Masterpiece fans have fallen in love with a new costume drama, Poldark, an adaptation of the Winston Graham novels (published between 1945 and 2002) about the Redcoat who returns to England after the American Revolutionary War to rebuild his life in Cornwall. Aidan Turner, who was previously best known for playing Kili in the Hobbit movies, has won a slew of new admirers as the just and compassionate mine owner Ross Poldark. (He’s also spawned morethanafewarticles—and backlash articles—about his shirtless scenes.)
TIME caught up with the actor ahead of the U.S. season one finale on Sunday to talk about the series.
TIME: How did you come to join this project?
Turner: They sent a bunch of scripts, they sent the books, they sent the outline, and just asked me if I wanted to be a part of it. It sounded exciting, I hadn’t read…
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