Looking Back on “Who’s the Boss?”

Judith Light talks about a role she believes isn’t the highlight of her career is its own kind of "coming out."
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Question: How do you look back on your years on “Who’s the Boss?” 

Judith Light: 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. 

I was 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.

Recorded on May 10, 2010
Interviewed by Austin Allen