WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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an interview with jay harrington which was a different role for me. Private Practice was a blast because I went to college with Taye Diggs [a.k.a. Sam] and we got to play around for ten weeks. I also had him come and do an episode on Better Off Ted. WWM: Do you seek out a particular kind of role? JH: In general, I am not a character actor; I tend to play leading man roles. Maybe down the road my options will open up. WWM: You seem to enjoy toggling back and forth between drama and comedy… JH: I actively switch it up between drama and comedy to keep myself growing and to avoid being pigeonholed. It is very easy to get typecast in this business. I have friends that are very talented actors who are perceived only as dramatic actors, and yet, I know them to be very funny people. That's unfortunate. That was one of the things I enjoyed most about being part of American Pie. Playing a jerk broadened my repertoire. WWM: How do you prepare yourself for a role — an FBI agent for example? JH: I trust the writing and get immersed in the story. It's more about understanding the guy that I am portraying, rather than his occupation. I did have to learn to shoot a gun so that I didn't look stupid. WWM: You have just come off of shooting ten episodes of Hot in Cleveland with Betty White. Where will we see you next? JH: It's funny you should ask. Just in the last few days I have had a big swell of opportunities for which I am under consideration. Not that I We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 want to jinx them by talking about them… WWM: What do you do when you are not learning lines or acting? JH: I play hockey three or four times a week. It's actually quite big — there are lots of guys from Boston out here. Lots of actors, producers, and industry people skate. I played a pick-up game the other day with 62

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