‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’: Dylan McDermott Channeled One Animal to Help Him Portray His Character

by Joe Rutland
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Actors sometimes look for inspiration in different ways. “Law & Order: Organized Crime” star Dylan McDermott got it in an animal.

McDermott, who appears in an April 2021 interview with “Live with Kelly and Ryan” hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest, says, “It’s interesting because I always pick one animal when I’m doing a role. For this guy, it’s an octopus. Because he has tentacles and changes form and shape. He’s different with everybody.”

He plays crime boss Michael Wheatley on the NBC crime drama. Actually, his character is owner of an online pharmaceutical company.

McDermott’s character, when it comes to crime, keeps that part of his life secretive. But Wheatley is in the crosshairs of NYPD Detective Elliot Stabler, played by Christopher Meloni. Why? Wheatley is a suspect in the murder of Stabler’s wife.

So there’s already a built-in tension between both characters. That’s not even including other stuff that “Law & Order: Organized Crime” deals with in each episode. The show premiered in an eight-episode first season that just wrapped up on NBC.

‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Returns With Rest of Cast for Second Season

McDermott, who received high praise for his role on the legal drama “The Practice,” gets a chance to keep playing octopus-like Wheatley. The network picked up “Law & Order: Organized Crime” for a second season, setting up 24 episodes for its fall season.

Besides McDermott and Meloni, other stars on the show include Danielle Mone’ Truitt, Tamara Taylor, and Ainsley Seiger. Now in the show’s first season, Mariska Hargitay from “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” made a crossover appearance.

Obviously, Stabler and Hargitay’s character Olivia Benson used to work together on “SVU” before Meloni left the show.

Seigler Considers Herself ‘Incredibly Lucky’ To Be Part Of Show

Seigler says that she’s “incredibly lucky” to be a part of “Law & Order: Organized Crime” filled with a cast of veteran actors.

“The gratitude that I feel and the thankfulness that I feel for having what I have right now — it’s impossible to put it into words,” Seigler says to The [Raleign, N.C.] News & Observer on June 1. “I’m so, so grateful.”

Additionally, the show’s fans have been on her side. Seigler says “that is something that I’m really trying my best not to take for granted because I feel that doesn’t happen very often.”

“And it’s so easy to be mean to people on the Internet, so the fact that people would be nice to me instead is astounding,” she says.

Seigler is a native of Cary, N.C. Who knows if her career will follow the path of another North Carolina acting legend in Andy Griffith. Time will tell.

But surrounding herself with the likes of McDermott, Meloni, and others certainly cannot hurt the actress in her career.

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