The cast of Showtime's "Ray Donovan" talked season two before they took part in a panel discussion at the Television Academy Monday night.
Season one ended with Ray (Liev Schreiber) giving his father Mickey (Jon Voight) a few thousand dollars to leave town and to stay away from his family.
Voight won the Golden Globe for his performance and said a line that was crossed off his acceptance speech was "Thank you. I'm a little uncomfortable. This is the first award I've ever received for dancing in a towel."
The cast is halfway through shooting season two and Paula Malcomson, who plays Ray's wife Abby, says her character is still pissed off at Mickey, but thinks that's about to change.
"I think the tension is even more taut," she said of the second season. "I think we are really taking the characters off in their own directions, with their own agencies and agendas. Everybody's got their own thing away from Ray."
Another surprise in the next season will be Schreiber directing an episode.
His biggest fear?
"I don't live up to the bar that is so set," he said. "I don't exploit this company to the fullest of their ability because, for me, that was part of the appeal of directing."
Schreiber also announced during the panel that he never really thought he was great at cinematic acting.
"I thought this was going to be a real opportunity to test your chops because the guy doesn't talk," he said. "You know I average, like, ten lines a show."
The Hollywood Reporter's Stacey Wilson moderated the panel and told the crowd Malcomson had quite a mouth.
As if to prove it, Malcomson answered very candidly why her character still stays with Ray and why she still loves him.
"She loves to fuck him," she said.
"I do actually think that's part of it. I think there's a lot of passion to this relationship," she said. "There's a lot of attraction, also, that keeps them together."
Malcomson told writer and creator Ann Biderman that it was nice to see a man on TV.
"It's so rare these days to have these very gender-specific people," said Malcomson. "I don't know if there's estrogen in the water, but it's a pussified nation."
Wilson asked why guest star Rosanna Arquette, an innocent woman who befriends Mickey, became collateral during the first season.
"I had to leave the night we shot her," said Biderman. "I was so upset."
"I debated and really thought about it. But that's how bad these guys are. This is what these guys do."
Sully (James Woods), who shoots and kills Arquette's character, was inspired in part by Boston's notorious mobster Whitey Bulger.
"They would not let her just walk out of there," Biderman added.
Steven Bauer, Mark Gordon, Elliot Gould, Pooch Hall, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Kate Moenning, and Bryan Zuriff also took part in the panel.
"Ray Donovan" will return for season two on July 13.