Thursday, July 9, 2009

(Interview) Royal Pain's Paulo Costanzo

Earlier this week, I did a conference call with another Royal Pain's star, Paulo Costanzo, who plays Evan Lawson (the brother) on the new HIT SHOW. That's right, it's a success, so keep it tonight's new episode on USA at 10/9c. It's called "No Man is an Island."

I'm going to include the entire call, with my questions/answers in bold, so you can fully enjoy this interview. Paulo was so incredibly nice and HILARIOUS. You'll be a fan for sure after reading this, so please please please take the time and read it over. And watch the show. It's a new favorite of mine. Oh! And be sure to pay attention to what Paulo says about his new online "behind-the-scenes" videos and an email where you can write him about what you want to see. It's near the end.

Moderator- Thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Royal Pains-Paul Costanzo conference call. At this time all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later we will conduct a question and answer session. Instructions will be given then. As a reminder, this call is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to our host, Moira Curran. Please go ahead.

P. Costanzo- I need to say something in response to that. I feel like this is some sort of single, blind silent auction for my soul.

M. Curran- Not yet. That part comes later.

Moderator- Ladies and gentlemen, that was Paulo Costanzo.

P. Costanzo Just for the record, you can keep saying Costanzo, if you want. I say, Costanzo, because I’m from Canada. We say, Paulo. I say, Paulo Costanzo. A lot of people say Costanzo, like my name varies from “Paulo Costanzo. Hey, it’s Paulo,” a lot of limo drivers draw things on their signs like “Palulo Gonstanza,” but I say it Costanzo just because I’m Canadian and that’s what we crazy bastards do.

LAUREN EDIT: He says it like "an" not "on" at the end of his name.

Moderator- Thank you for correcting me.

P. Costanzo-
You’re welcome.

M. Curran - Hey, everyone. This is Moira from New Media Strategies. I wanted to welcome you to the Q&A session and start things off by thanking Paulo Costanzo for being with us today. As you know, Paulo plays the role of Evan Lawson on USA Network’s hit original series Royal Pains, which airs Thursdays at 10:00/9:00 central. This Thursday’s episode is titled, “No Man is an Island.” In a moment we’ll begin the Q&A session. As a reminder, all participants are currently in a listen-only mode and will need to enter the moderated question queue in order to be on today’s call.

P. Costanzo- If you’d like to enter a bid for my sexual favors, do so by pressing 3.

M. Curran- Perfect. Just a reminder…

P. Costanzo- Bidding starts at $5.

M. Curran - ... this call is being recorded for transcription and you’ll receive a copy of the transcript from me within the next 48 hours. So I’ll turn the call back over to our moderator to begin today’s session. Keira, please go ahead.

Moderator- All right. Thank you. The first…

P. Costanzo - What if I want to ask a question?

Moderator- You just go right ahead.

P. Costanzo- I can’t believe this is actually happening. This is amazing.

Moderator- Okay. All right. The first question comes from the line of Jamie Steinberg with Starry Constellation. Please go ahead.

J. Steinberg -
Hi, Paulo. It’s a pleasure to speak with you. Thanks for your time.

P. Costanzo - Absolutely.

J. Steinberg - I tried pressing 3. It didn’t work.

P. Costanzo- Oh, it did! The bidding is now at $10. Anyone? Anyone?

J. Steinberg- Well, what was it about the show Royal Pains that made you originally want to be a part of it?

P. Costanzo- Well, you know, as an actor in L.A. between projects it’s very competitive right now. So you pretty much, if there’s a role that you like, usually there’s at least 80 other actors who are petitioning for the same role. So I was in audition mode and this is one of the things that came across my desk because I have a giant desk as an actor, full of thousands of scripts. It’s just a room that is a desk that I can also dance on top of if I want.

Across that desk came this script and I thought the character was kind of easy for me. It just kind of fit instantly. A lot of roles you read and you’re like okay, I know I have to start the character work and try to get to this place where I can play this guy. This one is just I already had it, kind of, inside me. So yes, I just went in with that in mind. That was a horrible answer to that question.

