I had a fun opportunity earlier this week! I got to speak with Tory Kittles, who portrays Broussard, on the series Colony! Tory took some time to speak with several of us on the phone about himself and Colony, playing the double agent, and his motivations. Here’s Part 1 of our conversation. Our questions are designated by TIBS.
How long in advance did you know that your character was actually a Red Hat as well as Resistance?
Tory: I found out about a week before everybody else did. I didn’t get that episode until we were already shooting number three. And I think we were about half way shooting number three when I read that and took me by surprise just like it did everyone else. One of the reasons is that I had to shoot the amazing Kathy Baker who had been so sweet and so nice. So that took me by surprise.
And is there anything at all you can kind of tease at all about the next episode with your character maybe?
Tory: Yes, sure. I think, you know, there have been sort of bread crumbs and clues about Broussard and his history that have been sort of sprinkled through the episode leading up to episode seven. You know it finds Broussard at a very precarious place because in six, you know, it’s the first time really that Broussard and Will have come face to face. And there was a moment in episode six where Broussard the story sort of gets flipped on its head and now Will is going to come after him. So it’s a very pivotal point within the structure of the whole season actually because everything sort of gets turned upside down. But I guess since I was just talking about him and the things that have led up to him this season, you know, there are some parallels that Broussard shared with Will. Like the first time you meet Broussard, Katie comes to him and she, you know, she’s asking for his help in finding in Will. But he reveals that there’s some parallels because he says guys like me and Will. So just looking at where he is now and where we’re going to find him in episode seven. There’s been all sort of clues that Ryan and Carlton have laid out throughout the course of this season to get us to this point. And in episode seven, it’s all going to come to a head.
One of the themes of the show is this precept of the whole question of do you collaborate or do you resist and who is your friend and kind of your enemy. It seems to be one of the central themes of the show. Can you talk about that?
Tory: Well, you know, what’s interesting about (Broussard) is that he finds himself very clear about what side he’s on, you know, because he is one of the leaders in the Resistance Movement but yet he’s undercover as a Red Hat. And he’s having to deal with seeing the things that the Red Hats do on a daily basis, you know, and he’s gathering intelligence. But I think that plays a big effect on his humanity. Like the opening teaser from episode four, you get a brief glimpse when he takes off the camera and you see sort of the weight that he’s been carrying just by being in the presence of these guys because it’s in direct conflict with everything that he’s trying to accomplish but yet he needs to do it accomplish. So it’s a lot of irony within that but it’s definitely weighs on him.
What’s also interesting about the series is that the fact that, you have this outside agency there and he personally has to keep his cool and not let his emotions get the best of him. I think his training comes into view there?
Tory: I think you’re absolutely right. His training, his background, his history and you’ll find out more this week. It’s been teased that he does have a government background. He was a soldier. And so all of those things have taught him how to survive in a war time. So that’s essentially where the colonists are living. It’s war time and you have to choose what side you’re going to be on. Whether you’re going to comply with the occupation which is something Broussard is very clear about, you know, what he wants, and I think he’s also a leader in that he would sacrifice himself so that everyone else can have the freedoms. He doesn’t want to give up these freedoms and he’s willing to die for that.
You have a pretty extensive body of work. With so many choices out for TV, whether it’s conventional TV or Netflix or Amazon, what drew you to Colony and what was the audition process like for you?
Tory: The script drew me. The script, you know, it was something very different than anything I’ve ever done before. It definitely combined a lot of elements from things that I liked. You know? Like I’m a big fan of Sci-Fi. I’m a big fan of action. I’m a big fan of thrillers. And it had all of these elements. And at the very core of it though it was a family drama and I could identify with these characters. And then after I read the script because which was only the pilot episode that I read, you know, and I didn’t know what they were going to do with this character. So I had no idea that this character was going to become what it has now become. And so I never foresaw that. I just trusted that Ryan Condal and Carlton Cuse were involved and you had all of these other great people involved in this show. You know, Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson. And it just felt like something that was very fascinating but something that I should do. I would be crazy not to do it. At least go for it, you know? April Webster was the first casting director that I met when I came to Los Angeles 15, 16 years ago. She is the incredible casting director on this and she put me on the phone with Ryan Condal and I had the conversation with him. After talking to him for a few minutes, I knew I wanted to work with him. And so I went for a meeting the next day with Ryan, Carlton, and Juan Campanella who directed the first three episodes — the Academy Award winner. Then I read a couple scenes from the pilot and I think I may have done it two times. But it was a very easy, very relaxed meeting and I think it was a good fit. When I walked into the room, I just really dug the vibe. And I think they dug me obviously and they hired me which is great. It was a great opportunity for me.
