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I'm very excited about this week's episode.

Question from Ebony Robinson
Hi Michael!! I was wondering what kind of a workout routine or eating habits you have to follow to stay in shape? Sorry if this has been asked of you, I am just getting hip to this!

BTW, I loved what your character did with the perv in the mall! I wish you much success.

Cudlitz
Ebony, Ebony, Ebony... I hate the gym and love to eat!!! That being said, I go 3-4 times a week. When SouthLAnd started, I took on a trainer because I wanted to maximize my time in the gym. That was the best decision I have ever made in regards to my health. [My trainer] is amazing, and I find my workouts are much more efficient.

As far as my eating habits/diet – I am not a dietitian, but for me, staying away from too much bread and sugar seems to help...basically, I don't know what the hell I'm talking about.

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Question from Angela de Reina
Hi Michael! What question, that not been asked yet, would you like to answer?

Cudlitz
Boxer briefs. Wait, what?? Could you please repeat the question?

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Question from Joshua Weissman
Why was Ben back with you? I thought he was riding solo and done with the field training? By the way, I liked Band of Brothers!

Cudlitz
Joshua, Ben has completed the first six months of his training. He is now "allowed" to be in a car by himself, but he is still going through his training. In Los Angeles, all responding units are two to a car unless it is a supervisor or a U-boat (the U-boats primarily take reports and do follow-up). Remember, a large part of what Ben is learning is how to be a good partner. Although he will, at times, be by himself, he will never be riding alone on a full-time basis.

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Question from Michael Middleton
At the end of the last episode, Ben seemed be getting a lot of attention from the "brass" and media. John indicated he experienced that as well. Do you think they will delve into John's past and see, among other things, why he didn't ever move from patrol? Also, do you think all of this attention will go to Ben's head and cause problems?

Cudlitz
SouthLAnd will definitely be delving deeper into all aspects of every character on the show.

One of the interesting things that I learned while doing research for the show is how the power/rank structure is set up. What most people don't realize is that as an officer in the LAPD, you have a choice as to which direction you want your career to go. If you want to move up in rank, you can apply and take the test. If you do not want to move up in rank, you can choose to stay right where you are. If you want to apply for a detective spot, you can do that. (Once you have done all the prerequisites, you are more than welcome to go for it.) In the case of John Cooper, he loves the streets. He chose to stay on the streets as a patrol officer. In one of the episodes, John tells Ben something to the effect of, "If I can't stay on the streets, you might as well put a bullet in my head." John loves the streets and has no desire to be anywhere else. Let me be clear – being a detective does not make you a higher rank, it's just a different choice.

We will have to wait and see where all of this takes Mr. Sherman.

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Question from Rachel Stolowicki
Burning question LOL! I've read a few times from written interviews why you chose to star in SouthLAnd, but what was the reasoning behind why you chose the character John Cooper and not Sal or Sammy?

Cudlitz
Actually, Ann and Chris chose John Cooper for me. They initially had me read for another role but, after our interview, Ann said, "You're a John." The rest is history.

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Question from Linda Pricci
Hi Michael, love you and the show! It seems like there is always a snitch handy to provide the cops with the info they need to advance their case. Is that a convenient plot device or does that really happen out on the streets?

Cudlitz
Thank you Linda, we love making it. Apparently, it happens all the time. The cops that advise us tell us that people love to talk. Most informants are trying to stay on the good side of the cops; others are merely witnesses.

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Question from Sammie Sapolis
First of all, this show is gold. Congratulations! I think you all are doing such an amazing job! Moving on...other than the recent tension between them, it seems like John and Chickie are pretty good friends. They seem to care very much and have a great deal of respect for one another. What is your take on their friendship? See more if they seem to be (kind of) close friends, do you think John has come out to her? If not, do you think he might in the future?

Thank you SO much for the wonderful job you're doing on screen to entertain and off screen to interact with the fans!

Cudlitz
Yes, John has very strong feelings for Chickie, this is why he is so disappointed with her. We will definitely learn more about their relationship as the series progresses. The rest of your question will be answered as well. John is out, but John is very private.

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Question from Rachel Stolowicki
Question from before...
Also, since you've already worked behind the scenes as part of the construction crew, and you're currently working as an actor, do you foresee yourself directing in the future?

Cudlitz
I want to know how two of your questions were chosen, Rachel.

I actually think I will try my hand at directing somewhere down the line. I need to learn all my lenses first, but I think producing will suit me better. I like to get people together. I think with the right people in the right places, anything can be accomplished. Conversely, one wrong person in a key position can threaten to take down an entire production. I understand production from my coordinating history and I love the filmmaking process.

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Question from Felicia Gianini
Besides Cooper, of course, do you have a favorite character? :)

Cudlitz
I do love our Lydia.

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Question from Travis Purvis and YK2Daily.net
Absolutely love the show – great cast and great writers! Now, your character's role is far different from a lot of TV roles that are considered the "norm" by society, so I know it can't be easy. Aside from the police training, how do you personally prepare for the filming of the show? Are there any "rituals" or certain techniques you go through before the cameras start rolling? How and what helps you really get into your character, be it physical, emotional or whatever, as an actor?

Cudlitz
Thanks Travis. I gotta tell you, I would sound like a self-indulgent jackass if I sat here and told you about my "process." So I won't. I hope that doesn't offend you. It's just something I don't really talk about. What I will say is that every job has different demands, and SouthLAnd has been one of the more demanding ones. We all did a lot of research and training. At this point, the moment I put on my bulletproof vest, I am John.

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Question from Melanie Atkins and The Graveyard Shift
I love SouthLAnd. Michael, do you ever find yourself reacting like a law enforcement officer in real life? I've read that other actors have had that instinct kick in and have taken control in emergency situations.

Cudlitz
I don't know if I find myself acting like a cop, but I definitely have more of an awareness of my surroundings. I would also say that I am a bit more willing to confront rather than ignore. I assume these are by-products. LOL

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I have said it before, but I will say it again – the fans have been amazing. Thank you all for all you do! The cast and crew of SouthLAnd are very grateful for all your support. We are wrapping up the second season this week, but we are all very optimistic about a third season. If you have friends who have not seen the show, remind them that TNT will be airing a Season Two marathon on Tuesday culminating in the season finale at 10/9c (check local listings for times).

-Cudlitz

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