[A couple of weeks ago, Rob Nagle -- the actor who played Jen's therapist, Tom Frost, on Dawson's Creek in the fourth season -- sent me a lovely email thanking me for my support and complimenting me on my recaps. I couldn't decide whether to feel flattered or to cringe with my entire body, recalling as I did more than one reference in my recaps to marrying Tom Frost and having little Tom and Sars Frosts. Oops. Busted.
In the end, I went with both, thanking him for reading and then hiding red-faced under my desk (when he passed along the fact that Michelle Williams had pointed him to TWoP, I briefly went fetal). Happily, Nagle allowed me to redeem myself somewhat by generously agreeing to an email interview. Hey, better late than never, right?]
Sars: Well, I'll start with an easy question. Will you marry me? (I'm guessing the answer is "no," but that's okay -- just give me a way to segue into the next question.)
Rob Nagle: As much as your support has meant to me since the episodes aired last season (and as much as I don't want to start an interview on the wrong foot)...I have to say "probably not" -- my wife Heather would take issue with me, and I like her a lot. Now, if you kidnapped me and took me to an all-night chapel and held a gun to my head, I would definitely have to reconsider.
That's completely understandable. I don't want to cause any trouble. Okay, now that that's out of the way, can you tell me a little about how you came into the Tom Frost role?
I went to college with one of the show's executive producers, a great guy named Greg Berlanti. Hadn't been in touch in years. One night I found myself at a party, talking to a friend about how much we enjoyed the sweet movie that Greg wrote and directed (The Broken Hearts Club). Well, this friend insisted that I email Greg and tell him exactly what I'd been telling her. Greg replied quickly. He couldn't believe the good timing -- he'd been thinking of me and wondering if I was in Los Angeles or in New York. They'd just written a role that he thought I should audition for, if I was interested. (Duh.) Two auditions later and I was on my way to Wilmington.
Did you like the way the writers approached the character?
I was very happy with the writing, across the board. I thought the writers created an interesting scenario with some wonderful dialogue. They made my job easier by giving me wonderful things to say. Though Tom Frost seemed a little frosty at the beginning ["hee" -- Sars], I loved the way they kept us guessing about where the storyline was heading. We didn't even know when we started where exactly this was going. And after the first episode aired, my brother called in a minor panic. He wanted to make sure that I wasn't going to be a bad shrink and kiss Jen. I told him he'd have to watch.