FAVORITE TV SHOWS: THE CHICAGO CODE
The series follows officers of the Chicago Police Department as they fight crime on the streets and try to expose political corruption within the city. Veteran Chicago Police Detective Jarek Wysocki was assigned to head the special unit by his boss, the newly appointed first-female Chicago Police Superintendent and his one-time partner, Teresa Colvin.
“I traded my pig for you.”
“I like country, but this is rap. You put ‘em together it sounds like crap. You better look out, ‘cause I’m Luke Cafferty. If I start rapping, y’all might laugh at me!”
“There are just other people who are better, end of story. Nobody wants me.”
“I used to hate it here. My whole life I always figured football was going to take me out of here. And I couldn’t imagine staying around here but I guess I better try to imagine it.”
Friday Night Lights, Season 5
My favorite show is Friday Night Lights. It just has a similar tone of being really honest and straightforward and raw. You really see the real stuff coming out and that’s invaluable for me as an actor. I love to be able to watch people doing stuff like that.
AVC: At what point in the process of making Parenthood did you start watching Friday Night Lights? How did you tell Jason Katims that you had started?
MW: Oh my God, such a good question. Most of my other castmates had watched it already or were in the middle of watching it while we were shooting, and I couldn’t do it because I knew from the reaction—Dax Shepard is one of my best friends, and he just couldn’t stop talking about it. It was a huge deal. Occasionally he’ll wear a Panthers shirt he loved it so much, and I just knew that I didn’t have it in me. I don’t even watch that much TV because I have an addictive personality as far as movies and stories and that stuff is concerned. I just give everything I have to it. I knew that I didn’t have the emotional capacity to get so invested that all I would want to do is come home every single second and watch Friday Night Lights. I was like, “I’m not ready to give that part of myself yet.” I probably I started watching it last year, I guess, and have tried to go super slowly because it’s my biggest fear. I still have four episodes left, and I’m riddled with anxiety. I need to start therapy afterward because I don’t know how I’m going to deal with it when there aren’t any more. So I’ve been really trying to dole them out slowly. And I held off for the longest time waiting for all the East Dillon stuff to happen because Matt Lauria was on [Parenthood] and I was like, “I think the second that I see Matt Lauria on this show, I’m going to become even more obsessed with him than I am now and it’s going to be terrible. I won’t even be able to look at him. I’ll just be blinded with excitement about it.” So I waited to start that until we finished this last season. That can’t be right—it must have been close to the finish. I thought that it was just so good. And I did become unhealthily obsessed with Matt. “I can’t believe I was kissing Luke Cafferty this whole time, and I didn’t even know it!” [Laughs.] I love it so much. It is my favorite show in the entire world. No doubt about it.
AVC: With the final episode hanging out there, you’ll have no idea how those emotions could have affected your performance in this season’s Parenthood finale.
MW: It’s true. It’s probably for the best. I probably would have gone blank being that close to him. Like, “I have nothing to say to you. Get out of here.” So I’m glad I held off.
(Source: The A.V. Club)
MATT LAURIA (Davis)
Age/Hometown: I am not from there, per se, but I will say that there exists, in Winston-Salem, NC, a drive-thru-grilled-burger-chain that is unrivaled among fast-food institutions. And the name of that glorious chain is Cook Out. I wish I was from there—not Winston-Salem—Cook Out, itself. I wish I was born in the back of the kitchen, next to where the hush puppies sizzle.
Favorite Subject in School: Meh…?
Best Party You’ve Been To: My eighth birthday party, at Chuck E. Cheese’s. I beat the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game, as Donatello.
The Quality I Admire Most About My Character Is: His ravishing good looks.
My First Impression of My Really Really Castmates Was: “I thought it was going to be the other chick from Girls.”
I Knew I Wanted to Be A Performer When: I saw Prince wear his famed ass-pants, I thought, “Now that…that is what I want to do with my life.”
My Dream Role Would Be: ET, the extraterrestrial.
Matt, despite chronic cookie eating, still has abs of steel #nofair // Backstage photo of cast, or more specifically, Matt Lauria’s abs.
Parenthood, Season 4.
Zosia Mamet & Matt Lauria, Mariano Vivanco Shoot for Vogue, March 2013
“I’m real sorry for lying to you for the whole time and for lying to you right now right to your face. I’m real sorry, okay?”
“Dear Lord, please let me get some more drugs before Friday.”
Friday Night Lights, Season 4.
@Broadway.com: The charming @MattLauria OKs his audio during his #AskaStar shoot #ReallyReally #fridaynightlights…