If you’re not watching Ray Donovan, what’s wrong with you? Not only is this Sopranos-meets-Scandal drama full of sex, violence and intrigue, but it features one of the hottest former stars of BET’s hit show The Game, Pooch Hall. Earlier this year he retired Derwin Davis’ cleats for good and took up a pair of boxing gloves. Now Hall is going rounds as the respective half-brother and son of Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight’s characters on Ray. Hall took a moment to dish with VH1 about Sunday finale, leaving The Game and “working with the big dogs” on Showtime.
VH1: What are you going to miss the most about The Game’s fans and community?
Pooch Hall: To be honest with you [the fandom] hasn’t stopped. My fanbase has followed me over here, they want to see more of me as Daryll. But it’s not about Pooch Hall at this moment, it’s about Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight. I’m just a rookie who got added to an all-star team. Eventually, they’re going to give me the rock, and every time they have, I’ve shown I can put up some numbers. My fans are happy I’m part of something so prestigious.
VH1: Did you get the closure you needed with the first two episodes of The Game’s Season 6?
PH: Absolutely. It was something I wanted to do, and I owed it to the fans. A lot of them are like, “Well why did you quit?” For the record, I did not get fired, I did not walk away and quit; my contract ended. When we were negotiating we couldn’t agree, but it wasn’t a done deal. So my agent said he’d go see what else is out there, and I got lucky with Ray Donovan. Both shows are CBS Paramount, so it was worked into the deal that I could continue with The Game, but when I went back to accept an offer from BET they didn’t respond.
VH1: Onward and upward, right?
That’s why it’s called showbusiness. Sure, I’d love to be on The Game, but I also want to be up there with Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr. and Denzel [Washington] someday. I needed to take a shot by trying to get involved with something that had that reputation and profile. It’s about staying hungry, but not thirsty. If you’re thirsty you’ll do anything, but not the right thing.
Read on for hints about Ray Donovan season two and Sunday’s finale.