To some, George Newbern might be known as Bryan MacKenzie, the well-to-do fiance of Annie (Kimberly Williams) in the 1991 film "Father of the Bride." However, most TV viewers will probably know him now as Charlie, the violent B-613 agent with a snarky attitude on "Scandal."
The actor talked to Rachel Smith, host of the "On The Red Carpet" TV show and OTRC.com, recently about the show, sweating during table reads, his character and more.
Check out five highlights from our interview with Newbern below and watch videos of his interview above. (Warning: spoilers ahead!)
1. Why he believes "Scandal" has achieved its level of success.
"It works as a soap opera, it works as a spy story, it works as a love story, and they manage to ... I think they manage to engage the audience in a way that they forgive so many things that you would never forgive on another show. I don't know why, but they do. They manage to do it," Newbern said. "Because you care about the characters and yet you want to go for this fantasy ride ... and politics too, you get the political background, there's the other thing. It's like, how often do you see that?"
2. On sweating during the "Scandal" table reads...
"My pits sweat every time because I'm like, 'Oh god, it's gonna happen ... oh, I'm alive, okay that's good.' I wanna be a fly on the wall in the writer's room," the 49-year-old said. "The conversations that they must have in the writer's room have got to be epic, you know, 'What happens if this happens?' And then it's like pulling on a loose thread like, 'Oh if we do that then this happens and this happens and this happens ...' But they finally come together and settle on these stories. I'm so impressed."
3. His thoughts on why Charlie is the way he is.
"He thinks that showing love is over-controlling someone, which clearly is not the smart thing to do in a relationship, but that's the way he thinks the world runs because that's his job. He controls people and gets information and moves on ... whatever, he just moves on. But I do think at his heart, Charlie thinks that he's doing good, most bad guys do," Newbern explained. "I think he thinks he's doing good for the country. Certain people have to move on, have to give us certain information and move on, because they're a danger to the country."
4. On where Charlie's loyalty lies ...
"I think Charlie is an equal opportunity opportunist. Really, I think that's his job. He's a for-hire guy," the actor said. "He spreads a little bit of the crazy around, and I think he's ... he doesn't necessarily care about ... he doesn't make judgments like 'you're good,' 'you're bad' at any given time I think. He's just like .. I think he goes like, 'Is that a good job? Does that makes sense to me? Are they gonna pay me? I'll do it. I don't want any innocent people to get killed, but we have a job to do and I'm gonna do it the best that I can.' Again, he's not a normal guy, nor is Quinn, nor is Huck. Hello! Or any of them."
5. He still gets recognized for "Father of the Bride" role and reveals his #ManCrushMonday pick.
When asked about his role in "Father of the Bride," Newbern said, "It's a great movie, it holds up. People still watch it, I get stopped all the time for it. Amazing to me, and I'm good friends with Kim [Williams] still, we talk a lot. She's a good girl. She's married to Brad Paisley, of course, who's my boy crush. He's amazing. #ManCrushMonday."
Bonus: He was pretty shocked about those Quinn and Huck licking scenes.
"Yeah, I'll be honest with you, I was like, 'What the what,'" Newbern said when asked about two scenes where "Scandal" characters Quinn and Huck lick the sides of each other's faces. "When I read that I was like, 'I am not going to be there that day. I cannot watch that.'"
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Reporting by Rachel Smith, host of the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings). The series is produced by KABC Television near Los Angeles.