Corey Stoll stars in the new Dick Wolf drama Law & Order: Los Angeles as Tomas "TJ" Jaruszalski, who grew up the son of an Oscar-winning Polish cinematographer and knows too well the dark underside that is behind-the-scenes Hollywood.
As a New Yorker, Stoll has been acting steadily in theater, film and television since graduating from NYU's Masters Program in 2003.
Most recently, Stoll had the opportunity to work on director Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" with Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard. His other film work includes Philip Noyce's feature "Salt" opposite Angelina Jolie, Paul Mcguigan's "Push" and "Lucky Number Slevin," Niki Caro's "North Country," and John Krasinski's directing debut, "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men," based on David Foster Wallace's book.
Stoll has also appeared in the Broadway revival of "View from the Bridge" opposite Liev Schreiber and Scarlet Johansson, as well as in Sarah Ruhl's adaptation of "The Cherry Orchard," directed by John Doyle. His early highlights include playing Viola Davis' love interest in Lynn Nottage's "Intimate Apparel" (Drama Desk Award nomination in New York, Drama Critics Circle Award for the Los Angeles production), and starring in the title role in Michael Weller's play "Beast," opposite Logan Marshall Green. He also appeared in the revival of "Some Americans Abroad" with Tom Cavanaugh.
Stoll has also made numerous guest appearances, including "Law & Order," "The Good Wife," "Life on Mars," "The Unusuals," and "ER."
He currently resides in New York City.
Detective Jarusalski's father is an Oscar-winning director of photography who escaped Poland's Iron Curtain in the early 1970s. TJ's father instilled in him a fundamental distrust of authoritarianism and absolutism. In the world there's a thin strip of white, a thin strip of black, and a thousand miles of gray in between. TJ grew up adjacent to the Hollywood Babylon, but was never part of it. As such, TJ's cynical view of the entertainment behemoth is filled with the subconscious resentment of a kid who spent his childhood with his nose pressed against the glass of the candy store. Given his father's worldview, TJ's decision to leave UCLA and join the LAPD was actually quite an act of rebellion. Yet he's still imbued to the core with his father's complex view of morality. To pretend you can impose black-and-white order is to lie to yourself. It's this worldview that makes TJ a good cop. Where Winters is straight ahead, not only can TJ wrap his mind around the way the other guy thinks, he can mirror it.
TJ is outwardly affable, but can have an affected quality. He's intellectually smarter than almost everyone around him and has a bad tendency to act like he knows it. He has higher-end taste than a lot of cops because of his background. Deep down at his core, TJ carries a lot of anger and resentment and pain. But to meet him you would never know. To meet him, he's charming, he's happy-go lucky, he's a man who moves with an enviable easy confidence.