Josh Zuckerman has gone from being the neighborhood killer on Desperate Housewives, to the leading man on new CW series, Significant Mother, premiering fall 2015. Here, this rising young TV star shares his journey from guest roles, to series front man.
Congrats on all of your accomplishments thus far. Please tell us who, or what inspired your decision to become an actor?
Growing up, my family and I would go to the movies, literally every weekend, to catch the latest releases; and I loved it! Like a lot of kids, I wanted to be a part of those stories on the screen, but I do not think I ever conceived that I would (make it). It was more of a coincidence, that I got roped into doing some theater at age 13. Soon thereafter, I picked up an agent without putting much thought into the “profession” idea. So in short, it was movies and great on-screen performances that made me laugh or cry, and inspired me to do that first play. It is often still those things that inspire me going forward.
Out of all of the TV shows and movies you’ve been in thus far, which two would you say were the most memorable, and why?
I would love to say Significant Mother but I know we will get to that shortly. So for now, I will start with Sex Drive. That was a biggie for me! It was such a new experience, and a huge undertaking (for me) to be a part of. I had never had that level of creative involvement; and on an adventure scale, it was way up there. We filmed all over Florida, often on a process trailer; but I got to work with amazing new actors every few days.
My second is, Desperate Housewives. I had this uncomfortably long hair throughout that whole season because I was the creepy mystery strangler on Wisteria Lane. I guess, stranglers do not get their hair cut often? (laughs) Anyway, because of those oddly long locks, I would get people yelling at me from passing cars. I have never been so recognized from a project.
(laughs) That’s crazy! You’re now the star of the new CW series, “Significant Mother”, which premieres on August 3rd. Can you tell us what the show is about, and what role your character plays in the series?
Our show is about a young Portland restaurateur named – Nate Marlowe (my character) – who returns home from a trip and discovers that his best friend and roommate (Nathaniel Buzolic) has begun a relationship with his mom (Krista Allen). The show follows the evolution of this budding relationship, as my character struggles to cope, and his father (Jonathan Silverman) attempts to reclaim his estranged wife. I play a by-the-book hipster foodie who loves his family despite the pickles they drag him into, and the endless discomfort that ensues.
I… LOVE… THIS… SHOW! It is so inventively, and hysterically written (Erin Cardillo and Rich Keith). It’s beautifully shot and directed (Tripp Reed and the best damn crew in Portland), and so masterfully and playfully brought to life by an insanely talented and delightful cast (the delightful Jay Ali and Emma Fitzpatrick round out the cast). It is impossible to oversell how cool this project is.
How did you land this role? Was it an audition process, or did they come to you directly for the role?
I do not know how I was lucky enough to have this project land in my lap with an offer letter? But, by golly it did, and by Jove, am I grateful for it!
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to any aspiring young actor who might be looking to have a career in film & TV, but they just don’t know where to begin?
I have to give two:
- Learn. Learn from everyone you meet, every interview you hear, every book, article, and song. Stay open to learning and growing.
- Remember to enjoy. That is a big tough one for me, but I am beginning to think it is the whole ball game. Enjoy where you are; whether you are working or unemployed. When you are on stage or in front of a camera, in an audition room, or doing a scene in your friend’s living room – enjoy what you do! Make that the goal, instead of getting approval, or getting the job or an agent. Enjoyment has to be the practice; otherwise, no amount of success is gonna make you happy. Believe me, I have tried. It means nothing if you are not enjoying it. “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!” (laughs)