‘SEAL Team’ Star Max Thieriot Revealed What Its Like to Direct Show

by Anna Dunn

SEAL Team star Max Theiriot is known for his portrayal of Clay Spenser on the show. However, he’s actually taken a seat in the director’s chair. The actor dives deep into some creative methods to get the job done. He feels it’s a very different job than it is in front of the camera.

In an interview with Parade.com last April, the actor talked about what it was like to direct for the first time.

“It’s definitely a different show to direct. For me, directing the show is nice, because it’s a show that I have been on since the beginning. So, I know the look, I know the feel, I know everything about it,” he said. Being in front of the camera actually gave him an edge behind it, allowing him to see both sides.

Theiriot Loves the Creativity Involved in Directing

“So, when I got into this situation, I knew exactly what people would be asking me going into all these meetings,” the SEAL Team star continued. “I basically made sure that I had answers to all the questions from early on, so that way, I was always ahead. ”

Max Theiriot even went on to say that directing comes really easy to him in comparison to acting, but it’s plenty of work too.

“And I’m also one of those people that when it comes to directing, I understand it. It all really just makes sense to me. And so, it comes easier to me than acting. And so, I put in a ton of work, basically, creating the entire thing in my head, and I sit down and I draw stuff, and I listen to music. I have a really interesting process,” the actor/director finished.

Theiriot was discussing directing back in 2020, when SEAL Team was still on CBS. Now, however, the show has made a move.

‘SEAL Team’ is Now Officially a Paramount + Show

Earlier this year, there were tons of questions surrounding the renewal of SEAL Team. It wasn’t one of the first shows initially renewed by CBS, putting it in a dangerous limbo amongst shows that would wind up getting the axe. But CBS had different plans for SEAL Team.

The show now streams new episodes each week on Paramount+. There are some definite negatives to this, but there’s also an upside.

The downside, of course, is now fans will have to pay extra to watch the show if they didn’t have Paramount+ before. This hurts fans and the show, making some fans unable to watch and hurting the overall viewership for SEAL Team.

However, there’s also some good news. The show gets way more creative freedom now that it’s not network. Yes, they can swear now, but it’s bigger than that. They’re going to be able to explore storylines that are a bit darker with scenes that are more visually unnerving, bringing the realism of the show up a notch.

If Max Theiriot liked directing before, it would be interesting to see how he’d fare in the director’s chair at Paramount +. Based on his answers, he’d probably love it.