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In the August 17th episode of Monk, Mr. Monk and the Buried Treasure, Sean Marquette will play Ridley a friend of Dr. Kroger's son, Troy.

Sean's been in the business most of his life and got his start on the daytime drama All My Children with a four year stint as Jamie Martin. He's also a successful voiceover artist and he recently wrapped shooting on the film American Son. He also appears in the soon to be released films Resurrection Mary and The Beautiful Ordinary.

I talked to Sean last week and he was happy to answer questions. He did so at length, but unfortunately um... a technical glitch wiped out the first half of the interview.

What I could remember, a few days after speaking with him, is below, but not verbatim until right about here. Sorry, Sean.

How did you get the role on Monk? What was the audition process like?

I went in to audition. It was at Paramount on Melrose. There were a few auditions. They liked me. They laughed.

Why do you think they chose you?

I tried to make it real, like I was really hitting on someone. Other auditioners may have over done it. Too over the top. I don’t know for sure. You never know.

If you knew that auditions would be pretty easy, right?

That’s right.

What’s the character’s name?


And he’s friend of Troy’s, right?

Right. Ridley and the other guy is Pez.

Great names.


How did you prepare to play him?

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Ridley hits on Natalie

There wasn’t a lot of preparation necessary. You’ve got the lines. You’ve got time. You’ve got a few days of filming. A week.

What did you think of the character? He’s a little younger than you, right?

Right I’m nineteen. He’s supposed to be 17.

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Ridley hits on Natalie again

Many of your scenes were with Traylor Howard, as the young man attracted to an older woman? Was that easy to play or difficult?

I just played him with a lot of confidence. You know he has to be confident hitting on an F.B.I. agent.

It wasn’t difficult: Traylor’s reactions made it easy to work off of.

Did you work with the entire cast?

I worked with Traylor, Cody [McMains], Jareb [Dauplaise] and Tony Shalhoub.

What was your impression of Tony Shalhoub?

What was my impression of Tony Shalhoub? Brilliant. He knows the character so well. And he’s also the executive producer. So he’s involved with the writers and director. He’s the perfect lead. He never makes a mistake.


I’m sure he’s not perfect, but I never saw any mistakes.

Who was the director of the episode? What was he like to work with?

Sam Weisman. [Pause]

What was his style? How was he to work with for an actor?

Monk has a certain style and he did that. There were things of his own he might have liked to do, but Monk has a certain look, a certain style that directors conform to.

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Director Sam Weisman

Where were your scenes shot?

Paramount Studios and several locations in the Valley.

Did you watch the show before you got the role?

I don’t watch any TV series regularly, but I’d seen the show. It has great writing and acting and, you know, a good reputation. Not like a silly sitcom.

The kind of show actors want to be on?

Oh yeah, people want to work with Tony. He has like what? Three Emmy awards? They’ve got a rep.

How is working on Monk different than working on a Soap or in commercials or doing voiceover? Which do you enjoy most and why?

With voiceover you have freedom, but if you get it wrong they’ll let you know, you know. The men and women behind the microphone will let you know if you’re doing it right or not, but other than that you’ve got complete personal freedom to do whatever kind of voices you want. You can make it wacky or kooky or serious as you want voiceovers. Commercials are, you know, that’s just like TV. You come in and do your lines. You do your job. If it’s funny, it’s funny. If it’s sad, it’s sad and then you go home, you know.

Right. What’s your favorite part of acting? What makes you want to do it?

What’s my favorite part of acting? You know, I really appreciate when people laugh. I really like making people laugh. I don’t know. It’s a good feeling. It’s a feeling I don’t get doing anything else. So if I do something funny and everybody on set is getting a good chuckle out of it and everybody at home is getting a good chuckle out of it that makes me pretty happy. I think my favorite part about acting is making people laugh. That’s my favorite part.

All right, what’s your least favorite part?

Least favorite part? I will say my least favorite part would be traveling. I’d say traveling. Sometimes it gets really lonely and I really start to miss home. It’s part of the job. I don’t complain about it, but if I had to pick a least favorite part it would be the traveling. Most people would think, oh wow, you get to travel. Everything’s taken care of and it’s great, you know. I don’t really necessarily appreciate the travel. It’s not like I’m going on vacation. You travel somewhere to work and you get like maybe a Saturday off and you’re alone and nobody wants to do anything alone. So traveling can get pretty hectic.

