Question: How do you look back on your years on “Who’s the
: It was tremendously valuable for
me. I think every time one does something that one says, “I will never
do this,” you have to be careful because the universe is listening and
because when you do something that you say you’ll never do, you have to
look at the reasons why you say you’ll never do them.
prejudiced. I looked down at the material. I thought: "I only want to do
feature films and theater. That’s all I’m going to do." But when you
are getting guidance from the universe and you listen to it, it changes
your life in ways that are magical and it did that for me. I never
thought that I would get to learn, to the depth that I did, about comic
timing, which is extremely difficult, over an eight-year period that has
held me in incredibly good stead and gotten me more jobs because of it.
I learned so much by working with Tony Danza. I learned so much about
doing things that I said I would never do that made me call myself on it
and learn to listen to what was being shown me. Stop looking down my
nose at material and brought me best game, my A game to every single
thing, every episode of "One Life to Live," every episode of “Who’s the
Boss?” and it was my continuing training of myself as a human being as
well as an actor.
So, I can never say, ever, that that was a
mistake or the wrong thing to do and did I have to work to turn myself
around in the eyes of the industry? Absolutely. So, when I did a play
like “Wit” where I shaved my head and was naked on stage, it was a huge,
very terrifying thing for me to have to do, but I had to do it. But, I
wouldn’t have had to do those things if my plan had worked out which was
to only do theater and feature films. I would never learn about myself
to the depth that I have. So, it was... and even to this day, the joy
and the delight and the exhilaration of my having made those choices, I
have great pride in myself for doing that.
on May 10, 2010
Interviewed by Austin Allen