Similar to his approach working on Netflix’s limited series Hollywood, McDermott followed his acting teacher’s advice to just “stop thinking.”
“Then you’re instinctual,” McDermott added. “I think Richard Wheatley is an instinctual animal.”
So what’s next for the Law & Order villain?
“It’s going to be more chaos,” McDermott teased of his six-episode arc on Organized Crime. “Richard Wheatley is an agent of chaos. No matter where he goes or what he does, he’s creating chaos all around him.”
And we’re still daydreaming about a Wheatley family spin-off, if McDermott is up for it.
He quipped, “I don’t think people can handle that. It’ll probably have to be half hour, I think an hour will be like, ‘Oh man.'”
Law & Order: Organized Crime airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.
(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)