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Wednesday
Apr122017

Call Redialed: NEW Facetime interview: Migguel Anggelo: "So Close: Love & Hate" at Joe's Pub

"Call Me Adam" and Migguel Anggelo at The Algonquin HotelLive from The Algonquin Hotel, "Call Me Adam" catches up with singer/songwriter/actor Migguel Anggelo about his return to Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street) with his new one-man show So Close: Love & Hate, directed by Obie Award Winner David Drake on May 23 & 24 at 7pm.

Here, we discuss love, hate, and how this country can stand united instead of divided. In So Close: Love & Hate, Migguel Anggelo addresses divisiveness, humanity and hope through a rich song cycle including an array of brand new compositions punctuated by Latin classics, American standards, Broadway, opera, and Bjork. Click here for tickets!

For more on Migguel be sure to visit http://migguelanggelo.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

For more on Joe's Pub visit https://joespub.publictheater.org and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

"Call Me Adam's" NEW interview with Migguel Anggelo:

Friday
Mar172017

Call Redialed: Lucie Pohl: "Apohlcalypse Now!" at Under St. Marks Theater

Lucie Pohl, Photo Credit: Laura RoseLast time comedian/actress Lucie Pohl and I spoke, she was starring in her one-woman show Hi, Hitler, now these two Jews are talking about her new show Apohlcalypse Now! From tyrants to death, we know our herritage! In this new show, Apohlcalypse Now! bangs together stand up, storytelling and character comedy. Expect bad language, bad decisions, a wedding, a break up, dead rats and wake up calls from Stephen Baldwin.

Apohlcalypse Now! will play a very limited run, four performances only, March 20, 21, 27 & 28 at Under St. Marks Theater (94 St. Marks Place). March 20 & 27 are at 8pm. March 21 & 28 are at 7pm. Click here for tickets!

For more on Lucie be sure to visit http://www.luciepohl.com and follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

1. It's great to catch up with you! Last we spoke, we did an interview for your one-woman show Hi, Hitler. Now you are back in NYC with your brand new show Apohlcalypse Now! How ironic that your show a few years ago had Hitler in the title and now your show has Apohlcalypse (a funny take on apocalypse) in the title. In the few years between shows, we got a new Hitler leading our country and he's creating an apocalypse. How do you explain this irony? Yes that is creepy and ironic. I'm psychic! Or may be it's that artists have invisible, subconscious feelers which pick things up before they've emerged into daily life.

One way to look at it is also, Hi, Hitler was very much a fish out of water story which went all the way back to my Jewish-German family history of persecution and migration. The whole point of the show was embracing that not fitting in was in my DNA. In this sense, I am not surprised that those of us who are different (for many different reasons) have become a target again. The fight for acceptance against periodic assholes will never end, I think.

The Apohlcalypse theme came out of a period of extremely taxing events in my life that kept piling up relentlessly. I also had been having this feeling of imminent doom for a few years. I never anticipated that history would tie these two shows together in such a frightening way.

Lucie Pohl, Photo Credit: Elmar Lemes2. What can people expect from this new show? What people can expect from Apohlcalypse Now! is a wild roller coaster ride into a year of tragically funny disasters in my life told through storytelling, stand-up and character comedy. It's an intimate, sometimes surreal, hilarious and very honest 60 minutes. And there's a goldfish monologue.

3. Let's play with the title of your show, "Apohlcalypse Now!" for a moment. What is the biggest event to happen in your life that would be as big as an apocalypse? The biggest apocalypse ever to happen in my life is when I realized Nutella is made with palm oil and I can no longer eat it! Game over!

No, ok, I'll be serious: it was the violent shattering of my 12 year relationship. Internally that was something which completely destroyed everything I thought I was, I thought I had and I thought I knew. And then a few other things happened simultaneously which just added more fire and brimstone. But these are all spoilers! That's what the show is about!

But one more thing: In writing the show I spoke to Anbarra Khalidi who is an apocalyptic scholar at Oxford (yes that's a job title) and she told me that the nature of the apocalyptic framework is both horror and clarity - exposing uncomfortable truths, mirroring the notion that we are our truest selves in moments of suffering, trial and judgement. This idea sort of fell into my lap and became what I was most interested in.

