I had a strange experience yesterday. I saw someone I know on TV.
Now, when you work in television, of course you see people you know, particularly if you watch the show you work on. But this wasn’t a show I’ve ever worked for.
What was strange is that I knew this guy before I saw him on TV.
The general public knows actors through their characters, or their public persona. Once you start a career in the business, your view of them will change when you meet them in person. They start to be a real human being.
But that’s not what happened yesterday. Yesterday, the process was reversed. I met this actor, then I saw him on our show, and finally, I watched him play a completely different character on a different show.
It was disconcerting. When you read the script, and see the lights and cameras and everything, the artifice is clear. But take that familiar face and put it in an unfamiliar setting, doing unfamiliar things, it’s like… seeing your teacher during summer vacation.