OITNB’s Michael Harney on Red & Healy’s Relationship

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From interview with International Business Times By Megan Schaefer published on July 21 2015

IBTimes: What storyline would you like to see play out in the fourth season?

Harney: I really enjoy the scenes I had with Red (Kate Mulgrew) in Season 3. So I’m hoping we have a chance to work together again. Artistically that’s very fulfilling for both of us, I believe, so there’s that. But I approach it like it’s a blank canvas.

IBTimes: I was also looking forward to seeing how your relationship with Red will play out. Were you surprised that your characters had chemistry in Season 3?

Harney: Did it surprise me? No. I just felt, “Wow. This is really cool.” The thing that turns me on the most about the show is the fact that I get to — what you said at the very beginning of our talk today — there’s so many layers that I get the opportunity to explore and they’re really endless.

IBTimes: When I first saw sparks fly between Healy and Red, I initially thought the head cook had some sort of agenda. But it looked like their emotions developed into something real, something sincere, which I specifically noticed during a scene from Morello’s (Yael Stone) wedding. Would you agree that their relationship is genuine?

Harney: Yeah, that’s obvious from the scene you just mentioned. There’s a lot of depth in the relationship, there’s a lot of real… there’s a soulfulness there.

IBTimes: We got to see Healy, Red and the mail-order bride together — and I love that you describe your relationship with Red as soulful, because I’m wondering how Katia (Sanja Danilovic) will feel about her husband having feelings for another women. Perhaps jealously?

Harney: Again, I can project all I want, but part of the beauty of what I do is that I just go with what comes down the pike in terms of story. I don’t know what’s going to happen with Katia, I don’t know what her response will be, but once I receive the way [the writers] want to go with it, I’ll know how to live through it because [not once] have they not given me a very truthful through line of action to play — [not once].

IBTimes: In addition to the show tackling topics that really needed to be discussed, like LGBT issues, Season 3 also tickled our fancies with pop culture references — like the arrest of the Martha Stewart-inspired character. That was one of my favorite scenes. Which moment from the previous season really stood out to you?

Harney: The scene with Red where she comes behind my desk and she puts her hand on my face. There was so many things that happened in that scene for me that were completely unexpected. I wound up getting very emotional. I had no idea that was going to happen. And then it just flowed throughout the whole shooting of the scene. So again, artistically, it was a really cool thing. And those unguarded moments happen when you’re really [immersed] in doing art with people that are dedicated to being there with you. That was a scene that I enjoyed.

Read the full interview here

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