Michael C. Hall has established himself as the dark, brooding actor that is able to take interesting characters and not only breath life into them but take them somewhere completely new. Apparently Hall is able to get inspiration from his own life has as he admits he never thought he would look past 38 in a recent interview.

Many people think that to play a dark character you have to be a dark person or have some kind of f*cked up memories, and as we well know that’s just not true, though sometimes having a personal edge can help. The two roles Hall is most well known for Dexter in “Dexter” and David Fisher on “Six Feet Under” both have one common thread, death. Luckily he’s one of the most hopeful, morbid people out there and was able to find a way to make his dark side work for him.

Hall recently spoke to The New York Times about how death fits into his process as an actor…

“The fact that I’ve been called upon to play these characters is probably not a complete coincidence,” he says. “I have my own repressed people in my life that I’ve drawn on, and had my own tendency toward repression. Maybe it has to do with not knowing quite what to do with the storm of feelings that accompanied my father’s death. Maybe it’s a learned behavior.

The actor, whose father died at the age of 37 of prostate cancer, was convinced he would follow suit especially when he found out last year while shooting season four of “Dexter” that he had Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Somehow he was able to complete shooting and begin treatment the day after wrapping.

“I think I’ve been preoccupied since I was 11, and my father died, with the idea of the age 39: ‘Would I live that long? What would that be like?’… “To discover that I had the Hodgkin’s was alarming, but at the same time I felt kind of bemused, like: ‘Wow. Huh. How interesting.’ ”

Hall turned 39 this past February, his cancer is in remission and he seems to have a rather healthy look on what’s to come as he added that all his turmoil has lead to quite the career, or as he put it…

“Now, I’m taking it to the bank.”

Season 5 of “Dexter” is currently being shot, his hair has grown back, and although he didn’t give away too much about what’s to come or the latest addition to the team Julia Stiles, he gave us a bit of insight to their “relationship”…

“There will certainly be adversaries, but it’s more plural and as far as Julia’s role, it’s not an adversarial relationship… You know, Dexter’s yet to get involved in any significant way with someone he hasn’t ended up killing, so we’ll see if he can manage.”

Find out more about his journey with cancer and his career now on The New York Times online.

Do you find Hall’s views on death hopeful or morbid?