Jayson Blair’s New Normal character, Clay, isn’t the sharpest (or most responsible) tool in the shed.
But when Wetpaint Entertainment chatted with the 28-year-old actor at show creator Ryan Murphy’s Inaugural PaleyFest Icon Award ceremony on February 17, Jayson revealed that Clay — much like dads-to-be David (Justin Bartha) and Bryan (Andrew Rannells) — is beginning to learn what it really means to be a father to daughter Shania (Bebe Wood).
Naturally, his path toward reliable parenthood won’t be without hiccups.
Wetpaint Entertainment: What's coming up?
Jayson Blair: Lately, the last couple episodes we've seen Clay really change his personality, I guess, and who he is to the core, to be a better, stronger, more powerful man for his family. I think there will be a little more of that coming up. Then there is going to be a little conflict with that, as well.
How will the relationship dynamic play out?
Well, more of him trying to work things out for the ex-wife, with Goldie, and get back in there. I think we've seen him in these last few episodes take a few steps in really slowly to see how she receives it. She has been quite receptive, but we don't really know how she feels about it. I think we'll see more of that.
What's Ryan signature on your show?
The guy is a genius. As far as his concept of story, one thing that pushes these shows so far and makes them so excellent, is because he thinks of everything. It's not just a line being funny, he’s thinking of the whole picture — 10 episodes down the road, and how it all ties together.
Reporting by Nicholas White.
The New Normal airs Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c on NBC.