08/28/2012 05:11 pm ET Updated Aug 28, 2012

'The Newsroom': Chris Messina Talks HBO Show And His Character Reese

"The Newsroom" star Chris Messina can't help noting how different his character Reese is from the rest of the gang.

"[Reese is] such a bastard, isn't he? Yeah, he's such a bastard," Messina told The Olathe News. "He's constantly pushing everybody's buttons, you know? But it's fun to play that role, especially when everyone else on it is so into aspiring to be better and hold news to a high standard."

But don't be fooled: Messina insists he's having a blast with his role on Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama. "It's sort of fun to be the antagonist of it all," he revealed.

Messina may be able to pull off Sorkin, but can he wing it as Mindy Kaling's cute co-worker Danny Castellano on Fox's "The Mindy Project" (premiering Tues., Sept. 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET)? He certainly didn't think so at first.

"When [Kaling] first asked, I told her no a bunch of times," he told Vulture. "But she kept coming back to me ... and it became impossible to say no ... In 'The Mindy Project' they are all so funny, so it's scary for me."

For more on Messina's upcoming work, head over to The Olathe News.

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