So you’re sort of a homebody?

I am definitely a homebody. That’s probably actually my problem. My friends love to go out and everybody always wants me to go out, but I very much enjoy home, you know. I am a homebody, I like staying inside and enjoying my little safeness and security here in my nest.

Can you give me a little information about your acting background?

My acting background is just, you know, I grew up with it. When I was about four or five years old I got started in print work. I don’t know exactly how it started. I just know that my mom was the one pushing for it and we lived in…. Where did we live at the time? We lived in New Jersey at the time I believe, and she would take us through the Lincoln tunnel over to New York.

She would take us to and from places and we’d do print work which evolved into a couple of commercials. Then I did All My Children when I was about five or six or something.

I did that for about four years, doing other miscellaneous things in between.

Then my older brother had been coming out to LA for pilot season and he was doing really well, so we just decided to make the move to L.A.. We moved out here to California when I was like 10 or 11 and I’ve been here ever since.

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I just kind of grew up with going to auditions and studying lines and acting and becoming a character. As I got older it got a little bit more serious. There was a time when I was about 16 where it went from being just something I was used to and just something I grew up with to something that was important to me, something that I really realized was a career and an art and something I wanted to do personally. Based on those coming of age years I really realized the gift that was given to me and the abilities that I had. You know, the fortune blessed upon me so that I could be in this business. Since then I’ve just been doing everything and anything I can. You know any kind of job that comes my way I do it.

What’s the one thing you’d most like to do that you haven’t done yet?

The one thing I’d like most to do that I haven’t done? I want to blow some stuff up, man. I think it would be awesome to blow some stuff up. You know, I think if was able to, not necessarily shoot a gun on camera, but maybe like push a red remote and watch something blow up. That would be pretty cool, although I did do that, but I wasn’t the one who technically blew the stuff up. That’s something I would like to do.


If I wasn’t even in the scene…. Maybe if one of the prop guys would just give me the button to blow the shit up you know. I want to blow some stuff up.

Okay. Good luck with that.

That would be something. I think it would be awesome. I don’t know if anybody would disagree with that.

What’s next up for you?

What’s next? You know I just came off doing a movie called American Son. Another movie called Resurrection Mary that I just did, just premiered. Another movie I did before that, which I did a long time ago, just premiered called The Beautiful Ordinary. I’ve been doing Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. It’s a show on Cartoon Network. I do that like every other Monday.

And Monk’s coming out, that’s pretty much it for now. I’m still auditioning, still working and hopefully we’ll have something even newer coming out. So far I got a list of things coming out, so I’m not too worried about it.

I think I’ve gone through all my questions. Anything you’d like to add?

The only thing I’d like to add is thank you so much for having me interview, I really appreciate it. It’s cool that I get to do this.

I think probably more and more often you’ll get to.

You know, when you’re a guest star you don’t get too much recognition. You know being on The Monk Fun Page is pretty cool.

(It’s the first time anybody has ever said that… and that is cool.)

Thank you very much for having me.

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Jareb Dauplaise

Jareb Dauplaise also guest stars in the August 17th episode of Monk, "Mr. Monk and the Buried Treasure" as Pez, Troy Kroger's other friend. Pez isn't the sharpest tool in the drawer. Jareb on the other hand is a very, very smart and loquacious young actor who is now making his mark in films.

When I spoke with him he was in New Orleans in the midst of filming Hunting and Fishing, a comedy also featuring Deidrich Bader (Chance Singer, "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man.") As soon as filming wraps, Jareb jets off to Spain and Greece to film the Nia Vardalos film My Life in Ruins.

He told me all about his Monk experience.

How did you get the role on Monk?

I booked the role on Monk by just getting a regular audition. Going into the lot and I just went in the back and auditioned for the casting director. They said the producer would come in later and I should, "Just hang tight." The producers and director came in later. I just gave a normal audition and turned in a kind of crazy looking headshot. Luckily, I did have common ground on the resume. I just did a film called Drillbit Taylor and the director of Monk had worked with the director of Drillbit Taylor. So it was actually a great audition.

What do you think they saw in you that made them choose you?

