From the ideal dad and coach in Friday Night Lights to the overburdened Rayburn brother in Bloodline, Kyle Chandler is spectacularly on point.
He’s rugged. He’s brooding. He’s—well, just plain sexy. And Kyle Chandler, who first won hearts—along with a 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series—as Coach Eric Taylor in the TV show Friday Night Lights—is back in our collective consciousness in a big way, this time catching the attention of binge watchers in the Netflix original series Bloodline.
The thriller-drama is set in Islamorada and follows the personal trials and tribulations (to put it mildly) of the Rayburn family, of which Chandler’s character, John, is the second-eldest brother among four siblings and a detective with the Monroe County Sheriff’s department. And despite the twisty-turny-breath-stopping plots, Chandler says the show is really, in essence, all about family.
“You might think because certain things happen in Bloodline that it’s about lies and thievery and cheating and stabbing each other in the back,” he told indiewire.com. “But it’s not. It’s about family. And within every family, there’s all of that, in some for m or fashion. Maybe not to the extent of killing each other, but it’s a little bit of a looking glass into how you deal with your siblings.”
The show has blown up and gotten the country talking—carefully, of course, so as not to reveal any spoilers to those who have the willpower to watch one or two episodes at a time. Chandler has been nominated again for a Best Actor Emmy this year (the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards airs Sunday, September 18 on ABC) for his role in Bloodline, but no measure of success seems to faze the down-to-earth native Texan, who still lives on a ranch in Austin with his wife of 21 years, Kathryn, their daughters, four dogs and five miniature donkeys, and likes to de-stress by taking a nice long ride on his motorcycle. The 50-year-old has made it in Hollywood, and despite all possible and probable outcomes that so often go with that, he wears it well.