Lucie Pohl, Photo Credit: Mindy Tucker4. In this show we can expect bad language, bad decisions, a wedding, a break-up, dead rats, and wake-up calls from Stephen Baldwin. So for the next few questions we are going to break these down. If you could create a sentence using your five favorite bad words, how would that sentence look? Trump is a motherfucking thundercunting asswiping fuck-shit fascist.

5. What is the worst decision you've ever made? What did you learn from this bad decision? The worst decision I ever made was deciding to act on every impulse I had regardless of the consequence. I've made many bad decisions. What I've learned (the hard way) is that decisions matter and they are decisions, not accidents. You control that, it doesn't control you. It's not always about doing the thing which feels best in the moment, it's about knowing what's important and what you want in the long run.

And of course looking at the ingredients list on a Nutella jar.

6. What is one of your most funny break-up stories? When I was a teenager my boyfriend at the time said he was going downstairs real quick to get a Snapple. He came back 10 days later. I tried to punch him and missed. We broke up.

Lucie Pohl7. What is a good wedding tale you can tell? I once went to a wedding in England and woke up in Wales.

8. I hate rats. I mean HATE, but I'm going to ask a question about them anyway. What is an interaction you've had with a dead rat? Big, fat spoiler but here it goes: I found a dead rat in my mailbox! Yes, this is a true story and I have the pics to prove it.

9. When did you get a wake-up call from Stephen Baldwin? I got a wake up call from Stephen Baldwin in Istanbul, Turkey when I was in a horror film with him about a cult which impregnates women with demon babies to make an army of super humans. Duh! What else?! (Another spoiler).

10. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? Right now I'm trying to not freak out on subway platforms every day about terrible MTA service. Yesterday I waited for 45 minutes at Union Square and at one point a nice man eating plantain chips told me to "Relax." Gotta work on that. Ommmm.

Lucie Pohl, Photo Credit: Laura RoseMore on Lucie:

Lucie Pohl is a German-born-NYC-raised comedian, actor, writer, solo performer and producer. Her storytelling comedy debut HI, HITLER was nominated for the 2015 New York Innovative Theater Award (Outstanding Solo Performance), received 5 and 4 star reviews and played to sold out houses at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, on London’s West End, 59E59 Theatres NY & Los Angeles.

Thursday
Nov172016

Call Redialed: David Perlman: A Dog Story at The Loft at The Davenport Theatre

Michael Perlman, Photo Credit: Danny Weiss Photo, Inc.What fun I had catching up with actor/photographer David Perlman. It's been almost two years since we've spoken, but what better time to re-connect then when David is taking center stage in a brand new musical, written just for him!

David stars in A Dog Story with a book by Eric H. Weinberger and music/lyrics Gayla D. Morgan. A Dog Story is a charming new musical comedy about "Roland," a career-driven lawyer, who thinks he must be married to get the partnership he desperately wants. To solve his dilemma, he gets a puppy as a chick magnet. But through first dates, angry tangos, and a sudden disappearance, "Roland" ends up discovering there's more to life when you "get a dog!"

A Dog Story plays a limited run at The Loft at The Davenport Theatre in NYC (354 West 45th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue). Click here for tickets!

For more on David visit http://www.david-perlman.com and http://www.davidperlmanphotography.com!

1. Hi David. It's so great to catch up with you as you just started performances of the new Off-Broadway musical A Dog Story. What attracted you to this show? Actually, this is a pretty awesome story. In early 2012, Eric Weinberger asked me to be in a benefit concert that he was putting together; we knew each other peripherally and were fans of each other’s work, and I was excited to be part of this concert.  After the benefit, he wrote me such a sweet message and a follow up email saying that he wanted to write a show for me! I was completely honored and flattered, and also there was part of me that was skeptical it would ever happen. But I didn’t know Eric then the way I do now! We ended up getting together and talking through ideas and of course had a bunch of follow up emails. I remember he emailed me Gayla Morgan’s website and said he was thinking of collaborating with her. Since we didn’t know each other, she asked me to send her clips of myself, which I happily did.