J. Steinberg- Well, you have great on-screen chemistry with Mark. Is it something that happened instantly between you guys or did you do something to develop such a great rapport?

P. Costanzo- Well when I went in for the first audition, I got the callback pretty much the same day. The callback was for a chemistry read, which means that they bring you in to read with other actors who have already been cast to see how you get along with them. So I went in for this chemistry read, and at that time I was reading for the best friend, not the brother. There was no brother in the script. It was just Hank’s best friend, Evan, with some other last name. So I went in and I walked in the door, and I looked at him and he looked at me and I said, “Wait a minute. You look exactly…” and he finished my sentence by saying, “Like me!” And we both went, “What the hell?” And in my head I was like, I lost this role. There’s no way I can play this man’s best friend. I look exactly like him, just younger.

So at that point I said, “It looks like…” At that point I threw caution to the wind. It was just, like, I honestly feel like our Jew-fros, like if they got too close in proximity, they would just magnetize together and be almost impossible to separate, like Velcro. And he went, “Yes, I agree.” And I said, “Let’s try it.” And we got close and we somehow strangely mimed this head mashing, which made the room laugh, which I thought was really funny. And I was like ah, and that’s how we began our relationship.

J. Steinberg- They showed off some of your amazing dancing skills on the show. Is it something that was choreographed or did you improv?

P. Costanzo- That was written as a very short thing. Evan dances around the kitchen preparing for the thing passionately. And I came to Don Scardino, who directs a lot of 30 Rocks. I believe he’s the producer of 30 Rock. And I said, “I’m going to go this week and get a choreographer, so I actually have a couple ballet moves I can throw in there.” And he goes, “Aw, don’t worry about it. No, I’ve got this great girl.” And God strike me down I can’t remember her name right now, but she choreographed everything for 30 Rock and everything for Saturday Night Live over the last ten years. So she’s like a pro. And she showed up, and we worked for about an hour, and between the three of us we came up with that strange dance, which still makes me feel slightly uncomfortable to watch, but people seem to like.

J. Steinberg- Thank you again so much for your time. It’s a pleasure to speak with you. I think bidding is a little higher than my price limit, but I’ll find out shortly.

P. Costanzo- It was up to 300, but when I answered that question horribly it went down to 2.

Moderator- The next question comes from the line of April MacIntyre with Monsters & Critics. Please go ahead.

A. MacIntyre - Hi, Monsters & Critics. Hey, Paulo.

P. Costanzo - Monsters & Critics, so you have critics as well as monsters living in your office?

A. MacIntyre- Yes. Hey, the guy that owns it … He’s a Tolkien freak. I didn’t name the site.

P. Costanzo- Amazing.

A. MacIntyre- I love your role as Evan and, when I was watching you in the first couple of episodes, your energy reminded me of Eric Roberts’ Paulie to Mickey Rourke’s Charlie in the Pope of Greenwich Village. … the Pope of Greenwich Village, yes, your performance reminded me of that energy that he had with that role.

P. Costanzo- That’s a hefty compliment, me Lassie. Thank you.

A. MacIntyre- I wanted to know how you fashioned Evan when you were reading the script. Obviously, in a two-dimensional script it doesn’t have your juice yet, and I was wondering how you kind of infused or what things influenced Evan for you?

P. Costanzo- I happen to have a couple of friends a lot like Evan. This is all kind of subliminal. I didn’t think about this, but I do, I have a couple of friends who are very entertaining, always the life of the party, and slightly over-the-top and go after a lot of superficial things and are wowed by that stuff. That probably had something to do with it. But there are certain scripts that are just written in a way where, for whatever reason, I read it, and instantly that inspiration hit me and it was just kind of electric, and I didn’t have to think about it. It just kind of went from there.

That’s what makes it really fun. This whole thing has been, as they say, man, I feel almost guilty saying it, but it comes very easily to me, this character. So this whole four months in New York has been like summer camp for me. I just have to look over my lines and it’s just kind of there and I just go, and I play and have fun. That’s the fun part about playing the role that’s more of the funny guy. I get to just go and just play around every day.

