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"Jason Is So Much Like A Sister To Me"

by Wing Chun March 14, 2005
The Will Arnett Interview

WC: And the weather is supposed to be the reason people go there.

WA: And then you get a day like today, or the the last couple of days, where it's 75. And you think, wow, this is great.

WC: Bitches. It just got cold here again. So you left Toronto when you were twenty: how did you get started as an actor?

WA: I lied and cheated and crawled and scratched.

WC: Very good.

WA: I started when I was a young teenager. My mom encouraged me to go to read for some stuff in Toronto, and I ended up doing a couple of crappy commercials and was like, "Oh, yeah, I'd like to do this!" And then kind of put it on the back burner, and then pursued it a little bit when I was in Toronto, like studying a little bit here and there. And I decided to move to New York and go to Lee Strasberg. And I kind of, for the first time ever, really felt like I was doing something that I enjoyed, and that I felt like I could conceivably be good at. And when those two things happen, [ironically] you're off to the races.

WC: I guess a lot of people feel that way, but many of them are not able to actually parlay that into a career.

WA: Well, yeah. At a certain point, you've got to be really honest with yourself. Like, "Why am I doing this? What are my motivations?" Like, if you get into it because you want to be famous? Then you've got a long row to hoe. But if you really feel like it's a labour of love and it's something you're actually legitimately good at, then it's not that hard to keep plugging away.

WC: Especially in New York, I guess, where there are so many opportunities to do plays in all sorts of venues.

WA: Absolutely!

WC: Plus the Law & Order franchise alone probably casts, like, eight thousand actors a week.

WA: Yeah, although I didn't get my first Law & Order until, like, 2001.

WC: That's the first thing I ever remember seeing you in. What was the blowback from playing a pedophile?

WA: I actually happened to be in Toronto when that aired. I was back for my nephew's christening, and I was out for dinner with my sisters and Amy and a couple of people, and my mom was at home, and called me right after the show was over. I knew-- I didn't even watch it. It had just aired. And my mom calls -- and it's 11 o'clock on a Friday night. And I pick up the phone, and she says hi and I say hi, and she says, "...can I speak to your sister please." And I kind of paused, and I said, "Did you...did you watch the show?" And she said, "...yes, I did." And that was that.

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"Jason Is So Much Like A Sister To Me"

by Wing Chun March 14, 2005
The Will Arnett Interview

WC: And the weather is supposed to be the reason people go there.

WA: And then you get a day like today, or the the last couple of days, where it's 75. And you think, wow, this is great.

WC: Bitches. It just got cold here again. So you left Toronto when you were twenty: how did you get started as an actor?

WA: I lied and cheated and crawled and scratched.

WC: Very good.

WA: I started when I was a young teenager. My mom encouraged me to go to read for some stuff in Toronto, and I ended up doing a couple of crappy commercials and was like, "Oh, yeah, I'd like to do this!" And then kind of put it on the back burner, and then pursued it a little bit when I was in Toronto, like studying a little bit here and there. And I decided to move to New York and go to Lee Strasberg. And I kind of, for the first time ever, really felt like I was doing something that I enjoyed, and that I felt like I could conceivably be good at. And when those two things happen, [ironically] you're off to the races.

WC: I guess a lot of people feel that way, but many of them are not able to actually parlay that into a career.

WA: Well, yeah. At a certain point, you've got to be really honest with yourself. Like, "Why am I doing this? What are my motivations?" Like, if you get into it because you want to be famous? Then you've got a long row to hoe. But if you really feel like it's a labour of love and it's something you're actually legitimately good at, then it's not that hard to keep plugging away.

WC: Especially in New York, I guess, where there are so many opportunities to do plays in all sorts of venues.

WA: Absolutely!

WC: Plus the Law & Order franchise alone probably casts, like, eight thousand actors a week.

WA: Yeah, although I didn't get my first Law & Order until, like, 2001.

WC: That's the first thing I ever remember seeing you in. What was the blowback from playing a pedophile?

WA: I actually happened to be in Toronto when that aired. I was back for my nephew's christening, and I was out for dinner with my sisters and Amy and a couple of people, and my mom was at home, and called me right after the show was over. I knew-- I didn't even watch it. It had just aired. And my mom calls -- and it's 11 o'clock on a Friday night. And I pick up the phone, and she says hi and I say hi, and she says, "...can I speak to your sister please." And I kind of paused, and I said, "Did you...did you watch the show?" And she said, "...yes, I did." And that was that.

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