the crosshairs of an ambitious new FBI chief who labels him a “bagman for movie stars,” forcing him to travel to Mexico to retrieve his dad in the hopes to clean up the big mess. As we’ve learned time and time again with this show, that is not going to be easy.

That’s not all, Ray’s home life is spinning out of control. He needs to repair his relationship with his wife Abby (Paula Malcomson), who is forcing him into therapy to face his abuse.

As for Ray’s work, on the same day he has to swoop in and fix a pro baller image, the client has a violent confrontation with his wife, shaking up the case even further.

Liev: Does Playing A Dark Character Take Over His Personal Life? spoke to Liev, and we had to know — what kind of toll does playing a dark role like Ray take on Liev’s own life?

“It’s hard. He’s a dark character, and I’ve never been someone who got lost in his character. I never characterized myself in that way,” Liev told at the Season 2 premiere on July 9 at Nobu in Malibu, Calif. “But there’s something unavoidable about going through that every day, 14 hours a day, and I’m just grateful that I have my family to go home to. And kids sort of brighten things up.”

The actor certainly has a successful career, but he knows family comes first, and he stressed the importance of giving his kids a normal, steady life at home.

He told, “I think one of the things that appealed to me about doing television is that you’re in the same place for a longer period of time, and so your children can be consistent with a curriculum and be consistent in their social groups…I think that’s important for kids as they grow up.”

Although he wouldn’t confirm to reporters at the premiere if marriage is in the future for him and his partner Naomi Watts, he is happily content with being devoted to the love of his life who is the mother of both of his sons.

Ray Donovan Season 2 premieres July 13 (9/8c) on Showtime.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers, are you going to be tuning on July 13 for the season 2 of Ray Donovan? Do you think Ray’s family issues are just beginning? Will he reconcile with his estranged dad? Let us know!

— Brittany King

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