‘SEAL Team’ Star David Boreanaz Passionately Broke Down What Drives Him

by Allison Hambrick

SEAL Team actor David Boreanaz revealed what keeps him motivated after two decades of acting on television. From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Bones, Boreanaz has appeared in some of the most popular shows in modern television. One must wonder how he does it.

Despite his successes, Boreanaz says he never felt like he made it. Rather, he finds fulfillment in the work itself. “I just work hard,” David Boreanaz told Parade. “I love after a long run, or something, how the body feels exhausted and mentally [spent]; it feels like a sense of accomplishment.”

Though it is hard to think back to a time before he was on our screens, Boreanaz’s career only took off in the late nineties. His first acting credit was in an episode of Married…With Children. A few short years later, he got his big break as the swoon-worthy vampire, Angel, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

After several seasons of Buffy and a spinoff centered on his character, Boreanaz scored the male lead on the ABC series Bones. While Buffy has a devoted fanbase even now, it was Bones that made Boreanaz a household name. In what he described as a “fun” role, his character was more the snarky “mancrush” as opposed to the brooding heartthrob.

When Bones ended in 2017, Boreanaz moved on to a new role as Jason Hayes on SEAL Team. Hayes differs from his previous characters in that he is a “Tier 1,” the highest classification of SEAL operative. Moreover, this is Boreanaz’s first main role in which he doesn’t act as a love interest or sidekick to the female lead.

David Boreanaz Feels Connected to Hayes

“He is really important to me and, playing him, I feel more in tune as I’ve ever been with a character,” said Boreanaz.

The actor feels the need “shine light on these guys who suffer in what they do for a living and how they protect us.”

“We’ve gotten very positive feedback from veterans, Tier-One operators and armed forces people thanking us,” he added. Because of the importance he places on paying tributes to veterans, Boreanaz pays tribute in a very special way to a real SEAL operative who participated in 13 deployments.

“I wear his helmet,” said David Boreanaz. “I could wear a lighter [prop] helmet, but I decided to wear his actual helmet to honor him and I will do that throughout the whole series of its run.”

For Boreanaz, pride and accomplishment come from a job he feels he put his all into. That’s why he cares so much about creating an authentic portrayal of military life. The work is worth the reward.

“I remember when I was a kid, I would cut the grass and it took all day, and then I’d look back and see how perfect the lines were in the grass,” Boreanaz clarified. “And I’d say, ‘You know what? That was hard work. I’m a hard-work guy.’ That, to me, is accomplishment in itself.”

“At the end of the day, I like to work and let that speak for itself,” Boreanaz declared.