You know it’s kind of like sports, which might be hard to explain, but it’s kind of like sometimes you just feel it and sometimes it’s not as great as you would want it to be. When I went into the room for the call backs with the director it was amazing. The director was in a great mood and he had so much energy and he was just laughing the whole time I was in there. It just really fed me the energy I needed to bring the performance to the level that they were looking for. Actually a couple of times during the audition the director was laughing so hard that we had to stop and start again, because it threw me off at first.

That was a good sign though, right?

Actually it was a really good one. We were just standing there laughing and just really carrying on. It felt great. It was one of those auditions that when I left I was like, I really hope I get this, but if not I know that I clicked with them. You know what I mean?

So did you have to do anything to prepare to play the role once you got it?

Well, the role is pretty much an 18-year-old skater, which is something that I’m sort of familiar with. Unfortunately, he’s a little light-headed and doesn’t always get the jokes. For some reason I do very well at that character. I hope it’s not real life. I don’t think it’s real life, that it’s like that.
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For some reason I just always end up that whenever I get the big guy, the air-headed gentleman, I’m always able to bring that to the table, if that makes sense.

Well, isn’t it a saying that you have to be smart to play dumb?

I hope so, because in that case I’m really, really smart, because I play really, really dumb.

So did you have to learn to skateboard or is that something you already knew?

Well, originally they asked me if I could skate, which of course as an actor the answer’s always, “Yes.” No matter what you’re asked. So I kind of went in there saying I could. I had skated before, but between me and you [and all the fans who read this] it was a long time ago.

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Then in the neighborhood when I came home, when I found that I’d booked it, they called to say, “Do you feel comfortable skating?” I said, “Yeah,” because I was hoping that they meant as far as standing on a piece of wood and pushing my foot and rolling down the street. I can do that. I can not get in the air or do anything cool by any means… except for fall.
So luckily my next door neighbor had a skate board and I went to his house and said, “Hey, can I please borrow your skateboard. It would help me out a lot. I got the role on Monk and I really don’t want to get recast. I’d really like to be able to do it all myself as well."

He let me borrow it and as soon as I stood on it I realized that I could not skate. The second I put one foot on it the board shot forward and I had to chase it down the street. So right then and there I was like, oh, no, this is going to be a long day. Luckily I was able to get to set and then they said, “Hey we do not need you to skate. We are just going to have you stand here and hold the skateboard.” I said, “I can definitely do that.”

That was pretty easy then?

Yes, God was definitely on my side that day.

So you worked with Tony Shalhoub and Traylor Howard and Cody [McMains] and Sean [Marquette], right?

Yes. It was my first time working with an actor who has the depth of Tony Shalhoub. I mean you’re talking about a three time Emmy Award winner, two time SAG Actor Award winner. Standing opposite a guy that has credits like that, it’s amazing. Tony has a huge theater background which is something that I came from as well.

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I’m still trying to find that transition to where I can make that move from theater to TV and film, because I’m used to a lot of big movements and really not being so subtle about things.

A lot of time on set working with Tony Shalhoub was amazing. I mean the things that you learn in eight days just standing next to Tony Shalhoub is twice the education I got in two years of college, of acting school. I mean he was just really on top of everything. He told me about all his times at Oxnard and all his times in theater and working with the biggest playwrights of our lifetime and what it was like to be in all the shows and be in all the films. I actually asked him, I said, “Hey, Tony, do you know anyone who’s a legit acting coach? Is there anyone that you would recommend me to?” And he sent me to Jamie Donnelly who coaches him.


I got the phone call from her saying, “I don’t take everyone. I’m private. I’m very selective with who I take, but Tony Shalhoub raved about you.” Hearing that was jaw dropping. Tony Shalhoub, once again three time Emmy Award winning actor, two time SAG actor, you know, nominated again this year for best actor in a series, he said I was good? Yes! Thank God.

So it was definitely cool and I was able to take some acting lessons with Jamie Donnelly and I actually got to go over to Tony Shalhoub’s home a time or two and it was just an amazing experience.

Traylor [Howard] was amazing. Traylor’s cool. Traylor’s from Florida as well. We’re both from the same state, relatively close by. It’s nice working with a working actress who’s made it kind of from your hometown, your home state, and you’re able to be able to feed off of that a little bit. So that was definitely neat.

Cool. Where are you from in Florida?

I’m from a small town called Melbourne, Florida.

