Looking Back on “Who’s the Boss?”

Question: How do you look back on your years on “Who’s the \r\nBoss?” 

Judith Light: It was tremendously valuable for\r\n me. I think every time one does something that one says, “I will never \r\ndo this,” you have to be careful because the universe is listening and \r\nbecause when you do something that you say you’ll never do, you have to \r\nlook at the reasons why you say you’ll never do them. 

I was \r\nprejudiced. I looked down at the material. I thought: "I only want to do\r\n feature films and theater. That’s all I’m going to do." But when you \r\nare getting guidance from the universe and you listen to it, it changes \r\nyour life in ways that are magical and it did that for me. I never \r\nthought that I would get to learn, to the depth that I did, about comic \r\ntiming, which is extremely difficult, over an eight-year period that has\r\n held me in incredibly good stead and gotten me more jobs because of it.\r\n I learned so much by working with Tony Danza. I learned so much about \r\ndoing things that I said I would never do that made me call myself on it\r\n and learn to listen to what was being shown me. Stop looking down my \r\nnose at material and brought me best game, my A game to every single \r\nthing, every episode of "One Life to Live," every episode of “Who’s the \r\nBoss?” and it was my continuing training of myself as a human being as \r\nwell as an actor. 

So, I can never say, ever, that that was a \r\nmistake or the wrong thing to do and did I have to work to turn myself \r\naround in the eyes of the industry? Absolutely. So, when I did a play \r\nlike “Wit” where I shaved my head and was naked on stage, it was a huge,\r\n very terrifying thing for me to have to do, but I had to do it. But, I \r\nwouldn’t have had to do those things if my plan had worked out which was\r\n to only do theater and feature films. I would never learn about myself \r\nto the depth that I have. So, it was... and even to this day, the joy \r\nand the delight and the exhilaration of my having made those choices, I \r\nhave great pride in myself for doing that.

Recorded\r\n on May 10, 2010
Interviewed by Austin Allen

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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