USA’s original series Mr. Robot and its stars have been earning praise for the show’s fresh take on themes such as economic inequality and privacy. Along with multiple Critics’ Choice Awards, this month the show took home a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Series, while Christian Slater won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. After a long and respected career in film, TV, and theatre, Slater plays the mysterious leader of an underground hacker organization set on taking down multinational CEOs with the help of a cyberhacker, played by Rami Malek.
With Season One under his belt and enjoying a wave of positive buzz, Slater joined us to discuss the much-lauded series and tide us over until it returns for Season Two later this year. In the meantime, catch up on all of Season One now On Demand at home and on the go with DIRECTV Everywhere.
Congratulations on an outstanding first season of Mr. Robot. What attracted you to the part?
What initially attracted me to the part was the sense of mystery with the character Mr. Robot. I loved that everything wasn’t given away in the first episode. This was going to be a journey for all of us together as we got to know who these people were.
Knowing what we do now regarding the final couple episodes of Season One, where are the show—and specifically your character—headed in Season Two? What can you share?
The only thing I can tell you about Season Two is, I can’t tell you a thing about Season Two. But I’m very excited about it and feel like we are in great hands with Sam Esmail at the helm.
It’s an incredibly talented cast. What was the chemistry like between you and the younger lead actors on set?
I love the cast. They are each incredibly devoted, professional, and committed actors. Working with all of them is a joy because they show up ready for anything. Rami [Malek] is a wonderful person and someone I have truly enjoyed getting to know on this journey.
From your view, how does Mr. Robot stand out from the other must-see TV shows on the air today?
It’s a very intriguing premise and certainly culturally relevant. There were things we were shooting that were actually mirroring what we would read in the paper the following day. It was great for the show but scary to be living in a world where some of these events were actually taking place.