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Pez and Natalie

Melbourne? That’s near Orlando?

Yeah, it’s right on the Atlantic. So it’s right by the beach. We were really born pretty much right on the beach. Yeah, right there, small town. Traylor’s from Gainesville, I believe. She was telling me and I know her Dad’s a huge Gator’s fan and she’s not. So we talked a lot about football, Of course, she just had her baby which is awesome being able to see what it’s like for a mother, just kind of see what they go through see the things that they do on set.

What was it like working on Monk compared to other shows that you’ve done?

Working on Monk compared to other shows? Actually, it’s a huge difference for me, because working on Monk at that time was one of the biggest things I’ve booked to be honest with you. I did Entourage, but that was for just a very few days. That was a great experience. A much younger crowd and a lot of more.... not too much art with it, I guess you would say.

You know what, working on Monk was as professional as it gets. I would definitely say that. Tony Shalhoub is someone that you probably aspire to be as an actor, you know.

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You hope that you can have half the success as Tony and to work with someone who really knows what it’s like to be on both sides of the fence. And to be on a studio set and eight days that was a long time for me. It was great to be able to get to know the cast and the crew and to learn people’s names, and really become close with everybody. I felt really lucky with that.

So they’re a very friendly crew?

Oh wow, yeah, they’re very friendly. Sometimes you go on certain sets and you feel a little awkward about being there. You’re a little nervous to say things because, you’re afraid you might step on their toes, but they really let you bring up ideas and they’re not afraid to let you try them. Like if you have some action idea, “Can I try doing this as opposed to this?" or "Can we just try doing one thing like this?" You know, a couple ideas. They’re more than happy to hear you out and if they’re great or good, then they’ll go with it.

The only thing real different about it I would say is that I’ve never worked with the executive producer being the lead actor. So sometimes if there were some takes the director would have one view, Tony Shalhoub would have another view and me being brand new in the middle of it on the set. The director was like "Yeah, pick up the cup and drink it in this scene and say this" and he’d walk away. Tony Shalhoub would say, “Hey, just do it the same way you did.” You kind of don’t know what to do. You’re kind of looking around like ummm… oh, boy.

So who did you listen to?

I listened to Tony. I’d look at him and I’d think about it…. Have you seen the episode yet?

I have actually. I went on a set visit and I watched it with Tony. He laughed at you so much.

Good. So it's pretty good?

It’s an excellent episode.

Good. Good. And I hope you’re not saying that just because this is being recorded. I definitely hope.... You know I can’t wait for Friday. I’m afraid I’m going to miss it now.

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I’m out here in New Orleans. I actually booked my first lead role in a film for Fox. I can’t believe this has happened and I’m just as ecstatic as can be and just kind of out here doing this right now. And they're like, “Yeah Friday your episode’s airing.” Of course, I’m staying in a hotel so they don’t have TiVo. They don’t have any kind of recording deals.

But do they have the USA Network?

You know what, that I don’t even know, but I’m sure someone does…. I’m going to try to be really slick and drop the line at production tomorrow and hope that someone goes, “You know what, let’s get him a DVR and record his episode.”

I would say overall the whole Monk experience is absolutely amazing. They invited me to come back and hang out on set and say hi sometime, which was great. I got to go in for the voiceover work and Tony was there.

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Just to talk to someone on such a high playing level…. I mean, he really is truly the master and truly just the director and just…. He’s a teacher. He knows everything I think there is to know about acting. It was amazing just to ask him questions off set and talk about what was it like to work with David Mamet; what was it like to be in some of the first productions with the biggest playwrights; hear the cast of actors that he’s worked opposite of; to see the road he took; to see how he did Wings for so long and then he was able to come back and do tons of films in between and now he’s the main name on his own show and it’s doing so well. It’s amazing just to kind of hear what it’s like and the path. He’s raising a family as well.

I’m sure the job keeps him really busy and he makes a lot of sacrifices. A lot of people don’t see that. A lot of people not from L.A. see an actor and you see the big TV shows and you think, oh must be so nice to just be rich and do whatever you want, but you know when you meet them you see the kind of work that goes into it. When I was on set Tony Shalhoub never had one really free second. Every time he was there his assistant was giving him contracts or some kind of paperwork to sign. I think they were cutting together his award reel for the shows and so many people were asking him questions, because he’s the executive producer and he has a lot of responsibility on set as well.

