Outfit by Hugo Boss
DA MAN: By the way, after three seasons, do you still remember what first drew you to audition for the show?
Jack Falahee: I first read the script for the pilot episode of “How to Get Away with Murder” from a friend of mine who was crashing on my couch. He had an audition for the role of Patrick—who ultimately became Connor Walsh. He thought I’d like the script, so he very generously let me take a read. He was right: I liked it a lot. From the first page of the pilot, you were drawn into the Keating Four—the four of us in the woods arguing about what to do with Sam’s body. It was full of adrenaline and extremely high stakes. That resonated with me.
DA MAN: On a related note, what was your reaction when you first saw the title of the show?
Jack Falahee: I thought the title of the show was exciting. It sort of immediately grabs your attention. There aren’t too many shows with long titles, so I thought that was cool as well.
DA MAN: Your character, Connor Walsh, is often lauded for being incredibly authentic and complex. He is also considered as one of the best realized LGBT characters on TV. What does he look like from your perspective?
Jack Falahee: It’s hard for me to answer this question just because my relationship with Connor has changed a lot over the years. I think back fondly on the month that we were in Philadelphia filming the pilot and I was just getting to know this character and show. Back then, we were completely isolated in a bubble. We could slip into the skin of our characters without critique or comment. We hadn’t yet shared our show with the world, so the conversations we were having were solely about the characters and who they were. Now, it’s more difficult to do that with social media, audience reaction and critical review. I sometimes find myself looking at Connor through the perspective of those external factors, which can be tricky for me as an actor.
“This industry is unforgiving and I don’t think I would’ve endured the constant rejection without the long phone calls with my mother”
DA MAN: That being said, film critics, journalists and your fellow actors have praised your portrayal of Connor. What is it that makes him enjoyable or challenging (or both) to play?
Jack Falahee: I like how flawed Connor is. I think that we’re in a really exciting time for television. We’re continuing to see more nuanced and complicated characters on screen, which is a more accurate representation of real life.
Sweater by Hugo Boss
DA MAN: Besides “How to Get Away with Murder,” are you working on anything else at the moment?
Jack Falahee: For the past two years I’ve been working on a PBS drama called “Mercy Street.” The show takes place in and around a hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, during the American Civil War. I play a Confederate scout named Frank Stringfellow. It’s been thrilling to be given the opportunity to portray a character based on a real historical figure. Growing up, I was a bit of a Civil War buff, so it’s cool to shoot on location in Virginia, where many of the events really took place. The second season came back on January 22.
DA: Going forward, are there any specific challenges—maybe certain roles or certain genres—that you’d like to tackle as an actor?
Jack Falahee: I’d really like to do more voiceover work. I like the idea of being able to voice a character that you look nothing like—a complete departure from reality. It’s a dream of mine to voice a character in a Hayao Miyazaki film. I love the characters and worlds that he creates in his films. My favorite film of his is probably “Princess Mononoke.”