Magazine article Variety

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Magazine article Variety

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Sebastian Roché

'I didn't grow up with school and peer pressure.'

Sebastian Roché stars in two very different TV shows: Amazon's "The Man in the High Castle," in which he plays Reichsminister Martin Heusmann, and HBO's "The Young Pope," in which he dons the robes of Cardinal Michel Marivaux. He spoke to Variety about the HBO series, which debuted in Europe on Oct. 21 - and about his experiences traveling the world for six years on a sailboat.

What is it like to work with Paolo Sorrentino on "Young Pope?"

I've been a great fan of his since "The Consequences of Love" and the "The Great Beauty." It's always a dream to work with a master.

What do you think the reaction to the series will be?

I think it's going to create a little controversy. It's not completely radical, but it's sort of in the vein of what Pope Francis is doing: reforming the church, being accountable for its mistakes, and bringing it into the 21st century.

How do you view the Catholic Church?

I was born a Catholic. I remember going to church in the village where I grew up outside of Paris and thinking how solemn and boring and uneventful and lacking in humor a Catholic mass was. My family and I traveled around the world for six years on a sailing boat, going to Africa, seeing different cultures, and often seeing the effect the Church has had on different cultures. …

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