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Interview: Nick Nolte, Sela Ward, Skylar Astin on EPIX’s GRAVES Premiere

The EPIX Original Series Graves, a single-camera, 10 episode, 30 minute dramedy, tells the story of President Richard Graves (Nick Nolte), a former two-term POTUS as he embarks on a Don Quixote-like quest to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy 25 years after leaving the White House. With topics ranging from immigration to gay rights, to foreign policy to public funding for arts and sciences, Graves holds nothing sacred as he unspools some of his administration’s proudest victories. His enlightenment takes place just as his wife Margaret Graves (Sela Ward) decides it’s finally time for her to pursue her own political ambitions. The cast also includes: Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke, Chris Lowell, Callie Hernandez, Nia Vardalos, Ernie Hudson, Roger Bart and Angélica Maria.

In the video interview above, cast members reflect on their fav scenes.

Sela Ward: “We are doing a kitchen scene with both of our kids and in comes Nick’s character, and he says, “I don’t want to die Margaret…” and we are all looking at him and all of a sudden, he turns around and he moons all of us and the camera. Nick Nolte is 75 and he is still rocking.  Nick quickly quipped, “Well I don’t know what it looks like back there.”

Skylar Astin as Isaiah Miller, President Graves assistant: “There’s a real fun scene to shoot where I tell Graves that I need to have boundaries. There’s a line sir you can’t expect me to cross and Graves turns and says. ‘you need to trust me’ and it’s so amazing because when you look into Nick’s eyes, it’s like a well of depth and it’s the easiest thing to play off with, especially when I am supposed to be taken in by his power.”

Nick Nolte on him and his character both bring 75 years old: ““…You get to the point where you can fathom death. You start to look at your life, and you want to correct those situations that you were wrong in. You no longer can rationalize. The truth is simple.”

Watch the video to find out what Chris Lowell and Nia Vardalos says are their fav scenes.

Graves premieres Sunday October 16 on EPIX.

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