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The New York Times has a wonderful article about Michael Emerson and his wife, Carrie Preston. Here it is for your enjoyment:
A Farmer’s Breakfast, and Then a Wander
|The actor Michael Emerson, 59, of “Person of Interest,” and his wife,
the actress Carrie Preston, 46, of “True Blood” and “The Good Wife.”
Credit Dave Sanders for The New York Times
When the actor Michael Emerson, 59, walks around Manhattan, it’s not unusual for people to stop him and ask if he’ll pose for a picture. The television shows “Lost” and, currently, “Person of Interest” have made his spiky hair, thick-rimmed glasses and long sideburns a giveaway. He takes it in stride, even on Sunday, which he designates a day of leisure, reserved for meandering, cultural events and time with his wife, the actress Carrie Preston, 46 — who herself is recognized for her roles in “True Blood” and “The Good Wife” — and her extended family. The couple live with their rescue dog, Chumley, 4, near Columbus Circle.
HELLO, SUNSHINE Sunday is the most domestic day of the week. It’s the day when I feel the least pressure to get anything done. We get up fairly late, I suppose, around 9 o’clock. We throw open the shades that make the room dark and we make the bed. We’re like a synchronized team. We each have a shade to raise.
SQUARE MEAL Then we divide forces. Carrie gives Chumley his morning walk and I prepare the breakfast. Frankly, she’s sharper in the morning and I’m probably the better cook, so it makes sense. Plus, that relieves her of having to do the late-night walk, which is maybe a little more sinister. I make kind of a heavy, farmer’s, protein breakfast. Bacon and eggs, that kind of thing. She used to join me in that, but lately she’s making these green smoothies.
|Mr. Emerson cooking bacon and eggs for a Sunday breakfast
at his Manhattan apartment.
Credit Dave Sanders for The New York Times
READING AND WRITING Then we take care of the paperwork, or I should say the electronic work. I may read the paper for a bit while she starts on the computer. Then I’ll join her and I’ll get my laptop out and try to answer correspondence and get a handle on the week to come.
SHIFT GEARS Around noon, we’re still in our jammies, and that seems wrong somehow, so we need to get crackin’ and someone needs to shower first and then we get out of the house. She usually has more organized activities than I: a get-together with lady friends, or a rehearsal or a reading, or a meeting about one of her many film or TV projects. I dawdle longer.
|Mr. Emerson and Ms. Preston are often recognized by fans of their shows.
Credit Dave Sanders for The New York Times
MAN ABOUT TOWN If the weather’s fair, I like to take Chumley to Central Park and just walk around, do a bit of promenading with him. I dress more formally than a lot of the other boys do. If I’m going to be out and about on the town, I will generally wear a tie and a vest. Not necessarily a jacket.
FANS APPROACH I get recognized. It happens regularly, by two sets of fans: younger people who are fans of “Lost” and older people, oftentimes their parents, who are fans of “Person of Interest.” But now, I think the balance has shifted. Carrie’s so present on so many shows, with her vivid red hair, that people pick her out. Now I’m the one that people, they say, “Excuse me, could you take our picture?
Mr. Emerson exploring the “Out of Hand” exhibit
POSSIBLE DETOUR My default mode is to wander. But if I see an interesting little show or some kind of artwork or some kind of play, I may go to see that as well. I went recently to see a show of Czechoslovakian pop-up books. It was at the Grolier Club. There’s all kinds of funny little exhibition and gallery spaces around this town.
VISITING Sunday is, more often than not, family dinner night. So we go to the in-laws, who have kids, and we’ll either order in or somebody will cook. We pick up the peripheral goods on our stroll down Ninth Avenue. You know, baguettes and beer and red wine, and whatever is required.
WHO’S ON TV? We’ll watch some TV event. It could be a show that either Carrie or I have a role in that everyone hasn’t seen already. Often it’ll be “The Good Wife,” which is on Sunday nights anyway. If Carrie’s on, we definitely make time for that. Or everybody will watch that week’s “Person of Interest.” There’s a lot of hooting and laughing and snide comments. And we get to do the behind-the-scenes commentary.
FIRST TO BED It grieves me on Sundays to have to cut family night short, because it’s one of the chief pleasures of the week. But I have just never adjusted to the early mornings of the TV world. If I have to be in bed at 9, that’s just too grim. It’s too grim to go down and have a bite to eat and then go to bed before the schoolchildren.
