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Backstage.com has in interesting article about Michael Emerson, who gives good tips on how to go about acting. Heck, it’s good advice for any career. Michael Emerson, you rock!
6 Secrets to Building an Acting Career from Michael Emerson
Theater and screen actor Michael Emerson may have uncovered the mystery to success: There is no right way. “This is one of those tricky businesses where there are a lot of intangibles and a lot of different ways of going about it.” His career may not have taken off until his 40s, but he’s making up for lost time with back-to-back TV hits: first as Ben, the memorable leader of the Others on “Lost,” and now as the mysterious billionaire Harold Finch on “Person of Interest.”
Emerson didn’t want to jump in to just any show after “Lost”—he wanted the right show. So when the pilot he and “Lost” co-star Terry O’Quinn were developing with Bad Robot was put on hold, Emerson was ready to consider other Bad Robot projects. “I didn’t want to jump into anything too soon. I also didn’t want years to go by before I showed my face again.” When he read the script for “Person of Interest,” the intelligent, fast-paced writing, and mysterious, multi-layered, complex characters erased any reservations he may have had about returning to TV.
Emerson shares how to create characters you want to watch and how to navigate career delays.
Training is never a waste.
Emerson says that despite the long road, “I don’t regret a moment of my stage training;” it not only taught him how to create character and deliver lines, but also provided the opportunity to develop a strong work ethic. In Emerson’s mind, the actor’s main responsibility is to deliver the words. “A lot of my work is analyzing, analyzing, analyzing the script, the text I’ve been given, the lines I have to say and thinking how they best work…how they are most real, but also the most stylized or artful.”
Learn to roll with the punches.
With little information to go on for either of his TV shows, Emerson learned to just roll with the story. “In a way it’s better if you’re not too aware of the longer arc or where things are going, because then you might begin to play [in] things prematurely or you might start trying to steer things in certain ways.” So he focuses on staying in the present. “Which is a funny thing to say since I’m on shows that are always bouncing around between the past and the future. That to me, particularly on ‘Lost,’ was the best way for me to negotiate all that inter-dimensionality: flashing forward, sideways, and back all the time.”
Mystery is good.
Emerson has played a number of mysterious characters in his career and his role as Harold on “Person of Interest” is no exception. He likes keeping the emotions hidden in layers. “I really do subscribe to mystery. The actors I like best are those who I just cannot figure out or sometimes I just can’t figure out the way they talk or why they talk that way. It makes me listen.”
Keep the stakes high.
Emerson is a master at intense scenes. “I like scenes where I’m in a very still, small space with someone very dangerous and there’s a bit of cat and mouse going on. We’re trying to read each other but the stakes are terribly high, like playing chess with Enrico Colantoni when he was our villain.”
Leave your comfort zone.
Emerson has excelled in many physical scenes that forced him out of his safety zone, like some of the high-speed car chase scenes and even handling weapons. But ironically, one of his most challenging moments was his first on-screen kiss. Luckily it was with his real-life wife, Carrie Preston, who plays Grace the love of his life (and the one who got away) on the show.
Don’t be desperate.
“The thing to get rid of is that you are the beggar at the gate, that you are the powerless and helpless eager youngster wanting a crumb from the big table,” Emerson says. “It’s a bad mindset and it doesn’t help you to audition well.” Confidence is important: “At some point, you have to empower yourself and say ‘You know what, I’m good at this.’”
Michael Emerson will be a presenter at the 6th Annual Shorty Awards in New York City on Monday, April 7th!
If you, like me (don’t judge me, please) have not heard of the the Shorty Awards, here’s a writeup explaining what it is all about:
About the Shorty Awards
The Shorty Awards honor the best people and organizations on Twitter and social media.
Go towww.shortyawards.com to vote!
This is the bio that Shorty Awards posted:
Michael Emerson is known for his role on ABC’s hit series “Lost.” Michael is a2009 Emmy winner for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and 2010 Golden Globe Nominee for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television.” Michael is currently starring as the lead in Season 3 of CBS #1 drama “Person of Interest.” Other TV credits: “Parenthood” “The Practice” “Law & Order.” Film credits: “Saw” “The Legend of Zorro” and “The Impostors” among many others. Michael is married to Carrie Preston who stars on HBO’s “True Blood.”
When it comes to the LOST finale, I didn’t like it. I was also not happy that many mysteries were not solved. Moreover, I was not happy that, as the show was nearing it’s end, nonetheless new mysteries were thrown in the mix and were never resolved. But that’s my opinion, not Michael Emerson’s opinion. Here’s a new interview he made for CBS:
BC’s hit series “Lost” premiered 10 years ago this September, and some of the cast members will be celebrating the milestone Sunday night at PaleyFest 2014 in Los Angeles.
Showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are expected to attend the anniversary event, along with a several former cast members, including Josh Holloway, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Jorge Garcia, Emilie de Ravin, Ian Somerhalder, Maggie Grace, Nestor Carbonell and Henry Ian Cusick.
One person who’s unable to attend is Michael Emerson, who portrayed villain Ben Linus on the show. Emerson, who will be in New York City taping season 3 of the CBS drama “Person of Interest,” said although he can’t be there for the reunion he still keeps in touch with his fellow castmates and has made lifelong friends.
During a visit to CBS New on Friday, Emerson reflected on “Lost” and gave his interpretation of the show’s still-talked-about series finale, which aired May 23, 2010.
Emerson said he really like the way the show ended (particularly for his character), although he says he “may be in the minority.”
“I thought because ‘Lost’ was told in an unusual way; it wasn’t a straight line. It seemed to be a story whose narrative exploded in all directions,” Emerson said. “So, how are you going to wrap that up? And the only way I could think of — and the way they ended up doing it — was to bring everything back to the middle — to return to the beginning…To me, it was very satisfying.”
To find out what Emerson thinks about the finale in terms of Ben Linus, check out the video above.
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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.
Michel Emerson was scheduled for an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. He was asked 536 questions—yours truly asked one of them, but alas, my question was not picked by him—and he answered quite a few of them.
I will post all the questions and answers in this blog in a few days. (I want to differentiate the font to make Michael’s answers easier to read. But till then, you are welcome to view it here. Just be forewarned that not all questions and answers are available at that site.