"Pretty Lady, Right Here"
WC: So has the experience soured you on being on a TV show?
WC: Really? That's unfortunate.
SR: Yeah. Well, Freaks and Geeks soured me from being on a TV show. I kind of decided that I wouldn't be on another TV show. But then Judd was doing [Undeclared]. I, again, probably wouldn't be on another one if Judd wasn't doing it. Because very few TV shows are actually good, and Judd gives us all the control that we want, and it's your fault if it's not good, no one else's. So it's a level of control and confidence that you have in everyone around you that seems impossible -- and the amount of crap that you go through to keep a TV show on the air is not worth it for a bad show.
WC: Yeah. For those of us who are viewers, watching what happened to the various Freaks and Geeks cast members after that got cancelled has been interesting. For example, James Franco did the James Dean movie, which is great. And then Busy Philipps, God bless her, is on Dawson's Creek. Which, you know -- more power to her, but it's a shitty show.
SR: Yeah, exactly. She's been on Undeclared -- she talks about it. As actors, it's hard to find constant work. That's the good thing about television to a lot of actors. I mean, right now it's easy for me to say I don't want to do another TV show, because I finished one a week ago. A TV show is constant work, which is the great thing about it. Trying to constantly get yourself into movies is extremely stressful and sometimes just impossible. And Busy, she has fun on Dawson's Creek. They pay her well.
WC: Oh, I'm sure! I'm not running her down! People have to eat. I mean, if someone from Dawson's Creek called me and asked me to be on it, I would. I have no integrity.
SR: Exactly. It kind of depends on what you're ready for, or what you want to do. I mean...yeah. It's a lot of money.
WC: Other than being soured on a TV show, are there other shows that you think you would like to be on, that are on now?
SR: Funny, I was just thinking the other day -- because I write, you know, so I was thinking of shows that I could possibly get freelance writing work on, because they have to hire freelance writers to write episodes -- yeah, and I don't know! Literally, I could not think of one other show on television that I would want to devote my time to.