‘FBI’: The Hardest Part of Portraying Jubal Valentine for Actor Jeremy Sisto

by Keeli Parkey
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The hit CBS drama “FBI” is now in its fourth season. And it continues to entertain and excite viewers with its dramatization of the goings-on of the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in New York City.

A key player within the series is the character of Assistant Special Agent Jubal Valentine. Bringing this agent to life is actor Jeremy Sisto. During a February 2021 interview with Starry Mag, the 47-year-old actor talked about the challenges he and the cast of “FBI” face while creating the series.

With the show having aired for so long, one challenge Sisto and the rest of the cast face is keeping the show feeling new and exciting. They also want to make sure that all the storylines work together.

“It’s one of those things where a lot of the scenes we’re doing feels very similar. They are all connected very different kind of plots and intensities and immediacies,” Sisto explained.

Another challenge Sisto and company face is portraying the famous law enforcement agency as accurately as possible.

“And we’re also trying to kind of show how this group of people all working together in this sort of seamless way and that is what the FBI is. It’s supposed to give that feeling,” the actor said.

‘FBI’ Actor Jeremy Sisto Said Writing for the Series is ‘Not Always and Easy Thing’

Bringing federal agents to life on screen is a challenge for the cast – as well as the creative minds behind the show, according to Jeremy Sisto.

“It’s not always an easy thing to write for and dramatize in these detective shows because you want a kind of simplicity in the possible plot twists that could be available. You don’t want to confuse it too much. I know it’s something that the writers put a lot of time into to try to find the right balance and then they throw it to us to get that energy and keep it going and keep all the background actors – not just the supporting people in the shot, but all of those people in the office place are all working on the same case,” Sisto explained.

At the end of the day, actor Jeremy Sisto and the rest of the cast hope that they have done their jobs successfully and have created an entertaining viewing experience for their audience. He also knows that some episodes are more successful than other ones.

“So, to tie it all together and make it feel like a living breathing entity is an ongoing challenge. Sometimes we nail it better than others, which is why it is a good challenge. If it is an easy thing to do we could nail it every time. It’s exciting,” he said.

“FBI” airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. (Eastern) and 7 p.m. (Central) on CBS. It is not the only series in the franchise. There is also “FBI: Most Wanted” and “FBI: International.” “FBI: Most Wanted” also airs on Tuesdays. Its airtime is 10 p.m. (Eastern) and 9 p.m. (Central). “FBI: International” airs at 9 p.m. (Eastern) and 8 p.m. (Central).