Carlos Gonzalez-Vio on Playing a Scientist in NatGeo’s The Hot Zone: Anthrax [Exclusive Interview]

Carlos Gonzalez-Vio

Dr. Simon Kurtz, played by Carlos Gonzalez-Vio. (National Geographic/Peter Stranks)

In a race against time, the FBI tried to uncover the truth before the anthrax terrorist strikes more terror in National Geographic’s The Hot Zone: Anthrax. With their investigation turns suddenly to anthrax specialist Bruce Ivins, Carlos Gonzalez-Vio played a fellow lab colleague Simon Kurz, a friend of Ivins and an investigation witness.

Here is the full synopsis of the series:

In a timely limited series that depicts the plight and eventual triumph over a national threat, The Hot Zone: Anthrax takes place in 2001, just weeks after 9/11, when the United States was rocked by another deadly act of terrorism. Letters containing anthrax were sent to unsuspecting victims in Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York. The anonymous assault claimed five lives and caused panic throughout the U.S. Despite many false leads, a team of FBI agents and scientists slowly closed in on a shocking prime suspect.

While many of us can remember the breaking news headlines and widespread fear that arose during the anthrax attacks, there are many layers to this chilling and unbelievable crime story that have not yet been told.

National Geographic’s limited series The Hot Zone: Anthrax, inspired by true events, follows parallel stories of Matthew Ryker (Daniel Dae Kim) and Dr. Bruce Ivins (Tony Goldwyn). Ryker, an FBI agent with a specialty in microbiology, risks his career to convince his superiors of the unthinkable just three weeks after the 9/11 attacks: The United States is under attack again. Ivans – a brilliant microbiologist who becomes embroiled in the hunt to find the 2001 anthrax killer – works closely with the FBI to uncover who is behind the deadly anthrax letters, while his growing instability and paranoia give way to even deeper and unnerving discoveries.

The series also stars Dawn Olivieri, Ian Colletti, Dylan Baker, Morgan Kelly, Denyce Lawton, Enrico Colantoni, and Harry Hamlin.

ALSO CHECK OUT: Tony Goldwyn on Playing FBI Suspect Bruce Ivins in NatGeo’s The Hot Zone: Anthrax [Exclusive Interview]

LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with actor Carlos Gonzalez-Vio on his character, which is the combination of many scientists that were employed at the government facility during the anthrax investigation.

Carlos Gonzalez-Vio appeared in numerous television series and films, including Cortazar in Amazon’s The Expanse, Designated Survivor, and Orphan Black.

All six episodes of the series The Hot Zone: Anthrax is currently playing on National Geographic Channel and streaming on Hulu.

Watch the exclusive interview with Carlos Gonzalez-Vio below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, National Geographic

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