After appearing in more than 70 feature films (opposite Woody Harrelson in “LBJ” and Tom Cruise in “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”) and television shows like “American Horror Story,” Judd Lormand is most easily recognizable for his role on the CBS hit TV series “SEAL Team”.
In his role on the show (which also stars David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot and Neil Brown, Jr.) as Lt. Commander Eric Blackburn, Lormand leads the elite Navy SEAL team planning, training and executing dangerous, high-stakes missions coordinating operations and serving as the team’s leader both on and off the battlefield.
In the beginning of season one, I prepared more on the mental side as I tried to get an understanding of what a Lieutenant Commander does. Then, I wasn’t actually able to speak with a Lieutenant Commander, but I spoke with many other SEALs. It was kind of like asking what do you think of your boss. I took everything they had to say to get the common threads and tie it all together. He was either the rock of the team or the glue that helps hold the team together. In the first eight or nine episodes that were shot of the show, I was trying to figure out where it was going. Then, 10 episodes in, one SEAL said that a Lieutenant Commander does go in the field with the guys. One of the challenging things that I will say about the character is that our personalities were not that close. I’m one with a quick comeback and Eric always plays chess in his head. Then I had to be in the shape of a Navy SEAL. I wasn’t in bad shape at the time, but I wasn’t in the shape of a Navy SEAL. I changed up my workout, added more weight lifting to my routine, saw a nutritionist and changed my eating habits. It has been a gradual change that has made me more healthy.