05/11/2014 AT 10:25 AM EDT
battles scary monsters in Showtime’s new horror series Penny Dreadful
. The actor, 35, who says he loves The Beach Boys and fixing things, chatted with PEOPLE this week about "one last thing."
Last moment of bliss
It's such a man thing, but if I can fix something, it's blissful for me. I'm renting this house, and there is a French press coffeemaker that just wouldn't go together correctly. It was a very simple thing, but I did it and it made my coffee so much more delicious.
Last musical obsession
I've been getting back into The Beach Boys. I started listening to an album of theirs on repeat recently, but I can't remember the name of it. That's the thing about having everything on your computer or iPod – you never look at the titles anymore!
Last gift I received
I was given a really nice book, The Secret Agent
, by Joseph Conrad. It was a wrap gift from my dialect coach. I had talked about it once months beforehand when we were starting the show, and she had remembered.
Last time I cringed
Right now I'm in California for a bit and staying in Silverlake. What bothers me is people who are perfectly, raggedly coiffed who sit at coffee shops all day.