I had teachers that really started, like, getting me to loosen up in my emotional side and, definitely later in Lost, a lot of those, as my character started getting more rounded out, they gave him a lot more tragedy to deal with and stuff like that, and I just, from, like, being here and all the training, get to break that loose in this environment is what kind of, you know, allowed me to have it, I think, when I needed it on the set. And it definitely helped me, like, blow the lid off of it and then the lid gets not so easy to stick on anymore and then it’s there and ready for you. And then, just kind of taking that and from, I learned how the whole idea that of not trying to cry when you’re playing a human being.
A big thing about it here was about, you know, being human in many ways. I learned a lot from here and just, like, this is how people really behave and it’s okay if it’s different from what you think would happen. The whole, you know, contradiction is where a character’s revealed and that was a big thing with this show, especially because there’s a lot of secrets and there’s a lot of information about your character that you don’t have, and you just have to fill it in yourself with imagination and then later you might get information that you may feel was contradictory to what you had, you know, acted at, you know, in, like, a season ago or something like that.
But then, you learn something about your character’s past that might have changed your choice back then. But I think it’s very human to act in contradiction and I learned that here.
The whole administrating the career and, really, the amount of time that’s spent on just talking about the whole hustle of getting through and dealing with this town, and, you know, going after jobs and stuff, has done a lot. Writing things down, I got from Milton and the Beverly Hills Playhouse, and writing down what you want out of your career and creating the career concept.
Like, I had to, I looked at old notebooks that said, “I wanted to live in Hawaii,” and also that said, “I wanted to be part of a great ensemble television show.” Back then, I was thinking, “I wanted to do something like Cheers,” but this is way out of the park from what I was even dreaming about from what I got and, you know, that’s always special.
Oh, I still pull the book down. I grab Acting Class. I’ll bring it down. There’ll be certain things that I’ll be sitting there and I’ll catch myself and I’m like, “Am I flinching?” And then, I’ll go and I’ll bring it, I’ll look up the indexes and find out where it talks about it and see, like, you know, it’s having the books just kind of drilled in my mind too has, you know, it keeps that information in there, it has me like check myself from certain situations to make sure that I’m still on track a lot of times. It’s really easy to get comfortable. I’m working regularly. Hawaii’s a great place to hide.
When I first was trying to figure out my career path, I mean, part of the whole thing, one of the things I learned about Milton Katselas and the whole career concept idea was that, whatever you write down, it’s okay to write it down in pencil and change it tomorrow if you want, but have something now. Have the point of focus because, like I said, the whole thing where I was aiming to be, I thought I was going to be wacky neighbor on a sitcom or something and I booked Becker. This is also back when I had written that I wanted to be in an ensemble showcase and I was thinking Cheers in my head, and the fact that I booked Becker with Ted Danson kind of made me go, “Ooh! That’s a little magic happening right there!”
And then, from there, I began to do Lost which is a completely different kind of thing. And, with some of the things I wanted to do as an actor which I had explored while I was at this school was I wanted to explore more of the romantic side, more of the unlikely hero. I got a lot of those kind of assignments from teachers and so I did, like, Marty, for example, in class and those kinds of parts to work in class.
And then, Lost came around which has allowed me to do so many things. They developed the romance on the show for me which is great because I’m not the first guy you think when you think the cast of romantic part and they made me a hero in many, like, at the end of season three. I drive a van into a guy and save the day.
And so, yeah, a lot of that is just kind of putting, in a way, you kind of like, put it out into the universe that, you know, this is the kind of attention I want to get and stuff starts coming back and this is kind of where I gained the confidence in those parts to be like, “Yeah!” and I can deliver in these situations.