The Following Star Kevin Bacon Stays Close to His N.Y. Roots

Loves Pat Kiernan in the morning

Photo: Gilbert Carraquillo/Film Magic

Who Kevin Bacon
Age 55
Accomplishments Stars as Ryan Hardy on Fox’s The Following (Season 2 preview airs Sunday, Jan. 19 after the NFC Championship Game); Golden Globe Award-winning actor; musician
Base New York and Los Angeles

What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
I read The New York Times app or website. I like the regular dot-com better because the app is almost too homogenized. But there are certain things about the app that I also like, so I toggle back and forth between the two. And if I’m in New York, I will also be listening to the morning show on NY1, which I love. There’s just something about Pat Kiernan. He’s kind of hilarious.

What are your go-to social platforms?
For social media, I use something called WhoSay. It’s more photo-centric, and it lets me simultaneously post to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and some Chinese sites.

Where do you get your news?
My main news source is the PBS NewsHour. I really like it because it’s truly nonpartisan reporting, which I don’t really find on any of the other news outlets. It’s a great show, and it hasn’t become an entertainment outlet. I follow them on Twitter.

What other shows do you watch on TV?
I like Homeland, The Killing, and I love Orphan Black—that has a spectacular performance by one actress playing nine characters. There’s a British show that I recently got into called Broadchurch, which is great, and I like Sherlock and Luther.

Are you a binge watcher?
Usually we only have the time or the energy after work to watch one episode of something. But every once in a while, I’ll get into the binge-watching thing. I think the first show that I ever binged on was The Wire. I wasn’t really hip to it when it first aired, and then I just went crazy and watched it over the course of a couple of weekends. It was so good. So good.

How do you wind down before bed?
Electronic light isn’t supposed to be good right before you go to bed. Although I don’t have much of a problem with insomnia, sometimes [my wife Kyra Sedgwick] does, so we tend to put the electronic devices away at least half an hour before bed, and read a book.

What’s on your reading list right now?
I just finished a book that I really liked called Brewster. It’s a really moving novel about friendship in the ‘60s. I’m also rereading a book called In Harm’s Way, which is the story of a battleship that was sunk by a Japanese submarine in WWII and the guys floated in the water for four days before they were rescued. I’m actually working on doing a miniseries based on it.

Tell us about your favorite app.
I’m in L.A. right now, and I just got an app called Waze that’s really great. It’s sort of like a navigation slash social media app. The other one I use a lot is my Sirius app because I love Howard Stern. But I don’t always have a car with Sirius, or I’ll be walking the dog in the morning, so this lets me listen to Howard on my iPhone.

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