Photographer Joshua Shultz
Stylist Ashley Weston
Grooming Sydney Zibrak
Location The Sunset Marquis Hotel
Thomas can currently be seen staring in season 3 of HBO’s “The Newsroom” as Don Keefer trailer here..
and on December 5th starring with Reese Witherspoon in the movie “Wild” trailer here…
Also on December 5th Thomas is starring alongside actress Leslie Bibb in the Romantic Comedy “Take Care” trailer here…
Thomas Sadoski was born on 1st July 1976 in Bethany, Connecticut. In 1980 he moved with his family to College Station, Texas. He has been in numerous plays Off-Broadway, and many regional theatres including the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Made his Broadway debut in 2004 playing Mary-Louise Parker’s husband in the critically acclaimed production of “Reckless”.
Bellus Magazine had the opportunity to meet up with Thomas for a photo shoot and an interview!
Bellus Magazine (BM): So, you’re part of the award-winning HBO hit, “The Newsroom.” What is it like working with Aaron Sorkin?
Thomas Sadoski (TS): As an artist, a storyteller or an entertainer you want your work to mean something. With Aaron there is never any doubt about that. It may push buttons (sometimes your own) but that’s what makes it worthwhile. He’s a truly great writer and I love working with great writers.
BM: What can you tell us about the final season?
TS: I can tell you that it is 6 episodes long. Past that I’m not too sure what I can say. There are some big events that happen to our gang this season. I think, ultimately, it was a good way for the show to end. I’m looking forward to seeing it myself, honestly.
BM: It was recently announced that you’re in Jean-Marc Vallee’s new film “Wild” alongside Reese Witherspoon. Tell us a bit about the film and your role.
TS: The film is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir WILD about her solo hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in the aftermath of her mother’s death and her subsequent descent into existential depression and heroin addiction. It’s a staggeringly beautiful piece of writing. In the film Reese plays Cheryl and I play her husband Paul. Jean-Marc and I spoke a few times about the difficulties of translating such a simultaneously intimate and epic story to film and we eventually settled on a shared desire to make a movie that inspired people to read the book. I think we did that. It was a real highlight of my career being involved in WILD. I learned so much from working with those really tremendous artists that were involved. Reese and Laura Dern are magnificent. Jean-Marc is brilliant. Everybody involved was extraordinary.
BM: Was there anything in particular that drew you to this film?
TS: Cheryl. I mean, what does one even say about Cheryl? I stand in awe of her.
BM: You’ve had a rather successful acting career working in theater. Having done both stage acting and film, is there one you prefer over the other?
TS: That’s a really tough question. I think before I was involved with The Newsroom I would have instantly answered ‘theatre, undoubtedly’. But now I’m not entirely sure. I will always love the theatre, I will always return to the theatre, it is a sacred place for me. That said, I have very much enjoyed exploring a new medium and learning how to work within it. Film can be versatile and epic in a way that the theatre sometimes struggles to match. Oh, fuck it, let’s be honest: It’s still theatre, I mean it always will be. There is nothing that compares to that incredible sensation that starts to buzz at about an hour or so before curtain as the building starts to come to life and reaches its peak in that perfect moment of shared hope and anticipation just before the lights come up. I love it. I love being in a room with people and telling stories.
BM: When you first began your stage career, you were Mark Ruffalo’s understudy in the play This Is Our Youth. How did having Mark Ruffalo as a mentor affect or influence your acting career?
TS: It’s hard to overstate the impact of having Ruffalo, Mark Rosenthal and Missy Yeager as my first castmates. Or for that matter having Kenny Lonergan’s words as my first to work on and Mark Brokaw as my first director. All of those guys are pretty incredible people. They set the bar for me in terms of what I was to expect from myself as a professional. They set the bar for me in terms of what I would accept from myself or the projects that I’ve been involved in. I’ve often fallen short of reaching that level again but I’ve always been aware that that level is there and I aspire to it both as an artist and as a professional. I carry that with that experience with me into every job I do.
BM: Can you tell us the story behind the nickname, ‘Lots o’ lips?”
TS: Jimmi Simpson is the story behind that nickname. We used to troll each other’s IMDB pages back in the late 90’s/early 2000’s because we found the whole IMDB/ Hollywood Stock Exchange thing so silly. Obviously we had no idea that it would be as horrifyingly prevalent or pervasive as it is. I mean it’s still just as fucking silly, maybe even more so now because people outside of the business actually take those kind of sites seriously. I posted that Jimmi’s nickname was “Lips” and made the classic mistake when engaging in a troll war with Jimmi; not going for the coup-de-grace right out of the gate. He responded by tagging me with the “Lot’s o’ Lips” thing. I keep it up there to remind me of my shameful defeat. And because IMDB and all of that crap is fucking silly.
BM: Is there any advice you’d give to other aspiring actors?
TS: This is an art. Give a damn. If you don’t, get out. Seriously, please get the fuck out of the way and make room for somebody who cares. If you don’t know your lines, can’t be bothered to show up on time (which is a minimum of 10 minutes early), don’t respect your fellow artists’ process, don’t know how to shut up and listen and learn, aren’t passionately invested in telling the story of what it is to be a human being get out of the way. That said, don’t forget to play with the egoless abandon of a child.
Don’t let those who are commodifying your art form continue to redefine it, especially in your mind. It happened a long time ago but it doesn’t mean you have to buy into it.
The theatre is the greatest training ground there is. But it will cost you on every level.
Your art form is not the only one. Find, appreciate and immerse yourself in other forms of artistic expression. The greatest inspiration almost always comes from there.