Exclusive ‘Sirens’ Interview: Michael Mosley Discusses His Hilarious Role in USA’s First Half-Hour Comedy

Michael Mosley has guest starred and starred in a wide array of popular series including Justified, Happy Endings and his ongoing role on A&E’s Longmire (sorry, Longmire fans, Mosley couldn’t offer any scoop on the upcoming season aside from the fact that his onscreen wife, Katee Sackhoff, promised “they have good things in store” for Sean). Now Mosley has landed a lead role in USA’s first original half-hour comedy Sirens from executive producers Denis Leary and Bob Fisher, where he plays the sports-loving, sarcastic EMT Johnny, who along with his best friend Hank (Kevin Daniels) and new guy Brian (Kevin Bigley), finds himself in exciting, ridiculous and funny situations.

Mosley recently spoke with TV Equals about his new role, why he thinks Sirens is special and much more.

Sirens premieres with back-to-back episodes on USA, tonight, Thursday March 6th beginning at 10PM on USA.

TV Equals: If you had to describe Sirens to viewers, what would you tell them about the series?

Michael Mosley: It’s a workplace comedy about EMTs who are really great at their job and not so great at their personal lives. It’s a comedy that kind of surprises you with drama here and there. I think at its core, it’s just about a group of friends.

TV Equals: Sirens was a one season series in the UK. What inspired Denis Leary and Bob Fisher to adapt Sirens for American television?

Michael Mosley: I think Leary from his track record, as you can tell, he is always enthusiastic about first responders. He had The Job, which I think was his first series, and then Rescue Me and Sirens is an extension of that– now it is EMTs. I think it’s really an interesting kind of world to live in when you can be telling jokes and busting balls, then at the drop of a hat you can instantly be thrust into something that could be very scary.

The thing that Denis and Bob have done so well is to throw an existential crisis onto the characters at the beginning of a lot of episodes. Then you see how that unfolds into their personal lives as the episode continues.

TV Equals: Did you meet with any real-life EMTs to prepare for the role?

Michael Mosley: We did. We had a couple of EMTs who were always there to make sure that their bulls*** meter didn’t go off. If we had very tech heavy days, whether it be a serious emergency or what not, we had guys that were there to make sure we were using the equipment correctly and didn’t look like a bunch of dumb-dumbs.

The thing that is really funny is a lot of what happens is really ridiculous. You’re dealing with the human body, and nobody preps their house when an EMT is coming over. You’re coming over at a very vulnerable moment of their life, so there is all kinds of funny stuff and goofy stuff that can happen.

TV Equals: Can you tell us a little about Johnny’s arc this season?

Michael Mosley: One of his arcs is with Jessica McNamee’s character, Theresa. Johnny is kind of a commitment phobe because his father left his mother for a stripper named Coco when he was seven, so he comes from this dysfunctional past. I’m not sure he has a great mind set when it comes to relationships and what marriage means. You will see how that relationship with Theresa evolves through the season.

TV Equals: If you could give Johnny one piece of advice, what would it be?

Michael Mosley: Marry that beautiful cop. That’s what my advice would be; turn off your brain and marry that beautiful woman.

TV Equals: The friendship between Johnny and Hank feels so organic. What do you think it is about the duo that makes them so relatable?

Michael Mosley: I think they’re both guy’s guys, and they are good friends. I think this relationship has been attempted in the past and the problem was everyone was like, “it will be a show where he’s gay and he’s straight, and whoa, they’re best friends, wrap your brain around that brainbender!” but I think we live in a world today where it’s just not a big deal. It’s not something we need to highlight or over-think. It’s one of the elements of the show that I’m the most proud about.

TV Equals: Out of season one, what episode are you the most excited for viewers to see?

Michael Mosley: I would have to say the “Jeff the Chef” episode. Hank’s ex-boyfriend gets married and Hank is traditionally a patriarch, an oak of a person, who is the voice of reason between Johnny and Brian. So Hank has always been this kind of sun that we orbit around, so in this episode you get to see Hank unravel because his ex-boyfriend is with someone else for good. We get to go to this really cool gay wedding and it’s just a total blast; we had a lot of extras there that day and we were all running around and dancing. I’m really looking forward to seeing if people enjoy that episode as much as we did.

TV Equals: Since Sirens‘ is USA’s first half-hour comedy, are you feeling any pressure for the show to succeed?

Michael Mosley: Well, no. I don’t think you really can be pressured. All we did is, we went out and made our show and it’s kind of like raising a child. You just send them off to school one day and you hope.

I’m really excited USA is branching out and doing something a little edgier than the stuff they did in the past. I feel really lucky to be in this position where we are a new tangent for them to explore. Hopefully, people will like it.

TV Equals:Finally, if you could guest star on any show, which one would it be and why?

Michael Mosley: Oh my goodness, there would be a million of them. Does it have to be in this era? I’d love to guest star on The Sopranos, Deadwood, Mad Men, True Detective…I would have guest starred on The Sopranos, I think that is one of the most perfect TV shows that ever happened.

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