BELLO WATCH: SCANDAL’S JOSHUA MALINA

You can currently see the talented Joshua Malina in ABC’s scorching drama, Scandal as ‘David Rosen’, the Attorney General of the United States. However, when not in character for one of America’s biggest TV shows, you can catch the hilariously brilliant actor on Twitter showcasing his witty and sarcastic side, one of his favourite pastimes.

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You grew up in New York City with your parents and your father was a Broadway producer. Was that something that inspired you to pursue acting?

“I actually grew up in the ‘burbs – New Rochelle, specifically, most famously home to Rob and Laura Petrie of The Dick Van Dyke Show. My dad was a co-producer of a couple Broadway shows (The Rothschilds and Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death), and his best friend was – and remains – Manny Azenberg, who is a legendary Broadway producer. So, I was fortunate enough to attend many wonderful plays and musicals as a kid. Those varied theatrical experiences certainly lit up my vision for my future. ‘I want to do THAT!’ ”

 

What was your family’s reaction when you told them you wanted to become an actor?

“I was probably around 8 when I first made the declaration. Prior to that, rabbi, pro baseball player, and Good Humor Man were all possibilities. Once I settled on actor, I would never waver again, so by the time I actually set about pursuing a career, my folks were pretty reconciled to it. And truly, I couldn’t have asked for more supportive parents – financially and emotionally. And financially! When I made my professional debut in Aaron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men on Broadway”, my parents attended the show 14 times. There was talk of dedicating two seats at the Music Box Theatre to them”.

 

One of your most famous roles is ‘David Rosen’ on Scandal. The show has such an enormous and passionate following, which can sometimes be quite intense. Do you find that at all overwhelming?

Scandal is certainly different from anything else I’ve been involved with as an actor. “The West Wing” was a huge hit, but that was already the case when I joined the cast. With “Scandal,” I was there from the beginning. I got to experience the transformation from its initial slow start, to the water-cooler hit it became. I have thoroughly enjoyed the ride, and am deeply grateful for it. I can’t believe how often people stop me on the street to talk about it. I have found its success delightful rather than overwhelming”.

 

What is your favourite aspect of David Rosen’s character?

“He’s very, very handsome. I love that about him”.

 

Is there a specific actor who you would like to work alongside with in the future?

“That’s a toughie. There are many, many, actors with whom I’d like to share a stage or a set. I’ll limit myself to one, and say that I’d love to work with/for/near Lin-Manuel Miranda. That kid is the shit”.

 

So award season has begun with the Golden Globes taking place in Beverly Hills recently. Do you enjoy going to award shows?

“Sure. They are fun to attend; especially the ones that serve alcohol. I like to go with my wife – the lovely Melissa. We usually do our walkabouts, gawking at celebrities and instantly judging them. That said, I haven’t been to one in a while, so it’s mainly watching the awards at home, overeating, and dishing on Twitter, which can be just as much fun”.

 

Who was your favourite winner from this years Golden Globes show?

“I was actually in San Francisco performing in a great comedy festival called “Sketchfest” when the Globes aired, so I missed the telecast, but was psyched to learn that Aaron Sorkin had won. He’s been a remarkable and loyal friend to me for decades, and given me every conceivable break in the business, so I always root for him. And man, can he write”.

 

Is there anything else at all that you would like to share with your fans? 

“Yes. I am much nicer in person than I appear to be on Twitter (@joshmalina). Thinner too!”

 

JM-BELLO

About The Author

Michelle Ganney
Contributing Editor

Although born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Michelle was raised in England from the age of 2 years old. She discovered her love of writing at University with an overriding interest in the film, TV and entertainment world. She interviews talented, global stars as the Entertainment Editor at BELLO mag.

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