TJThyne.com Exclusive Interview
Dave: We are sitting here…
TJ: Practically in the dark.
Dave: (Laughs) Yes (Laughs) almost entirely in the dark
TJ: (Laughing) Can we please explain to them WHY we are in the dark for this interview?
Dave: Ha! Well…someone was a busy actor and couldn’t meet to do this interview until tonight…
TJ: Oops, yeah that part is my fault. It is late. Your hair is starting to stand straight up.
Dave: That’s what happens when I’m tired.
Dave: Its twenty minutes to midnight. So it is already dark outside.
TJ: I know I’m sorry about that. I’m glad we were able to do this at some point. Sorry it had to be so late.
Dave: Hey, you were working on a new film project.
Dave: Besides, anything for the fans, huh? See how dedicated he is to all of you…
TJ: Dave is now speaking closer to the microphone on the tape-recorder for all of you to hear better…I guess…(Dave laughs) But why pray tell us Dave, is it dark INSIDE? And why am I holding a flashlight toward you so you can read the questions on your lap while you are holding a candle in one hand, and an extremely small tape recorder in the other, why would that be Dave? (Laughing)
Dave: Well, I don’t know where the electric box is and I’ve tripped a circuit.
TJ: And why have you tripped a circuit?
Dave: I plug an electric grill into the same socket as the computers and fax and stereo.
TJ: And what was on the stereo and what was on the grill?
Dave: Michael Jacksons “beat it” and “hamburgers”. (They both laugh)
TJ: So we are in the dark because, just before midnight you had a craving for hamburgers and the need to moonwalk?!
Dave: Okay, Okay, I’m sure these wonderful fans don’t want to hear you interviewing me. We should get to the questions now.
TJ: Mmmhmmm, someone’s changing the subject! (They both laugh). Okay, serious now. Question number one.
Dave: Okay, question number one is from ISEEYOU…
TJ: Is that I see you as in a hospital “ICU” or like “Hey, I’m looking right at you. I SEE you?”
Dave: (laughs) Hey I’m looking right at you. S-E-E…
TJ: Got it! I like it! Hello ISEEYOU!!!! Thank you for being here!
Dave: ISEEYOU would like to know, “What was the weirdest encounter you’ve ever had with a fan.”
TJ: Weirdest encounter?…Jeez, this is hard right off the bat. Thanks ISEEYOU, you’ve already stumped me and we’ve only just begun…hmmm…I remember my first encounter?
Dave: When was that?
TJ: I was walking on the street in Dallas Texas with my Mom, I was like 14 or 15 years old, and a group of teenagers were on a trip to the city with their chaperones. They recognized me from local commercials I had done and they were so excited to see me, they grabbed me and took pictures with me and had me sign things and I was so shocked and confused…and then I made them all take a picture with my camera and sign their autographs on a piece of paper for me so that I had a record of my very first fan club.
Dave: No you didn’t.
TJ: Yeah, I really did. They were cracking up. But I still have it.
Dave: That is hysterical. But you didn’t answer “the weirdest” yet.
Dave: Alright, we’ll come back to that one. I’ll ask you that one at the end.
TJ: Good, yeah let’s come back to it. Jeez, I hope I’m not being graded on this, because I’m failing already if so.
Dave: What was your best encounter with a fan?
TJ: Ha! Hard again, curse you ISEEYOU…not really…okay…um…best…encounter…I’ll sometimes do charity work for kids with disabilities, and this one beautiful young girl I met was 16 years old, paralyzed from the neck down, who loved Jack Hodgins on “Bones”! She had such an incredible smile! I sat and talked to her for at least an hour! Her mom was like “Okay, we can let you go”, and I said “Truly, I don’t have anywhere else to be but right here.” We talked and talked and laughed and laughed. She was a playwright. I asked her to send me her play and she did! I read it and it was great! I sent it back with my thoughts since she asked for them, which were mostly just fitting praises. Really great play about a young paralyzed girl in her situation dealing with school issues of teenage life. A thematic “ugly duckling” story with some in-your-face-truth! It was great. She was great. I’d say that was one of the best so far. I should probably give shorter answers.
Dave: That would help.
Dave: Ha, kidding, just answer honestly. They want to know, don’t worry about time.
TJ: Why does it smell like burgers in here?
