Just want to say, Gayle, how perfect your comment to ECO was on the pic of him walking on the wall (wonderful photo!) was. No wonder he responded to you in that open way. As a friend, you showed him that you understood where he might be coming from right now with all that is happening in his personal life and on the show, and that understanding was important to him. I don't think there are many fans and actors who share such moments; I found it very touching :).
I’ve taken some time to consider how to respond, as your message was so touching. It’s important to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes”. It’s too easy to overlook the fact these people who bring our favorite characters to life are people too. Being blessed to meet the cast, it’s quickly realized these people have families, jobs, and responsibilities just like the rest of us. They ask about opinions of show in the same breath as next weekend’s NFL game.
Do they get paid a ton and have a good portion of the summer off? Yes. Do they have crazy early call times, 12+ hour shooting days, required press events, and the inability to take a vacation (or sick) day whenever they want? Yes. Since New Year’s they’ve had one day off and won’t have a break until the season wraps many weeks from now. Add to that the “new family members”, which only compound the demands.
Just like any of us, they just want recognition of their hard work and understanding of their efforts. Just because they’re on TV doesn’t mean they don’t face some of the same life challenges we all do. How often do we receive this type of acknowledgement in our own daily lives? I don’t know about you, but for me it’s quite rare.
You are right on about how touching his open and honest near vulnerability was. If you pay attention to his words off-screen it’s pretty apparent he has a “feeling” personality (if you know the MBTI), which makes such comments to and from him fairly natural. Overall, I think we are all regularly impressed to discover they are people doing a job much like the rest of us - just in an entirely different atmosphere!
Thank YOU for your thoughtful comments!
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