Killian Scott may not be a household name in the US yet, but he may just become one now that his eight episode miniseries Dublin Murders has debuted here on Starz—after originally airing on the BBC overseas and based on the Dublin Murder Squad books by Tana French. The Irish actor plays Rob Reilly, a homicide detective investigating a the murder of a teenage in 2006 with his partner, Cassie Maddox. But he's also got some deep, dark secrets of his own that are linked to his current case. We don't want to give away too much more, but if you're a crime junkie, you're going to want to binge this one immediately. The season comes to a close on December 29, so there's still time to catch up.
We loved getting to know Scott more when he agreed to answer our Inappropriate Questions, Glamour’s column that asks all the cheeky, slightly off-kilter stuff best saved for a second (or better yet, third) date. Find out all about his Spice Girls obsession, his favorite rom-coms, and a major romantic fail involving lip synching.
Glamour: Tell me about Dublin Murders. What do you love most about it?
Killian Scott: I like how dark it is and how terribly messed up the two protagonists are. There are heightened circumstances, obviously, but I think our writer Sarah Phelps captured something quite beautiful and human. I love Rob and Cassie because they're sad and broken and make terrible mistakes but they do their best to make their lives meaningful—which I think is pretty admirable.
Which character that you’ve played in the past is most like yourself in relationships? Who is the most different?
I seem to mainly play emotionally unhinged lunatics so I would hope they're all quite different. I hope.
Do you like rom-coms? Do you have a favorite?
Yes! I don't think Four Weddings and a Funeral or Notting Hill can be surpassed in that genre. Love Actually must also join the list.
What’s a dating or relationship “rule” you think is BS?
I honestly don't know what they are but my guess is all of them.
Fill in the blank: "I love when my partner..."
... has seen Sinead O' Connor's performance of Mandinka at the 1989 Grammys on YouTube because it's the best thing I've ever seen or heard.
You have a full day to binge-watch whatever you want: What do you pick?
The Wire. Or for comedy, the US version of The Office.
What’s the sexiest thing about yourself?
I can do a really shit handstand. I'm also from Ireland and so is Colin Farrell. Aren't we all just trading on that?
What’s the weirdest thing you do in your alone time?
You have no idea how much that question appeals to my sense of humor. But probably the weirdest thing I do in my alone time that I will tell you is stare at a picture of Albert Camus on my wall.
Have you ever ghosted someone?
I hope not. I think that's so shitty and boring and mean. But I probably have, unfortunately.
Screw, marry, kill: weed, pizza, a cocktail?
Kill weed, screw the cocktail, but in a non-committed considering imminent regret fashion, and happily wed the pizza.
What’s your hangover cure?
More alcohol. Nothing else at all makes a dent for me.
You stop by a convenience store on your way to a house party. What are you buying?
Cigarettes and chewing gum. I like in the States that you can buy the little cans of beer so I'd buy a bunch of those too.
What’s your favorite movie or TV love scene?
Any scene from Remains of the Day or Brokeback Mountain.
What’s the most surprising place you’ve hooked up with someone?
Who was your first celebrity crush?
Gerri Halliwell from the Spice Girls.
Do you believe in astrology?
I think the object of belief is less relevant than the actual act itself. If a person believes... well, it's amazing what we can convince ourselves of. Just look at the placebo effect. I don't believe in astrology but equally I don't really know what I believe in.
What’s your type?
Member of Spice Girls.
What’s something that everyone seems to love, but you dislike?
You’re alone in bed, about to fall asleep: What are you thinking about?
I'm probably wigging out about something extremely convincing my brother Eoghan has told me that day about how we're in a simulation.
Who’s your favorite family member, and why?
My sister! She had to deal with five brothers so she's my hero. And she looked after me when my parents were being distracted by the others. And she made me realize Grease is a work of genius. I could go on...
What’s the most inappropriate thing a fan has said to you?
You're amazing in Peaky Blinders.
What’s the biggest romantic fail you’ve experienced?
Lip-synching to "Freak Me" by Another Level while on a dance floor with a girl when I was 17.
What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done?
What’s the worst thing you’ve done on a date?
Uhm, I think we can "see above" again on that one.
Originally Appeared on Glamour