Exclusive Interview: Reid Scott, from 'My Boys'
Exclusive Interview: Reid Scott, from 'My Boys'
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Reid Scott plays Brendan, the radio DJ named one of the 50 hottest bachelors in Chicago, on the TBS comedy My Boys.  Currently in its second season, My Boys airs Monday nights at 10pm on TBS.  The ensemble series is about a group of friends and sports fans who traverse the bumpy world of relationships.

Reid spoke to BuddyTV about the current season and the possibility of more to come, his feelings about his character's sexiness, and his own fondness for sports.  Below you will find a complete transcript of the interview as well as the mp3 audio file.

Hi, this is John from Buddy TV, and we're talking to Reid Scott from the TBS comedy My Boys. How you doing, Reid?

I'm doin well, how are you?

I'm doing good. Now, the second season underway, and in the most recent episode –if we can get right into this – your character was named one of the 50 sexiest bachelors in Chicago.

Yeah, kind of embarrassing, but also kind of fun.

When you first got that script, were your fellow cast mates kind of ribbing you about this, or how did you react to it?

Oh yeah, every week we're actually working while we're prepping for the next episode. So it's usually like, Mondays we'll all get together during lunch while we're shooting, and read the following episode. So for a lot of us it's the first time we're reading it all together.

As soon as we got to that page, I just looked up at everybody, and everyone was just staring daggers at me. They were like, “Oh man, you are so in for it this week.” So yeah, the jokes, the ribbing were flying pretty fast and furious.

I've seen the next three episodes and I was kind of surprised, because for most comedies, the episodes are very standalone. But this season, your show seems to be doing a lot of more continuity, 'cause this actually plays a role in the next several episodes.

Yeah, it does. It's kind of one of the cool things about this next season, is that the writers did a fantastic job at really opening these characters up. We've learned a lot more about different characters that I think is great, it's very in-depth, which is unusual for a comedy. We all the cast, who really like how they strung themes out throughout the season, because it gives us something to play on and sort of really dig our teeth into.

But also kind of fun to read, some jokes of the characters on the show. Anyway, like real friends, you don't let jokes die. You don't stop giving someone a hard time for something embarrassing they did, when you're real friends, you keep the joke running. That's kind of what was fun about this particular joke too.

Yeah, and do you get surprised just as an actor when you read the script, and you're like, “Oh!” Because I know in next week's episode, something about Bobby, there's very surprising. Were you like surprised just as an actor, or like a fan of the show that, “Oh my God, I had no idea!”

Yes, there's some funny stuff. Like we all, it was nice to learn 'cause you know, we're all learning about the characters ourselves as we go along here, being kind of a fledgling show. So every time we get a nice big meaty look into any of these characters, it's so much fun for us.

Like Kyle Howard who plays Bobby, when he sort of, when he read the script and realized that this is going to add a whole new depth to his character, he was really excited. As for all of us, it teaches so much more about the Bobby character, it's always fun to get a little surprise like that.

With the cast, a lot of the scenes every episode, you guys are just sitting around playing poker. Is that something you guys normally do? Are you a big poker fan?

I'm not a big poker fan, but I do play I play in a couple of weekly games. One actually with Betsy Thomas, the creator of the show, and Michael Bunin. He and Betsy go way back, they've known each other for a long time, so I tried to join them as much as possible.

I also host a little poker night with my buddies over at my place once a week, so yeah, I like to do it. It was kind of very comfortable, it's sort of the cornerstone of the gang of my boys, getting together for weekly poker night.

And also the gang, obviously very into sports, it's a very sports-heavy show. Are you a big sports fan?

I'm a big baseball fan, yeah. I love MLB, I'm a Yankees fan, and the since the show's set in Chicago I've sort of adopted the Cubbies as my national league team. But yeah, I love sports, I love college hoops a lot. I went to Syracuse University, so it's fun for me to watch March Madness and any sports in general. Skiers, snowboarders, surfers, all that stuff. So I'm kind of all over the place.

As a baseball fan, what's your reaction to the whole Barry Bonds, obviously just breaking the homerun record, a lot of controversy surrounding that. Do you have an opinion on that?

You know what? I think it's unfortunate that a milestone like that has to be marred by controversy. Obviously, personally I would rather had it been broken by a Yankee, but it got broken. To a certain extent, baseball fans should be happy about that, 'cause it's something for the record books.

