Is there anybody in particular you took inspiration from when you started the role, besides the book?
Corey: No, I mean, surely I wasn’t modeling the character after anybody. No, no, I really wasn’t. There’s all of the, sort of great, cool actors who have played irascible, brilliant…but I don’t want to name any of them because then that will be the headline.
In the first season Eph was much more involved with the actual hand to hand fighting with the strigoi…since Eph has been…much more removed from the fighting, do you expect him to fight more, and do you miss doing all the fight scenes at all?
Corey: In terms of in total between the two seasons, it’s about the same. In the first bunch of episodes Eph is taking a much more—he’s using biochemistry to fight the strigoi. Especially like that fight scene that I had with Barnes was actually one of the more—I think a lot of it was actually cut, but it was one of the more involved fights that I’ve had in either season. Definitely moving forward there’s more fighting.
A lot of shows these days [have] that hard decision of whether or not there’s going to be a definite end. Is there any plan for a definite ending of The Strain, or are you guys going to keep going?
Corey: According to Carlton, it’s a very specific five to six season arc. It will go for three more seasons. The idea is not to feel the need to tread water and sort of stretch it out…
The Strain airs at 10PM Eastern Time on FX Network, and has recently been renewed for its third season in 2016.