Dave: Next question, from SINKWRITER72…
TJ: Hey! Sinkwriter72, I know Sinkwriter72, from the site, thanks for being here as well! This is a lot of fun. I have all of my friends from cyberspace, here in a dark room with me.
Dave: If you weren’t an actor, what would you most like do instead?
TJ: I’ve always wanted to be an actor. I remember when I was a kid, I wanted to be a police officer (I have a few cousins and uncles in Boston who are Fire, Rescue and Police) and I wanted to be a chef, and I wanted to be a teacher, but I loved acting and thought at a young age as an actor, I could be all of those wonderful things and more! I’ve known I wanted to act since I was about…six or so. If I weren’t an actor now…well, I produce and I teach as well…
Dave: What do you teach?
TJ: I teach acting, and career management and spinning…
Dave: Really, spinning?
TJ: Yeah, I’m an athlete junky as well as an acting junky. So I run and swim and spin and box and do Yoga and TaiChi and the like. The studio I spin at somehow convinced me that I was spinning too fast for even the instructors so I needed to start to teach, so I started. I do it when I can. It’s a lot of fun. Um…but if I wasn’t acting…that is a terrible thought to me, but if I wasn’t… honestly, I think I’d be doing some type of work with trying to solve the homeless crisis that plagues our society. It just kills me that people are out on the street right now, kids too…
Dave: Don’t you do volunteer work with run-away kids and homeless shelters?
TJ: Yes, but not enough. I use to do more. I need to do much more.
Dave: In case you haven’t noticed, you are pretty busy…
TJ: Yeah, but not for that…I have to make time for that.
Dave: Okay, question number two from SINKWRITER72, You are a “Theatre Junkie”, will we see you return to performing in theatre productions once in a while? AND what role would you love to play?
TJ: Oooo, great questions! Well, I started Theatre Junkies back in 2001 because I wanted to be able to continue on the stage while I was doing TV & Film. I produced and acted in two Theatre Junkies stage shows here in LA, Lee Blessings “TWO ROOMS” and Craig Lucas’s “BLUE WINDOW”. Actually, funny enough, I had to cancel one of the Friday night shows of “BLUE WINDOW” because I didn’t have an understudy and I was booked on a job for a TV show called ANGEL with David Boreanaz.
Dave: That was way before BONES?
TJ: Yeah, a couple of years before Bones.
Dave: You played David’s lawyer, right?
TJ: Ha, that’s right. Funny huh?
TJ: I like when David and I get to work together. We always have a good time with Hodgins & Booth. I think there should be more of that relationship, it always makes me laugh…wait but I’m getting off topic, back to the question at hand…funny you should ask Sinkwriter72 about my return to the boards (acting boards on stage, not message boards, that I also need to get on…one day…some day), I do want to get back to the stage. I did a show Off-Broadway when I was a freshman in College and I loved it. And I adore New York City so much! It just has creative energy dripping from the street lamps there, so I really am looking forward to getting back on stage out in New York some time. Who knows, perhaps if this much needed writers strike of Hollywood continues, I may be doing that very thing! In terms of parts, I can tell you, there is a production of Hamlet that I am adapting right now for Theatre Junkies to produce in the future! So I hope to be returning to the stage to play The Prince of Denmark.
“And I adore New York City so much! It just has creative energy dripping from the street lamps there, so I really am looking forward to getting back on stage out in New York some time.”
Dave: “Sink” asks what do you think would be the ultimate challenge for you as an actor?
TJ: Sink?! Now you are giving my dear fans & friends nicknames from their screen-names?
Dave: Sorry…I’m a bit tired.
TJ: You are huh? I’m sorry…we should seriously try doing this some other time. I feel bad that it’s so late and you are still here because of me.
Dave: No. You are way too busy. Let’s keep going.
TJ: Okay, ultimate challenge? Well is to achieve the level of excellence in acting that I aspire to. I have so much growing to do, soooo much to learn.
Dave: I think you are doing a pretty damn fine job at it.
TJ: Well thanks, but you know what I mean, I want to really stretch, really go there! I want to sink my teeth into some excellent roles!
Dave: You said “sink”.
TJ: Ha, yes I did. The great acting teacher Stella Adler was asked back in the 40’s if she thought her student Marlon Brando would be one of the “greats” of acting. This was early in his career. And Stella’s response was ‘That depends, if he’s given the chance to play the great roles!”. It’s so true! I just want to be given that chance to tackle parts in great indies and on television and features, you know?! And if I’m not given the chance, then I’ve got to create it! It’s time for me to really get to work.…it’s fitting what I’m about to say, talking about Brando but…well…in acting…I just…wanna be a contender!
