Taye Diggs has more than a few accomplishments under his belt. A stint on Broadway, guest spots on such hit shows as Ally McBeal, Will & Grace, and The West Wing, as well as numerous screen credits (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Best Man, House on Haunted Hill) makes his resume one of the most diverse in Hollywood. Now he’s starring in his own series: Day Break, which premieres tonight on ABC. In Day Break, Diggs plays Brett Hopper, a man framed for murder who's compelled to relive what is probably the worst day of his life over and over again -- until he sets the record straight. We caught up with Taye via conference call. Here’s what he had to say about onset diversity, the challenge of playing such a unique role, and his favorite shows.
How does your character on Day Break differ from your previous roles?
For one, the perception of me from the characters I've played have been a little bit more sophisticated, a little bit more debonair, suit-wearing, romantic-comedy type in romantic-comedy type situations, and this is as far from that as I can imagine. [Brett] is far less sophisticated, a lot more on his toes, a little bit more rugged, rough around the edges. Emotionally, it's pushing me in directions that I couldn't have imagined.
Does the show's unusual concept prove difficult for you as an actor?
Not at all. I think I need to thank the writers for that. The way I read it, and the way it was explained to me, left me completely satisfied. It's been a joy reading each script and seeing which stories turn. It's interesting, because when I'm asked a question like that, I almost forget I'm living the same day over. Each day is completely different from the next because of the design of the show, so that's the last thing that I'm ever worried about.