In July 2012, Eric sent me the first draft of A Dog Story! In 2013, I went to Key West to do a reading of the show, and in May 2014 I played "Roland" in the world premiere production at the Waterfront Playhouse in Key West. It’s pretty awesome to have been involved with this show from the very beginning. I almost cried when I read Eric’s bio for this Off-Broadway production, which includes "Many thanks…. to David Perlman, for whom I wrote the role of Roland." Eric is such an incredible man, and I am really so honored to be playing this role that I helped to inspire.

David Perlman in "A Dog Story", Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel2. What do you relate to most about your character "Roland," a career-driven lawyer? "Roland" is a workaholic, and I definitely relate to that! I am an actor and photographer, and I’m often over scheduled with work; thankfully I love what I do. It’s not giving anything away to say that "Roland" gets a dog in this show. Interestingly, I didn’t have a dog when I first did this show…and now I do. I don’t think it’s a coincidence!

3. In A Dog Story, your character thinks he must be married to make partner in his law firm. When has there been a time in your life when you felt you had to do something in order to make it to the next step? What comes to mind is joining Actors’ Equity Association. When I was offered my Equity card, I remember thinking that it was an exciting, and also scary, step. I had been working a lot in the non-Equity world, and I knew it might be more difficult to compete for Equity jobs. I remember thinking "If I can’t compete in the Equity world, then this career isn’t for me. If I really want to make it, I need to take my card and see what happens." So joining Equity was a big and scary thing I needed to do in order to see if this career was really where I belonged.

David Perlman and Stefanie Brown in "A Dog Story", Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel4. In order to get married, "Roland," gets a puppy to attract women. What do you think the puppy does for "Roland" that he couldn't do on his own to attract women? "Roland" pretty much gets so anxious around beautiful women that he can’t even talk. His friend "Guy" suggests getting a puppy to attract women, and really, it is the ice breaker that "Roland" needs. I do understand this to an extent; while I have no problem talking to people, I generally don’t go around talking to strangers. However, when I’m walking my dog Winnie, I find myself talking to all sorts of people on the street; dogs are great conversation starters!

5. As someone who is married himself, what is something you did, perhaps out of the ordinary, to attract your husband Trey Gerrald? Honestly, I didn’t do anything to attract Trey. For some reason, he had decided he wanted to date me before we even spoke. So attracting him was easy, but I will say that keeping him around is where I had to get to work! I will say that our greatest strength is communication; we are so open with each other it’s crazy. It’s wonderful to feel fully accepted and loved by someone for all the things, good and bad, that make me who I am.

Trey Gerrald and David Perlman6. Through first dates, angry tangos, and a sudden disappearance, "Roland" discovers there's more to life when you "get a dog!" What was your first date with your husband? What were your initial thoughts after it? Trey and I did a show together, Sunset Boulevard at the Ogunquit Playhouse, in the summer of 2010. So we didn’t really have a first date, we just kinda were living and working together. We started as friends. The romance began about halfway through the five-week contract, and we did have one date near the end of the run where I thought "There is absolutely no way this is going to work." We’ve since talked about that date, and he was thinking the exact same thing!! I’m so glad we both gave it another chance.

7. What is something that suddenly disappeared from your life? I remember when my grandmother passed away when I was still pretty young. I was very close with her, and it was the first time I remember experiencing death and how someone is just suddenly gone. Grandma Winnie was awesome, and luckily my mother gave me her blessing to name our dog Winnie in her memory.

Lindsie VanWinkle and David Perlman in "A Dog Story," Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel8. A Dog Story's by line is "Relationships are ruff." What has been the most challenging part of your relationship? How did you get through that ruff spot? The most challenging part was when I went on tour about three months into the relationship. Since we are both actors, we are often apart from each other for big stretches of time. Now, we can handle it pretty well, but distance is not great for a three-month-old relationship. That was a big turning point for us, because we were forced into the kind of honest communication that is necessary to sustain a relationship. Luckily, my tour got cancelled after about four months, or I don’t know if we would have made it through.

