This is, dear readers, my most favourite time of the year. And I’m not just saying that because I look cute in a sweater or because I love Pumpkin Spice Lattes (although who are we kidding, I look adorable, and I basically mainline PSLs from now until December).
No, my favourite thing about fall is, of course, the television programming. Few things make me happier than curling up in the pocket sized place on a chilly night with a hot new television drama. Unless, of course, we’re talking about curling up with a hot new television drama and Dav –
I meant to say, curling up with a hot new television drama starring a funny named actor. Right. Let’s go with that. Since its debut last week, that television show has been NBC’s new hit “The Blacklist” and that actor has been Diego Klatternhoff.
Diego is a good Canadian boy who was born in Nova Scotia and grew up wanting to be a baseball player. (Really, Rob, that’s what
Wikipedia my showbiz sources tell me. I don’t just make this stuff up to make you happy, you know). He changed his mind at age 19 – presumably because he never had a chance to play, since spring lasts for all of five minutes in Nova Scotia – and moved to my hometown of Toronto to pursue acting. Good thing he did, too, because otherwise Tina Fey never would have laid eyes on his, um, talent, and never would have cast him alongside Rachel McAdams and Lindsay Lohan in “Mean Girls”.
While LiLo spent the decade following that movie basically ignoring authority, Diego did the polite, Canadian thing and embraced it. He played by-the-book Marine Mike Faber on “Homeland” for two seasons, and now he’s starring as FBI agent Donald Ressler on “The Blacklist” along with the awesomely named (and awesomely talented) James Spader. Diego is typically Canadian when talking about moving between the world of the CIA and the FBI too, saying modestly,
“It’s not like I had a huge transition and had to lose 40 pounds or gain 40 pounds. They put me in these great suits. It wasn’t too, too much.”
Don’t be so unassuming, Diego honey – you can really wear a suit. Not that that’s the reason why I watch your show, or anything.
In between such snazzily dressed gigs, Diego also helped save the world this summer in Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim”. What a guy!