How Dominic Adams Breaks Down His Characters’ Darkness
In the new History series “Six,” British actor Dominic Adams explores the ways in which feelings of isolation can lead human beings down a path of destruction.
On his mysterious character in ‘Six.’
“Michael is first-generation American, born of Lebanese parents who migrated to the country. He grew up in Michigan, went to Michigan State University, and got an engineering degree. He’s really on the path of a hardworking, conscientious, bright young man who experiences things in his life, growing up in the U.S. in the aftermath of 9/11, that start to skew and cloud his opinion of the country of his birth.”
On stage versus screen acting.
“There’s a quote by—I think—Sir Ben Kingsley that seemed to sum it up in a really great way, about painting with a broad brush on a canvas as opposed to a finer brush…. It’s the idea that the stage is that big canvas where it’s not necessarily about intricacies with what’s going on on your face. When you’ve got a camera with the equipment and the technology we have these days, the most minute changes [are captured].”
On the ‘hangover’ of playing dark characters.
“There’s more of a hangover for certain characters and certain roles than there are others. As I finished ‘Six,’ there were moments I just had to take some time to be with myself and assess where I’m at as a man, and how I have changed and grown through my experiences as an actor and as a man.”
On finding inspiration as an actor in real life.
“I’m fascinated by people. I’m fascinated by life. I have this sort of mantra, which is: ‘Fascinated people make the most fascinating people.’ Having a real hunger for understanding and learning and being intrigued by why things happen, why people behave the way they do, what motivates that behavior, what keeps the world spinning [inspires me]. And the heart, the tremendous heart, that we as human beings have.”
On the timeliness and real-life parallels of ‘Six.’
“Often, with people who are what we would call on our side ‘terrorists,’ it’s about the way they feel they can make a difference. ‘What can I do here? I feel like I have no say in these things happening to me and my country and people around me.’ [With ‘Six,’] I remember waking up and going to film the morning of the Brussels explosions. I was off to film something that very much had a resonance to that. To have that happen the morning I was off to go and film something that has very dark similarities to that was challenging to say the least.”