The Sinner is a popular anthology series on Netflix and fans were keen to watch the latest season on the streaming platform. In one of the most harrowing storylines of the series, Detective Harry Ambrose (played by Bill Pullman) meets Jamie Burns following a fatal car accident. Fans are keen to find out what actor Matt Bomer really thought of his extraordinary character, and Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
WARNING: This story contains spoilers for The Sinner
What did Matt Bomer think of his character Jamie Burns?
Jamie Burns is one of the main characters of season three and he is the friend of Nick Haas (Chris Messina) who was killed in a car accident.
Jamie was the passenger in the car at the time, and it later transpired it was Jamie who intentionally caused the crash.
Throughout the season Harry Ambrose grew more suspicious of Jamie, and he ended up following him to New York City.
After he was named and shamed as the suspect, Jamie tried to make Ambrose’s life hell and he set out to destroy everything Ambrose cared about.
However Ambrose, who had been pushed to the very edge by a mentally unstable Jamie, ended up unintentionally shooting him and killing him.
The Sinner: Matt Bomer said it was worrying playing his character Jamie Burns
The Sinner: Jamie Burns and Harry Ambrose
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bomer revealed the experience on the series was like a “deep dive” into the unknown.
He said: “I knew that it was going to be a deep dive and something that was going to ask things of me that had never been asked of me as an actor before and challenged me in ways that I’d never been challenged.”
Jamie’s character is one of the most complex of the season, due to his mental instability and his unpredictable nature.
Speaking of how he learned to understand his character, he said he researched what Jamie’s central struggles were.
He said: “I just knew, having watched the show and then hearing about his struggles, that he was going to be someone who was relatable.
The Sinner: Jamie Burns was struggling with his mental health
The Sinner: Harry Ambrose shot Jamie
“We have social media and all these different ways where we can click a like on someone’s post, but does that mean we’re really connected to them, and is it just another performance?
“How do we really connect if we feel this sense of loneliness and spiritual disconnection? I know that Derek [Simonds] also took things from my life and from our conversations and used those and incorporated those and wove those into the characters.
“So it’s just one of those things that starts from a really rich source and then, over the course of the series, cuts closer and closer to the bone.”
In another interview with Goldderby he described the experience as “really terrifying” as he had to show rage and anger on a dramatic scale.
During one particular scene, Jamie snaps into an unprecedented fit of rage, and Bomer said it was a nerve-wracking job.
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He said: “I was very worried about it. So much of who Jamie was was having one life on the outside and a whole different life boiling up inside of him.
“And this was the most or the first really strong outward expression we got of that. Just completely broken down, no barriers.”
The star has been praised for his portrayal of the ‘unhinged’ character and, Bomer said he enjoyed delving into why Jamies does what he does.
Fans have already taken to Twitter to show their support for him in the series, with one fan saying: “Season three of The Sinner was so good. Matt Bomer needs an Emmy, stat.”
Bomer has previously starred in White Collar, Doom Patrol, The Last Tycoon and American Horror Story.
Speaking to Build Series he joked that he had to “exorcise the demons” in order to switch off from his character.
Speaking about ‘living with his character’ off set, he said: “This was a really sticky one.
“If you’re lucky enough to get a great role like this and you spend 60 to 70 hours as that characters you are in the character’s headspace more than you are in your own.
“It was definitely something I almost had to ritualistically pull out of.”
The Sinner is available to watch on Netflix now