This interview was done for my Quantum Leap Podcast and has a spoiler level of “Mirror Image”.
SCOTT BAKULA has been recognized for his work in a variety of mediums, from feature films to television to musical theatre and more.
Bakula is now starring as the lead agent for “NCIS: New Orleans.” As ‘NCIS Special Agent Pride,’ Bakula’s character is described as “the embodiment of New Orleans, a unique federal agent working in one of the country’s most unique cities. He’s driven by the need to do what’s right, and he does it all with warmth, passion, strength and humor.’
The “NCIS” spin-off is executive produced by Gary Glasberg and Mark Harmon. CCH Pounder, Lucas Black, and Zoe McLellan have also joined the New Orleans team.
Bakula was recently nominated for an Emmy for his supporting role in the award-winning HBO Films Liberace biopic BEHIND THE CANDELABRA. Bakula reteamed with his THE INFORMANT! co-star Matt Damon and director Steven Soderbergh in the film that features Michael Douglas starring as the famed performer, and Damon as ‘Scott Thorson,’ his young live-in lover. His fifth nomination (the previous four were for his work in “Quantum Leap”) was for Bakula’s portrayal of ‘Bob Black,’ the choreographer who introduced Liberace to Thorson. The film also enjoyed many nominations and several wins at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards.
Currently, Bakula is starring in the new HBO dramedy “Looking” from creator/writer/executive producer Michael Lannan. In the series about three 30-something friends living in San Francisco grappling with the modern gay experience, Bakula recurs as ‘Lynn,’ an attractive entrepreneur and pillar of the Castro community who befriends one of the series leads. HuffPost TV praised Bakula’s performance, saying:
“As he did in ‘Behind the Candelabra,’ SCOTT BAKULA steals every scene he’s in. He plays an older gay man who wryly observes the dating and mating habits of the younger generation, and he brought such warmth and depth to the character that one of my main takeaways from ‘Looking’ is that BAKULA, who was similarly great in ‘Men of a Certain Age,’ should be cast in just about everything. In any event, Bakula’s presence and air of experience add weight and depth to the show!”
Bakula has several projects in the can. He traveled to India to shoot the musical feature BASMATI BLUES with Brie Larson, Tyne Daly, and Donald Sutherland. He recently wrapped the feature ME HIM HER, the directorial debut from CHRONICLE screenwriter Max Landis. Bakula will play the middle-class Republican father of the film’s lead character, a young Hollywood star (Luke Bracey) who comes out as gay in the comedy film about friendship and sexual identity. The movie will also stars Dustin Milligan, Jake McDormand, Emily Meade, and Geena Davis as Bakula’s wife.
Bakula also shot the indie feature ELSA AND FRED starring opposite Christopher Plummer and playing Shirley MacLaine’s son ‘Gabriel,’ a character described as “Elsa’s conservative banker son, a bit stuffy and judgmental, who often argues with her about her spending habits.” The indie feature SNAP, in which Bakula c0-starred opposite Nikki Reed, Thomas Dekker, and Jason Priestley, premiered at the latest South-by-Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
Bakula was last seen starring in the critically acclaimed TNT series “Men of a Certain Age,” with Ray Romano and Andre Braugher. The series focused on three best friends since college who are were each experiencing their own form of mid-life crises as they approach 50. Bakula received much buzz from critics and fans alike for his performance as ‘Terry,’ a womanizing bachelor who becomes increasingly jaded as a fading actor, and is forced to consider beginning a “real career.”
In between his many film projects Bakula was also seen guesting on “Law & Order: SVU” and recurred on the final episodes of “Desperate Housewives” as a love interest to Marcia Cross’ character, through its finale.
In 2011, Bakula made his UK stage debut in the world premiere of “Terrible Advice,” a new play from Saul Rubinek (“Warehouse 13”), at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. Directed by Frank Oz, “Terrible Advice” tells the story of Bakula’s ‘Jake,’ who shares some secrets and imparts some advice to best friend ‘Stanley’ on the verge of marrying the woman he loves.
