I am always too nervous to ask questions at cons but I had a chance to ask Ben one —-
Q : How different is the working reality of your career compared to your perception of the career when you were studying?
A : I can’t remember WHAT I thought my career would be like. In fact, the answer I am about to give is probably filled with old age omissions and reconstructed truths.I never imagined I would be doing a TV series… I guess cause I was never a big TV watcher as a young man. I was always busy doing something… I would watch shows in afternoon reruns, but was never religious in my TV habits. I do remember as a child imagining I would be a professional athlete, then astronaut, then airline pilot. Though I’m pretty sure by the time I was 13, i was fairly sure no one really lived past 40.I surely NEVER thought about fame or signing an autograph. And even today when engaged in the act of signing an autograph, the whole experience strikes me as confounding and surreal. I am grateful to anyone enjoys the shows I have been lucky enough to be a part of… Surely I must have wanted the attention, but I don’t remember having that ambition. The ambition I do remember was to be on stage, getting paid, and having fun while doing it. “Fun” equating to riding the wave of the story and the knowing that the audience was on the journey with us.Being an “actor” was something it took me the better part of a decade to lay claim to after I decided to pursue the craft at the age of 22. I was very uncomfortable telling people that was my “job” as it always struck me as presumptuous. Even today, when hovering over a form requesting my occupation, I hesitate before I scribble “actor”. Mayhaps I am still waiting on my real vocation… Politician, Bricklayer, or Student.