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“I’ll make movies until I make babies. I have no idea when the handover will happen.”

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“My virginity was a big deal, my braces were a big deal – all because I was America’s sweetheart.”

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“I’ve never been 'in', so coming out was never a thing for me. I had a very authentic life. I never felt I had to hide anything, or skirt a question. I couldn't say it feels freeing because I never felt constrained by anything before.”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson on Broadway, ‘Bathroom Bills,’ and the Hollywood Closet
The Daily Beast, May 11, 2016

Yes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson says, he has invited Gwyneth Paltrow to see Fully Committed, his 90-minute, one-man Broadway show that invokes the Goop chatelaine by name.

“I’ve met her before, she’s really lovely,” Ferguson said in a phone interview. “I wanted to reach out and let her know, if she hadn’t heard, she’s made reference to, and invite her to come—I think she’d get a kick out of it.”

In Fully Committed, the Modern Family star plays Sam, an actor who, between auditions, takes reservations from the rich, pushy and assistants-of-the-famous—including ‘Bryce from Gwyneth Paltrow’s office’—in the basement of a fancy restaurant.

Bryce is extremely shrill, and insistent not just about what food his boss wishes to eat, but how she will—and will not—be lit.

When not dealing with these monsters, Sam must also deal with the demands of the restaurant’s monstrous, egotistical chef, and its wheedling, needy staff.

And there’s Sam’s lovely dad, also ringing in to ask when Sam is coming home.

Ferguson inhabits not just Sam, but the voices of all those people ringing him up to cajole and admonish him, from a rude society maven to sweet old lady to clueless out-of-towners. The challenge for Sam is not just to retain his dignity, but, surely more impossibly, make some life-capital out of it for himself.

For Ferguson, the zippy, intense, hour and a half he is on stage is akin to going to the gym. “There are moments at the start of the play when I don't want to do it. It’s a lot of work, then you start doing it, then you’re like, ‘I’m glad I started this.’ By the end, it’s ‘I’m really glad I did that’—exactly how I feel about going to the gym.”

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Arts

Philip Seymour Hoffman: an actor first

The Daily Beast, February 2, 2014

‘Blue,’ through lesbian eyes

The New York Times, November 6, 2013

How gay was Gore Vidal?

The Daily Beast, July 31, 2013

Book of Mormon: The South Park crew find God

The Times, March 16, 2011

The colourful life of Howard Hodgkin

The Times, March 22, 2008

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Style and fashion

A no-sweat work shirt? No sweat

The New York Times, December 19, 2013

The Biggie: a tainted status symbol

The New York Times, November 17, 2013

Eileen Ford: the woman who created the supermodel

The Times, March 17, 2012

Vidal Sassoon: Not bad for a hairdresser

The Times, August 21, 2010

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