‘FBI’ Star Julian McMahon Loves That Show Likes to Make Cultural ‘Statements’

by Courtney Blackann
(Photo by Mark Schäfer/CBS via Getty Images)

“FBI” star Julian McMahon knows that the CBS drama is full of real-world scenarios. This makes the show tick – emulating the real life drama in the personal and professional lives of FBI agents. While the show’s base is in New York City, it features prominent cultural issues we face today throughout the United States.

In an interview with UPI, McMahon opens up about the statements the show makes – without being too over the top. McMahon believes these topics are both important and appropriate for its audience. But the show’s success id due to the fact that it resonates with people on both a professional and personal level. McMahon shares some insight into the making of the series and how the writers cultivate emotional stories.

“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.

The “FBI” actor goes on to say:

“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” Star on Portraying Agent

These issues are typically polarizing. But the star says it’s done in a way that sheds light on the issues without attacking the viewer. They also write the plot in a way that helps the actor take the approach of a real agent – having to shut off emotions at times.

“You have to have real confidence in yourself. You have to have the ability to shut things off and compartmentalize,” McMahon says. “Agents are accustomed to hearing about the worst things in humanity and kind of not letting it completely destroy their day.”

While McMahon generally takes on the role of “villain” in many of his film and TV appearances, he loves being able to portray seasoned agent Jess LaCroix. Of accepting the role on primetime television after appearing for years in films, the actor says he knew it was for him.

“And then I got this script, and this is one of those ‘aha’ moments, in which you connect with something and you go: ‘I gotta play that character’ and then I go: ‘Okay, it’s something to which I innately connect and somebody that I think that I can really portray well at this point in time in my life and probably could teach me a few lessons,’” McMahon said in an interview with Brief Take from 2020.

“FBI,” “FBI: Most Wanted” and “FBI: International” air on Tuesdays on CBS at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Eastern respectively on CBS.