The things you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit. Speaking with the veteran and increasingly cherished American actor Kyle MacLachlan, I mention his involvement in so many memorable television shows and cult-favourite films. Of course there’s David Lynch’s sci-fi epic Dune and his weird noir-mystery Blue Velvet. After that auspicious career start, he survived Oliver Stone (in 1991′s The Doors, as a deeply disguised band member, Ray Manzarek) and the 1995 stinker Showgirls, where MacLachlan kept his head above water while Elizabeth Berkley went for one of the most peculiar swims ever. On the television side, who can forget ABC’s Twin Peaks (with Lynch again), a short stint on Sex and the City, 85 episodes of Desperate Housewives and a 2017 reprise of Twin Peaks on Showtime?
And yet the University of Washington-trained actor steadfastly downplays his role in those beloved projects – the man is a poo-pooing maestro. “I think it speaks to the quality of the material,” says MacLachlan, impeccable in blue jeans and a dark blazer in a Toronto hotel room. “If the writing isn’t good, then the characters don’t live.”