I’m wondering if you can tell us a little bit more about Broussard’s relationship with Quayle?
Tory: Yes, we’re going to find out a bit more about the nature of their relationship in this coming episode because, you know, what happens at the end of episode six is where Quayle suggests that Katie is a double agent. And I don’t think Broussard feels the same way. So there’s a big conflict that he’s struggling with because here you have someone that’s a mentor that you have a history with, and you trust Quayle but yet all of Broussard’s instincts are telling him that he can trust Katie. So I think he’s struggling with himself and he doesn’t know whether he’s been manipulated or what at this point in the story. And I think in episode seven, he’s going to have to do some digging to find that out.
What is your favorite scene from the series so far that you’ve filmed?
Tory: Oh, yes, in episode seven, you’ll actually get to see it this week. It’s a scene that we filmed up at the top of Griffith Park and it’s a beautiful scene. Jeffrey Jur, the amazing cinematographer, captured this incredible light. And it’s a scene with myself and Sarah Wayne Callies and we’re at the top of Griffith Park looking over Los Angeles. And that had a very special meaning for me because, you know, there was a time in my career where I considered giving up acting because things weren’t really going too well. And when we were shooting that particular scene, I looked back across the mountain and I saw a place where I had actually driven up years before and made up my mind that I wasn’t going to quit. And there was sort of things coming full circle and being in that moment and shooting that scene that it had sort of a deeper meaning for me.
Over the past few episodes, your character of course has been depicted as this tough guy soldier with a hard exterior and in some way — cold. There’s more to Broussard, perhaps even an emotional side. If so, any hints of when we’ll see it? Will we see maybe part of that in this week’s episode? Can you tease on that?
Tory: Yes, I think this week’s episode, you’ll definitely get more of his history. I think one of the things that I got and sort of digging into him earlier on was that I knew he had the background of military. I knew he had a history in dealing with the government. But this new world order so to speak was in place where we’re having to decide whether you’re going to resist or whether you’re going to collaborate, here was a guy that has chosen to resist this new movement. But, yet, he was also doing things in episodes to maintain his humanity which I think really shows what he was really about. He was trying to reconstruct something I believe. Because there was some symbolism. And every time she would go see him, he would – the first time we see him, he’s fixing the roof. You know? So there’s something about, you know, a soldier who now doesn’t have the fight anymore but yet he’s trying to hold onto something and he’s doing it by fixing up this house. He’s going to restore this house and that was him trying to not only maintain his humanity but also create something, you know, positive in this world where he’s just struggling to maintain that humanity. And in further episodes, you see him fixing the plumbing, putting bars on the window. So the house sort of to me was how he was trying to hold on to something special that connects to his past.
You mentioned being a fan of the Sci-Fi genre. How would you say that Colony is different from other Sci-Fi shows?
Tory: I think it has so many other elements. You know at the core it’s a family drama. It’s also a spy thriller. And in a lot of ways, it’s an action movie. You know in terms of Broussard the character at play, you don’t know if manipulating people or whether he’s being manipulated. So there are so many different identities that the characters are having to take to survive this occupation. So I think that’s some of the ways it’s different than it being a typical Sci-Fi genre show. It just has sort of a broader scope.
As a follow up question, what Sci-Fi shows, movies, et cetera, bring out the nerd in you?
Tory: I geek out over Star Wars. I geeked out about J.J. Abrams right before Star Wars was coming out because I was so excited about it. Star Wars was the first movie I ever saw in a theatre. And so Star Wars for me, I loved it.
TIBS – We’re really loving the show right now and really loving your character! What intrigues you most about this show, and what intrigues you about the character Broussard?
Tory: What intrigued me most is how (Broussard) was going about getting things done. You know you don’t know a lot about him so there was this ambiguity in him early on and has been really. The big reveal came in episode four where you see that he’s now a double agent essentially because he’s a Red Hat and he’s gone undercover to get information. So I thought that was – it shocked me when I first read it, you know? And that’s a credit to Carlton and Ryan and our incredible writing team. But it was how these characters go about getting things done. And none of the characters were two dimensional. They were all fully fleshed out. You know they just revealed at a slower pace Broussard’s other facets, you’ll get to see more of them in episode seven which is airing this week. But I was just fascinated with the character. I could identify with all of them. There was something about each character that I went, oh yes, I can completely understand why this character would behave in this way under these circumstances.
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