David Boreanaz has been on a winning streak since starring in 1997’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The 48-year-old actor played vampire-turned-private investigator Angel so well, a spin-off, Angel, was commissioned in 1999 and it went on for five seasons. A year after Angel ended its run, Boreanaz signed on to Bones, a crime procedural that ended last year after a whopping 12 seasons. But it wasn’t always like that.
“I remember living on a couch and the stress that comes along with finding yourself in Los Angeles doing odd jobs and working in local theatres, commercials and other small gigs,” he shares his early days as an actor with CBS Local.
Boreanaz says that humbling process is something he incorporates into his new show, SEAL Team. “For me, it’s kind of relevant to climbing the ropes (to become a member of the most elite special forces)
“… It’s about where they start, how they get in and how they get accepted. It’s one that I can look back on and relate it to where I am today and use some of those experiences to apply to my character.”
In the military drama, Boreanaz’s Jason Hayes leads a Navy SEAL team who is also dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Asked the secret to making a hit show, the actor offers: “It’s about putting the work and the time in and finding the moments and not glossing over the little things. It’s very easy to get caught up in the time that you have and how many hours you have to shoot a show. It’s all about the passion and the drive that you have and getting it right with the right people.”
SEAL Team airs every Wednesday at 10.05pm on AXN HD (Astro Ch 721).