'We had a really good time': Gretchen Mol says 'American Gigolo' costar Jon Bernthal is a 'warm, kind person'
'American Gigolo', the new spin-off series of the OG 80s movie 'American Gigolo', has got a mixed bag of reviews from critics. While some are appalled by the series and others in awe, one thing that seems to unite reviewers is its stellar performances. The Showtime series stars Jon Bernthal as Julian Kaye. Alongside Bernthal, we will see Gretchen Mol as Michelle, Rosie O'Donnell as Detective Sunday, Lizzie Brocheré as Isabelle, and Leland Orser as Richard Stratton. Viewers will also see Wayne Brady as Lorenzo, and Laura Liguori as Elizabeth Shannon House in recurring roles in the series.
Gretchen Mol recently spoke in awe of her new co-actor Bernthal in an interview, calling him "collaborative" and "extremely warm". Here's what else the actress had to say.
According to New York Post, Gretchen Mol recently said, "Jon Bernthal is fantastic. He’s a great actor and really a warm kind person." She added, "He’s very collaborative and we had a really good time. I was excited about the opportunity to play this woman in two different time periods, and to see how the 15 years that the love of her life has been in prison has changed her. The opportunity to play that time passing in a person, and just a real love affair between these two people, was intriguing to me. This woman falls in love with a gigolo, and all that entails emotionally." Mol is no stranger to noir stories or thrillers, having starred in the 1999 film 'The Thirteenth Floor,' HBO’s 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Perry Mason,' and 'Yellowstone'.
Mol apparently saw the OG movie 'American Gigolo', starring Richard Gere, years ago but didn’t revisit it before co-starring in the show.
Mol further said, “I had a recollection of it. It made an impact when I saw it, I had never seen anything quite like that. But I also knew that [the show] was a modern-day reimagining of that tale,” she said. “It’s going to be very different just in terms of what being a gigolo would be, now. I remember it was such a stylish piece (and) I remember Lauren Hutton and Richard Gere having such an iconic presence.”
In the Showtime series, Julian Kaye (Jon Bernthal), 15 years after being arrested for murder and struggling to find his footing in the modern-day Los Angeles sex industry, seeks the truth about the frame that sent him to prison years ago and also hopes to reconnect with his one true love, Michelle (Gretchen Mol).
'American Gigolo' is all set to premiere on Showtime on Friday, September 9, 2022.