Plus: The story behind his seemingly traditional name
Dan Amboyer landed his role on The Blacklist: Redemption, a spinoff of NBC’s crime thriller TV show The Blacklist, in a very 21st century kind of way. “They sent me a little snippet of the script and I was in Iceland at the time,” he recounts. “So I filmed myself on my iPhone in my Airbnb and sent it over and then I got the offer.”
Now starring on the spinoff series alongside Famke Janssen and Ryan Eggold, among others, Amboyer is full of fun facts. When prompted about his self-written Twitter description (“Named by a Ouija board”), the 31-year-old actor laughs and confirms that, while his mother was pregnant, his older sisters asked a Ouija board what their new sibling’s name was going to be—the board spelled out Daniel. “[Whether it was] the power of suggestion or [not],” he says, “the Ouija board named me!”
Below, the star opens up about his latest role, his work on Younger and his recently purchased New York City digs.
Were you a fan of The Blacklist before snagging a role on the spinoff series?
Yeah, I enjoyed watching it. I think James Spader is an awesome actor so I was really excited to have [the spinoff] come my way.
Is Redemption similar to the original series?
It kind of takes a few characters from the original and zooms in on their lives a bit more. The character of Tom Keen, played by Ryan Eggold, is the main focus but I think [that] it differs in a really cool way [because] Famke Janssen is one of the leads and she’s kind of this badass, sexy, established woman. She’s not in her early 20s so I think it’s great to have that for a big audience and it’s a cool direction to take.
You also used to star on TV Land’s Younger. Any hope of your character coming back? Can you tell us anything about the upcoming season?
Oh gosh, I don’t know. I was just in Los Angeles working with a couple of the writers: we did a Web series together. They didn’t start writing for the fourth season [of Younger] and I don’t have anything to report yet. I’d love to come back and I think they’re figuring everything out so we shall see.
You played Drone Pilot in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Who is your favorite superhero?
I grew up on Batman so, we’re going to say Batman.
Do you spend a lot of time in New York?
I live here. I just bought my [own] place. I’m permanent now, I’m very permanent.
Where do you usually like to hang out?
There’s this really old steakhouse in Gramercy, [where] I used to live. It’s called Pete’s Tavern and it’s one of the oldest taverns in the city so I love to hang out there. I also love to go see theater. I don’t love Times Square but I love the theater that is in Times Square.
Given your work on television, movies and also theater: What is your favorite medium?
I love all three. At first, being in front of the camera was a little bit alien to me, it kind of [made me] a little bit self-conscious. I think it’s the spice of life to keep mixing it up and keep challenging yourself and not get too comfortable just doing one thing. Why not try it all?
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