Maybe he’s not quite the man of a thousand faces, but actor Charlie Barnett is showing at least three at the moment.
He plays Natasha Lyonne’s time-warp confidante, Alan Zaveri, on Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning series, Russian Doll; John Diggle, Jr., the neglected son of two vigilantes, on the CW series, Arrow; as well as Gabe the eccentric-advisor healer on Netflix’s serial killer thriller, You.
“The best actors are the ones who can play a lot of different things,” Barnett tells us. Not to brag, but he did attend the prestigious The Juilliard School and not too long after graduating landed a breakthrough role as firefighter/ paramedic Peter Mills on Chicago Fire. “If you’re a chameleon, it’s a credit to your craft. It’s also fun. My biggest fear is being the same person every time.”
In only its first season, Russian Doll has taken home a number of awards and represents the highpoint of Barnett’s career so far. When we caught up with him, he was coming out of an audition for Happiest Season with Kristen Stewart to be directed by Clea DuVall. Auditions are easy for Barnett. In fact, he did his first one for Russian Doll without even realising it.
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