Susan Sarandon “brings a ton of stuff” to “Ray Donovan” — and now she’ll be bringing it more often.
Sarandon has been bumped up to series regular on the upcoming season of the Showtime series — a move that’s sure to spice up every scene she’s in, her colleagues say.
“I mean, she’s Susan Sarandon,” showrunner David Hollander said at a Tribeca TV Festival event. “She brings a ton of stuff. She brings humor and this sort of sexy quality and smarts.”
Sarandon, 71, joined the show last season as Samantha Winslow — a movie studio head who hires fixer Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber) to clean up some shady messes — but she’ll play a more prominent role in the crime drama when Season 6 debuts Oct. 28.
Schreiber was asked at a Tribeca TV Festival conversation that followed a screening of the new season’s first episode to describe his character’s relationship to Sarandon’s.
“Very confusing,” he said. “Susan has a way of making things that are not even obliquely sexual, sexual — which is really fun.
“She has a terrific sense of humor,” Schreiber added. “She’s got tremendous depth as an actress, very, very smart. And she’s somebody that I really like to be around.”
Sarandon will have some on-set competition when it comes to sex appeal though, at least according to Jon Voight, who stars as Ray’s dad, Mickey Donovan, on the show.
Voight, who joined Schreiber and Hollander onstage at the Tribeca chat, described a recent encounter involving Schreiber while filming the show, which will be mainly set in New York in Season 6, as opposed to Los Angeles.
“I was on the set on Friday,” Voight said, “and we were shooting in the evening, and there were about eight girls on the set — women — beautiful women . . . and they were there to see if they could catch a glimpse of Liev. And they were all members of a club, each of them had said to their husbands that if there was anybody else that they could be with . . . To see this fawning, this display and this lust . . . ”
But a blushing Schreiber, 50, downplayed the exchange.
“That’s not what happened at all,” Schreiber said. “That’s not even remotely what happened. But the truth is, yes, they like the character. And Ray is a particular thing. Ray is not me.”
Hollander speculated that fans love Ray Donovan because he does what they want to do.