You will most recently recognize actor Brandon Jay McLaren for his starring role on the hit USA Network series Graceland. Brandon plays the role of ICE Agent Dale Jakes on the drama series, currently in its second season.
We recently had the chance to chat with Brandon about what’s ahead for his character in season 2. Check out the interview transcript below:
Brandon Jay McLaren: So at the beginning of Season 2 everybody in the house, we kind of find everybody in maybe different positions than where we left off in the finale of Season 1. You know, Briggs is, you know, trying to change his life and sort of, you know, gains some redemption for the things that he did in the first season. And Dale specifically, Jakes, he’s a lot happier. He’s in a very good place mainly because he has a plan to leave the house and get his son back and so he kind of wants to make a sharp pivot and change his life for the
So, you know, you find out that he gets his own apartment and he does his own, you know, secretly behind everybody’s back, and plans to get the house and be with his son. And as we saw last night, his plan kind of goes awry and that sort of pain will kind of drive him through the rest of the second season and we’ll see that it kind of goes to a dark place.
Is Jakes going to be any closer to the people in the house because it always feels like he’s the one that kind of keeps this emotional distance from the other group now that he needs his distance more?
Brandon: He’s sort of like the last person to add the (kid) for what the house represents and what it stands for. But now that his plan has been spoiled, he really needs the house now more than anybody else which is interesting. So throughout the season we kind of see how he comes to terms with that and, you know, that’s definitely like part of the ride that he’s on for Season 2.
Without giving away too much, can you tell us about an upcoming scene that you’re particular excited for your fans to see?
Brandon: You know, there’s a scene with Paige. I don’ remember what episode exactly but it’s coming up and I think it sort of, it sort of represents, you know, a major shift in Jakes in terms of where he’s at emotionally and also how he views his place in the house.
During this season, how will Jakes personal life affect his professional life?
Brandon: Very directly and not only, and not only his professional life but, you know, you’ll see that issues that arise in his personal life will also start to affect other people in the house professional life.
That causes some serious conflict and it also cause Jakes to sort of, you know, step back and take a hard look at where his life is going. And, you know, if he continues on the path that he is on, you know, he might end up in a place where there’s no coming back from.
So yes, the two lives definitely collide this year and the result is not always positive.
What is your character’s journey going to be this year?
Brandon: Well I mean after last month’s episode, you see that he’s in a really bad place. Probably, well not the lowest place but he’s definitely on a downward spiral after, you know, being essentially arrested by the, by the police. So he needs to sort of, as I was saying earlier, you know, the funny thing about Jakes is that, you know, he probably believes least in what the house represents but at this moment, he really has nothing else. So he needs the house more than anybody else.
So, you know, in the next few episodes you’ll really, you’ll really see that.
Graceland airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on USA Network.