9. What do you love about originating a role as opposed to stepping into one/reviving one? The best thing about originating a role is to be working with the entire creative team on a show that is still evolving. It’s pretty cool to be in the room with the composer, who will say "Would this song be better for you in a different key?" That doesn’t typically happen when you step into a show that has already been published. It’s pretty amazing, also, to be part of the collaborative process. Since we are embodying our characters, it’s exciting to be able to question certain moments, which may lead to a rewrite that provides more clarity and therefore strengthens the piece. For better or worse, this show wouldn’t be this show if these particular actors had not been cast.

10. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? Time management!  Like I said, I tend to be overscheduled. I love to work, and I am also very social. I have been better lately about making sure to have some downtime, but time management is definitely an area that I would love to improve upon.

David Perlman, Photo Credit: Jeff BlumenkrantzMore on David:

David Perlman is thrilled to continue with A Dog Story, having originated the role of "Roland" at the Waterfront Playhouse in Key West. Broadway: Baby It's You! NY: Yank! (York Theatre), Anna Nicole the Opera (BAM), Madagascar Live! (Radio City Music Hall). Touring/Regional: "Motel" in Fiddler on the Roof (Goodspeed, PCLO, Arena Stage), "Woof" in Hair (European tour), "Calvin" in Calvin Berger (Barrington), "Sheldrake" in White Christmas (dir. Randy Skinner). TV: Mysteries of Laura, The Blacklist, 30 Rock, Law and Order.

Monday
Nov142016

Call Redialed: Michael Urie: Homos or Everyone in America presented by LABryinth Theater Company

Michael UrieWhat a thrill it is to catch up with Michael Urie, known to millions as "Marc St. James" on Ugly Betty and "Gavin Sinclair" on Modern Family. A genius comedic actor, Michael can make me laugh in a second. His dramatic roles always make my jaw drop. But what makes Michael the award winning actor he is, is when he combines his comedic chops with his dramatic side and that is just one reason I LOVED seeing him in Homos or Everyone in America, a new play by Jordan Seavey presented by LABryinth Theater Company. This show will make you laugh, cry, think, and be glad you spent a night at the theatre!

Starring Michael Urie and Robin De Jesús, Homos or Everyone in America is about two young men who traverse the ups and down of being gay in the 21st Century, where progress is always just around the corner – but so is hate. This timely, hilarious and heartbreaking play believes love is love, and that while we may sometimes lose a battle, we will never stop fighting the war for what is right.

Homos or Everyone in America plays at The Bank Street Theater (155 Bank Street) in New York City through December 11. Click here for tickets!

For more on Michael be sure to visit http://michaelurie.net and follow him on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

For more on LABryinth Theater visit http://labtheater.org and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

1. You are currently starring in LABryinth Theater Company's production of Homos, or Everyone in America, a bitingly tender new play about trying to live and love in New York. What made you want to be in this show? Jordan Seavey is a brave new voice in American theater - I’ve been working with him on this play for a few years and have been dying to put it on a stage. He tells a modern New York gay love story, and I’m so proud to be a part of it.

2. What has been the best part about working with Robin De Jesús? What are some common interests you have found out you share and what are some things, you were like, "Oh, that's so cool you like that. I want to learn more about that."? I knew I’d adore Robin and I was right. His spirit is infectious and his heart is enormous. I love working with him and look forward to seeing him at the theater every night. We have a lot of mutual friends and he’s got a huge musical theater brain, which I love.

Robin De Jesús and Michael Urie in "Homos or Everyone in America", Photo Credit: Monique Carboni3. What do you relate to most about your character? What is one characteristic of your character you wish you had and one you are glad you don’t have? My character and I both have a short fuse, we’re easily set off. I think I’m better about keeping a lid on it when necessary than my character, but alas sometimes I get ragey…"The Writer" is extremely intellectual, likely more than me… :)

4. Since Homos, or Everyone in America is about trying to live & love in New York, what has been the most rewarding part of living in New York and what are the challenging parts for you? From the moment I stepped foot in New York, I knew I needed to live here. The pulse, the energy, the character of New York are exactly my speed and I can’t really imagine being based anywhere else. It’s not easy though, in addition to the huge expense of living here, we all regularly have to endure what I call "FU NY days" where you get caught in a downpour, or stuck on a train, or step in garbage, or gag from a smell. But, it’s worth it.

