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Jason Ritter knows how to make the most of an opportunity. damned — and he's even managed to wangle his way into the official family portrait. dating section of the relationship, when no one's ever leaving the seat up. Actor Jason Ritter says he's a glass-is-half-full kind of guy. He got out, met this woman, asked her to marry him. If I thought there was a possibility of an actual relationship starting, I would get so nervous that if the girl liked. Melanie Lynskey's fiance has to be careful when he eats because of the Kiwi star's weird phobia. Lynskey, the star of Togetherness and Two.
Probably 10 minutes ago. Laughs I made a bad joke and I could have just let it be a bad joke but I apologized for it. Given that you and Peter share similar insecurities, what's the worst thing a woman can do to a man to make him feel insecure?
The worst thing she can do is to shame or humiliate or correct him in public. On the flip side, what's the worst thing a man can do to a woman? Assume that he knows everything about her. Laughs One can never know everything!!! Both men and women are really vast and boundless and yet in many films we're told that they're not. We're told they can only be one thing - like handsome and charming and that's it. I'm always frightened away by movies that lower the bar on our endeavor to learn more about the crazy weird creatures that we are.
As an actor, can you do anything about that? I think at a certain point actors need to start taking responsibility for the kinds of stories they want to tell. I have a few favorite actors and actresses and I trust their judgment.
I will go see any movie they're in. But if they do some horrible project and it's obvious that they've done it for the money, I feel betrayed as a fan. So I've tried to make decisions to choose things that interest me.
Most of your work is in the independent film word. Not a lot of money there, but actors always say roles in indie movies tend to be meatier. I've certainly auditioned for big budget studio films.
I don't know if it's because there's so much money involved, but a lot of times the pressure overwhelms me and engulfs me. I end up falling apart in the audition. Wow, you really are similar to Peter in Peter and Vandy because in the movie Peter gets overwhelmed at job interviews and ends up not getting them. So now you can understand when I read the Peter and Vandy script and thought: But this is just like me!!
But isn't an audition an audition - whether it's for a big studio film or a little indie? How do you get overwhelmed at one and not the other? I think a lot of times in the bigger movies, they're trying to cater to a wide audience so each character's personality is completely separate from the next character.
For example, in a studio movie, the nice guy might be best friends with the chauvinist pig. Well, in real life, in any group of friends, that would be unrealistic because like-minded people find each other. Why would 'the nice guy' actually be friends with the 'chauvinist?Jason Ritter opens up about his father John Ritter’s legacy
Unfortunately because they have it cut up that way, I have hard time cutting out aspects of my personality. It feels false and that's my big nightmare. I understand there's a time and a place for that, but I just haven't been able to find my way in to that kind of movie. How do you think the industry perceives you?
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My final goal is not to be super rich or super famous. If there is a perception out there, I'm hoping it's that of someone who at least tries to do different things, takes risks, doesn't try to do what he did in the last movie, or was a little better or funnier.
Speaking of your last movie, in The Education of Charlie Banks, which came out this past spring, you played an evil sociopath named Mick. That dude would never apologize for any of his actions!
No, he wouldn't and that was why I loved that character. A lot of times people make the mistake of assuming that we are who we put out to the world. I would never show the world that side of me that is Mick.
Maybe it's because I'm too concerned about what people think of me, but that guy is definitely in me. My blood boils at the same things that make Mick's blood boil. I just don't punch someone in the face about it. You are concerned about what other think of you? But both your parents were in the business. I would assume not caring about others' opinions would have been ingrained in you since you were in the womb! Both of my parents didn't take anything personally, but I take everything personally.
I don't mean to and I don't want to. But I'm not the person who says: I would think an actor would have to be immune to that stuff. Did you always want to be an actor? Or where was there never any question that you'd be one because of your family lineage? There were plenty of questions about it.
Especially when I was starting out because who knew if I was going to get any work? Who knew if any work would ever been seen as anything other than my dad pulling some strings? Even after his passing I think that people still somehow have a perception that maybe I kind of walked in to this. Did you feel pressure because you were the son of a beloved, famous comedian?
Not pressure from my parents. I felt pressure in the world. Like anything I did could possibly reflect badly on my parents. I didn't want to embarrass them. Can you give me an example? Ritter has an Emmy nomination under his belt, his character is engaged to fortysomething single mom Sarah Lauren Graham — age difference be damned — and he's even managed to wangle his way into the official family portrait.
But all that could be at risk, thanks to the recent arrival of Sarah's new boss, Hank, played with crotchety magnetism by Ray Romano. Unless he's really good at hiding it, there's no secret dungeon filled with puppies.
Guest stars on Parenthood come and go. What's the trick to your staying power? It was sort of a slow burn.
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I loved those first three episodes I did so much. Then they kept bringing me back — even while I was doing my  show The Event. I'd read every script thinking, "This could be it! At least for now. I got in the [family] picture! Is your chemistry with Lauren Graham as good as it looks? I know there are actors who can pretend they're in love but in real life cannot stand the person.
For me, it really helps when there's a friendship. It's so much fun to come into work and play around with Lauren and flirt and try to make her laugh and then go home.
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That is such a great day. So is Hank actually going to mess up all that Mark-Sarah magic? For Stella, me and the big kids, our relationship with John is still unfolding. Stella and I paint and draw and write poetry and write in journals and write little books about Dad. Everybody really rallied around Stella and did their own thing at the same time.
John had specific relationships with each of the kids and with Stella, even though he only knew her until she was 5. Many of our home movies from when she was a baby have John reading the classic original Clifford story to her, and then he went on to do the voice of Clifford in the cartoon. She can hear him doing Clifford. When he died, everyone—the big kids, certainly, but even Stella—got a huge piece of his spirit.
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When all four kids are together, you can really feel him. I can look across the room and somebody gives me a look, and I know. But you can get that instant connection.