A “gobsmacked” Lou Diamond Phillips on directing Catherine Zeta-Jones in ‘Prodigal Son”s mid-season finale

ABC News/Steve Iervolino(NEW YORK) — Last night’s mid-season finale of Fox’s hit serial thriller series Prodigal Son debuted a new cast member, Oscar winner, and admitted fan, Catherine Zeta Jones. 

Episode director and Prodigal co-star Lou Diamond Phillips tells ABC Audio he didn’t know she was joining as Dr. Vivian Capshaw until his prep for the show was well underway. “It’s a good thing I didn’t know everything at once because I might have like p***ed myself and become just emotionally constipated,” he admits with a laugh.

“I didn’t know it was going to be the mid-season finale, which has its own pressure in and of itself…I knew we were going to get cool people. I had no idea how high they were setting that bar. And when we got Catherine Zeta-Jones, I was gobsmacked! I went ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!’ How did that happen?!”

He added, “that in and of itself, like, ‘Oh, my God, I’m going to direct Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Sheen together in scenes that are loaded!’ And then we get [guest] Alan Cumming [too] I was like: ‘Wow!’ It literally felt like I was doing Prodigal Son the independent film.” 

The Fox show returns in April, but Phillips can be seen On Demand playing a supporting role as a “parole officer with a heart of gold” in the thriller Adverse. He says the job came from “happenstance.”

Phillips says, “I was doing a lot of conventions before the pandemic, which was wonderful, meeting a lot of fans, but I was running into Thomas Ian Nicholas a lot. He goes, “Hey, I’m doing this little independent film and …there’s a role that you’d be great for, man! would you take a look at it? I read it, thought it was fantastic.”

By Stephen Iervolino
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