PopSugar ‘The Blacklist’ Interview with Ryan

On The Blacklist, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) recently found out that her husband, Tom (Ryan Eggold), is a spy who has been tracking her for an indeterminate amount of time. When we sat down with Eggold at the Tribeca Film Festival for his film Lucky Them, he revealed that things are only going to get worse from here. Leading up to the finale, characters will be pushed to their limits, with everyone having a “brush with death.” Keep reading to find out if Tom has any true feelings for Liz, if he’s really a villain, and just how much Tom knows about Red.

POPSUGAR: Did you always know that Tom was some sort of spy?

Ryan Eggold: I always knew that he was something other than what he appeared to be, but the exact definition of that was sort of taking shape throughout the whole season and still is.

PS: Are we going to get some backstory about how long he’s been tracking Elizabeth?

RE: I just read the finale, and how do I say this? A lot of it’s going to wait. I thought a lot of it was going to come at the end of this year, but a lot of it is going to be next year, in season two.

PS: So that means we’re going to see you in season two?

RE: Gosh, I can’t answer that one.
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Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, and Ryan Eggold on their ‘Lucky Them’ Characters

One of the beauties of being an actor is that you can get drunk, go to music shows and call it research; it’s what Toni Collette did—“I am joking, but I’m not,” she says to Backstage—to prepare for her role in the Tribeca Film Festival select “Lucky Them.”

Co-starring Thomas Haden Church, Ryan Eggold (“The Blacklist”), and featuring a special cameo from a very well-known actor at the end of the film , “Lucky Them” looks at a music journalist who’s forced to confront a part of her past she’s long been trying to forget.

Assigned to track down her ex-boyfriend, who mysteriously disappeared without a trace years prior, Collette’s character Ellie enlists Charlie, a rich man turned novice documentarian on the side (Church) to accompany her. The film, through the lens of this search examines what life can look like for someone who hasn’t let go of their past, and the issues they face as a result.

Eggold plays the lovesick musician who realizes the emotionally damaged Ellie is unwilling to take on another relationship, but it’s the audience who knows why.
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PopSugar Interview with Ryan

Ryan Eggold has raised his profile for playing mysterious character Tom on The Blacklist, but he’s about to break out in a whole new way. In Lucky Them, currently playing at the Tribeca Film Festival and in theaters on May 30, Eggold shows off his musical side, with his character, Lucas, singing his way into the heart of rock journalist Ellie (Toni Collette). When we caught up with the actor in NYC, he revealed how his “naive, puppy-ish” character helps Ellie through a midlife crisis, when we can expect to hear more of his original music, and some fun memories from his first series regular TV role on Dirt with Courteney Cox.

POPSUGAR: What’s interesting about Lucky Them is that it’s not confined to one genre — it’s not a romantic comedy or a full-on drama. How would you describe the film?

Ryan Eggold: That’s interesting that you thought it was genre-less. That’s very, very cool. I think it’s a coming-of-age piece. It’s a coming-of-age piece for Toni’s character, Ellie, about a gal going through a sort of — I hope Toni doesn’t get mad at me for saying this — a midlife crisis. She’s young and beautiful, but she’s a woman who is sort of still a teenager.

PS: She kind of loses her youth by losing her boyfriend, Matthew, and you kind of give that to her as Lucas, the young nice musician.

RE: Yeah, I think Lucas is sort of a reminder to her of this guy that she lost. And then there’s this other version of her. I think that he’s a great foil for her because he’s very naive and sort of innocent and puppy-ish, and she’s much more hardened and sort of cynical and has lost that view. She’s more jaded about this rock-and-roll business, while he’s sort of at the beginning, like wide-eyed, just wanting to do it. He reminds her of a different version of herself.

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‘The Blacklist’: Who is the real Tom Keen?

The epic machinations of Red Reddington have been spinning out of control on The Blacklist and after two brutal weeks off, we finally get a new episode tonight. The question on everyone’s mind is, who is Tom Keen? We now know that the sexy/scary husband of FBI Agent Liz Keen is an undercover spy, but we don’t know who he’s working for, what he wants, or how far he’s willing to go to get it. Entertainment Weekly sat down with Ryan Eggold to get some insight on his mysterious character, what we can look forward to tonight, and what the deal is with those amazing glasses he wears.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: We haven’t gotten to see you in many scenes with James Spader yet. Will we see more of you two together in the future?
RYAN EGGOLD: They’ve written other scenes between James and I, really game changer-y scenes that I think they put on the shelf because it’s a later thing.

Is it fun to work with him?
It’s great. He’s very supportive and very talented, so it makes it easy. I remember him saying little things like, “I really liked that take,” which just makes you feel great. It’s a nice front row seat to watch Spader do his thing. He’s a serious guy, very professional.

And how is Megan Boone?
We have a lot of fun. We have scenes where we try and make each other laugh. We’re excited to be playing some of the trickier stuff now. At the beginning it was a lot of sipping coffee and “hey babe.” We’re trying to bring the “babe” down.

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