Aaron Costa Ganis, Michael Urie, and Robin De Jesús in "Homos or Everyone in America", Photo Credit: Monique Carboni5. What has it been like trying to find love in New York? Do you find it more complicated today then say, 5 or 10 years ago? What do you think has made it more complicated? I was lucky enough to find love 8 years ago, so I can’t really speak to modern dating in NY, but I never remember it being all that hard to find other lonely hearts when I was one…. :)

6. What are some of your favorite places do go on a date in New York? What would you be or what was (if you are dating someone already) your ideal first date? I am a dinner and a movie guy. Always.

7. What are you thoughts on monogamy? Have you ever considered being in an open relationship? I’ve been in a monogamous relationship for 8 years, let’s leave it at that!

Stacey Sargeant and Michael Urie in "Homos or Everyone in America", Photo Credit: Monique Carboni8. Homos, or Everyone in America gives a glimpse into the life of an everyday couple who's unexpectedly confronted by a vicious crime. What event has happened to you that you never thought would happen to you, catching you off-guard? I’ve been lucky and never faced any violence, but have certainly had close calls or wondered if something could turn. It’s a scary prospect, I knock on wood whenever I think of it.

9. Homos, or Everyone in America is also described as a fearless, funny, heart-on-its-sleeve examination of the moments that can bring two people together – or pull them apart. While dating or in a relationship, what is something you've done that was fearless? What have done that was funny? How do you wear your heart on your sleeve? I find devotion pretty fearless - I would do anything for my other half, and that’s pretty fearless. Our dog is a constant source of comedy. My partner and I often ask each other if we like each other and almost always say yes.

10. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? I try to smile at anyone who makes eye contact with me. It’s not always easy and not always reciprocated, but when it is, it’s very satisfying.

Michael UrieMore on Michael:

For originating the role of "Alex More" in Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer & Cellar Off-Broadway, on tour, and in London, Michael received the Drama Desk Award, Clarence Derwent Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, LA Drama Critics Award, and nominations for the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Michael recently reprised Buyer & Cellar at Westport Country Playhouse where WNET recorded it and will air it on PBS as part of their Theatre CloseUp series in the fall of 2016. New York theater credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Broadway), Shows for Days (Lincoln Center Theater, Drama League nomination), The Cherry Orchard (Classic Stage Company), Angels in America (Signature Theatre), The Temperamentals (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Theatre World awards, Drama League nomination), The Revenger’s Tragedy (Red Bull Theater), Another Vermeer (HB Playwrights). Regionally, Michael has worked for Two River Theater, The Old Globe, Vineyard Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Folger Shakespeare, Barrington Stage, Hyde Park (Austin), and The Blank (L.A.) Film: He’s Way More Famous Than You (also directed), Thank You for Judging (co-director/exec. producer), Beverly Hills Chihuahua, WTC View, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, The Decoy Bride, Petunia, Such Good People, The Hyperglot (director), and Grantham & Rose (exec. producer). TV: "Gavin Sinclair" on Modern Family, Younger, Workaholics, The Good Wife, Hot in Cleveland, Partners and "Marc St. James" on Ugly Betty. Web series: What’s Your Emergency (director). Training: Juilliard.

Tuesday
Feb022016

Call Answered: Scott Turner Schofield: The Bold and the Beautiful, Daytime's first openly transgender actor

Scott Turner Schofield, Photo Credit: Olivia-HemaratanatornAs a gay man, I know what it's like to feel different. While I always knew I was a man, there are a lot of people out there who feel they were born the wrong gender. The first transgender person I met was in Boston. It was at the time I was getting ready to come out to my parents, so I called the Boston Gay and Lesbian Center to get some advice on coming out. I spoke with Sterling in November/December of 1997 and by the time I came out a few weeks later, I had called Sterling back to let him know I did it. Well, by then, Sterling had become a woman. It would still be about 6 months before I got to meet Sterling in person. It was at Boston's Youth Pride Parade that I heard Sterling's moving story and got to meet her myself. It was so nice to meet her.