SUNDAY NIGHT BLUES I still get the old, childhood, Sunday night feeling. The end of playtime and the beginning of responsibility comes over you. The Sunday night blues. It never goes away. I’ll take a Benadryl maybe. A Benadryl and a dull book.
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Michael Emerson revealed in his newest interview in The Loop, Canada’s TVGuide, that he will NOT be attending the LOST Reunion scheduled this September in 2014. He claims that to be very involved with his CBS hit (Person of Interest) to have time to make the event. This new information will sadden a lot fans who have booked or are thinking of booking their lodgings for that event. Here’s the article for your reading information:
While Tuesday’s episode of Person of Interest (“Last Call”)–the first one back after the Olympics hiatus–appears to centre mainly on Finch (Michael Emerson) and his efforts to go undercover as a 911 operator, don’t expect a reappearance from the love of his Finch’s life, Grace (Carrie Preston, True Blood). Not yet at least.
At a recent junket for Person of Interest and a number of other Warner Bros. shows, Emerson told TV Guide Canada that it’s entirely possible for a Grace/Finch reunion in the future. In fact, he said, it seems inevitable
“Certainly the Harold and Grace storyline is not over,” Emerson said without hesitation when asked about Preston’s future with the show.
“It’s a question of scheduling,” he added. “[Preston's] day job is True Blood for HBO. They need her attention and her services probably most of the time. But some day that show will be over and maybe she will be more available…”
As POI fans will recall, Preston was last seen in the November 2013 episode “God Mode.” At this moment in time, Grace assumes that her former fiancé, Finch, is dead, with him having previously faked his death to protect her from the dangers that come with knowing about The Machine. If Preston were to appear in a future episode, Grace would either have to learn that he’s actually alive, or simply be seen in flashbacks.
At this moment, Preston is busy playing Arlene Bellefleur on the set of True Blood. She’s also done a number of cameo spots this year, appearing on recent episodes of The Following and The Good Wife. Her schedule should open up a bit by the end of this season, however, seeing as her Following arc wrapped nearly as soon as it begun, and The Good Wife is prepping to finale in the spring. Plus, as Emerson previously alluded to, True Blood has announced that this will be its final season.
While his wife is shooting various shows, Emerson remains tied up with everything POI. He’s so involved in the CBS hit, in fact, that it looks like he won’t be able to make another much-awaited reunion–the Lost 10-year reunion–happen.
“I would love to be there, but I can tell you right now that’s it’s not going to work out,” Emerson, who played Ben Linus on Lost, told the journalists attending the New York junket with regards to appearing at a previously scheduled Paleyfest-hosted commemorative event. “It’s in March, I think, and I will be here shooting.”
When it comes down to it, it sounds like he’s a one-show, and one-woman, man.
Michael Emerson and Carrie Preston attended the Special Screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, hosted by U2 And Anna Wintour, in partnership with Burberry and The New York Times, The film was shown at the Ziegfeld Theatre on November 25, 2013 in New York City.
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The article I’m quoting next is from Modern Dog and is not about Michael Emerson (although, there is some mention of him), but it is about his two great loves: his wife and his dog Chumley. Enjoy.
True Blood’s Carrie Preston on Her True Love
Whether you care to credit Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series for the spawning of all things vampire-crazed or instead believe Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula is responsible, there’s one thing we can all agree on. Blood sucking is alive and well in Hollywood. Since 2008, vampire fans looking to sink their teeth into a high caliber episodic television drama in a more on-going way have flocked to Alan Ball’s True Blood on HBO, based on author Charlaine Harris’ literary series The Southern Vampire Mysteries. In its five-year-thus-far run, viewers have come to feel passionately connected to their much-loved cast favourites. One friend, upon learning I would be chatting with Carrie Preston—the woman who brings True Blood’s waitress and four-time divorcee Arlene Fowler Bellefleur to life—asked if I’d be okay letting Carrie know that True Blood vampire Eric Northman would one day be my friend’s husband. Not having the heart to tell my friend that a) Eric is a fictitious character and that b) he sucks human blood, I nonetheless could appreciate just how close she felt to the believability and authenticity of the hit show’s characters. After all, it didn’t take me long to get a sense of that overall feeling of genuine authenticity when I caught up with Carrie over the phone. True Blood success aside, this Juilliard grad boasts an impressive background which includes thespian credits ranging from Shakespearean plays to guests stints on programs like Desperate Housewives and various Law & Order offshoots to recurring roles on The Good Wife and Person of Interest, not to mention a host of appearances on the big screen as well. Yet, it doesn’t stop there. For as busy as she keeps herself professionally, she always makes time for a lucky little dude called Chumley.
