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Liev Schreiber: Naked night swimming was a shock!

Liev Schreiber does his best to make sure he doesn’t bring his Ray Donovan character home with him.

The 47-year-old had to get his kit off for a scene in hit crime drama Ray Donovan. Liev has received an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category for the role, and thinks that scene alone should win him the accolade.

“Naked night swimming was a bit of a shock to the system! What else do I have to say? I was naked, it was night and it was the Pacific Ocean. It would shock anybody's system — not to mention their unmentionables,” he laughed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Joking aside, Liev enjoys funny on-set moments like that because his character is intense. Ray is a ‘fixer’, who arranges bribes and deals with corrupt police officers and at the end of the day, it can be hard to switch off.

“Start and finish the day, but don't bring it home. Ray's such a troubled guy that some of that stuff can get habitual,” he confessed. “You gotta keep an eye on it. Fortunately, I have a very fun family at home and that helps.”

The American actor is in a long term relationship with fellow thespian Naomi Watts and together they have two sons. Liev is also close with his father Tell, a stage actor, and is thrilled that he loves his work on the Showtime series.

“This season my father called and said some sweet things that blew me away,” he smiled. “I'm always self-conscious about anything I do, particularly around friends and family, so it was a big deal for me to hear from my father.”

With such praise from his nearest and dearest, Liev doesn’t mind if he doesn’t take home the Emmy for his work. In fact he’s rooting for another of his fellow nominees in particular.

“Jon Hamm. He's such a lovely guy and brought grace, dignity and loads of talent to Mad Men,” he said. “So I'm secretly rooting for Jon. Or not so secretly anymore.”

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