Josh Zuckerman “Significant Mother” Exclusive Interview
Josh Zuckerman is an actor and writer, best known for his work in Sex Drive, Austin Powers in Goldmember and 90210. But now, he has just landed a huge LEAD role in the CW’s new show, Significant Mother. We had the chance to speak with him about the show and we can already tell, it’s definitely going to be a hit! Not to mention, Josh is an extremely nice guy who answered all my questions without hesitation. Haha. Ready to get to know him? Here we go.
- Can you tell us about what we will see on Significant Mother?
Well, it’s a show about a young Portland Restaurateur who returns home from a business trip to find out that his best friend/roommate has started a relationship with his mom. Really the conflict arises there, and it unravels in complicated ways until the rest of the season. My character wants what’s best for his best friend and for his mom, but he also wishes they had never started a relationship, that’s the last thing he would want to happen. Johnathan Silverman plays my father, his character wants to get back together with my mom and of course he’s really upset about this new relationship. It’s really fun to watch and I think the writers did a tremendous job bringing the script to life.
- How did it feel to find out you were cast as the lead role?
I felt really fortunate, but also really nervous because there’s a lot of responsibility that comes with that as well. It’s a nervous excitement!
- Tell us about your character “Nate Marlowe.”
Nate is a Restaurateur who started this restaurant with the help of his dad who helped invest in it. Nate’s restaurant has very much been his whole life, up to the beginning of where Significant Mother starts, but he’s very career driven and forward thinking when it comes to opening a business. He’s definitely obsessed with food. It’s to the point where he hasn’t had any romantic relationships in his life, and that’s where there’s a hint of temptation from the restaurant owner Sam, played by Emma Fitzpatrick. He’s got a crush on her, but she’s actually in a relationship with the farmer who supplies food to the restaurant. I guess you could say there’s technically two love triangles in the show that Nate’s a part of.
- When did you start acting? How did you decide you wanted to become an actor?
I got dragged into doing a small role in a play in Los Angeles, California. Essentially, my best friend’s mom wanted him to audition for the play, but he wouldn’t audition unless another friend did too. So his mom called my mom, and we both got these small parts in Nicholas Nickleby. I had so much fun doing that, just being part of a cast, you know playing around, going to rehearsals, watching the stage unfold and building the sets, even though we didn’t have really big parts. And then opening up to an audience, it was so exciting! Every show was full of anticipation and anxiety, but exciting anxiety. I just loved that world and wanted to continue to play in it.
- How have some of your past roles prepared you for this project?
I’ve been fortunate enough to work on a good deal of comedy in my career. This is a very comedic show, so working with funny actors and directors who really understand comedy, you learn a lot about what will work and what won’t. There’s really no limit to the amount of ideas you can bring to the table. Having worked with a lot of other comedic actors you just pick up things here and there. I started acting professionally when I was 15, so as I’ve grown up I’ve also kind of grown up in the roles I’ve been playing. I feel like with Nate, this is one where I’ve been given the position of someone who is more my age. Someone who’s just trying to find his place in the world, trying to maintain his relationship with the people he loves, but also dealing with the drama that they bring to their lives. That to me, is the real heart of the story. There’s there’s so much care that these characters have for each other in spite of all the craziness.
- Since the show is more of a comedy, do you guys have fun and mess around in between takes?
Oh yea! I think that’s inevitable, especially when people try new things on set that might not work at all but it works for us in the moment and it’s just historical. Anything from someone breaking scene to someone laughing. Then with Nathaniel Buzolic, who’s probably the biggest “trouble maker,” which probably isn’t the right word, he’s a very charming fella, but he loves to have fun on set so it’s inevitable working with him because there’s always a lot of fun and goofiness in between takes.
- How was it playing a young Doctor Evil in Austin Powers in Goldmember? Was it true you had to shave your head?
That is true, at one point I think they were thinking about putting on a skull cap, but then they just opted to shave my head. I was in high school at the time and I remember we had a uniform. We weren’t allowed to wear hats, but I didn’t want to go to school bald, so I had to get special permission to wear a beanie to school because I had no hair, and I guess I was really embarrassed at the time. But yes, they shaved my head and gave me prostatic earlobes.
- What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love reading, I know it’s not too exciting, but it depends what you’re reading. I love traveling, but who doesn’t. I love hiking, and I play the banjo. I like to stay active and be outdoors. One of my top books to read has been Devil In The White City. It’s historical non-fiction, so it reads like a fiction. You read it and think, “No way is this true!” But it’s really all based on facts. I love history.
- What’s your go-to snack food?
I like chips and guacamole or chips and salsa.
- Do you buy guacamole or make it yourself?
I like to make my own guacamole; I make a pretty mean guacamole.
- What else can we expect to see from you in the future/are you working on anything right now?
Right now I’m in a play, it’s actually opening this Friday at The Michael Woolson Studio in Los Angeles and I’m also developing an animated writing project with a friend of mine.
If anyone is interested in the seeing Josh perform, here’s the link where you can get more information and buy tickets. Also, make sure to see him in Significant Mother on the CW on Monday, August 3rd. P.S. If you looove Josh Zuckerman make sure to let us know in the comments below!