Ben Feldman

I rarely use the telephone because he may not want to see me. I have a better chance of seeing the man I want to see if I do go. Besides, switchboard girls and secretaries have become very good. They’ve learned to take you apart. ‘Who? Why? What for? What company?’ You don’t always get by. I seldom call on the phone. I’d rather go.

When you audition for shows in Hollywood, you go in, you do your scene, maybe you get an adjustment. It’s sort of easy, and a lot of times it just feels sort of rote and simple. Whereas when you go to New York and you audition for plays, you walk out sweaty and intimidated and nervous and doubting yourself as an actor.

My dad told me at the very beginning of my career, basically, “If you’re gonna have a megaphone, you’re gonna need to use it to do some kind of good.” He has always been aggravated by any kind of celebrities that don’t have any charities or love or passion or something they’re trying to help.