Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan on why Cooper is his favorite character ever
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A lot of TV detectives tend to fit into the same brooding mold. Maybe they have a tragic backstory. Maybe they don’t get along well with their peers. But there’s one small-screen sleuth who stands apart from all of his mopey, twisted peers: Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks.
Kyle MacLachlan’s FBI agent is the kind of pure-hearted hero you want on your case — kind and professional, optimistic but never naïve. He’s the sort of guy who explores the world around him with wide eyes, becoming mesmerized by things like the trees of the Pacific Northwest. He’s fascinated by Tibet and believes in the power of dreams. And he thinks that pie and coffee are the two most magical foods to ever grace the earth.
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More than 25 years after David Lynch and Mark Frost first introduced us to Cooper, the beloved special agent is set to return in the upcoming Twin Peaks revival. As part of EW’s new cover story on the series, we sat down with MacLachlan himself to talk about all things Coop.
“Cooper is my favorite character that I’ve ever played,” says MacLachlan, who also shares his favorite moment in the original series. “He’s got a complexity to him and way of looking at the world that I can understand and relate to. He’s powerful without having to demonstrate it. He’s compassionate. He’s got tremendous empathy. He’s incredibly smart — all those things that I am, of course!”