‘SEAL Team’ Star David Boreanaz’s Favorite Part About Jason Being a ‘Conflicted’ Man

by Anna Dunn

SEAL Team star David Boreanaz opened up about his favorite part about his character, Jason Hayes. Boreanaz is known for previous roles on Buffy, Angel, and Bones. But now, he’s the leading man on SEAL Team. For him, he loves that Jason is a conflicted man, and feels that that’s a key part of his character.

Jason, just like a lot of the characters on the show, feel most conflicted and vulnerable when they’re taking a break from the action.

Boreanaz Feels Jason’s Inner Conflict Reflects Real Life Struggles

“I like the fact that Jason is so conflicted, internally, being a Navy SEAL Tier 1 guy. Their brains and their mentalities are really just wired to go. They don’t think about it, they just go. So, when you have moments with family, you have to downshift,” Boreanaz explained in an interview with Collider in 2018.

“The gears grind in their heads while they try to figure that out and make sense of it. They feel like a bunch of misfit toys in a family environment that brings them to wonder if they’re doing the right thing. And then, you find these silent moments where it’s sad because they want to be there for their son’s graduation or first communion, or a girl’s first dance, but they can’t, so they struggle with that,” Boreanaz said.

The SEAL Team actor is passionate about Veterans, and the show tries to reflect the real experience many have when it comes to their family. And that experience is often dark.

“You tend to see a lot of break-ups and separations and PTSD or drug abuse. It’s very dark, but yet it’s also very humorous, in a way, how they deal with injuries. They try to laugh themselves out of pain. It’s crazy to think about how a guy who just got his arm blown off is doing Tommy Boy quotes to get through it. I don’t know how they do it. Something goes off in their mind, and it’s full speed,” Boreanaz said.

SEAL Team Comes Back This October

Boreanaz stars in SEAL Team alongside Max Thieriot, AJ Buckley, Toni Trucks, and Niel Brown Jr. The show aired in 2017, and while it’s struggled in the ratings, it’s found a passionate fanbase.

SEAL Team is going into its fifth season later this year, but there’s a bit of a catch. Only the first four episodes will air on CBS starting on Sunday, Oct. 10, but then the show is going to move exclusively to the Paramount + streaming service.

However, it’s better than cancellation, which some feared from the network last year. SEAL Team was incredibly close to getting cut from the network. Even David Boreanaz started campaigning to save SEAL Team. Thankfully for fans, the show, and all its complex and conflicted characters, will live on another year.