Omar Epps has toed the line between good and evil as Secret Service Agent Isaac Johnson, on USA Network’s Shooter since 2016. Tonight marks the midway point for Season 3, and as the drama ratchets up we’re taking in every detail. We spoke to Epps about playing Johnson, and what audiences can expect as the season winds down. Check out our interview below, and catch a new episode of Shooter tonight at 10/9c on USA.
What can you tell us about your character’s state of mind at the beginning of the season?
When we pick up in Season 3, Isaac is a broken samurai. Having lost what he loved most, he’s primarily driven by vengeance and fury.
How did it feel to get back into Isaac’s shoes for Season 3? There must be a satisfying familiarity with your character after playing him for two seasons?
I love playing Isaac because the character gives me opportunities to explore new layers of my artistry as an actor. What’s really cool though is that there’s a slight familiarity in coming back to the character, so it’s become more about finding Isaac in the present moments. He’s so far off from where he was when we first met him in Season 1.
Let’s rewind for a moment—what was it about this project that made you want to dive right in?
I loved the premise of this show from the beginning, and as the pieces came together, I thought it could end up being something really special.
What narratives this season have you been particularly excited about?
I think Season 3 challenges every character in ways none of them could have ever foreseen. It also challenges Bob Lee’s familial foundation, and sets him out to find answers about himself that he might not be able to accept. As for Isaac, his quest for retribution could actually lead him to a point of redemption.