MD: Congratulations on your recent Emmy win for your role as Elsbeth Tascioni in The Good Wife. How rewarding an experience was that?
CP: Well, it was so unexpected. I certainly wasn’t thinking I would be nominated much less win the thing. When you consider every episode of every TV show has at least five or 10 guest actors on it, the category is quite vast. So for it to be narrowed down to six people, it was quite an honour. I felt like I’d already won just by being nominated. Then to actually hear my name called… it was quite extraordinary. I went into an out-of-body experience… and I don’t think my feet have touched the ground since.
MD: Where are you based today, and where are you from originally? CP: I’m originally from Macon, Georgia. I have lived in New York City for 23 years now and I also live in LA. But I still consider myself a southerner. I definitely feel like I’m from there and I’m proud of it.
MD: Did you always know you wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?
CP: Yes, I did. I was one of those kids who started doing community theatre when I was very young. My older brother, John Preston, is an actor and he started doing plays and I wanted to be like him. Once I got bitten by the bug, I knew I was hooked.
MD: You’ve appeared in a number of big name films (My Best Friend’s Wedding, Doubt, Vicky Christina Barcelona), and yet you are achieving huge success on the small screen as well. Do you prefer being able to dig into these more regular, on-going roles?
CP: I wouldn’t say I prefer it. I prefer to be working. I don’t have any judgment when it comes to what medium I’m doing it in. I certainly spent a great amount of time on stage. And both in front of the camera and behind it. I’m a filmmaker, so I obviously have a great amount of respect for storytelling and all its avenues. Television is a medium I love to watch and I love having a consistent job—that’s a gift. But yes, I like to create a role and sustain it for a while to see how it evolves…
MD: What do you love most about your character, the very sassy Arlene Fowler Bellefleur?
CP: I love the mixture between the comedy and the drama that the writers give me. It’s always a fun challenge to find that balance and make it work. It’s a necessary alchemy. It’s what makes the show work.
MD: Have you always been an animal lover?
CP: Yes, growing up in the south we spent a lot of time romping around the back woods. We had all kinds of pets growing up. Frogs, hamsters, mice, and even rats at some points, and certainly we had cats. And we had one beloved dog that had the great fortune of living for a long time. That was when I definitely fell in love with dogs.
MD: Who was that dog?
CP: She was Tess. We named her after (the Thomas Hardy novel) Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
MD: Rumour has it that you and your husband, actor Michael Emerson—best known for his roles on Person of Interest and Lost have a pretty special fur-kid. How did Chumley come into your life?
CP: It was something we’d been dreaming about for a long time. We really wanted to get a dog. But we were unable to work it out because Michael was shooting Lost, which shot in Hawaii and is challenging when it comes to travelling with dogs. We’d been planning for it for a long time, logistically. We would talk about it and dream about it. One day we were walking in the West Village, past the old speakeasy called Chumley’s. Michael said: “You know what would be great a name for our dog? Chumley!” I would wake up on various days and randomly ask him: “So, where’s Chumley?” When we knew he was going to be finishing Lost and when we knew his actual end day… well, I would go on PetFinder.com for years and torture myself with all the dogs I wanted to adopt… and then when I knew it was finally going to happen, I knew I needed something small that didn’t shed because I’m slightly allergic. I saw all of these adorable dogs and this picture of this little guy just lifted itself off the page. I wish I had that picture. He had these little squinty eyes. Like a little old man. The description written up by A Dog’s Life Rescue just made it sound like this is the dog for me. I started calling and trying to convince them that I was the one for this dog. When I met him, it was love at first sight. Thanks to A Dog’s Life, we have the love of our life.
MD: A Dogs Life Rescue? They’re based in New York?
CP: No, LA actually. They’re an incredible group.
MD: I love that when you were ready, you adopted a dog rather than bought a dog.
CP: We really wanted to make sure we were adopting a dog that needed a home.
MD: So, what kind of dog is Chumley? And I don’t just mean breed. I mean, personality.
CP: We think he’s a mix of poodle and Maltese. Just by his looks and behaviour. He’s very serious, very smart, very loving and cuddly but also fiercely protective, of me in particular. He sits by the door so I know when anyone is coming. He’s not yappy, thank goodness. And he’s a great traveller, which is good because I take him everywhere with me.
