Michael C Hall, Actor: Safe
After an extended small-screen sabbatical, the star of premium cable staples Dexter and Six Feet Under is back with Netflix’s eight-episode limited series Safe. The show is written by Harlan Coben and stars Hall as a detective with an eye for the dark underbelly of upscale gated communities.
At first glance, you might peg him as a stage actor. He speaks with deliberate deliberation, leaving enormous pauses between each thought.
Dexter: New Blood
After spending five years at the embalming table as sober, self-doubting undertaker David Fisher in Six Feet Under and eight seasons as Miami blood spatter analyst and morally gray serial killer Dexter Morgan on Showtime’s critically acclaimed series, Hall was hesitant to take another television role. But when he was offered the chance to return to the character of Dexter in New Blood, he knew it would be a role he couldn’t turn down.
For his part, Hall says he wanted to revisit the character because “it undoes a lot of what has plagued Dexter fans since the original series ended.” He adds that the reboot explores a new aspect of Dexter’s character that has never been explored before. “It’s both his biggest fear and darkest wish that he has this teenage son, Harrison, who may or may not know what his dad does for a living,” he says. “That makes for a more complicated and rich relationship for Dexter.”.
Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum
While Hall is best known for his role as a blood spatter analyst and morally-grey serial killer on Dexter, the actor also has a long pedigree in musical theatre with lead roles in Cabaret and Chicago. He also has a strong interest in environmental issues and supports various humanitarian causes.
The trio Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum consists of Hall on vocals and keyboards, drummer Peter Yanowitz (of The Wallflowers and Morningwood) and bassist Matt Katz-Bohen (Blondie, Cyndi Lauper). They formed the band several years ago after meeting while working on Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
The group’s new single, “Ketamine,” a slow burner that sizzles with tension, pivots between simple synth pop and ’80s darkwave. The song is accompanied by an eerie video in which Hall creepily holds a child primped and treated as a plastic doll in a cavernous mansion. The track is the first from Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum since their debut EP.
After his acclaimed run on Six Feet Under, Hall took time off to pursue stage roles, including the MC in Broadway’s Cabaret and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He also starred in several off-Broadway shows that showcased his acting range.
But he soon had to shift gears for Showtime’s Dexter, which ran for five seasons. Playing a Miami blood spatter analyst and morally gray serial killer was no easy feat, but Hall was up for the challenge.
He chose to keep a low profile after the conclusion of the series, which led to an insular existence that suited him. But he returned to the spotlight last year with his starring role in Safe, a drama from Harlan Coben.
Hall has a unique way of delivering his lines that has earned him the respect of his peers and a loyal fan base. He has also diversified his career, proving to be an accomplished director and producer.
Michael C. Hall is a versatile actor who has captivated audiences in both television and theater. He has played a wide range of roles, from the morally gray serial killer Dexter to the flamboyant stage star Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He continues to choose projects that challenge him as an artist and push the boundaries of storytelling.
Hall has always been a passionate performer. He grew up playing Shakespearean leads off-Broadway and studied acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He then gained worldwide fame for his portrayal of David Fisher in the hit series Six Feet Under.
He also starred in the critically acclaimed film Cold in July. In addition to his acting career, he is involved in charitable organizations and follows a healthy lifestyle. He also works as a writer and has written several screenplays for movies and TV shows. He is currently working on a new project called Shadowplay with Taylor Kitsch.