A. MacIntyre- Good for you. I love your work. Thank you so much.

P. Costanzo- Thank you.

Moderator- All right. The next question comes from the line of …

P. Costanzo- Just so you all know, the bidding just went up to $600 after that.

Moderator- The next question comes from the line of Troy Rogers with Please go ahead.

T. Rogers- Hey, Paulo. How are you doing?

P. Costanzo- I love Deadbolt.

T. Rogers- Nice. Oh, I was going to tell you, by the way, I haven’t tried the Speedo and the blazer on the beach yet, but I’m working on it.

P. Costanzo- You should, if you want to get stabbed and left for dead.

T. Rogers- All right, maybe I won’t. I thought Hanka Palooza sounded like a good idea to me. What other festivities does Evan have planned for later on down the road?

P. Costanzo- To be honest, it’s interesting to ask questions like that because I don’t even know. They give us the scripts so late for this show, sometimes within three days of shooting it. So, I don’t know, there’s definitely some festivities that occur in the next couple weeks, but none that are Evan-initiated, sadly.

T. Rogers- All right. I noticed his Italian was pretty bad. Can you speak any other languages?

P. Costanzo- Yes, I’m half Italian. So my grandfather speaks heavy Italian... and I couldn’t understand a word he said. And I realized he’s getting up there, I’d love to be able to understand three words he says in my life. So I went and started taking Italian classes about a year ago and I took it for about nine months, so I know enough to understand and make sex jokes, but that’s kind of it. For instance, “No, no, no. Mi piache, mi piache a verde seso con muto devere su tipo dimare mari con me mylalini, gondarone, mi amo…” I just said I like to have sex with many different kinds of animals like little piglets and baby shrimp. I love it. That’s what I said. Lo amo, I love it. That was a fun episode. They actually wrote that because I told them I can speak some Italian.

T. Rogers- Great. Okay. Can you talk about some of the guest stars we’ll see this season?

P. Costanzo- Andy McCarthy’s back next week in a much larger guest-starring role. And Rosalyn Sanchez showed up. She is utterly gorgeous and a really, really nice actress as well. And as I say, I have no idea who else.

M. Curran-James Rebhorn and David Alabaish will be guesting on the episode this Thursday night.

P. Costanzo- Oh yes, and Brooklyn Decker, the swimsuit model, will be on the show. She’s utterly the most lovely person and really hot.

T. Rogers- I just have one more quick question. Even though you’re not a medical person on the show, what’s the coolest thing you’ve learned around all the medical speak?

P. Costanzo- Oh, dude, that’s crazy. Well, I’m going to jump the tracks for a second here. This weekend I went to the Hamptons. This doesn’t have to do with the show, specifically, but I’m interested in medicine more. And I met a surgeon up in the Hamptons and he told me, I said, “What’s the craziest thing you’ve done?” just because he told me he loved the show. And he said, well, this one time there was a car accident and I stopped on the side of the highway and there was a guy in cardiac arrest. And he said with a pocketknife that he carries, a very sharp pocket knife, he cracked his chest, reached inside and massaged his heart, and he said he saved his life.

T. Rogers - With a pocket knife?

P. Costanzo- With a pocket knife in his hands. No sterilization. Nothing. He actually managed to save this man’s life. So, these things do happen in life. They really do, and being a doctor is an incredible thing in life. Having one around changes the dynamic of any accident that happens around you. Suddenly, a fatal accident becomes something that’s not fatal anymore.

T. Rogers - Yes, all right. Thanks a lot, Paulo.

P. Costanzo- My pleasure.

Moderator - The next question comes from the line of Melissa Lowery with Please go ahead.

P. Costanzo- What the hell is your show about? What’s NiceGirlsTV? Why am I on

M. Lowery- Well, that’s for us to know and you to find out.

P. Costanzo- Well what are you trying to say here because: A) I’m not that nice; and B) I thought I’d hidden the fact that I used to be a girl a long time ago?

