For a lot of people, if they're lucky, it begins with somebody who recognizes something in them.
I don't care about the money. I just need, as an actor, to do as many different things that I can to make me feel good about myself.
When you walk on the set, whatever it is, you commit yourself to the job. You're committing yourself to doing the best you can do with it, no matter what you feel about it, and that never changes.
I just figured, "If I can do theater, agents will find their way."
I don't like talking about myself. I'm not really interested in myself. One of the good things about being a supporting actor is that you get to talk about other people.
In my first film, I was a basketball player. Like every good actor, I lied when they asked me if I could play.
I have so many people who still talk to me about The Long Kiss Goodnight, about that being one of their favorite movies, and it really was a fun movie.
I wouldn't mind having another shot at doing comedy, but I'm not sure that's the way I'd want to go.
In independent film you tend to have stories that involve more of a community, and the smaller characters are important to the story.
I'm not sure I always feel like I'm in the seat. Sometimes I'm only holding on by one hand and flying out behind the roller coaster. I don't know anybody who doesn't feel that way.
When I was in school, in eighth grade, someone recognized something in me. She was an English teacher, and we read a play out loud in class, and she asked me to read one of the roles. I'd never done anything like that before, but something just lit up.
I think that's really risky to make yourself unsexy, because the business demands that women be sexy.
I didn't want to do television at all. I really didn't want to do it. I really thought I was just going to be doing theater and doing movies.
What I didn't realize is that the writing process for comedies is that you do your table read, and if you aren't funny on that first day during the table read, they take your jokes away and give them to somebody else.
A lot of the things I've enjoyed the most and that I think have been the best are ensembles.
Because I'd only done theater, that's really what I thought most of my life would be. I always figured that movies would be a part of it at some point. I didn't know how or when.
I'd never done any film or television. Well, I'd done one little stupid commercial in Boston when I was doing theater, but that was it.
I thought, "I don't want to be the only unfunny guy in this movie. I really would like to be somehow involved in the comedy if I'm going to do it."
I don't even know what TV star means. I know there's a difference in how people approach you, compared to movies. They feel OK coming up to you and sitting with you in a restaurant, unfortunately.
I will be always grateful to NBC.
The real future of the Hispanic targeted media and advertising is in English.
You get to the middle of a take that's going really well and the camera will run out of film. They have to stop you, apologize and then you've got to get things going all over again.
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