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Q&A with Michael Weatherly

March 26, 2021

Can you tell us a bit about your childhood?

MW: I grew up in a wonderful, turbulent, and challenging environment. I was the middle child, so I was a natural peacemaker and clown. I was a bad student, a dreamer, and a procrastinator.

How did you get started in acting?

MW: Probably doing Steve Martin impressions in the 5th grade. Then becoming obsessed with watching movies from the 30’s 40’s and 50’s in college.

When did you decide you that you were going to be an actor as a career?

MW: When Tom Hanks jumped into a volcano in a movie and I thought, "Perfect! I’ll be an actor! What could go wrong?"


How has your approach to acting changed over the years?

MW: I learned over time that I’m not very good at  memorizing  giant speeches and things. I like to play -- look for the space and the fun. So I don’t try to work outside my area of fun. If I’m forced to it’s a disaster. Generally.


How did you get introduced to music?

MW: My parents got divorced. I needed an outlet. I found music.


Where did you and your wife meet?

MW: In a bar. She was drinking water. I was not.


How has fatherhood surprised or changed you?

MW: I became a dad at 27, and that changed me for good and better.


Why do you participate in triathlons?

MW: My last event was 2015. I’ve aged out, but I still think making a full season of TV is like any marathon.