But I think it's a little saddening that there might've been some cheating going on. I don't want to speculate too much, 'cause I'm not an expert, but I would've preferred it had been done clean, for whatever that's worth.

I'm just wondering, because previous to this, you were on the ABC series It's All Relative. I'm wondering, what is the difference between TBS, more of a cable network. What's the difference between acting on cable versus a network show?

I think there's a bunch of differences. First off, It's All Relative was your classic multi-camera sitcom, whereas My Boys is a single-camera format. So there's a lot of differences there, your work week is different, and the shooting style is obviously different. As far as working for a large network versus cable, the easiest way to describe it to people who might not know, it's kind of like working on an indie film versus a big budget film.

Obviously there's less money involved, but you also have a lot less cooks in the kitchen. Cable seems to sort of allow their homegrown shows to expand on their own, and grow at their own pace, and really push the envelope. Whereas a lot of the network stuff, they have a much larger audience, so they've got to please the masses.

It's kind of nice to be on cable, where they know that they have the sort of niche market. They can sort of come up with these great shows like My Boys, and know that it's gonna slot right into a certain type of fan, so it's really nice to work on something so specific.

It is a smaller show, but I've been impressed with these last two seasons that you did. A very cool slate of guest stars, you've had Laurie Metcalf, Neil Flynn, Nicole Sullivan, Johnny Galecki in the last episode. Is there a favorite among those that you have, or is there anyone you'd like to see guest-starring on the show?

I don't really have a favorite. I've come to know Johnny Galecki quite well, 'cause obviously he did a couple of episodes last season, and he's done more with us this time around. He's around the most as far as the guest stars, and he's hilarious, he's a great guy. I'm glad of that, to be friends with him, each of the guest stars.

It's been such a treat, because they're pulling this top-shelf talent, and everyone's kind of connected. That's kind of fun, like Thomas and her whole Chicago crew of writers, they all go way back with Laurie Metcalf to Chicago herself. So does Johnny, so does Flynn, as a matter of fact. So every time these guys are showing up, it's like another member of this expanded family. It's just been a lot of fun. I don't have a favorite, but I say keep 'em coming.

And are there any, because even though it's a show about sports, there haven't been any sports cameos. Are there any that you'd love to see, just as a fan? Just like, “Oh, we have a show about sports, let's try to get this athlete on?”

Oh sure, anybody from the Cubs would be great. When Alfonso Soriano was on the Yankees, I was a huge fan of his, so I'd love to get him on the show. But he's kind of a quiet, reserved guy, just from what I could tell. I don't know if he'd be too down to do a comedy, which would probably end up poking a little fun at him, but he'd be great. Since he's a hometown hero for the Chicago fans, I think obviously it would work.

But any sports guys, anybody from hockey, basketball. If we could get Jordan, man, I would be the happiest guy on the face of the earth. But again it's a long shot, but if you're listening, if Jordan happens to be on buddytv.com right now, please do our show. We'd really appreciate that.

That definitely would be an interesting thing. Now I just have one final question. You seem to be having a lot of fun, but I'm wondering, is there a bad part? What's the worst part about being an actor?

Oh man, it is hard work. I think there's a common misconception that it's a very glamorous sort of industry and lifestyle, and certainly it can be at times. But the hardest part is that you're approaching a business as an artist, so you're constantly sort of hanging yourself out there to be judged, to have your talent judged, to be scrutinized over and over until you happen to get fortunate about it.

I feel very fortunate to have landed on a show like My Boys, which has a family feel. But it's tough, it's rough going. It's hard as an actor too, because it is an art form that you can't kind of do unless you're actually working at it. A painter can stay home and paint, a musician can stay home and write music, but an actor can't really stay home and act without your neighbors thinking you're absolutely insane. So it's rough going, it's a lot of work, but in the end it's very satisfying when it all comes together, like it has on My Boys.

Yeah and even tho the second seasons just beginning or just at the start is there any word on the possibility of a third season or the show continuing after this

Well, we can do that, you know. I was actually at an event with Steve Kuhn and Michael Wright, the president and vice-president of Turner, and they're so hot on the show. They really love it, so they're pulling for us to come back too. So I think it's just a waiting game, I think they want to see how it rolls out over the next few weeks. And with any luck, and I feel like it's looking good, we'll be back again for one more.

-Interview conducted by John Kubicek
(Image courtesy of Kevin Abosch)