You can catch the article on the charming Battleground leading man published in the Audrey Magazine spring issue featuring cover girl Hannah Simone.
Audrey Magazine: What is something that few people know about you?
Jay Hayden: How much my parents mean to me. I’m a boy… Boys leave home as fast as they can. My whole thing growing up was to get away from my parents and to be rebellious and struggle and get out and see the world and be my own man. What people don’t know about me is how much I love my parents and how much I appreciate and still am so thankful for everything they did for me. [They taught] me to be the person that I am and how to treat other people, and that there’s something to learn from every person you come across in this life. I never call, I never talk about them, [but] they influence me every day of my life.
AM: What is Battleground really about?
JH: The show is about politics, but it’s not. It’s about elections. It’s about what happens in a campaign, about personal sacrifice, about relationship, about losing your innocence, gaining your innocence back, trying to become a better man, trying not to become your father, setting a good example, a bad example, what goes into the 24 hour, 7 days a week grind that is a campaign. It would be easy to do a show like West Wing, but what about… those that don’t win every time? This [show is] about a group of people that come from a bunch of different backgrounds to see if they can get this woman elected…There [are] a lot of funny, really great parts… and amazing moments that make you think..
AM: What’s it like to work with Hulu?
JH: This is [Hulu’s] flagship show that welcomes them into being a real network. I couldn’t be more proud or thankful to them for picking it up. They’re amazing… Hulu was completely behind us from the beginning, completely supportive, willing to collaborate with us to make this the best that it can be and facilitate the creation of something great. Hopefully that’s what’s what the audience gets.
AM: How would you describe the Battleground cast culture?
JH: It was so great that this show took us so far from LA. We kind of became a family out there… [We lived] for two and a half months together in the Wisconsin cold. We became a family, we studied [our lines] every night together, we went bowling together. We sang karaoke together. Every single cast member was such a pleasure to be around, to hang out with, they’re funny, smart, and everyone brought such an interesting dynamic to the group.
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