MD: As the baby of a bi-coastal couple, I suppose Chumley has a fair share of his own frequent flyer points. Any tips for people who may be debating whether or not they should fly with their dog?
CP: Get the dog used to the travel case. Make it a place they actually want to go… make it a safe place. We started early—before we took him on the plane—getting him used to the bag. We would put him in and give him a treat then we would drive to a park. So he would know there’s fun to be had. Now, he knows he’s going with us. We put the bag down and he jumps in it. He got it really quickly.
MD: And how old is this little traveller?
CP: We think he’s four. He was around eight or nine months old when we met him.
MD: Given that yours is perhaps a business that can be perceived as being somewhat superficial, how does Chumley help keep you and your husband grounded?
CP: You really nailed it on the head. In our profession there’s a real mercurial nature to everything. A lot of unknowns. It’s very erratic. There’s nothing steady about it. And having a pet is very steadying. It gives our day a focus. He gets four walks a day. And it’s us doing it—well, sometimes a dog walker depending on our schedules. It’s a way to get yourself out of the work and onto the ground. To focus on something that needs your attention…. He gets us out of our heads and into our hearts.
MD: Having two such busy television stars as a mom and dad, is it safe to assume Chumley knows his way around a set?
CP: Yeah, he does. He’s gotten used to the trailer. As long as we bring his bed. Sometimes it’s better for him, if both of us are working, if he’s at home and the dog walker comes. But if we have a light day on set, it’s so wonderful to have him in the trailer. Everyone loves him at work. They all fight over him… “Oh, can I walk him?”
MD: What have you learned about life from Chumley?
CP: I didn’t realize how big my heart could get. I feel it’s expanded tens of thousands of times. It reminds you that there are creatures in the world that need us. And I am pleased to know that I am there for him. It gives me a real sense of pride and love and purpose. We don’t have kids and we understand that he’s not a baby, but he’s a creature who can’t do things for himself and he needs us just the same. I’m glad he chose me.
Here’s a wonderful interview that Michael Emerson gave Parade Magazine:
Parade Rewind With Michael Emerson: Secrecy on Person of Interest, Why He’s Glad He Married an Actress, and His Archeologist Dreams
by Erin Hill
Person of Interest star Michael Emerson stopped by to chat with Parade about growing up in a small town in Iowa, his Lost legacy, his days as a magazine illustrator in New York City, the benefits of being married to a fellow actor (Carrie Preston), and more.
You play Harold Finch on Person of Interest. What do you enjoy most about this role?
I like that Harold Finch is a language role. That he speaks well and has a particular way of speaking and I like the challenge of the technical material, the jargon that he uses. I think it’s funny.
Finch is a software genius. Are you much of a tech guy in real life?
No I’m not. It’s a shameful confession that I have to make, but I don’t do well with electronics. In our house, my wife Carrie is the electronics genius and needs to help me almost on a daily basis with simple things like email and going online shopping!
Have you picked up any tricks and tips along the way as Finch?
Well, I’ve picked up some paranoia along the way. I’m very conscience now of surveillance cameras. I’m very conscious of where my cellphone is at all times and the ease with which it can be hacked or bluejacked and that your whereabouts your habits your location can be in the hands of someone else.
You’ve played some intense characters over the years. How do you come up with your character’s delivery?
I tend to think of the character’s I play musically, like they are an instrument and there is a score to be played and I’m allowed to determine the grace notes or I’m allowed to determine pitch and melody on my own. I think of what is the most possible unexpected delivery of a line or tone of a line. And sometimes that has interesting results.
Does that stem from your theater career?
I think I would have no success in front of the camera had I not been on the stage for so many years because the stage is even more about language than the camera world is, and your job as a craftsperson is to find interesting ways to deliver lines that may or not be beautifully written. It helps if they are.
Where did your love of theater come from?
I suppose like every little kid, I liked make-believe and dressing up. Luckily, I never set it aside. And then when I was 10 or 11, I saw some kids at the local high school do a play and I was dazzled by how funny and glamorous they were. God only knows what it was like if we saw a video tape of it now — we might be horrified — but there was a boy that went to my church and he played the insane uncle in Arsenic and Old Lace and I became his fan for life. I thought if it was possible to be that cool and funny and glamorous doing anything that I wanted to do that as well.
What were you like in high school?
I was a skinny, little loud mouth with glasses!
What was it like growing up in a small town in Iowa?
