Ben Robson: Ellen Barkin's Performance "Surreal"

The "Animal Kingdom" actor opened up about "one of the biggest shocks" in show history

August 20, 2019 - 10:25 am
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Ben Robson, who plays Craig on “Animal Kingdom,” dropped by CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench to discuss the show, his career, and his sports fandom, among other topics. 

Host Scott Ferrall is a huge fan of “Animal Kingdom,” has never missed an episode, and ranks it up there with some of his all-time favorites: “Sons of Anarchy” and “Breaking Bad.”

“I definitely think it is as well,” Robson said. “It’s a very fun show to be a part of. Every day is different with a lot of fun tricks, stunts and roles to play.”

Robson, who is English, grew up in Newcastle and studied business before giving acting a try in his mid-20s. In fact, he went to acting school at 25.

“I was very late to the game,” the 35-year-old said. “That was a bit of an unusual path into the business, but I think everyone’s got a different journey.” 

Despite his English roots, Robson has perfected the “California surfer” accent. Ferrall, who lived in Huntington Beach for 10 years, can vouch for this.

“I’ve actually been living out in L.A. and Cali for the last 11 years on and off, so you get a bit of that,” Robson said of picking up the local dialect. “Watching all those surfers speak and have a bit of fun out there, I guess that all helps. Hearing the locals speak, you get to pick up on a few more things. It’s fun.”

Robson also discussed some “Animal Kingdom” spoilers, including the death of Ellen Barkin’s character, Janine Cody.

“It was without question one of the biggest shocks we’ve had on the show,” Robson said. “Even on the days leading up to watching her give this amazing performance, it was really surreal to lift it from the page onto the set. I think everyone with the crew and the cast, it was quite an eerie day whilst it was going on. The last scene she had, it brings a very sort of tense atmosphere. It’s quite shocking. It kind of starts this whole new outlook for the show. It will be a big loss, I think, losing such a juggernaut in Ellen Barkin, but I think the show is strong enough to keep going forward. I’m excited to see where it all goes for not only my character, but everyone’s.”

Click below to listen to Robson’s interview in its entirety.