‘Bull’: Michael Weatherly Says He Can ‘Relate’ to His Character in ‘Way Everyone Can’

by Jacklyn Krol

Michael Weatherly believes that everyone can relate to his Bull character.

Part of the reason people love television so much is because people can relate to the characters. Especially when those characters are played by beloved actors, like the former NCIS star, Weatherly. Dr. Jason Bull has had many different storylines throughout the six seasons of the show. He went through grief, loss, alcoholism, messy breakups, work struggles, arrested, and beyond. In an interview with HeyUGuys, Weatherly spoke about what makes him so relatable.

“I can relate to him in the way everyone can,” he began. “Which is we all know what it feels like when we know we’re right and it feels so good and it feels so pure and strong. You have this righteous like ‘I know I’m right.’ That’s the exact moment you have to be the most suspicious of how you are thinking and feeling. I think everyone can plug into Bull.”

The way that Weatherly experienced kinship with Bull was being away from his family when he filmed Season 1 of the show. He was filming in New York City while his family lived in Los Angeles.

“I was alone, flying back and forth to try and vampire enough affection from my family to carry me through two or three more weeks,” he continued. “It can be very alienating and then all of a sudden you start to become cynical about your own emotions because it’s hurt you to be away from it. So part of your psychology is well ‘if it hurt me because I fell in love, then I just won’t feel love, that will save me the pain’ and let’s hope that’s not where we’re all headed!”

How Taking the Role of ‘Bull’ Helped His Confidence

When Michael Weatherly joined NCIS, his mindset and self were completely different than when starting Bull. He was insecure when he joined the cast as the second lead to Mark Harmon.

“I think the most important thing I’ve learned on my Bull adventure was that moment, the first day on set. I wasn’t seeking validation or approval. The character didn’t need that, I realized that I didn’t need that,” Weatherly told Global News.

When he approached the role of the doctor, he was more relaxed and confident in his character. This is in part due to his experience and at the place he was at in his life.

“When I started on NCIS, I was 34 years old, coming out of a relationship that was coming apart at the seams, and I was a little insecure about my place in the world. I didn’t feel whole. That [‘NCIS’] insecure character came out of that place, so the revelation to me has been: Bull is going to teach me a lot, but the first lesson is you don’t need anybody’s approval. Know what you know, and own that,” he explained.