At one point in my 20s, I was about to quit acting. I’d had a crappy couple of years and I was depressed. My mom said, ‘Don’t give up! You’ll be so mad at yourself.’
I think being a guest star on an ongoing TV show can be a nightmare, and I’ve done it a lot. You’re walking into this family who’s very comfortable where they are, and you have to jump on the train and be artificially comfortable. That’s a very hard thing to do.
I think the best way for me to go into auditions psychologically was to say, ‘You’re not going to get it. This is the only acting experience you’re going to have with this material.’
The hardest thing about being an actor, for me, is that if you are the 0.00001% of individuals who wants to do it, you’re a freak. And you’re an assertive freak. Though actors are often shy, there’s this tremendous assertive extroversion in you somewhere.
You have to know that 99% of auditions you’re not going to get.