Meet RECTIFY’s Johnny Ray Gill (Video)

Posted on April 25, 2013 /TV

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Johnny Ray Gill made his return to the small screen earlier this week on the two-hour series premiere of Rectify, Sundance channel’s new drama about a man released after 19 years in prison for murder.

The rising star plays Kerwin Whitman, a prison inmate sitting on death row with a strong will to live. His character befriends the show’s protagonist, Daniel Holden, the inmate who’s released from prison after new DNA evidence emerges.

“He’s a very conflicted character. I think he’s joyous but without joy,” Gill explains in the new video clip. “I think he’s powerful but without power.”

Although he’s not the lead character in the series, Gill has a key role that plays an integral part in the series plot. When we first meet Kerwin, he’s being escorted to his cell on death row for the first time and he can barely keep his composure. It’s also revealed that he has been convicted of killing a 3 year-old girl.

“When you see characters like this, they’re often stereotypes: insert inmate here, and they scowl for two minutes while they move the story forward. I wanted to fill him with humanity,” Gill told the Oregonian.

Gill first appeared on network television in 2011 as a series regular on NBC’s “Harry’s Law.” Since then, he’s had roles on shows like “Bones” and HBO’s “True Blood.” The actor is also gearing up to play a gang banger on death row on the upcoming third season of AMC’s “The Killing.”

“Rectify” airs Mondays at 10pm EST on the Sundance Channel.