to like Speedman's Baz, the charismatic adopted son of Janine "Smurf" Cody, matriarch and organizer of the robberies that support her family's lavish lifestyle.

And also saying yes to the possibility that the character can go this way or it can go that way. SS: I feel very confident about what they're doing, but like any good TV show, things change and things evolve and you have to be ready to move when they do and not get too bogged down in the backstory and things like that.

Things are ever-evolving on the show, especially in the first season where we're trying to find our footing and trying to find what stories we really want to tell and finding what works best for these characters, these actors, and the show itself.

It was the potential of the character more than anything.

HB: You're known for pretty straightforward hero-type roles.

SS: One of the main story points that helped me get there was that the lead brother, Pope, played by Shawn Hatosy, goes away to jail, and in that vacuum I sort of take over.

When he comes back, the real drama ensues for the hierarchy and the alpha-male challenges of who's going to be the top boss within the family.

To say that I woke up one day and I was ready and the day before I wasn't really isn't the case.

It's sort of like a long-term building towards this point in my career that I feel ready to take on these sort of lead characters and take on the responsibility of everything that comes with it now more than ever.

Although he had established himself as a TV heartthrob, Speedman consistently sought out more nuanced roles, frequently in independent features, while he nurtured a career aimed more at longevity than marquee recognition.