More recently, it's Shakina Nayfack story, Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory, that has inspired me! I met Shakina around the time she was raising money for her gender re-assignment surgery and starting Musical Theatre Factory. A year later, Shakina is the woman she always knew she was meant to be.

Now, two years after meeting Shakina, I get the chance to interview Scott Turner Schofield, the first openly transgender actor on Daytime Television. He is appearing in the recurring role of "Nick" on CBS' The Bold and the BeautifulThe first daytime soap opera I really got into was ABC's All My Children because they were developing the storyline of "Erica Kane's" (Susan Lucci) daughter, "Bianca" (Eden Riegel), coming out as a lesbian in 2001. It was then I really learned how timely Soap Operas have always been.

It's a real honor to speak with Scott about paving a new path for transgender actors, starring on The Bold and the Beautiful, what he looks for in a date, how he improves his life by 1% everyday, as well as his coming out story.

For more on Scott be sure to visit http://www.scotttschofield.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

Scott Turner Schofield as "Nick" on "The Bold and the Beautiful"1. Hi Scott. It's so great to get the chance to interview you. Adam, it is such a pleasure to hear from you. I read your blog, so being on it is an honor, thank you!

You are making television history right now by being the first openly transgender actor on daytime television, and the first female-to-male person in a major recurring role on broadcast TV as "Nick" on CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful. Not only are you making television history with this role, you are also making your television debut. What was it like to have this job be so many firsts for you? Did you feel any added pressure to being successful in this role? It's a real breakthrough in every sense. I have been working internationally as a trans performing artist since 2002. I've won awards, I've sold out the National Theaters of two European countries with my one person shows, I've acted on a Main Stage at Avignon. This is a long time and a lot of work in the making. To finally break through and land in my dreams just feels like...finally! But no, I don't feel any extra pressure. I am well prepared, and being the first, you can kind of make of it what you want.

2. What's it like to be a trailblazer? What are some of the comments you've heard from fans? Have you suffered any backlash from being out? #RealTalk - being a trailblazer sucks! You work so hard to make small gains, and then people who have had it easier because of you can waltz in, and by that time, nobody knows your name anymore. I think every day of Candis Cayne and Alexandra Billings and Kate Bornstein. I am only here because of their patience and fortitude and willingness to put themselves on the map in theatre and TV. I thank them every day in my heart, and I hope some day I get to make my own show with an ensemble cast of everyone who's really earned it.

As for backlash, I don't read the comments, so no transmen get harmed in the making of a success story.

Scott Turner Schofield and Thorsten Kaye on "The Bold and the Beautiful"3. How are you most like "Nick" and how are you different from him? My friends say that watching me on The Bold & The Beautiful is as if I walked off the street into the studio! But the reality is, "Nick" is in that world - this world of drama and deceit. So if I'm like, "Nick," I'm who I would be if I were in that world. Which is very, very different from the world I actually inhabit! All to say, like "Nick" in heart, but not in action.

4. What was it like to go from theatrical acting to television acting? I just had to learn about camera angles. There are certain ways you move and turn that help the camera, which we don't do naturally or in theatre. Other than that, it's a set with a small audience (of PAs, wardrobe, script, etc) - so it's just like theatre!

Scott Turner Schofield and Karla Mosely on "The Bold and the Beautiful"5. Since you are on The Bold and the Beautiful, what moment in your life do you feel you were most bold and when have you felt the most beautiful? I love this question. Nobody ever asks it, either, which is hard to believe but true! I currently feel the most bold every day I work in Hollywood, trying to make a space for myself on TV and in film. Like, I know I have an excellent, deep résumé, but I have to convince people I am a real person - much less a real actor. It's never been harder anywhere than in Hollywood, and I am from the South, honey!

But on the flip side, every time I step on a red carpet and know that what people will see is an out, transgender man, live from whatever awards show - I think about what it would have been like for me to see that when I was a young person. And I feel beautiful in a way that is much bigger than me. This is what I'm here for. #TransIsBeautiful.

