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From Moviefone.com: Can you describe your reaction to getting the call for this from director Sam Mendes?
I can if you can detail the writing version of having a nose bleed and passing out on the floor of a trailer, and if you can make it look like a crime novel, that’s what I looked like … I was in my trailer for ‘The Office,’ practicing my looks for the camera in the mirror, and I got a call and Sam said, “I just read the script, and I can’t see anyone other than you doing it” … And yes, there was a small part of me that was like, “Wow, George Clooney is an incredibly complex prankster.” He’s the kind of guy who could get Sam Mendes to make that call, and then be like, “Remember when your life was awesome? Well, it was all a joke.”
But Clooney had nothing to do with it?
I definitely looked outside my trailer because he would also get on set, because he’s so charming he just smiles at people and everyone falls on the ground. No, it was awesome, and I actually did talk to George about doing the movie later, and he obviously said it was a no-brainer to do a movie like this and work with Sam.
Do you think your chemistry came pretty natural, or did you have to work on it a little bit?
Believe it or not, I had known about Maya and there’re few people that I like watching perform more. I almost reached stalker status at ‘SNL,’ I loved being behind the scenes at that show. So I had known her through a mutual friend, but then when we actually started rehearsing, because we got to work on the script together and Sam was so collaborative, we actually started to feel like this was our project … And honestly, I think Maya’s one of the most special people I’ve ever met, so I was just psyched to have a friend that was this incredible, and on top of it we were doing a movie.
Bradley Cooper is on a huge roll right now. He’s got The Hangover coming out, 2 movies in the can (Case 39 and All About Steve) and Valentine’s Day (starring everyone) that he’s about to start.
I can’t wait to see this movie.
From Moviefone: Filming this movie must have been rough, what with hitting the Vegas casinos and clubs and your characters staying in the ‘Rain Man’ suite. What was your favorite part of the shoot?
The movie as a whole was just an awesome experience. It was like we did a war movie almost [laughs]. Because we lived in Vegas in Caesar’s Palace and played these guys who got the s*** kicked out of ourselves. To be able to do that with Todd Phillips and Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms, it was just amazing.
You had to do some pretty out there stuff — fighting with a naked dude, pretend humping a tiger, etc. Were there any scenes that were particularly awkward to shoot?
I think it was awkward more for the crew to watch a naked Asian man’s testicles dangle in front of my neck 40 or 50 times [laughs]. But for some reason I didn’t realize how sort of ridiculous it all was. I know Ken [Jeong, the owner of the Asian testicles]. He’s a really good friend of mine. We did a movie called ‘All About Steve’ together, so it was his idea to be naked, and as he was pitching that to Todd, and it was like, “Whooooa. Okaaaay.” And then I didn’t even have a second thought about it. It wound up really making that scene. I think it’s one of the funniest scenes in the movie, actually.
During the tiger scenes, did you ever feel like you were in danger?
Luckily, we didn’t have to do anything outrageous to it at all, other than it living in an unnatural environment with humans and being on a leash. So whatever its aggravated state was normally, we had to live with. But, you know, you never get used to it. It’s a tiger.
It was just announced that you’re playing a gay man dating a closeted pro football player in the romantic comedy ‘Valentine’s Day.’ What got you interested in the part?
You know, I have a really small role. It’s like two days I’m doing on that movie, and it was really just the opportunity to play it with Julia Roberts. I did a play with her about three years ago. And I thought it would be great — it’s a really sort of sweet relationship between these two people on a plane. So it’s a quick little thing I’m going to do and be able to work with her on film. I’m excited for that. In terms of the fact that that’s the character kind of gives away the — I don’t know why they were able to release that because it kind of ruins the story a little bit. We don’t know that he’s gay. At least you’re not supposed to — the way I read it. I guess they don’t care [laughs].
Audition song: When I first moved here, my audition song was “Today Is the First Day of the Rest of My Life” from Starting Here, Starting Now. So young… so eager.
Special skills: I was a competitive swimmer all growing up. I play the piano and trumpet, and I can make a cooing turtledove sound by blowing into my hands…it’s very impressive.
How you got the nomination news: New York 1, baby! Lin-Manuel Miranda read my name!
Nominee you’re most excited for: I want Will [Swenson, Hair co-star] to win.
Who you are taking Tony night: Broadway’s Mary Poppins: the beautiful and phenomenally talented Scarlett Strallen. We met in London while I was over there playing Bert on the West End.
Previous Tony experience: I got to go to the Tonys once before when I was nominated for Millie. It was a great night, but I’m really looking forward to this time around because I’m actually in the number we are doing, and I can’t wait for the tribe to blast onto that stage and through everyone’s TVs at home.
First Broadway show ever saw: Show Boat 1994
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? I want to see LaChiusa’s Wild Party again. I had tickets to go back a second time, but my grandmother sadly passed away and I couldn’t go. I loved that show.
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Using Your High Sensitivity Personality As an Actor is a guest post by Douglas Eby
Everyone has some sensitivity to inner experiences and emotions, to the moods of others, and to many other sensations. But highly sensitive people have unusually strong awareness and reactions.
Artists, including actors, are often highly sensitive and use this personality trait to be more creative and effective.
But since the trait can also lead to being overwhelmed, you need to take care of yourself. It can show up in many ways, and actors have different ways of dealing with their high sensitivity.
Renee Zellweger says when she expresses something, it’s through the filter of her character, so she never feels exposed. She thinks of making movies as “private experiences” and avoids thinking about disappointing people.
Many other actors have identified themselves as highly sensitive, including Ellen Muth; Heath Ledger; Amy Brenneman; Mandy Moore; Alison Pill; Naomi Watts, and Brittany Murphy, who once commented, “I’m a very oversensitive, vulnerable person. You have to be to do this for a living.”