‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Dylan McDermott Reveals How He Gets in Character

by Jacklyn Krol
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Law & Order: Organized Crime star Dylan McDermott really gets into his character.

In a new interview with E! News, the villainous actor revealed how he goes about preparing to film. He explained that he tries to “get out of the way” to let Richard Wheatley take over.

“By the time I put the clothes on and I start to daydream about what I’m going to do, I let Wheatley take over, whatever that incarnation is,” he explained. “I really try to step away from him and just let him go and let him be whoever he is. Sometimes I don’t know. There are moments when he does stuff that is just so outrageous.”

Fans can expect “more chaos” this season of Law & Order: Organized Crime. With Wheatley’s six-episode arc only just beginning, we’re confident that things will be getting more intense. He believes that his character fits in but has a different aspect to the two Law & Order franchises.

“[Wheatley’s] rhythm is a little different than both [SVU and Organized Crime]. It’s very serpentine, if you will,” he added. “He does hang back and then he strikes and he does that over and over again. What’s happening now which I think is really amazing is there is this obsession between Stabler [Christopher Meloni] and Wheatley that is so fun because now it’s personal on both parts. So that in itself is just a great way to go to work.”

‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’: Richard Wheatley’s Return

Tamara Taylor, who portrays Angela Wheatley spoke about Richard Wheatley’s trial and the twists and turns to come.

“This is this is their one shot to take Richard down,” she told PopCulture. “I think Angela realizes how important her testimony is for Stabler and his family. But also for her, because she is very well aware that Richard killed Rafiq. I think there’s a lot at stake as well.”

Taylor said that working with Meloni and McDermott has been quite entertaining. Separately, they have extremely different approaches, and together, they somehow combine their workflows to make it all come together.

“It’s been so fun,” she added. “The first season both of them are such different experiences. It’s really really fun and I would say I feel like I’ve just grown getting to play with both of them. Because Dylan’s way into his character is almost the antithesis of what Chris does. If Dylan’s desire is to make himself laugh, if he can amuse himself in a scene like, ‘You’re a hot mess Angela.’”

McDermott is all about experimentation and improvising on set. His motto is that if he can amuse himself, the audience will also be amused. Meanwhile, Meloni is all about being collaborative and present on the set. Taylor said that she has not met another actor who has strived for the best from everyone on set.