Daniel Sunjata, Manny Montana Butt Heads on Graceland Premiere
Graceland's Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) has a big secret -- and Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit) is about to find it out. When USA's new series premieres June 6, Sunjata, formerly of Rescue Me, takes charge of a band of undercover FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents in a swanky beachfront pad in Malibu. The only trouble is, his new housemate Mike has been instructed to dig up dirt on Briggs himself.
"Outside of the walls of Graceland we are literally living lies vocationally. But within its walls presumably we find some space to be ourselves, decompress, let our hair down," Sunjata -- who costars along with Vanessa Ferlito, Brandon Jay McLaren and Serinda Swan on the series -- tells The New York Times ahead of his show's premiere. "But as the show progresses you see that there are secrets being kept, lies being told and not everybody is who they seem to be."
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Prior to Briggs' true identity being revealed, however, the FBI bigwig attempts to throw his weight around and force right-hand man Johnny to babysit the house newbie. "Be a problem solver, Johnny," Briggs instructs in a clip from Thursday's premiere episode.
As the gang at the Graceland compound review Mike's qualifications -- including the fact that he graduated No. 1 in his class at Quantico, like Briggs -- they aren't immediately convinced the new guy will fit in. Cracks Johnny: "He runs a 4:40 mile. I was doing that in the fifth grade!"
Graceland premieres Thursday, June 6 at 10 p.m. (EST) on USA.