Kevin Daniels spends three months a year here, filming the Chicago-set cop comedy “Sirens” — also starring former Splash cover star Jessica McNamee — which premieres its second season Jan. 27 on USA. The rest of his year is spent on the West Coast, where he works on various other projects, including a recurring role as Longinus, the hilariously flamboyant friend of Mitchell and Cam on ABC’s “Modern Family.”
Calling from: I’m at home — and I’m getting horrible reception.
Growing up: Everybody wanted me to play sports. I can see why — I grew up in Texas and I feel like I was born 6-foot-5. I played football in high school and basketball with my dad, and I was like, ‘This is cool, but I could get hurt!’
Actors that inspire me: I’ve been on the J.K. Simmons bandwagon for years. Also Stanley Tucci, Meryl Streep and Jeffrey Wright.
Before doing a scene: I spent a hell of a lot of money on a training program, so I still do a lot of those exercises: breathing, connecting body to breath, stupid tongue twisters. I could do one but you’d never be able to print it. [Rattles off an impressive but unintelligible series of sounds.] And then on set, these days, I sing. I’m not a great singer, but it puts people in a good mood.
Pet peeve: I can’t stand when I’m late or when someone is late to meet me. Every once in a while it’s fine, but when someone is consistently late and then acts like it’s your fault, like, ‘Oh, I thought you said 12:30!’
People would be surprised to know: I have two cats, Dorian and Skittles. If you had told me 10 years ago [that] at 38 I’d be living in Hollywood with two cats, I’d be like, ‘You’re lying.’ I rescued them when they were two days old. They lay around all day on the bed and I’m like, ‘Get a job!’
Season 2 of “Sirens” will be: Bigger and bolder and louder; there are explosions … and maybe zombies.