ON MAKING MAGIC MIKE:
It reminded me of playing football and being in the locker room—we were all on the same team, all facing some pretty nerve-wracking circumstances: strutting our stuff in front of a room of strangers.
ON MONTGOMERY CLIFT:
To see the kind of intense vulnerability and realism that he brought to his work at a time when that was not the style—it’s profound. He knew everything he was feeling inside—or if he didn’t, you wondered, why was he feeling that when the scene was this? To get to portray someone who was so formative to me as an artist would be terrifying and daunting and thrilling.
ON ACTORS WHO HAVE INSPIRED HIM:
I love Alain Delon a lot. I think he was an incredible leading man. I think we have this bevy of really great leading men now too who take on these character roles too. Seeing Brad Pitt’s work over the years—he’s made some really bold and brave choices. And Joaquin Phoenix. And Mark [Ruffalo]. He’s an American treasure. He really is. Acting with him is so fun and free and he makes everyone around him better. I just hope that at the end of the day I’m able to have a body of work that shows all the different kind of things I can do as an actor.
ON HIS USA NETWORK SERIES WHITE COLLAR ENDING THIS YEAR:
I will definitely be a hot mess on that day. I love everyone in that cast. It will be a tough hat to hang up, but this is what happens. How lucky were we? If you were ever to tell me that I would have a TV series that would last five seasons I would have laughed in your face, so the fact that came true—that’s like a needle in a haystack. It so rarely happens. We just had this magic bubble of an experience that I think I’ll take with me wherever I go.
ON HOW HE BECAME A FATHER TO THREE YOUNG SONS:
It’s not really my story. It’s theirs to hawk. If they want to write a tell-all when they’re 25, that’s fine.
HIS HUSBAND SIMON HALLS, ON WATCHING BOMER’S PERFORMANCE IN THE NORMAL HEART:
I went through that period, and I knew all these people who lost the fight. I think that he gave the character real dignity and honor and truth, and it gave a face to something that a lot of people, especially the younger generation, never had to experience or see. But—imagine seeing your spouse dying. It is all acting, but when you see your partner go through terrible physical pain and ultimately passing away—for me, it was almost too much to take. It was tough.
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