M. Lowery- You know, we have a weekly Nice Boy and you were in the running until that whole Italian spiel you just did.

P. Costanzo- You mean I’m not anymore?

M. Lowery- You just blew your cover wide open.

P. Costanzo - Sorry.

M. Lowery -That’s okay. We were wondering since we just came through this holiday weekend, where does somebody who lives in the Hamptons go on vacation?

P. Costanzo- That I do not know. I’m a poor kid from Toronto. All I know is that this weekend I was dragged up to the Hamptons and I ended up on a 170 foot yacht in a very Royal Pains-like moment, you know with all these really rich people, who all of them really love the show. It’s really weird. In the Hamptons we’ve all become kind of mascots. Like, in New York, people have been stopping me and everything, but in the Hamptons people are just like, “Oh my God! It’s Evan. Hey, where’s Hank, buddy?” And so instantly I became this strange party favor, which was slightly uncomfortable, but they got me really drunk for free.

M. Lowery- Yes, it sucks to be you.

P. Costanzo - That was cool.

M. Lowery- Yes. A specific question about the show - do we find out why Evan’s not eager to return to New York any time soon?

P. Costanzo- I can’t say, though I would love to. Nothing would please me more.

M. Lowery- Even if the bidding went up to $3,000?

P. Costanzo- Oh, it’s already at $5,000, my lady, it’s already at $5,000. And I think most of the bidding, sadly, has been done by the guy, Deadbolt, though. That’s the sad part.

M. Lowery- So you can show him the whole bikini and suit jacket thing?

P. Costanzo- Well yes, that’s part of the deal is that if it gets above $10,000 that I wear that silly outfit.

M. Lowery- Gotcha, gotcha.

P. Costanzo- Now it’s at $7,000. Seven thousand.

M. Lowery- Wow! It’s gone up faster than we can keep up.

P. Costanzo- Correct.

M. Lowery- Yes. All right. Well thanks a lot, Paulo.

P. Costanzo-
My pleasure.

Moderator- The next question comes from the line of Sarah Fulghum with Please go ahead.

S. Fulghum- Hi. Hi, Paulo.

P. Costanzo-
Well, hi.

S. Fulghum- I was wondering, what are the major differences between acting on Royal Pains compared with your experiences on Joey?

P. Costanzo- Well it’s a sitcom versus a single camera drama – completely different mediums. A sitcom, you rehearse for four days of the week and then you shoot it all in one night in front of a studio audience. It’s like a play every week, whereas this show, you just shoot it over a seven or eight-day period with a single camera. I enjoy this format of show much more. I’m a feature guy. I like making movies. So the four camera thing I didn’t love it that much. I found myself slightly out of my element.

S. Fulghum - It’s good to know that you’re enjoying this one a lot better.

P. Costanzo - Well, that’s not what I said, lady, but it’s what I meant. I am enjoying this much, much, much more than Joey.

S. Fulghum- Good to know. How did you get into acting in the first place?

P. Costanzo - In high school, my first thing ever was I played Tony in West Side Story when I was about 17. I was a really shy kid and I just like forced myself to learn how to sing this one month because I loved West Side Story so much and I somehow managed to get the role. I had an afro and glasses, and the guy who cast me goes, “All right, the first thing to go is the afro and the next thing, I’m going to buy you contacts and we’re going to get you…” So he kind of molded me into what it had to – that’s still probably the hardest role I’ve every played in anything, the most taxing role. But yes, that’s where I started.

S. Fulghum- So how did you go from a play in school to where you are now?

P. Costanzo - Well, I got an agent for commercials and shows, and I think I booked my fourth audition. I was a guest star in this really hilarious TV show in Canada called Ready or Not, like where every episode is about a girl like getting her period for the first time. That was … Did you say hold on?

S. Fulghum- Oh I just said, “Oh no.”

P. Costanzo - Oh yes. Oh no. Correct. But then I got another series called Animorphs and I played an alien for a couple of years. And then I just went completely out of work for about eight months and I was honestly considering changing lines of work because none of the casting directors in Toronto liked me and they thought my style was too idiosyncratic. Like, “Why can’t this guy just say the exact lines on the script? Why is he always trying to make up his own lines and change the script?” And then I auditioned for Road Trip as a nationwide talent search and I guess they didn’t feel the same way because I definitely improvised a lot of my audition and they gave me the part.

