Sousa traveled to the home base of "Covert Affairs" in
"I wanted to ask him how he was able to become such a successful actor. I wanted to know what he did to break in. I am in awe of his abilities," Sousa says.
Sousa traded his small
As he struggled to find work, Sousa noticed that actors who also were writers seemed to get more work. He took the skills he had cultivated in AP English classes at
"I started getting more traction as a writer. I knew the structure, having been an actor. Having done a lot of terrible plays, I knew what not to do. I did a play before I started writing that even as an actor, I could tell the scenes were terrible," Sousa says.
It looked like he was on his way to being a playwright when his production "Teeth of the Sons" won awards in
Two things changed his career path: the recession dried up productions. And, in 2011, his wife was pregnant with twins.
"I went in to hear the heartbeats at 10 weeks. I walked in a playwright and walked out a screenwriter," Sousa says. "I needed health insurance."
He threw himself into a script for an action movie about Navy SEALs and
Things changed when his agent brought him together with one of the "Covert Affairs" creators. In January, Sousa joined the "Covert Affairs" team. Most of the time he helps with the scripts headed up by other writers. To keep the show consistent, major ideas are developed long before scripts are written. It's the job of the writer to fill in the details.
Nine episodes into this season, Sousa got his chance. He won't say much about his script other than something big happens.
Sousa says the "Covert Affairs" actors contribute a lot to the final product.
"Piper has great instincts about (her character) Annie, and she will say when she thinks a line is something Annie wouldn't say," Sousa says. "Chris is the same way when it comes to Auggie."
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