So is that what you aspire to? The kind of success he has?

Wow, if I had Tony Shalhoub’s career ever in my life.... yes, please, please know that I will be the happiest man in the world. I remember I went to his house and you kind of walk in and (I’m not sure that I can say this so don’t post it if, I don’t know, if Tony says, "no") but you walk into his home and it’s beautiful and he has lots of culture in there and in the far corner on like a Dinner TV stand in the corner of the house is just three Emmys and two SAG Actor awards. I mean I hope one day to even be nominated for any category of any award let alone really bring them home and it’s neat to see just how nonchalant it is for Tony. I mean, I’m sure he’s appreciative. I mean your mom and dad and friends all tell you how great and funny you are and you know your teachers all support you, but there’s nothing better than having an entire acting community, who do what you do for a living, be able to step up and say, "You are good. You know what, Tony Shalhoub, you are great at what you do. That is the best character on television." That’s quite the accomplishment to get that. A pool of your peers get together and say, "Yes, you are the best," apparently for him time and time and time again. So if I could ever have that, I would definitely love that.

So do you think he’ll win the Emmy again this year?

Do I think he’ll win again this year? I can tell you I’ll be voting again for him this year. Everybody I know at SAG is going to be voting for him again this year or they’re going to have to answer straight to me.

I do wonder how all the actors make that decision, because I just wonder how somebody could not vote for Tony.

Right, right, right I agree. I think you know politics have a huge part in it. I’m not even sure who else is up, but I’m sure whoever else is up against him, I’m sure whoever’s on their show, their crew, their friends, their neighbors will vote for them. It’s very much who do you know. Who do you work with, but Tony’s worked with Sarah Silverman, Deidrich Bader... you know, he’s worked with giant actors out here who have a lot of pull and I’m sure if Sarah Silverman says vote for Tony Shalhoub a lot of people will just say, okay.

“Whatever you say, Sarah,” right?

“Whatever you say, Sarah. You’re so funny.”

I think you might have already answered my next question, but you might have something else to add. Did you learn anything new from working on Monk?

You always learn something new no matter how minimal the experience is. With Tony, my gosh, with Tony Shalhoub you just go in and really learn the respect and the responsibility that comes with it. I mean a lot of young talent in this industry, including myself.... You see Lindsay Lohan out there is acting so.... just stupid and just puting a bad name and a bad mark on everybody. You see Paris Hilton and you just see Britney Spears and all the people see that and think that’s what acting in Hollywood is like. You sit down with Tony Shalhoub and you understand that it’s not like that. Which would you rather be? Driving the big hot cars going to the biggest parties in Hollywood and making an, excuse me, ass of yourself? Or would you rather really be focusing on your craft, honing your talent. To win those awards, well, they don’t just hand those out to just anybody.

Again, if I never would have worked with Tony I never would have met Jamie Donnelly, the acting coach who is absolutely amazing who really helped me bring my best foot forward on the role I’m playing now on this Hunting and Fishing film. I’ve booked my next movie. I leave for Spain the end of this month. I’ll be in Spain and Greece for two months with Tom Hanks for My Life in Ruins. It’s like working with Tony really gives you that confidence of, hey, here I am opposite this huge, huge actor who’s won every award out there and if he’s telling me that I can do this and that I have something special then it must be true. Then if I can act opposite Tony Shalhoub, I can act opposite anyone else out there. You know there really are no more nerves. He’s really calmed the nerves that were inside of me as far as.... and then again acting opposite Tony you just think, oh gosh, he’ll know if I can’t do this. I was scared like what if I say, “hi” wrong? What if in this scene I say, “Oh, hey, Mr. Monk” and it’s not believable? He’ll know and he’ll yell cut and he’ll stop and talk to me. I don’t want that to happen.

That didn’t happen, did it?

No, no. But working with Tony it really just brings that whole just wow, I did it. You know after working with Tony Shalhoub anything I book now I don’t think I’ll have that big fear of "Am I good enough? Can I do this acting opposite an A-list star? Will this person be comfortable working with me? I hope I can bring my acting up to their level so I can keep the scenes running smooth and everything." You know, before Tony I wasn’t sure of that. After Tony, again, he really made me feel confident that I can do it.

Terrific. Had you seen the show before you got the role?

