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LAist Interview: The Wire's Andre Royo

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We continue our series of interviews with cast members of HBO's The Wire with Andre Royo. The actor born and raised in the Bronx plays Bubbles, a junkie/entrepreneur/informant who has been a central character to the show since its beginning. Royo, who recently moved to Silverlake, took time to speak to LAist about working on what he calls, "the most intelligent show on TV."


This season is about the media, what did you think when you heard that?

I found it interesting, after the fourth season we don’t question David (Simon) and Ed (Burns) no more. They obviously know what they are doing. Going in to the second season, I was like ‘why are we doing the docks?’ That turned out to be a great season. Before last season I was like, ‘why we doing the kids?’ After seeing how that went, now I’m like whatever you say, guys. Going into this season I was a little scared, there’s a little bit of pressure on us for a few reasons: 1) The Sopranos recently ending as well, that was a great ending, by the way, it took a day for me to realize it. 2) This is our last season and people are going to expect certain things to be wrapped up and certain things to happen. 3) Our fourth season was fantastic. It took our show to the next level. I remember asking Ed how are we going to make the show better this season and Ed is an articulate motherfucker, he told me “Better is the enemy of good. We are going to continue to put out a good show. Last season Ed got to tell his story, he’s a cop turned public school teacher, this season David who used to be a journalist gets to tell his.