What have you learned
about Martin this season?
He learned he has a strong support group around him. He can rely on his
friends. These guys put their lives on the line when they are out in the
field, and they have each others back. They also stepped up and got his
back when he was down. He also learned more about his vulnerabilities.
He grew up in a family where mediocrity was never tolerated. To fall into
this addiction, and not intentionally, was a wake up call to Martin that
he isn't invincible.
Do you think the
sparks with Sam will ever be rekindled?
I don't know, but I would like Martin to have another romance of some
sort. I don't know where they are going with that. Sure, I would love
to see that, but I'm not sure it would be Samantha or someone else.
grew up in a household that didn't tolerate mediocrity. What kind of household
did you grow up in?
I grew up in a household with a lot of encouragement. We were expected
to do well though. I'm more of an artistic sort of person, so school wasn't
my strong suit, and my dad is a surgeon. So that was challenging. There
was pressure to excel academically, so dad would be happy. My parents
have always been supportive in whatever I wanted to try. This is a guy
who went to school for 14 years to become a surgeon. Sometimes I think
he looks at what I do and says, "Here he is running around and pretending,
and he makes a nice living. My son never grew up and he is getting paid
for it." (Laughs).
What drew you to
working on 'Without a Trace?'
For me it always starts with the story and then the character. A lot of
times, you will read a script, and you will see a great character, and
then the story is horrible and then you say, I don't want to be
a part of that. Whereas, in this case, everything came together
-- you have solid stories and solid characters. I saw the potential to
play a character that would start out in one place and in the life of
the series go someplace else. We have seen Martin grow and go through
a lot experiences through the years.
My mother- in-law
recently visited me in Los Angeles, and the highlight of her trip was
spotting you on the Warner Bros. lot. Do you remember your first celebrity
Oh, absolutely. I still get that. Clint Eastwood is shooting a new movie,
and I got to see him -- that was cool. I'm a big fan of his directing.
And way back when -- 13 years ago -- I got the chance to meet Tom Cruise.
He is a great guy. I feel a little bad for him. He is getting clobbered.
The person I met was very humble and very kind. I've always been a fan
Hopefully my mother-in-law
didn't jump out of the studio tour van.
(Laughs). No. Today Enrique Murciano and I were in Times Square and we
were running around outside with Kathie Lee Gifford. People were everywhere.
We started a conga line on Broadway. (Laughs.) But I said to Enrique,
"Imagine if Brad Pitt was trying to walk down Times Square?"
It would be mayhem. It would be crazy.
How does it feel
to be on a hit show?
It feels good to be working. It gives me a chance to tell great stories.
Do you have any
favorite current TV shows?
I like 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Do you have an
I loved 'All in the Family' and 'The Munsters.' 'The Twilight Zone' is
one of my all time favorites. I thought 'M.A.S.H.' was brilliant. I still
think it was one of the greatest shows ever made. It covered the gambit
-- political satire, drama, comedy. It was a brilliant show. I haven't
seen anyone really recreate something like that.
You mentioned a
few comedies in there. Would you like to do more comedies?
Oh, yes absolutely. I think it may come eventually. People develop perceptions
of who you are by the characters you have played. Granted, I have played
a lot of serious characters. People don't say, "Eric Close -- he
would be perfect for this comedy." I have had a chance to do a little
bit of comedy. I don't think I would be interested in a sitcom, but I
love improv like 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.'
What do you do
in your free time?
I really enjoy playing golf. I have worked at that a long time.
Are you good?
I'm a 12 handicap. 'Golf Digest' put me as number 33 out of a 100 celebrity
golfers. I also love backpacking, hiking and skiing. I love spending time
If you could go
back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?
One thing I would say is to not worry what other people say about you.
I admire people who know who they are at a young age. It can go too far
though and they become too self-centered and arrogant, so I don't mean
that. There was a recent article in USA Today about saying
no and how we have become a culture of yes people. To avoid conflict,
we say yes. I would like to go back and say to myself that it is OK to
say no -- it doesn't mean you are not a good person.
Do you have more
Oh absolutely, but I think this business is an insecure business. If you
want a couple things, I think I would have also told myself to try harder
in school. To make more of an effort in school and take advantage of opportunities
that life offers. There were times when I was in USC and there were opportunities
I didn't take advantage of -- like say trying out for the sailing team
as opposed to partying and hanging out all the time and being a bum. (Laughs).