Oh yeah! Absolutely. I’ve watched Monk for a while now. I’m a big fan of the show and it’s exciting to book a show that you watch. You know it’s tough when you go out for the auditions for shows and you're like, "What’s that?" And they're like "It’s been on for eight seasons." And you’re like "Oh wow, really?" If you’ve never heard of it it’s kind of difficult.

My mom is a big fan of the show. My grandma’s a big fan of the show. All my family back in Florida watch and love Monk. You noticed The Suite Life of Zack and Cody: it’s hard to call your parents and say, "Hey watch me on Disney’s Suite Life of Zack and Cody." They’re all tuning in to watch a couple episodes of me acting with five year olds, playing with like kids. Kids love the show, but the parents aren’t too hooked into it. When I was able to call and say Monk that was something that people said, "Oh wow, yeah I love that show I watch it all the time. You’re going to be on one of those?" Yeah, I finally took the next step forward and got a great show and got a great part in it I hope.

So your family will all be gathered around on Friday watching?

Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. My mom is going to have a little get together at her house. My Grandma’s going to have something as well and I have a lot of friends set up to TiVo it. I’ve been trying to do as much PR as I can for it. I’ve been going on the internet and sending emails to everybody saying, "Watch monk on Friday. Watch Monk on Friday."

The movie I’m working on now is with Deidrich Bader, so it was cool to be able to talk to him and see what his take was you know on playing the naked guy on the nudist episode.

What did he tell you about that? Was he actually naked?

Um, you know, I didn’t ask that. He said a lot of it was just dance belt, like a thong if you will, but I think he did shoot some stuff from behind.

That’s what it looked like.

Yeah, so I’m pretty sure that he did a lot of that.

Is he fun to work with?

Oh yeah, Deidrich is great. I mean you watch so many movies and you don’t realize it, but you sit there at the end and you’re like, "Deidrich Bader. Deidrich Bader was in that" and "Deidrich Bader was in that." And you’re like, "Oh, wow, really?" You sit back and they're like the best movies of our era almost: Office Space and Napoleon Dynamite. You know he played great characters in all that stuff. Go back to Beverly Hillbillies where he played the perfect Jethro, dead on for that character. I can’t wait to see Balls of Fury when it comes out with him in it. It was awesome to have such.... being new in this industry I love working. I love being a part of it, but everything I’m able to book I really hope that I can learn something new and I really hope I can work with an actor that can take me to the next level. I can feel like, oh, okay, so this is how Tony Shalhoub does it and these are the things that he does and this is what Deidrich Bader does that I’m not doing right. You know I try to sit back and listen and watch and take as much as I can from it.

What other jobs did you have before you got into acting?

Everything from mowing lawns to washing dishes. I didn’t really grow up in the richest environment. Right before acting, I was in Orlando and I worked as security outside of a night club and I was leasing apartments during the day at an apartment complex. I took that job because I knew the apartment complex I worked at owned the most apartments in the world, so they had lots of locations in Los Angeles. I stayed with them and then one day I said, “Okay, I want to transfer" when I saw an opening in Woodland Hills. So I took a job in Woodland Hills and transferred and that way when I came to L.A. I had a job lined up. I used to wear a name tag and lease two bedroom/two bath apartments, three bedroom/two bath apartments and one bedroom/one bath apartments.

And they’re a lot more expensive in Los Angeles, aren’t they?

Oh, yes. I went from a two bedroom/two bath apartment in Orlando paying $600 a month on the first floor, facing the pool, screened in porch, all the appliances and everything to $2400 a month for the exact same apartment. So I was like okay and of course everyone is like, oh man you paid so much more and it’s true. Then in Florida the job I had I made eight dollars an hour and $35 dollars for every apartment I leased and in L.A. I made $14 dollars an hour, but when the rent jumps that high what’s a couple extra bucks an hour? State tax and gas everything’s just… it takes a lot to get used to it.

And of course I followed all the other actor steps. I was background. I went out and signed up with Extras casting, did a couple extra jobs, and had an Extras manager who would call me and go, "Jareb, I got a great deal for you. You can go and stand in on this football movie. You can be a football player." And I am like, "Oh, that’s great." You know, trying to convince actors that I’m an actor as well is always fun. But you know you got to start somewhere and at least being an extra just gave you the experience of what it’s like to be on set and hear a lot of the terminology that they use. Even if you’re not really working with Adam Sandler, he’s there, so it’s not so weird when you see a star later.

