People Magazine - Feb 00
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
After costarring in the now-cancelled police drama "Homicide: Life on the Streets" for seven seasons, Kyle Secor returned to the scene of the series' crimes, Baltimore, to film "Homicide: The Movie" airing Feb. 13 on NBC. "I wasn't sad to leave Baltimore when the show ended," says Secor 42, who has since relocated back to the West Coast. "I can have more of a normal life in Los Angeles, where I can be fairly anonymous." Even when he lived in L.A. for seven years as a struggling actor, Secor felt right at home in the City of Angels. "It wasn't too bad," he says. "For years I just shuttled between friends apartments, or I slept at a yoga center where I taught. I only had to sleep in my car three or four nights."Kyle Secor - Artistic Director of Homicide Live!
"That's another big part of being artistic director," Secor said, "reminding people of the date of the show and when they're supposed to show up. Richard Belzer, up until the day of the show last year, kept going: 'What day are we doing this again? I can't remember.' So, mainly, my job is to handle neuroses -- mine and the other actors -- because we are a terribly neurotic bunch. But you can use that energy for good things."
TV Guide December 1996
Kyle Secor is as likeable as his character, Det. Tim Bayliss, but more easygoing and a good deal brainier - which has made the Tacoma native a favorite with the Homicide crew. Bayliss has been a touchstone for the audience since the series pilot, when the rookie was partnered with the domineering Frank Pembleton. "The writers have been very good about the slow development of Bayliss, and that's been exciting." says Secor, who describes his alter ego as repressed and troubled - and finally ready to come into his own. "He realizes that to grow as a detective, he has to move past Frank. He and Frank may come together or they may not. But there comes a point where he goes, 'Oh, it's not a marriage.' "
December 21, 1995 from Canoe
"I approach each episode as if it's a brand-new movie," Secor said. "I don't know anything that Bayliss did beforehand or what he's going to do after this. This is the truth of his life right now." -
"Maybe the people out there think we're doing something
that's good, good for their hearts or their souls. Maybe it's in how we portray
the victims of crime, or how we respond to horror of it," Secor said.
"And, remember, most of the time, we're not being anything more than people who are just trying to get through their day."
100th Episode Party - May 8, 1998
"There's still a lot of work to be done with my character, a lot to be revealed," Secor said when asked how he felt about standing in the spotlight without his onscreen partner Braugher for the first time since the series debuted.
"Bayliss is going through a lot and his character keeps shifting. The mysteries of his sexual identity are a big part of this, which makes the role both challenging and fun. The writers have been good to me."
In truth, Bayliss' sabbatical was a device for writing him out of the series. Even if Homicide had been renewed for this season, Kyle Secor meant to leave.
Yet Secor couldn't resist being part of the film. And part of the reunion. "I wanted to see what it would be like for all the characters to relate anew," he says from Los Angeles.
So many Homicide regulars had fallen away through the years - "and in some cases when they left we WANTED them to leave," notes Secor with a laugh.
"We had people who were committed to doing the best work possible," he says. "When you have that, you have an awful lot of creative tension. When you showed up on the set in the early days, you almost didn't even have to act, there was so much (crap) happening." He laughs again.
With everyone back in the fold for the movie, "there obviously was knowledge of all the history that we shared," Secor says. "But there was also this incredible feeling. From what I could see, everyone just loved being around each other.
"It was like - what's the word for when everything is forgiven? Absolution?"
``The more you find out about the characters, the more interesting it becomes,'' Secor says. ``The writers are bringing the character along slowly. It's more real that way. We get to the gray areas of people's lives. The difficult stuff. But we do it intelligently.''
Secor says that spending five years working with the other actors gives their performances a well-rounded, nuanced finish. ``It creates a kind of energy. The history is there. The communication, rituals, the character motivation it's all there.''
From the News-Times Television News January 30, 1997