Actor Sebastian Stan goes after roles with shades of grey

Actor Sebastian Stan enjoys playing conflicted characters as they are, to him, what being human is about

Known for his roles in Captain America and I, Tonya, actor Sebastian Stan shares why he gravitates towards brooding, conflicted and repressed characters.
Sebastian Stan plays Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier, in the Marvel superhero films.
Sebastian Stan plays Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier, in the Marvel superhero films.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Think Sebastian Stan and the words that come to mind are brooding, intense and troubled.

The 35-year-old Romanian-American actor played T.J., the gay, drug-abusing son of a former first lady in the miniseries Political Animals (2012), the quiet astronaut Beck in The Martian (2015) and Jeff, the sad, angry ex-husband of figure skater Tonya Harding in the Oscar-winning film I, Tonya (2017, Allison Janney won for Best Supporting Actress).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2018, with the headline 'Going after shades of grey'. Subscribe