Turns out, he did NOT get by with a little help from his friends…
As you’ve probably noticed by now, David Schwimmer has had one hell of a career resurgence in 2016 following a staggering 12-year gap since his last iconic role.
The 49-year-old actor is famous for portraying Ross for an entire decade on Friends, but today’s younger audiences probably recognize him better as Robert Kardashian from The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
David was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for playing the KUWTK patriarch in the Ryan Murphy series, but he actually just admitted he wasn’t sure if he’d ever return to television!
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter‘s Awards Chatter podcast on Monday, the Feed the Beast actor described the years of solitude he felt after gaining fame overnight on the NBC sitcom, saying:
“It was pretty jarring and it messed with my relationship to other people in a way that took years, I think, for me to adjust to and become comfortable with. As an actor, the way I was trained, my job was to observe life and to observe other people, so I used to walk around with my head up, really engaged and watching people. The effect of celebrity was the absolute opposite: It made me want to hide under a baseball cap and not be seen. And I realized after a while that I was no longer watching people; I was trying to hide. So I was trying to figure out: How do I be an actor in this new world, in this new situation? How do I do my job? That was tricky.”
We’ve never thought about it like that!
But does David think A-List movie stars face similar challenges to legendary TV actors??
“There’s less of a barrier than there is with, say, a big movie star — you see them in this other kind of a space with a lot of other people on a big screen and you see that their role changes in every movie, for the most part. They’re very different people in very different situations, whereas in our show I’m the same guy for ten years, you can rely on me to be a certain way and you know me… or you think you know me.”
We’re just glad he finally found a project worth coming out of retirement for!
Do U think David Schwimmer deserves an Emmy for American Crime Story??
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