Bakula made a well-received return to the big screen in 2009 as ‘Agent Brian Shepard’ opposite Matt Damon in the Warner Bros film THE INFORMANT!, based on the true story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in US history. Helmed by Steven Soderbergh, the dark comedy film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, with Entertainment Weekly praising his appealing performance, relating “the square-jawed, Missouri-born Bakula helps ground a story that grows increasingly absurd!”
Bakula previously served a four-year mission as Captain Jonathan Archer in “Star Trek: Enterprise,” for which he received a People’s Choice Award nomination for Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series. His other recent credits include a multi-season recurring role on NBC’s action comedy “Chuck” (playing Zach Levi’s estranged father), and a recurring role in the sitcom “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” He has also appeared on Tracey Ullman’s “State of the Union,” “Boston Legal,” and the Nora Roberts MoW “Blue Smoke.”
Television fans know and love Bakula for his five-year stint on the innovative series “Quantum Leap.” For his multi-faceted portrayal of time traveler Sam Beckett, he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series, in addition to earning four Emmy Award nominations, three more Golden Globe Award nominations, and four Best Actor Awards from the Viewers for Quality Television. Bakula also directed three episodes of the series. “Quantum Leap” still remains one of the most popular series in syndication around the world. There is also a “Quantum Leap” soundtrack album, which features songs performed by Bakula in several episodes of the show.
Bakula also starred in and executive produced the Showtime movie “What Girls Learn,” the CBS telefilm “Papa’s Angels” and the CBS movie “The Bachelor’s Baby.” Among his other longform television credits are the Showtime projects “A Girl Thing” and “Mean Streak”; the Lifetime movie “Blue Smoke,” based on Nora Roberts’ bestseller; the television adaptation of Tom Clancy’s “NetForce”; and the miniseries “The Invaders,” to name only a few. He also recently guest starred on “Boston Legal” and has had recurring or regular roles on such series as “Designing Women” and “Murphy Brown” among others.
On the big screen, Bakula has been seen in a broad range of feature films, including Irwin Winkler’s “Life as a House”; the indie film “Role of a Lifetime”; 1999’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture “American Beauty,” for director Sam Mendes; “Major League: Back to the Minors”; Clive Barker’s supernatural thriller “Lord of Illusions”; “Mi Familia (My Family)”; “A Passion to Kill”; “Color of Night,” with Bruce Willis; the football comedy “Necessary Roughness”; and Carl Reiner’s “Sibling Rivalry,” which marked Bakula’s feature film debut. He was also heard as the voice of Danny the cat in the animated musical “Cats Don’t Dance.”
Born in St. Louis, Bakula moved to New York in 1976 where he began his career on the stage. He made his Broadway debut in 1983, starring as Joe DiMaggio in “Marilyn: An American Fable.” In 1988, he was honored with a Tony nomination for his starring role in the Broadway musical “Romance/Romance.”
Throughout his career, Bakula has continued to return to the stage, recently appearing at the famed Hollywood Bowl, starring as ‘Nathan Detroit’ in a limited run of the musical “Guys and Dolls” featuring Jessica Biel and a handful of Broadway heavyweights. Over the past few years, he has also starred in “Dancing in the Dark” at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater, and Jane Anderson’s “Quality of Life” at the Geffen Playhouse. His other recent theater credits include “No Strings” at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse, and a production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Shenandoah” at the historic Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC. Further stage credits include the critically acclaimed off-Broadway and Los Angeles productions of “Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down” and the Los Angeles and Boston productions of “Nite Club Confidential.” Bakula’s singing talents have also been showcased in performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center Honors, and at the Hollywood Bowl.
Bakula joined the SAG Awards Committee in 2009. He was elected to Screen Actors Guild’s Board of Directors in 2008 and serves as an alternate to SAG’s National Executive Committee.