S. Fulghum- Oh, cool. Well thank you for answering my questions.

P. Costanzo - You know what?

S. Fulghum - What?

P. Costanzo- It’s my pleasure.

S. Fulghum- Thank you.

Moderator - All right. The next question comes from the line of Kendra White with Sidereel. Please go ahead.

P. Costanzo - With who? Sidemill?

K. White- Sidereel, like a movie reel.

P. Costanzo- Nice. Sidereel. Gotcha.

K. White- So you mentioned before that originally your part was supposed to be the best friend. I’m just curious, are we going to see any of Hank or Evan’s friends from New York in the Hamptons?

P. Costanzo- I don’t know. I don’t know. Maybe. That’s not in the game plan right now, but maybe.

K. White - Cool. Also, just curious, if you can tell us anything about if Evan’s going to find anything else about Campbell’s mysterious creatures and other such strange things around the mansion?

P. Costanzo- Boris is a bolt of mystery. So yes, that will be slowly unfolding. And as I say, I have no idea what it’s going to be. I just know that that’s a large part of the show because we love Campbell Scott and the character is just -from the get-go, they’ve established him as the intrigue of the show.

K. White- Interesting. All right, great. Thank you.

Moderator- We do have a question from the line of Lauren Becker with Shooting Stars magazine. Please go ahead.

L. Becker- Hi. Thanks for talking to us.

P. Costanzo- My pleasure.

L. Becker- Okay. Well I know from the very beginning we have Hank’s full story about why he ended up in the Hamptons and he doesn’t care too much about going back, but Evan’s kind of a mystery. So do you know anything about his back story, or do you just kind of like try to make it up as you go along?

P. Costanzo - Well I do. I mean, yes, we’ve all talked about it but it’s one of those things where it’s a slow burn. We can’t give up too much, too fast and that’s part of what makes television is in keeping people watching to find that stuff out. So yes, I do know. I know. I know. I know. He was a prostitute. Sorry, I had to just let it out. No, he’s definitely got a somewhat shady background. That’s all I can say.

L. Becker - All right, very interesting. If I wasn’t going to watch it, I’m going to watch it now. But no, I love the show.

P. Costanzo- Thank you.

L. Becker- You’re welcome. When we talked to Mark, he was talking about how the show’s kind of like a guy’s dream with all the pretty girls and everything. And so I was just wondering if Evan was just going to go from girl to girl or if you would like to see him kind of have a longer relationship?

P. Costanzo- Well if you haven’t noticed, Evan hasn’t actually had sex once this entire season.

L. Becker- Very true.

P. Costanzo- Most people don’t notice it. He’s always chasing the girls but never gets one. In fact, I don’t know yet, but I have a sneaking suspicion that he will not have sex through the entire first season of the show. So I just want Evan to get some action of any kind.

L. Becker- Well, best of luck with that. And thanks for talking. It was great.

P. Costanzo You’re welcome.

Moderator We do have a question from the line of Jamie Steinberg with Starry Constellation. Please go ahead.

J. Steinberg Hello again. You have great comedic timing. Is it something that has always come natural to you, or have you had to work at it? Do you have funny parents?

P. Costanzo Comedy injections. It’s like Botox but it goes directly into my eyeballs.

J. Steinberg Oh, I thought your laugh lines.

P. Costanzo Exactly. Well I go home and I have an intravenous comedy bag that I soak in. I don’t know. That’s such a – yes, comedy pills.

J. Steinberg And the real answer?

P. Costanzo That is my real answer. They’re pills. I just actually gave you the secret and you’re just going to throw it back in my face?

J. Steinberg How dare I?

P. Costanzo Yes. Comedy scrubs.

J. Steinberg Okay, I’ll take it. Thanks.

P. Costanzo Comedy baths. Comedy Jacuzzi. Soaks.

J. Steinberg No, we saw what happened last time you went in the Jacuzzi. No one’s going to try again.

P. Costanzo Good one.

J. Steinberg Thanks.

Moderator We do have a question, another question from the line of Melissa Lowery with NiceGirlsTV. Please go ahead.

