Jamie Hector was a recent guest on the Everybody Counts Podcast. The Bosch actor talked about his character, J. Edgar, who is Harry Bosch’s partner in the Amazon Prime original series.
Jamie Hector joined my co-host Jay and me on the podcast to give fans some clues about Bosch season 4, which comes out on April 13th. Fans can tune in to the podcast to learn more about both J. Edgar and Jamie himself.
Read on for highlights from our interview and then check out the full version here on iTunes.
A detective’s battleground
Jerry Edgar is recovering from a gunshot wound suffered in season 3. Despite taking a bullet himself, Jamie believes it is even tougher for Jerry to deal with the fallout of killing suspect Woody Woodrow in the line of duty. He talked about how that experience must haunt Jerry, or any law enforcement officer, for that matter.
Thankfully, we know that J. Edgar did survive the attack from sniper Xavi Moreno and will be back in action in the new season of Bosch. With that said, the actor reminded fans that all is not resolved for Jerry Edgar.
He explained that the faithful detective is facing the pressures of how to best care for his boys and ex-wife. How can he balance family with his work as such a dedicated detective? Jamie also mentioned the question of whether Jerry might ever reunite with ex-wife Latonya romantically. Surely viewers can see in season 3 that the two still care for one another.
Jamie and J. Edgar
We learned that Jamie does not really use the Michael Connelly novels as an influence in his portrayal of J. Edgar. With the show switching up storylines and combining different books, he thinks its better to work directly from the script. This also allows him to make his interpretation of Jerry a unique portrayal of his own. There are obvious similarities but differences as well.
Jay and I also learned a little about Jamie himself during the interview. While J. Edgar is serious about nice shoes, Jamie has a passion for good sneakers and a fresh pair of socks. He shared what it was like as an actor running after a suspect in dress shoes. It was real. And it was painful. But Jamie revealed that he tends to be competitive with himself, so he had to go all in.
Jamie was also a good sport about a silly game we played after all of the serious questions. The actor had to choose between partner Harry Bosch, Harry’s daughter Maddie, and Police Chief Irving for a variety of crazy hypothetical scenarios.
For example, who would Jamie choose for the last open spot on his team for Family Feud? We also tasked Jamie with selecting one of those characters with buying his next pair of shoes. We all laughed a lot!
A partner’s betrayal
Of course, it’s not all fun and games for Jamie’s character as he returns for Bosch season 4. There is the matter of Jerry’s partnership with Harry. There is an obvious rift between the two partners despite a long and productive working relationship.
J. Edgar confronts Harry at the end of season three about some illegal behavior. Jerry puts up with a lot of Harry’s unconventional tactics, but he draws the line at obeying the law. Harry has betrayed Jerry’s trust and that cannot be mended as easily as Jerry’s shoulder.
Season 4 of Bosch will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime beginning Friday, April 13th. Meanwhile, tune in to the Everybody Counts Podcast for the full interview with Jamie Hector.