Actor Riley Smith on hisnew show, Frequency, and the butterfly effect
WHILE the pilot of the new drama series, Frequency, has won the hearts of sci-fi fans, our attention is on American actor Riley Smith. Last seen in Nashville, Smith’s character here—deceased NYPD officer, Frank Sullivan— communicates with his daughter, Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List), across a 20-year time warp, via a ham radio. The 38-year-old talks about his co-star and how everything was leading up to this show.
What’s it like working with Peyton List?
Peyton and I go way back. I actually referred her to Jenni fer Gwar tz and Jeremy Carver, the creators
of the show. I said, “I know a girl that I work with all the time and I think she’s perfect.” For her screen test, we worked together for three hours.
What first attracted you to the role?
I’ve been looking for a lead role that had flaws for a very long time. But those are usually hard to find. When I read this script, I immediately knew, ‘This is the role I’ve been waiting for.’
Do you relate to the show at a personal level?
One of the main themes in the show is the butterfly effect, how one action can have so many consequences. Everything happens for a reason and we wouldn’t be here today if we had taken a left instead of a right years ago. For me, I’ve been a journeyman actor who’s done a lot of pilots and a lot of shows that didn’t last long. All that led to this. It feels right.
Frequency airs on Mondays , at 7 pm, on Colors Infinity