After playing serial killer Rene on “True Blood,” Michael Raymond-James has shifted his focus from committing crimes to solving them. His new show, “Terriers” on FX, features Raymond-James and co-star Donal Logue as ordinary-guy BFFs who start a business as unlicensed P.I.s. “I get to be the guy you root for, as opposed to the guy who cues the scary music when he shows up,” says Raymond-James. And no, this is not a “Turner & Hooch” situation. The series’ title is only a metaphor for the, as the actor describes them, “scruffy and tenacious” characters. Here, the vital stats on the rising TV star.
Education-Training: Michigan State, Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, Actors Studio
Big break: “Black Snake Moan” (director Craig Brewer also directed the “Terriers” pilot.)
Personal style: “Gypsy, hobo, 1910 circus carnie. I like things that are old and beat up and loved, and at the same time elegant. I love John Varvatos and John Galliano.”
The character: “Britt Pollack probably could have been a college baseball player if he had any direction or positive influence in his life, but he didn’t, so he became a breaking-and-entering thief. But he was always a good person, not violent.”