In the brand-new Netflix series “The Recruit,” starring Noah Centineo, Owen finds himself caught in the middle of a gunfight.
Owen recognizes a woman he met in a bar as one of the opposition workers. He dodged a hail of bullets. He gives her a small wave of acknowledgement. While briefly forgetting about the dangerous situation. The woman shoots at him in response. How sexist!
These kinds of occurrences make “The Recruit” an unusual CIA drama. Yes, Owen in Centineo is a CIA employee. Who finds himself in the field like Jack Ryan. But this CIA employee is an attorney. Then who is immediately in over his head instead of knowing what to do. And how to defend himself.
Centineo stated, “That’s a distinction between our show, “The Recruit,” and many other shows and movies in the spy genre.” The lead character is typically an accomplished spy, someone with a lot of experience and expertise in their field. He asserts that Owen is “fresh out of law school.”
Alexi Hawley is the creator of “The Recruit.” She is also the showrunner of the high-stakes, Nathan Fillion-starring network television shows “Castle” and “The Rookie.”
Hawley commented on Owen, “I have said from the beginning that the moment he gets good at his job, I’m not interested.”
Not even close to doltish, Owen is a sure legal counselor, sharp witted, and presumably could be a cultivated government operative, assuming that is what he was prepared to do. The first episode of the series takes place on his first day at the CIA, where he is tasked with doing mundane tasks. However, he learns that a former asset (played by Laura Haddock) has made a credible threat of blackmail against the agency. Owen is thrown into a baptism of fire when his boss tells him to look into it.
Centineo remarked, “I love that Owen’s constantly trying to take all the information that’s being thrown at him and wield it as a weapon to keep himself alive, because if he wasn’t as smart as he is, he would have been dead.” Owen is using the information to keep himself alive.
The actor, who is best known for playing the lovable jock Peter Kavinsky in the “To All the Boys” YA film franchise starring Lana Condor, is well-suited for the role. He was most recently seen in the movie “Black Adam,” which starred Dwayne Johnson. Owen is charming, but he is also more nuanced, and Centineo is an expert at being loveable.
“It was based on a 24-year-old person, and what number of entertainers like that are out there who mean something? Hawley stated, “And (Noah) is one of them.” Naturally, you think, “We’re never going to get him.” How will we obtain him? I mean, he is so busy. And, you know, in the end, he really responded to the script and jumped right in. He was better than I could have ever imagined, even though I knew he was great.”
In addition, Centineo becomes an executive producer, providing him with a training that he refers to as a “masterclass.”
“Actors are shielded from a lot of the nitty-gritty, necessary problem-solving, behind-the-scenes escapades, and mechanisms that take place to guarantee that a project is filmed, edited, and released. Centineo stated, “And for me, I wanted to be subsumed with it.” I was curious about everything. I needed to learn everything. I wanted to sort of absorb as much as I could.
The eight-episode first time of “The Select” is currently gushing on Netflix. Additionally, Centineo has already begun contemplating Owen’s challenges in the future.