FBI actor Jeremy Sisto revealed the quality of real-life FBI agents that makes them tougher than he said he could be in their shoes. FBI was created by television powerhouse Dick Wolf and stars Sisto, Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki, and Alana de la Garza. The series has two spinoffs, FBI: Most Wanted and FBI: International.
For Sisto, working on FBI has changed his perspective on law enforcement personnel. Their work is often heavy, and they have to learn to live with that every day. In an interview with UPI, Sisto discussed this strength in the context of his character, Jubal Valentine.
“He has to make this really huge call and then go back to dealing with his plans,” said Sisto. “It takes a certain type. I would not be able to do it. You have to have real confidence in yourself. You have to have the ability to shut things off and compartmentalize. Agents are accustomed to hearing about the worst things in humanity and kind of not letting it completely destroy their day.”
Sisto is not alone in his appreciation of the real-life inspiration behind the series.
FBI Stars Pay Tribute to Real-Life Agents
In the same interview, FBI: Most Wanted actor Julian McMahon also expressed and FBI: International actress Heida Reed expressed their fascination with how these agents operate on a daily basis.
“They invest so much of themselves in this task and a lot of times, too, it is thankless, and then, at the end of the day, they still have to go home to their families and find a way to communicate with their wives and children,” said McMahon. “It’s just shocking to me that people are out there actually doing this for real.”
“It’s been really eye-opening for me to be a part of such an institution like the FBI and being able to realize how much work and dedication goes into protecting America, not just in America, but on foreign soil,” Reed added in response to McMahon. “I definitely have a newfound respect for these agents, and it is a privilege to portray one on TV.”
Moreover, McMahon appreciates how the show gives him the opportunity to tackle “real stories.”
McMahon Attribute Popularity to ‘Real’ Storytelling
The actor believes that the reason FBI resonates is because it doesn’t shy away from a hard story. Whether it pertains to the character’s personal lives or an actual news event, the show’s writers take it all on.
“Real stories are hard to beat, so we take those little bits, and we incorporate them and we tell them in our own kind of way,” he said. “I love to be able to make a statement culturally about what we are experiencing at this point in time. Last year, when we started, we delved into the whole COVID-19 situation, the Black Lives Matter situation and violence against police officers.”
FBI, FBI: Most Wanted and FBI: International air back to back on Tuesdays on CBS starting at 8 p.m. eastern.