The Path (Hulu)
Cal, your character, is the charismatic leader of a religious movement, called Meyerism, which has been described as cultlike. Do you see it that way?
Honestly, at this point I no longer distinguish. I think it’s really true that my cult is your religion.
What was the first part you ever landed?
I was 13 and at this very British school, the kind of school where someone could just come up to you and say, “We’re doing The Tempest next year, and you’re going to be Ariel.” And you would have to say, “Ah, okay…” I didn’t realize at the time I was taking any sort of plunge. Professionally, my first role was in a TV miniseries called Trial and Retribution. I played the acolyte to a serial killer—and I then spent several years after that doing costume dramas, which some would say was more what I was destined for. I’ve had to claw my way back to playing a serial killer’s acolyte.
Dancy wears a Dior Homme shirt.
Grooming by Lauren Kaye Cohen at Tracey Mattingly.
Photography by Mona Kuhn
Styled by Patrick Mackie
I have added five portraits of Hugh from a photo session with TheWrap. You can view the original article here. And the photos by clicking on the thumbnails to go to the album.
You can view a video from TheWrap as well as the interview below:
Hugh Dancy‘s character on Hulu’s “The Path” is so magnetic that even the actor who portrays him couldn’t resist falling under his spell.
On the Hulu original drama, Dancy plays Cal Roberts, the charismatic cult leader of the Meyerist movement. Fans of the series saw him as a villain, but that was a reception Dancy hadn’t predicted while shaping the character and filming the series.
“It turns out I was playing a much darker character than I realized,” the actor told TheWrap. “I was busy justifying him and kind of feeling, basically, sympathy for him. And it turns out I’m pretty much alone in that feeling.”
The series, from creator Jessica Goldberg and executive producer Jason Katims, also stars “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul and “True Detective” alum Michelle Monaghan as a couple who begin to question their faith and loyalty to Dancy’s reckless leader.
“We all kind of share the load, and we all get to work with each other,” Dancy said of his co-stars. “There’s a lot of dynamics across the show.”
To capture the atmosphere of a real cult, “The Path” films on a real religious compound just outside of New York. The scenic location goes a long way in setting the tone of the show, Dancy explained.
“It’s kind of idyllic,” he said. “It creates the environment of the show to a great degree, just by virtue of being by the Hudson River.”
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Hugh Dancy – “The Path”
“The trick was letting the lines sink in and then sink in again, deeper and deeper, so you’re speaking from a place of real conviction. So when he talks about transparency or overcoming the challenges you face, that comes from a really specific, personal place for him. And that means I can deliver those lines with something behind them.” – Source
I have added high quality images of Hugh’s photoshoot with LA Times for The Path promotion to our photo archive. Also, for those wondering about “The Path” episode 3 screen captures, they are coming later today. I’m giving a little time for those who haven’t seen it to watch and not be spoiled once they are posted.
I have added three images from the Variety photo session to our photo archive.