I grew up in a tiny little farm town in Iowa. Toledo, Iowa. And I had a good upbringing. It was a quiet, safe place. Middle America. It really was. My parents still live in Iowa, I make it back there.
What was it like making the transition from Iowa to New York City?
I went to undergraduate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and that was a great culture shock. Moving from my little town to the big city of Des Moines. I was so homesick and anxious about it all. Eventually, you get caught up in your work at college and you forget about that, but then it did kind of knock the wind out of me when I moved from Des Moines to New York City in the middle ‘70s when it was a tougher, grittier town. I didn’t know how to begin an acting career. I had been taught how to act, but not how to engage in the business of acting, so it was all I could do to get a roof over my head, so I lost track of that dream for many years. I became a magazine illustrator until my mid-thirties when I found my way back to the stage.
What did you want to be when you were little?
I don’t think I thought about being an actor until I was 15 or so. I think before that I used to read a lot of books about ancient civilization and I think I thought I wanted to be an archeologist. I think I do still want to be an archeologist! I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to make the break properly, but I always thought that would be so great to dig around under the pyramids or go into the jungles or look for lost civilizations.
What do you remember most about being on Lost?
Working on Lost was kind of like being a character on that show. The characters were on a remote island in the middle of the sea and I as an actor was on a remote island in the middle of the sea, cut off from the life I had on the mainland. It was rare that I got to see Carrie and a kind of lonesome undertaking, kind of solitary, so there I was. There was a lot of overlap between the fictional character I played and the life I was leading in the playing of it. You know, running around in the jungle and standing on the beach looking at those sunsets and you think this doesn’t seem like my real life at all! Its kind of wonderful, but where is everybody?
If I ever missed an episode of Lost, I was lost! Did the show ever confuse you?
Oh sure, constantly! In between takes, I would sit around with Jorge [Garcia] and Terry [O’Quinn] and try to figure out what the heck was going on and where could it possibly lead. As if the writers were sending us coded messages that we couldn’t quite decipher!
Tell me about your years as a magazine illustrator.
Being a freelance magazine illustrator in New York in the ‘70s was a fun undertaking. It had a certain low glamour about it, living in Brooklyn and coming into town with your portfolio every day, like they did in the those days before electronic things. We’d come in and drop off our portfolios and magazines would have one day a week at lunch where they’d look at portfolios, and if they saw something they’d like they might call you up to draw a picture for them. I did that for many years and it was fun. But then after awhile, some of the novelty and glamour wears off and then you’re left with this solitary, time-consuming grind at home making these pictures and it didn’t pay all that well, so eventually I thought there must be a better way.
Do you still draw?
No, it’s funny. People seem shocked and disappointed when I say I haven’t touched a pencil to paper to draw in many years. I guess whatever satisfactions I got from illustrating on paper; I now get that same kick by illustrating characters personally.
Your wife Carrie Preston is also an actress. Is it helpful to have a spouse who is also in the entertainment business?
The conventional wisdom in showbiz is that you should not marry another actor, but who are you going to meet and fall in love with? I mean, most of the crushes your ever going to have as an actor are on other actors because you think they’re so damn good. I had such a crush on my wife and we have a happy marriage and I think there are many things to be said for your spouse being in the same line of work. They fully understand the big events, the traumas, the disappointments, the insecurities. They know what it means to have an opening night, to be rejected at an audition, to have things fall through and also conversely to win an award or something like that. So it’s good, we are compatible in that way and can support one another.
What are some of your favorite shows right now?
We watch The Good Wife, partly because it’s a really good show and partly because my wife has this crazy good recurring character on it. We like moody, violent mysteries like The Killing. And we are big fans of Elementary. We watch my show, not that I enjoy watching my own face or hearing my voice coming out of the tube, but I need to keep up on it, it’s a good refresher. That way, people don’t stop me in the street and say, ‘What the heck were you doing in that episode?’ and I don’t even know what episode they’re talking about!
What can you share about what’s in store on Person of Interest?
Right now, there is more Lost-ian paranoia then there ever has been, and I hope it will pass, but we have big stuff coming. The kind of earth shattering developments in character narratives that have to be guarded like state secrets! There’s a lot of high security protocols with the handling of the scripts and certain scenes are given to you on the day that they shoot and scripts are being printed with faked characters and events in them now, so that God forbid anyone should get a hold of one they would be confused as to what’s really going on. I’m hoping that I’ll get it all figured out because obviously my security clearance is not high enough for me to be on top of everything coming down!