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4:30 AM Heather wakes me up. I’m convinced that her favorite hobby is waking people up. She has the early gene, I however have the let me sleep until tomorrow gene. She was really nice about it though. She made me yummy oatmeal and I’m drinking a Silver Ice Pure Zero Rockstar. Now to find needle tips for my Lantus Basal Insulin pen. 😎 let the 🎉 begin.
Bruce and Albie are back for an all new season!
Before I tell you about my experience, let me tell you that I love the WWE Network. The idea, the quality and content. Like many wrestli… uh, sports entertainment fans out there, I’ve grown up watching WWE my whole life. It was always on my fathers TV. As a child, I loved the superhero aspect of it, as a teenager, I loved the athleticism and had a dream of one day being a WWE superstar, and as an adult, I’m more into the story line. It is an amazing variety show, and a soap opera that I wasn’t alive for the beginning of and most likely won’t see the end of. Though not a WWE superstar, I have become an independent professional wrestling referee (really cool BTW).
So when I heard of the WWE Network, I jumped to subscribe, all be it a few weeks late because I was on vacation, no problem, I was able to catch up, because it’s an on demand service.
I have had the WWE Network for, well exactly a year. You see when the WWE Network started, there was a six-month commitment. I was fine with that as as previously stated, I’m a lifelong fan. When my first six months were up, I was sent an email asking me if I wanted to renew for another six months, I clicked every yes and accept the email links provided as fast as I could because I didn’t want to ever be without it.
Which brings me to my current dilemma… I received an email from the WWE Network saying it was time to “Renew Now”. As before, I immediately clicked the link in the email that took me to the website where I was already logged in and was given two choices, 1) Cancel My Subscription – I didn’t pick that one, and 2) Renew My Subscription – That’s the one I chose. Yup, sure, you betcha.
The problem was, when I clicked renew it brought me back to the exact same page where I had to decide all over again… I chose Renew My Subscription. I did this again and again until I remembered what is said to be the definition of insanity.
OK, no big deal, some kind of website glitch. I’ll call customer support in the morning. I tried at 8:35 am, a recorded message let me know they weren’t opened until 9 am. I called back at 9 am on the dot. I got right through without too much menu or waiting. I explained my situation to the nice gentleman and explained to him that I didn’t want my subscription to expire. I went so far as to say “I don’t want my subscription to expire, ever, ever. Ever.” He informed me since I was signed up (like a lot of the early subscribers) to a six-month commitment plan, and that that plan no longer exists, and further more that I had to renew online, and there was nothing that they could do. I re-informed him about my problem with the site and how it just loops back to the beginning, and I wouldn’t have called if the website worked, AND I’m just asking for them to “Please take my money”. He then asked me to hold while he talked to his supervisor and see if he could resolve this situation. After being on hold for a few minutes, we got disconnected. I honestly believe it was my iPhone 6+ that dropped the call for some reason, and I’m not faulting the network or insinuating in any way that they hung up on me.
After about 15 minutes I called them back, I waited a little longer this time, no big deal. Luckily I was reconnected to the exact same person that was helping me previously, so it saved me a lot of explaining. I was put on hold, again, while he talked to his supervisor, again. This time he informed me that one other person had called with the same issue that day, and that he didn’t have a solution and he would make it a priority for himself to get this resolved. I thought to myself, “Wow, now we’re getting somewhere.” I asked if there was a way to make a note on my account that I wanted to keep the network, and please don’t cancel me. He said he would.
Later, and also a few days later I received two voice mails…
All this because I didn’t cancel WWE Network, and I asked them never to cancel me. Ever. How difficult is it to understand, “Please Don’t Cancel Me.”
For the first time I left a not so favorable review of my experience, Saying while the people were very nice to me, they were however not able to resolve my problem. Again, I just want them to not cancel me, and take my money, and if possible put me on auto renew so I wouldn’t have to deal with this craziness anymore.
I then received this email…
………… and my subscription has ended through no fault of my own and even calling to ask them to never… and I mean EVER, cancel me again.
