[Underwood, who was last spicing up the action in Miranda's apartment block on Sex And The City, has plenty of experience chatting up women in airports.] Long before I met my wife, there was an Ethiopian beauty next to me on a flight from New York to L.A., ... She was teaching me the customs of Ethiopia and how many times women feed men with their hands. She proceeded to pamper me and feed me the food, because that's what they did back home. It's the first time airport food ever seemed sexy.
When I was doing 'L.A. Law' it was really important to me to play very uplifting, positive characters. When that was over, I made a conscious effort to look for roles that were darker and showed a different edge. I went directly from the last day of 'L.A. Law' into rehearsals for a movie called 'Just Cause' where I played a serial-killing pedophile.
You have to really straddle the fence. Definitely, you don't want to be a caricature. I hope to never play a caricature and that's the challenge - what are the subtleties and nuances in the character himself and how do you bring those out and make him more realistic? But then also, you can't make him too sympathetic, because at the end of the day, you have to be able to dismiss that kind of character because they're wrong in every way, shape and form.