Dallas Season 2: Jesse Metcalfe Talks Christopher’s Baggage, Honoring Larry Hagman

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Jesse Metcalfe acts as Christopher, the noble heart of the Ewings in Dallas and TV Equals was on hand to attend a conference call to learn more about Christopher’s storyline this season, what types of skeletons Metcalfe thinks Christopher could have in his closet, how the season will go forward without Larry Hagman and more.

Fan feedback

With a show like Dallas you can be sure that there’s going to be a lot of fan interaction. Metcalfe said that he appreciates all the feedback he gets from his fans through social media.

“I really love getting instant feedback from the fans, letting us know what they like didn’t like,” he said. “It really plays a large part in the publicity of our show, the strategy of our show and…I think the fans really enjoy [the episodes].”

Rebecca and Christopher

Rebecca [Julie Gonzalo] and Christopher are still at a tough juncture in their relationship, and Metcalfe said that Christopher is still highly vulnerable to both Rebecca and her family.

“We’ll, she’s dangerous. She’s dangerous because she has the backing of her family and of her father. [Barnes] certainly has a lot of money and a lot of power,” he said. “And he’s also still emotionally vulnerable to her. After all, she is the mother of his children. And they’re stuck in this bitter custody battle over the unborn twins…”

Metcalfe on playing a lead role

Metcalfe has been a part of a several successful shows, including Desperate Housewives, but he said playing Christopher has given him much more “responsibility” as an actor.

“This is an incredible opportunity for me. It’s my first-ever lead part on a series where I really feel a responsibility to make rue that every episode is everything it can be,” he said. “You know, I bring a lot of myself to any characters I play, but I think that playing any character serves as a cathartic experience, too. It’s almost like you learn things from your character or become more like your character the longer you play him…Christopher is a very noble character. He’s really at the moral center of this show–incredibly ethical and oftentimes heroic. He’s really the guy that tries to selflessly serve and protect his family.”

Speculating on Christopher’s baggage

Even though Christopher is part of the good half of the Ewing family, there’s nothing saying he couldn’t have some secrets to hide. Metcalfe talked about what kind of skeletons he would give Christopher.

“I think Christopher is defined by his need to prove himself as a Ewing. The baggage of being abandoned by the only mother he’s ever known. I think that’s the fuel for his ambition. That’s the source of his ambition,” he said. “So, anything, really, could come out of that. He could have a substance problem. He could fly off the handle. I mean, he’s already proven himself in the first season to be pretty temperamental at times and very emotionally raw at times. I don’t really know exactly what skeletons are going to come out of Christopher’s closet…he definitely has some edge to his personality and, certainly, there’s the propensity to go to the dark side.”

Honoring Larry Hagman

The Dallas cast, crew and fans were dealt a blow when Larry Hagman died after the first season. Metcalfe talked at length about what the show is doing to make sure Hagman’s legacy and character will be remembered.

“I think the best way to honor Larry would be to make sure this show a huge success and to keep the show going for, at least, a few more years to come. Anything less than that I think Larry would see as a failure,” he said. “I mean, this tragedy has really kind of set up another monumental television event and I think our writers, our producers and us as actors have all come together to try to honor Larry and the character of J.R. in the best possible way that we know how…[I]t’s definitely going to make for some very compelling television, there’s no doubt about that.”

Metcalfe teased an episode that would squarely deal with J.R.’s death. “Episode Eight is really the episode where the mystery of J.R.’s death begins to unravel. It’s entitled ‘J.R.’s Masterpiece’ and a lot of very intriguing storylines are set in motion because of his death. I think they’re really going to fuel the second half of the season and possibly seasons to come.”

Dallas will come back on TNT Monday, January 28 at 9/8c.