Dave: What would you like to do as an actor that you have not yet explored?
TJ: It’s funny, because I turned down a lot of opportunities to be a series regular on shows before. I would back out of studio tests…
Dave: I read that somewhere about you…
TJ: Yeah, because it’s a 6 year contract to be an actor on a tv show! Six years! I never wanted to be locked into that kind of contact on a show I didn’t fully believe in or a character I didn’t love. Well, the last pilot season I had I looked at my resume and said “Hmmm, I don’t have Series Regular on here, and I don’t have the lead of a great indie film and feature film on here, so I best get all three soon.” It was that year that I booked Dr. Jack Hodgins who I DO love! So, to answer the question, I need to tackle a great lead role in a great independent film and I need to tackle a great lead role in a great feature film.
Dave: Then you’ll be done?
TJ: Ha, never! Never, never! That’s just where my focus will be for now.
Dave: Okay, Sinkwriter72 asks…
TJ: Oh, back to formal names now?
Dave: That’s for you.
Dave: “Are there any actor/actresses that you admire and respect with whom you’d especially like to work with?”
TJ: I’ve been really lucky to work with some pretty excellent and amazing actors like Albert Finney, but actors I haven’t worked with who I really admire and want to work with? Sooo many! Seriously, I see every movie out there practically! If you can’t find me, and I’m not off working, look in the local movie house, and I’ll be there with a bag of popcorn and a smile a mile wide watching movies! I’m a kid in a candy store when the lights fade down and the curtain peels open at a movie. Ah, I love that! There are a handful of movies I’ve walked out on that were painfully bad, but mostly I love them all! Every genre! Every time period! Classic to horror to romantic comedy and back again! To answer the question…right now: Ryan Gosling I’d like to work with, and Cate Blanchett, Daniel Day Lewis, Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, and Emily’s sister Zoey, and Rachael McAdams and Anthony Hopkins and…oh too many to list. You know I just booked a movie recently that I was sooooo excited about. I was suppose to be shooting it right now in December. It was a film with Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, Amy Madigan, Andy Garcia, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne and yours truly! Robert Duvall…Boo Radley from To Kill A Mockingbird!!
Dave: Never saw it.
TJ: WHAT?!!!! That is sacrilegious! You must see that! Oh so good, Scout and Atticus and Jem!
Dave: Okay, TJ4EVER asks…
TJ: Love that, love you TJFOREVER! Thanks for that screen name! Ha!
Dave: …Will we ever have a chance to see you acting live on stage?
TJ: Tell ya what, if I get back to New York on stage, or when we get my production up and running of Hamlet, I’ll invite you all!
Dave: Okay, (yawn) ummm…
TJ: Wow, Dave, you are tired.
TJ: Probably doesn’t help that the lights are out.
Dave: (Laughs). Probably not.
TJ: Lets end for now. I feel really bad, you are so tired and we both have to drive home. Lets end.
Dave: Well, at least answer ISEEYOU’s very first question: What was the weirdest encounter you’ve ever had with a fan?
TJ: I’ll tell ya, I am such a big fan of so many actors in Hollywood. And it has happened to me on a handful of occasions that I have gone right up to an actor like Hank Azaria and said “I’m a big fan of yours” and they have turned to me and said “Thank you TJ, I’m a big fan of yours as well.” Wow! That is weird, and thrilling and flattering and….hopeful.
Dave: That wasn’t so hard, why couldn’t you have said that in the beginning?
TJ: Ha, don’t know, didn’t really hit me until just now. Okay my friend, let us call it a night.
Dave: I didn’t get the rest of the questions asked.
TJ: You know what? This will be more fun. Then we can get these answers to the lovely Rebecca and Stephanie to post and then in a couple of weeks, we can get back together and I can answer some more. This way it is not all at once. So it won’t be overwhelming to read. It’ll make it more exciting for me too and who knows, maybe it will inspire even more questions that I can answer as time goes on.
Dave: Yeah, that’s a great idea.
TJ: Do you want me to drive you home?
Dave: No I’m good.
TJ: You sure?
Dave: Yeah, thanks.
TJ: Maybe it was all that moon-walking that tuckered you out.
TJ: Are you still recording?
(CLICK. End of tape).
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