P. Costanzo Wait a minute, what’s the deal with nice girls? What happens on your site? It sounds like a porn site.

M. Lowery Well, you know, I’m sorry to disappoint you but it’s not.

P. Costanzo What is it?

M. Lowery It’s a bunch of nice girls that watch TV and our tag line is: We watch TV and then we talk about it behind your back.

P. Costanzo Oh, it’s like a book club but for TV. That’s interesting.

M. Lowery Yes. So we just cover the shows that we actually like, rather than trying to throw everything in there. You know?

P. Costanzo Nice.

M. Lowery And Royal Pains is one of them.

P. Costanzo That’s very cool.

M. Lowery We like that you’re a little bit snarky. That’s really what we look for in a show.

P. Costanzo That’s what you look for in a show? You like that? The snark appeal of this show is like a 2%. We can’t watch this. Stupid Grey’s Anatomy.

M. Lowery Yes, it doesn’t make the cut. Yes, we don’t …

P. Costanzo Now this Italian dude from Canada, now he’s snarky.

M. Lowery Exactly, with the Jew-fro and the – we do have a question. Are you on Twitter?

P. Costanzo No, I’m not. I honestly don’t really know what Twitter is to this day.

M. Lowery Really?

P. Costanzo I don’t.

M. Lowery It’s a perfect outlet for your comedy pills.

P. Costanzo Well, tell me about it.

M. Lowery Are you on Facebook, or familiar with Facebook?

P. Costanzo I’m familiar with it.

M. Lowery You know the status updates?

P. Costanzo You know what, I don’t. I’m on Facebook. I set up my account a long time ago. I’ve noticed that something changes. I don’t every check it anymore, but I notice when I went on like a month ago that there’s some strange – yes, it’s no longer the same as it used to be. Now I know what people are eating and stuff like that.

M. Lowery Exactly. That’s kind of what Twitter is. You can follow it on your phone and you can tell people what you’re up to, and you can have conversations. And we’re using it right now to enlist questions for you, but apparently everybody’s eating lunch.

P. Costanzo Interesting. What would I? Who? So you’re saying I could just be like, “Eating tuna steak, a little too dry. Nice and sunny out.” That would be a good Twitter?

M. Lowery You would have thousands of followers immediately, yes.

P. Costanzo What? I don’t understand, but why would anyone want this unless they’re some strange egomaniac?

M. Lowery Well, yes, you see that’s the…

P. Costanzo Yes, that’s the question.

M. Lowery Exactly. You know, Brent Spiner’s on it and he just harasses his fans.

P. Costanzo Did you say Brent Spiner?

M. Lowery Yes, which we love.

P. Costanzo I’ve worked with Brent. I’ve worked with him.

M. Lowery You have not. In what?

P. Costanzo Yes, I did, on Joey. That man… That man plays Data.

M. Lowery That’s right.

P. Costanzo Are you kidding me? You don’t understand. I loved that show growing up and when they cast him I was like over-the-moon.

M. Lowery Oh my gosh, dream come true.

P. Costanzo Yes. He’s an interesting and strange man.

M. Lowery Yes. He’s going through some weird ... thing on Twitter right now. I don’t get it – what he’s up to.

P. Costanzo I mean, I honestly feel bad for the guys on the Next Generation, only because that’s like something that’s like, it’s like a mark on their entire career for the rest of their life. You’ve got to do something big, to outlive ... Data, to outshine Data.

M. Lowery That’s right.

P. Costanzo But he’s cool. So wait a minute, you’re saying right now, I’d be like, “I’m being interviewed by Check it out.”

M. Lowery Exactly. You could.

P. Costanzo What if I was like, “I’m going to be at Macy’s on the corner of 24th and 7th in an hour. Meet me there and I’ll say hi.”

