B.J. Novak has written a lot of great and funny television comedy, but sometimes his face still grabs the press. And that seems to bug him.
We caught up with Novak at the Emmys last night, a day after he had finally emerged from the Twitter self-imposed exile he took after all the upset awards the show got. Novak, best known for his scene-stealing roles on “Freaks and Geeks” and “Scrubs,” is quickly becoming the breakout star of ABC’s “Modern Family.”
The series, set in a liberal household that includes three Los Angeles-area pre-teen kids, made it big after picking up 13 Emmys at the recently-concluded ceremony, including best comedy series and best actor in a comedy for Novak and his co-star, Ed O’Neill.
When I mentioned Novak’s face was everywhere after the Emmys, and he joked about needing to get out of Los Angeles, the WB and MTV were pulling their marketing strategy for the show after he, Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell so loved coming back to Los Angeles for “shoe parties” and such.
All joking aside, Novak is loving every minute of being in his own show and had nothing but good things to say about co-star Julie Bowen.
“She’s the funniest, most thoughtful actress I’ve ever worked with. She’s very, very generous. You’re always surprised with things that come up and she’s so involved in what you’re doing. She even sends me little videos and notes of pages and pages of notes that she liked. I can’t believe it. It’s very unusual. It’s very generous. I wish I could do it more often, in all situations.”
On what Bowen would say if I got the chance to just talk with her for a long time:
“You? You’re a good talker.”
On what she wanted the show to be from the beginning:
“If the whole script isn’t funny, then the whole show is a failure.”
On the show’s writers “having a good time”:
“Our writers are having a good time with us. I know that sounds kind of negative, but they’re totally having a good time writing the show and they write really funny stuff. So hopefully we have a lot of people laughing at our stuff. That’s really important.”
On his favorite scene from the show:
“The smooch between me and Ty Burrell.”
When you read on the magazine that Modern Family is about to lose a crucial plot line, you cringe. This show is so smart and comedic and heartfelt, a smart, humorous and sentimental show, and it kind of sounds mean to have that taken away.
On what Modern Family creators will say:
“A lot of them will say I don’t know. They’ll say that they don’t know. But they don’t know.”
Who knows what’s going to happen now, but Novak has his fingers crossed that J.B. Smoove’s character will be back sometime soon.