That is $9.99 a month ($119.88 a year, maybe $2,400 in my lifetime) they would have gotten for the next however many years I was still able to hold a Roku remote. I’m sure some of you are thinking, why don’t I just call and get a new subscription? I did that originally, AND I did that before my subscription was to run out, AND I asked them not to cancel me, AND I told them I would like to keep the WWE network forever. I didn’t want a new subscription, I wanted to keep the one I had.
Then, this came in today…”Thank you for your interest in the WWE Network. I appreciate the time you have taken to contact us. Your subscription has already been cancelled and there’s no option to update billing information. We suggest you to re-purchase the network by following these steps:…”
WWE network created a problem where there shouldn’t have been one. They have my credit card information, I was happy with the WWE Network, they could have kept taking my $9.99 and I would have remained very happy. In fact, WWE network, if you are reading this, please renew my subscription.
Tonight, I go to bed melancholy, not falling asleep watching Prime Time Wrestling with Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby The Brain Heenan, with the damn $9.99 song stuck in my head, but not with an up-tempo fun beat, but as a sad, sad ballad.
What The Breakfast Club meant and still means, to not only me, but a whole generation of Gen-Xers, is not just a movie, or a fun romp (I say that) movie starring the main members of the Brat Pack. It was the first, and perhaps the best, movie that spoke directly to us. Whether you were an athlete, brain, princess, criminal, a basket case, or like me, some combination of them. For most of us, there was a character in this film that was us, or enough like us to be our window into this experience. We didn’t know or care that Shermer, Illinois doesn’t really exist, or while we were watching and sucked into this film, we were in detention.
What this movie was really about was acceptance, something there was very little of at the time. Everyone had to fit into a certain group, or they would not be accepted by anyone and be a social outcast. This film, amazingly written by John Hughes, showed us that even the people who had managed to fit into a group, still felt like the rest of us who hadn’t, and also struggled with the same problems that we did.
The Breakfast Club taught Generation-X about understanding and tolerance. If it were made today, or a rebooted as is the trend in Hollywood at the moment, there would be a larger or at least a different mix of people. There would be someone to represent the LGBTQI community, the African American and Asian as well. How would this differ from The Breakfast we know and love? Look no further than today’s hit television show Glee.
Glee has picked up the baton and ran with it. It is a High School drama musical that has expanded the five types to an infinite amount of types. Like the transgendered Unique, the gay and lesbian characters like Kurt and Blaine (Klaine) or Brittany S. Pierce and Santana. There is even Coach Beist, going through a female to male gender reassignment.
My personal experience with The Breakfast Club was a fun one. I was about 13. It was summer, and for the first time I was old enough to stay home while my parents went on vacation. I rented a VHS copy of the movie, along with a few others, to watch while I had my weekend alone. I don’t remember the other movies at all. When I watched The Breakfast Club for the first time, I was sucked in to the TV and magically transported to this world. Like a good book, when it was finished, I didn’t want it to end, so taking advantage of my VCR’s newest feature, auto repeat, and my propensity for obsessing over entertainment, I embarked on a 50 hour no sleep, only stopping to run to the local convenience store for Jolt Cola and Pixie Stix, Breakfast Club marathon. Watching the film about 50 times in those two days, it became ingrained in my brain, and it’s difficult for me to differentiate the memories of the world in that film and my own. So I suspect like a lot of us, it was, and is a part of our lives.
The Breakfast Club is more than a movie, It is the definition of my generation.
“Dear Mr Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.”
In the first episode of season two of a Conversation with Albie, Albie talks with his newest friend Keli Huffstutler. Albie and Keli met at his old job in a restaurant. They talk all about Keli’s life and what brought her to Albie, a little bit about their adventures together and the food service industry in general… Enjoy!
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“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a frequently referenced part of William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet seems to argue that it does not matter that Romeo is from her rival’s house of Montague, that is, that he is named “Montague.” The reference is often use to imply that the names of things do not affect what they really are.
In Act II, Scene II  of the play, the line is said by Juliet in reference to Romeo’s house, Montague which would imply that his name means nothing and they should be together.