M. Lowery Prepare to be mobbed.

P. Costanzo Do you honestly think that could work? It seems like such a dangerous tool in the wrong hands.

M. Lowery It can be. It can be. Yes.

P. Costanzo And let’s make drug-dealing really easy though. It’s like, “I’ve got a half-quarter. Who wants it? Here’s my address.”

M. Lowery
“Meet me at Macy’s.” Yes. Yes.

P. Costanzo Nice.

M. Lowery We were just wondering because we Tweet with a few other people on Knots and the other shows. So we’re just checking to make sure we weren’t leaving you out of the fun.

P. Costanzo No. Do other actors Tweet? Like name another actor who’s actually like, you know…

M. Lowery Jeffrey Donovan.

P. Costanzo Jeffrey Donovan.

M. Lowery From Burn Notice.

P. Costanzo Oh, yes. Anyone else?

M. Lowery Kyra Sedgwick.

P. Costanzo No way. Kyra Sedgwick tweets?

M. Lowery She does.

P. Costanzo Like what does she say? She’s like, “I’m loving my coffee.”

M. Lowery Yes, sometimes. Or she’ll tweet from the set and say, you know, “We’ve just done this amazing scene and I can’t wait for you guys to see it,” which is just a big tease. It’s just mean.

P. Costanzo It’s so weird.

M. Lowery Yes, I know. There’s lots of them.

P. Costanzo Thanks for the education.

M. Lowery You’re welcome. If you do get on, let us know. We’re NiceGirlsTV there too because we’re super original.

P. Costanzo I love it. I will. I promise. I never will get on Twitter, I don’t think, but if something happens to me, and I’m like, “I need it,” then you’ll be the first ones I call.

M. Lowery I think you’re curious now. I bet you’re going to go look.

P. Costanzo No, I’m not. I’m not curious. All right, yes, thank you very much for showing up today. I appreciate it very much and I’m going to check out your Web site.

M. Lowery Cool. Thanks.

Moderator Okay. The next question comes from the line of Lauren Becker with Shooting Stars magazine. Please go ahead.

L. Becker Hello again.

P. Costanzo What up, Becker?

L. Becker Everyone calls me that. Actually I used to have teachers that would call me that, you know?

P. Costanzo Really?

L. Becker Yes.

P. Costanzo L.B. I like it. What’s going on?

L. Becker Not much. I was actually wondering, a lot of – USA is all about the characters and they like the promotions where they mix people together and act like they’re kind of at the same time all over the world. And so I was just wondering if you could have somebody from another show on Royal Pains from USA, if you…

P. Costanzo Oh, you’re saying the crossover?

L. Becker Yes. Who would you want to do that with?

P. Costanzo What I would love is a crossover between Royal Pains and Burn Notice, that we could be involved in some sort of gun play intrigue.

L. Becker That would be pretty cool. I think that should happen.

P. Costanzo I would really love that because we have no guns. We have nowhere near enough explosions and guns on the set.

L. Becker True. Yes, but they give you a two-hour thing. They’re back-to-back nowadays, so that would be good. I think you should tell somebody about this.

P. Costanzo Imagine if we showed up in the episode of Burn Notice, and in the episode directly afterwards he showed up in ours.

L. Becker That’d be good. I think this should happen.

P. Costanzo I think you’re absolutely right. I’ll tell Bonnie.

L. Becker Okay. And my other question is on the Web site, we’re all big readers. Everyone likes books and stuff and it always seem like actors and musicians and everyone’s writing their autobiographies. So I was wondering, if you wrote one yourself, what would it be called - your title, your awesome title?

P. Costanzo Let me think for a second. It would be called, Comedy Injections: Sex.

L. Becker Is this the ... kind of autobiography?

P. Costanzo No, it’s just Comedy Injections: Sex. Not colon sex, I mean the actual, like, the punctuation mark, colon. You crazies.

L. Becker I gotcha. Thank you very much.

P. Costanzo That would be funny, though. Comedy Injections colon.

L Becker See, now you like it, right?

P. Costanzo Oh no. I’m going to think about it.

L. Becker … your next big project. Keep it on the back burner.

P. Costanzo Right. Okay.

L. Becker Thanks.

Moderator Okay, we have a question from the line of Christine Nyholm with the Examiner. Please go ahead.