6. I was watching the video interview between you and your mom, which was beautiful. Let's go back to the beginning for a moment. When did you realize you were born the opposite gender of what you felt was true for you? How did you approach this with your family? What was their reaction? How has your relationship grown since transitioning and what do you hope still changes that hasn't yet? Can I first just love my mom so much for a second? She hates to do press, hates being in the public eye. But you wouldn't believe how she helps parents with trans kids, one cup of tea at a time. If I'm brave, she's why.

To your question: I have a very common story of knowing from the time I was conscious of myself that there was a disconnect in the way I felt versus how people saw me. (It's not that way for everyone). My family did the best they could, but unfortunately all the knowledge they had at the time was to say "You're not a boy, you're a pretty little girl." They made compromises - I could wear "boy clothes" if they were pink! Everyone was uncomfortable, but nobody knew how to address it.

Eventually I was able to say, look, this isn't a phase. By then I had learned that transgender people - women and men - have been in every culture, across all time, around the world. And when I took it to my family, they were as accepting as they could be without having any example for how to be. They just loved me, they did what I asked them to do - simple. It was weird, but we got through it by loving the person and not thinking about the label. And now, they've basically forgotten I was ever a girl. I am definitely "the black sheep," but I am loved. Admired, even. I really couldn't ask for more, and I so wish that every transperson could have the same. It's just loving the person - why is that so hard for people?

Scott Turner Schofield, Photo Credit: Olivia-Hemaratanatorn7. On "Call Me Adam," I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent everyday. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent everyday? I love this!!! I actually implement it frequently. Lately I've been working on meditation. Can I meditate for even one minute on days when I just want to skip it? If I do one minute, it usually leads to 10 or more. It's a great trick. 1% more meditation!

8. What is something about your story that you can tell us that you haven't told another interviewer? When I came out to my family - there are 17 of us, at the time ages 7-65 - and we were eating a big spaghetti dinner all together on this long table. My aunt knew, and I was scared to bring it up, so she goes: "Do you have something to tell us?" So I did, and I asked them to call me Turner, after my Great Grandfather. One of the 7 year olds pipes up and says, "Turner? Like Timmy Turner?" From that cartoon, you know? And it broke all the tension and showed everybody what not-a-big deal it is. I mean, if a kid's only question about transitioning from female to male is whether you named yourself after a cartoon....So now my name at home is Timmy. Not Scott or Turner or my old name either. Hey, I'll take it.

Scott Turner Schofield, Photo Credit: Olivia-Hemaratanatorn9. What do you like to do when you have Scott time? I like to take a bath or sunbathe, and read the New Yorker while I do. OK, and Details.

10. In dating, what would it take to win your heart? What would be your ideal first date and ideal 5th date? Wow, another awesome question nobody has ever asked. Thank you! 

My heart is simple: I just want to be loved. Adored, even, a little. Love my faults and mistakes as part of what makes me lovable. Don't try to fix me or make me into something you want. Love me, and you get me.

Ideal first date: something chill. We're just getting to know each other. Coffee. A walk. Game night with mutual friends.

Ideal 5th date: Is this a euphemism? I'm a slow burn, I want to really know a person before getting all mixed up in their cocktail. So it depends how much we've shared of ourselves, and how good it feels. Could be a movie, could be a weekend away. The more you give, the more you get, with me.

Thanks so much again for this opportunity! Best of luck with all your great work. ~ Scott

Scott Turner Schofield, Photo Credit: Olivia-HemaratanatornMore on Scott:

Scott Turner Schofield (SKO-feeld) is an award winning actor and diversity speaker. His purpose in life is to inspire Hollywood, your school, your job, and your family to embrace transgender people.

After 12+ years as an internationally-acclaimed theatre artist, Scott became the first openly transgender actor on daytime television, and the first female-to-male person in a major recurring role on broadcast TV as "Nick" on CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful. Poised to follow the trajectory of former soap stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Alec Baldwin, and Brad Pitt, Scott hopes to transition to the silver screen as film's first leading (trans)man.

One of his generation's trailblazers in the movement for transgender liberation, since 2002 Scott has used a successful mix of storytelling and advocacy to change policies at educational institutions, corporations, and spiritual centers. Using his gift for building bridges in traditional and conservative communities, he continues to take action in the movement toward full civil rights and social acceptance as a consultant, coach and spokesperson.