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'Graceland' star Aaron Tveit talks the end of season 2 and Mike's questionable morals

Season 2 of Graceland is more than halfway over, and the Gracelanders are nowhere near catching Carlos Solano. With Paige chasing the Tinker Bells, Johnny chasing Lucia, Jakes drinking his sorrows away, and Briggs having hallucinations about Kelly Badillo, the house is in complete chaos. Now that Mike the pseudo-boss is undercover at Sulla’s house, Graceland may completely fall apart. Graceland star Aaron Tveit gives us some insight into the mind of Mike Warren and what challenges the Gracelanders still face this season.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY COMMUNITY: Paige and Mike have gone completely cold since Mike refused to take down Sulla. Is there any hope for them as a couple?
Just as things really began to start, they got to the point in the course of this mission where they had this huge disagreement over these girls. Mike has other priorities at the moment other than his romantic life. Mike is out in Graceland to work, and his main concern is being the best agent he can be. He isn’t in touch with how his decisions affect the others. Mike and Paige completely disagree about the place where the girls are. Paige is more concerned about the eight girls inside, while Mike is concerned with the thousands of girls that could still be trafficked. All Mike cares about right now is the mission.

Mike’s legal limits have been pushed really far this season. Does he have a point of no return on the “what’s right for the greater good” scale?
This coming week, everything really comes to a head. The legal aspect is really interesting. It’s really fun for me. When you meet Mike in season 1, he is this by-the-book guy who has a bright future and everything. As he has taken over the house in season 2, he has realized the need to be able to work in the gray area. In order to save this mission, he really goes outside the boundaries of the law and has to let a lot of things go. Mike has to make more and more decisions about what to let go in order to save the mission. We see that especially in the next episode.

Have Mike’s long-term goals changed this season? Do you think he’ll still go back to D.C. at some point in his career?
It was really interesting picking up [season 2] with him having been in D.C. Sometimes you think your whole life you want something, and then you get it and realize you didn’t know what you wanted. When he was in D.C., everything was all bureaucratic and trickle-down. No one was really doing anything.

He really missed the things he learned about himself while being a field agent. Right now his only concern is being the best field agent he can be. Mike has become almost how Briggs was in season 1, while Briggs is trying to keep a straight mind. Mike is starting to realize that he and Briggs are more similar than he imagined. Mike loves being a field agent and being on the ground, in the action. I don’t know if he will ever want to go back to D.C.

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Will Caza and the recording of Juan’s death come back into play this season?
The tape becomes the primary focus of the end of the season. How the tape is dealt with takes over the focus of the rest of the season. That plot was something I thought was really great in the first season. We kind of got away from it, but through the rest of season 2, it starts to rear its head again. It has really been haunting Briggs, which is why he has tried to keep himself on the straight and narrow. When the tape resurfaces, it brings up all sorts of things for Briggs.

Everyone on Graceland is very flawed. What do you think Mike’s biggest flaw is?
Yeah, a bunch of very flawed people. I think Mike is blinded by ambition. He is unbelievably driven and hungry for success. He doesn’t notice how his drive affects the people around him. The feelings of people around him aren’t in his thought process when he is making decisions about the mission. All the characters [on Graceland] are really different and have a lot of flaws. I think that’s one of the things that makes Graceland so interesting.

What is your favorite thing about being Mike Warren?
When I got the part, there were things I really connected to and thought were similar to me, but as the show goes on, I’ve realized I’m nothing like this guy. That’s what’s interesting—seeing the change and how he’s evolved. It’s been really cool. I have friends and family who watch the show who have told me, “I have no idea who this guy is.” That’s great: playing someone that is so different from me, where people who have known me my whole life don’t recognize him.

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Was there something that particularly surprised you when switching from stage to screen work?
I’ve done a lot of television, but getting used to working six months straight on set was really challenging. When you’re working on a play or a movie, you’re working with the same story for a long time, but with TV, every week you’re diving into a whole new story. Every week you have to reset and move forward. That has been a challenge, but really interesting. I love working on a television schedule and getting to go on these new journeys each week.

If Mike weren’t an undercover agent, what do you think he would be doing?
I think he might be a cutthroat investment banker or businessman or something. He is really good at compartmentalizing his feelings, so I think he would do really well in the finance world. 

What music does Mike listen to when he goes running?
He definitely does some gangster rap, but I think he is really a heavy metal guy. Real death metal. He has a lot of inner demons and needs something to rage out to when he is running.

And finally, the traditional way we end a Graceland interview. Who’s the better actor: Mike Warren or Aaron Tveit?
You know, I think Mike is probably a better actor, especially with the people in the house. You’ll see what happens this coming week with the façade to cover up the truth. Mike is telling this big lie to the house and everyone around him really believes it.

Graceland airs Wednesdays at 10/9C on USA.

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February 23, 1990 at 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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