C. Nyholm Hi, Paulo. How are you?

P. Costanzo Well hi, Christine. How are you doing?

C. Nyholm Oh, good, good. Good to talk to you again. So I just have a question about how you got your start in acting. I’m sorry. I came on late so I apologize if you’ve already answered it.

P. Costanzo I did, but you’ll get the transcript later. So do you have another question?

C. Nyholm No, that was the only one.

P. Costanzo Really?

C. Nyholm Well how about what you would advise young actors starting out today?

P. Costanzo The only thing I would advise them to do is prepare for the amount of adversity that you’re going to come in contact with by choosing to be an actor because before you actually “made it” or get the skills, people are all not going to take you seriously, and many people will try to discourage you from it. Don’t take any of their advice. Do it, and do it and do it. Remember the compliments. Forget the insults. I know it sounds cliché, but you have to believe in yourself because there’s going to be moments that no one else does.

C. Nyholm Very good. Thank you.

M. Curran Guys, we’re going to let Paulo go back to his lunch break.

P. Costanzo Thank you. I’m going to say one more thing to everybody. I would love it if you could, on the USA Web site, they were going to have me do something similar to what Jeffrey Donovan does on Burn Notice and do kind of, an Evan’s tips thing which I didn’t want to do it. So I came back and I told them that I wanted to do something a little more cinema verite.

So they actually came back and said yes somehow. And they’re allowing me to do kind of my own behind-the-scenes – they just gave me a camera and I’m shooting behind-the-scenes and it’s going to become kind of a video log on the Web site. So I’d love you all to check it out because it’s going to be very kind of intimate and personal with just me and a camera.

As well, I’ve set up an e-mail account called and I would love people, if you’re reading this or if you’re seeing this, just to e-mail me with anything that you’d want to see behind-the-scenes. Just typically e-mail me and I’ll try to address it because I have another month here, and I have a lot of time and a lot of tape to shoot.

M. Curran Wow. Well be ready for the bevy of e-mails that you’re about to get.

P. Costanzo Correct.

M. Curran Awesome. Well thanks again, Paulo, for being with us today. For the participants, a transcript of today’s call will be distributed within 48 hours, which you’ll receive from me. So please look out for those and remember to tune in to Royal Pains, Thursdays at 10:00/9:00 central on USA. Thanks!

P. Costanzo Beautiful. Thank you all. Bidding ends at $11,000 to the man of Deadbolt. Sold. My soul.

L. Weiss Can I say one last thing? This is Lynn at USA.

P. Costanzo Yes.

L. Weiss Thursday night’s episode is actually up online on our digital press site at If anybody wants to check it out and tease your viewers, please do. Thank you.

P. Costanzo Cool. Ciao, ciao, everybody.


celi.a said...

You're right, he's hilarious. I've never watched the show, but I laughed out loud at a couple different points while reading the transcript, so I think I must check it out now.

Great questions!

Madison said...

Oh, this was a great interview. Lots of personality.

I never watched Royal Pains, but I think my older brother has mentioned thinking it quite good.

Lenore said...

I remember him from JOEY. Funny guy!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Celia: Thank you, and I'm glad you liked the interview. He was definitely funny and a great person to talk too. I recommend the show!! He's great, as well as the rest of the cast.

Madison: I agree 100%. I'm really glad you enjoyed reading it.
That's great...I hope you give it a shot too sometime. It's great.

Lenore: I never watched Joey, so I didn't realize, but yes, he is!!


I Heart Monster said...

Can I just say that this made me laugh out loud like seventeen times?!? Thanks for sharing this with us! You must have had so much fun with all of your questions. I love the Burn Notice/Royal Pains crossover suggestion he's right there aren't enough explosions, lol.

E. Van Lowe said...

I LOVE Burn Notice, and wasn't going to watch Royal Pains (too much TV already). But I really enjoyed the pilot, and now I'm kinda hooked. And I'm even more curious about Evan's past. Thanks for sharing.