I did some stand in work for a little tiny bit. Actually, when I booked my role on Drillbit Taylor, the Owen Wilson/Judd Apatow film, I booked the role and got a phone call from Extras Management asking me to stand in for myself. So that was a fun phone call. They’re like, "Hey, are you free tomorrow because we got a guy that you could be a dead on match for. You know, six foot, 225, short brown hair, green eyes…. oh, my gosh. this is you.” And I’m like “yeah. “And he’s likes “Well I guess you don’t need it. Congratulations, man” and I haven’t heard from him since.

What do you enjoy must about acting?

The work, the experience, the long days on set. I mean I love doing it. I love being a part of it. I love painting a picture and bringing characters to life. I love to bring entertainment to people. I love just seeing a set that looks like a house that everyone’s worked so hard on bringing it together. I love working with actors who are way better than me, actors that I just learn so much from. As opposed to like just working some burger flipping job or washing dishes somewhere and you’re just there at a dead end job and every day’s the same. As an actor you have a new job every project, every show, every episode in Tony’s case. You know, one week you’re doing one episode and you’re working with one set of actors and directors and the next week is completely different almost.

It is just so neat how you get to work with a lot of the same people and how every one just knows each other. You know it’s just such a hard industry to become a part of and it’s just so great when you get in and you can get in that cipher of a working actor and get the next gig and the next job, working with one guy who’s worked with someone before it’s…. Ah, man I love the work. I love memorizing lines. I love being in costume and really becoming a part. I love working opposite these giant actors and people who I learn from, take from and just make me better. It’s amazing. You know the people you meet and being on set it’s truly a gift from god to be able to do anything like this

Anything you don’t like about acting?

I guess I hate not working. I hate the time in between when you’re hoping for a job. I guess if I had to choose what I hate about acting I hate that sometimes it’s not always the most talented person that gets it. I hate when it’s the producer’s daughter or the executive producer’s friend or like when people just get carried into something on film. It happens all the time. Sometimes, the waiting. I’m not a big fan of sitting around 11 hours and not being used or sitting around for 12 hours and then not getting to you. I come to set and I’m just so amped and ready to go. You know, get there, get in hair, get in make-up, get in wardrobe and I’m just so fired up for the day and then you end up sitting in a five by five trailer for 11 hours. That’ll put a cramp on you.

Isn’t it easier these days to keep yourself occupied with iPods and stuff like that?

Right, yeah. It’s definitely easy. One day on this film out here, I watched three movies. That’s almost how you keep track of time I don’t really look at a watch or keep track of actual time; it doesn’t matter, I’m on their watch. But after the third film you’re like wait a minute I just watched three movies I need to go for a walk or something ‘cause this is really not good.

So professionally is there one thing you’d like to do that you haven’t had the chance to do yet?

Professionally as far as acting I guess, as far as anything, one thing I’d love to do that I haven’t got a chance to do, I really want to play that action hero so bad. It’s just never going to happen for me. I’m compared to Jack Black and Chris Farley like every single day and that’s fine. I play all the comedic roles and that’s great, but sometimes I sit there and I look at Will Smith and I’m like, man! All those roles he plays like Bad Boys and Enemy of the State. Just all those films when he gets to have a gun and he can still make the fun little jokes here and there, but he gets to play the big action, jumping over things, the fighting and gets the girl and has the epic songs swelling behind him while things blow up and he gets to do the slow motion shot in the camera. I would love to do that some day.

Never, say never. It could happen.

Aww, yeah I know. I would love to play a character like that sometime. So if you know anybody you can reach me at 818….

And the film you’re working on now is that a big budget sort of thing or an independent film?

It’s a big budget studio pic. Fox is involved on it and it is amazing and it’s great. It’s a huge comedy by the guys who brought you Epic Movie and Date Movie and the Scary Movies kind of like those spoof genre type films. It’s their newest installment.

What’s you role in it?

I play… oh, gosh, how can I say this without saying it? I actually have a huge role and it’s my first big, big movie part. I’m number two on the call sheet which is quite the jump up from one day roles on films. I play a warrior and there’s a huge battle sequence and I’m the only one that lives and I’m the narrator of the film. So we’re very excited about that. When this wraps I’m off to Spain and Greece to work with Nia Vardalos on her new film My Life in Ruins That’s going to be like a romantic comedy. So I’m excited about that as well and I’ll be back to California finally, after leaving July 25th, November 1st.

