The Wall Street-inspired drama “Billions” returns to Showtime for its second season on Sunday, Feb. 19. The popular series explores the dark side of extreme wealth and pitches high finance heavy hitter Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis) against U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti). We got to chat with Toby Leonard Moore, who pins down corporate criminals alongside Giamatti’s character as Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Connerty. Moore tells us what we can expect from the new season, mastering the American accent and why money isn’t everything.
Why does society look at breaking a law differently when it comes to high finance? What makes Axe different from someone who physically robs a bank, for example?
I think it’s that idea of ultimate wealth. I guess there’s some kind of glamor that we attach to it.
So many people dream of having a ton of money, but at a certain point, it can become quite a burden, as “Billions” has shown us.
It has to become a burden at a certain point. More money, more problems. It’s that kind of idea. I heard a podcast or read an article or something the other day, I can’t remember a source, but I think someone said, after about $300,000, there’s no difference in happiness. If you have enough money to know that the rent’s going to be paid on time, apparently there’s no change to it. You don’t need that yacht. If you choose to be happy, you’ll be happy. It’s pretty simple.