Going Undercover with Nicholas Bishop and Covert Affairs

November 6, 2014

The more things change, the more dangerous they get in the hit drama Covert Affairs, airing Thursdays at 10/9c on USA Network. Nicholas Bishop plays Ryan McQuaid, and he spoke with DIRECTV about what viewers can expect this season.

Your character Ryan McQuaid, a retired Navy SEAL-turned-CEO, really doesn’t understand failure. Is he as secure in life as he seems? What horrible secrets lie beneath the surface for him?

Well, I can’t tell you his secrets—where’s the fun in that? But he has a past and some things that are painful and challenging for him to deal with.

If you were an ex-Navy SEAL billionaire in real life, what would you do? Would it be anything like the life of Ryan McQuaid?

It would very much be like the life of Ryan McQuaid. He has an eye for quality and spends his money, making sure he has the best of what he needs. He is very adventurous which I can relate to, and he uses his money and status to protect people and for the greater good.

Also, if I had billions of dollars like him, a huge chunk of it would go to various charitable organizations because, let’s be honest, who needs billions of dollars?

McQuaid and Annie (Piper Perabo) have a strong mutual respect in the show. How long until one of them screws it up?

Well, it’s not really a matter of how long until someone screws up that respect. It’s more about working to gain more understanding and trust of one another—having each other’s backs, and being as brutally honest when faced with tough questions. People make mistakes, that’s just life. McQuaid and Annie are no different.

Secrecy plays a huge part in Covert Affairs. So, does it pay to keep secrets in real life?

Honesty is the best policy. Next question….

You played a medical investigator on Body of Proof, a detective on Home and Away, and now you’re playing Ryan McQuaid. Are you ever going to play a character that underachieves in life?

Ha, that’s a good question. I have played people who don’t strive for greatness, but I do enjoy characters that have a strong professional anchor. They are driven by working hard and embrace being challenged in life, people who are experts in what they do.

Your Twitter feed (@realnicbishop) features a lot of photographs that you’ve taken during your travels. Where are your favorite places to visit, and please tell us one unexpected gem of a destination.

Well, one of the best aspects of doing Covert is the traveling and shooting in these amazing places.

It was the first time I’d been to Paris, so that was pretty amazing. Filming on the streets of Paris is something really special.

Colombia was also a real treat because of the people and the culture.

But I have to say, Toronto, where Covert is actually filmed, is a terrific place to live and work. I didn’t know what to expect when I moved there, but I really enjoyed it.

Covert Affairs airs Thursdays at 10/9c on USA Network (Ch. 242).


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