He portrays patriarch Tom Parker on the series — set to premiere this weekend — but in recent conversation with Digital Spy and other media, Kris discussed his approach to "setting the scene" and how his character's "belief" is the most important ingredient.
"I think it's a question of belief with this character," he reflected. "You can't play him unless you truly believe in what you're doing. If I don't have the belief about this place, if Tom Parker doesn't have the belief and it doesn't come across, how can you get anybody else involved in wanting to spend time with these people in this place?"
Kris continued: "This is a huge ensemble piece, but the early five to ten minutes of the show are setting the scene for this fictional town that we want people to come to and spend time with. This mad world by the coast… and I did feel that pressure somewhat in the first episode."
Meanwhile, the actor has also revealed how he prepped for Sanditon's nude scenes involving his character.
"It's all historically accurate, it's not been strong-armed in there or anything like that," he joked. "I am not playing the hunk, everyone relax."
Sanditon begins this Sunday (August 25) on ITV at 9pm.
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