So have you been to Europe before?

I’ve never been out of the country, no.

So very exciting for you then?

Oh, absolutely amazing. Again, not a bad year. Acting opposite Tony Shalhoub.... Tom Hanks should be there [for My Life in Ruins] as he’s the executive producer on the film. To be in the same room with these guys which is something that as one of the writers on Monk, he was asking me, "How do you like it? What’s it like?" I was like "I want to be here so bad and I wonder how good I am." Sometimes because there’s no real rating, you just never get the self justification I think you need as an actor. I was just kind of talking to him, you know, "I wonder how good I am? I wonder if one day I’ll have a career like Tony’s?" He goes, "Well, you know what, you’re in the same project with him now. You’re in the same scene’s with him now. You’re sitting in the same room. Now to be in the same room, it’s not a bad place to be." I’m like, "You know what, that’s right."

I did have one other question. Where did you get the name Jareb?

Jareb was my mother’s choice. It comes from the old testament in the bible, so it’s Hebrew and my mom is from West Virginia, so there’s no real connection there. She just liked the sound of Jared and people were you know really expressive about that and my mom said you know I just want to mix it up and she made it a B as opposed to a D. My dad’s side of the family was Catholic. Mom went into labor with me on March 17th so they were trying to get me named after St. Patrick or St. Michael or St. Peter, you know, all of the saints. My mom says that she was in labor with me for 36 hours and she says that she held me in so I would not be born on the 17th so she could name me something else.

And your last name I’m guessing is a French surname.

Yes, the last name is French, Dauplaise. I know it’s a weird combination Jareb Dauplaise and a couple people have asked me if I have any interest in changing the name or going with a screen name, but it looks pretty cool on paper and it has a good ring to it, so I think I’m going to stick with it. What do you think?

I think you should. It stands out.

Well, in that case, we will do it like that.

Jareb Dauplaise 2
Jareb Dauplaise in Epic Movie (2007)


Kirk Diedrich

No doubt you've heard the old adage "there are no small parts, only small actors." Kirk Deidrich is not a small actor even if his character, Tony Gammalobo, is already dead before the action begins in "Mr. Monk and the Buried Treasure." He's the bank robber with the poor eating habits.

Although he has been an artist, a dentist, a mortician and gravedigger, Kirk is currently a featured player at the ACME Comedy theater in Los Angeles. If you want to know more about Kirk you can visit his website and read his detailed, amusing and admittedly self-aggrandizing biography.

Monk Fun Page correspondent Agnieszka Wojczyk asked Kirk a few really good questions.

1) How did you get your role in Monk and who do you play?

I was submitted by my agent, who is friends with one of the producers on the show. They cast me off my picture and the fact that I had actually worked with the director, Sam Weisman, a number of years earlier in a college workshop.

The character I play is a criminal by the name of Tony Gammalobo, a bank robber who is found dead at the beginning of the episode and whose death leads Monk to solving a bank robbery.

2) How would you describe the character you play in the Monk episode?

Tony Gammalobo is an ex-convict and bank robber who kills a security guard during a robbery. He's not a nice guy.

3) Did you meet personally someone from the main cast like Tony Shalhoub or Traylor Howard?

I worked with Ted Levine (Captain Stottlemeyer) and Jason Gray-Stanford (Lt. Disher.) And, by "worked" I mean pretended to be dead while they did a scene around me. They were both nice guys and were great to work with. I was excited to work with Mr. Levine being a big fan of his movie work. Most of my work was with the guest star and during the bank robbery that Monk is trying to solve.

4) How would you the describe ambience accompanying the whole episode? Is it more dramatic or more comedic or both?

Tony Gammalobo a.k.a. the dead guy
Like most episodes of Monk, this episode is both dramatic and comedic. My part is pretty dramatic; being found dead, a bank robbery, shooting someone, but some of the stuff surrounding it is pretty funny, too. The fact that there is a treasure hunt that leads to Monk facing one of his biggest fears is hysterical.

Kirk Diedrich

To see a short comedy piece by Kirk, check this out.


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