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On The Mindy Project, British actor Ed Weeks works his Hugh Grant charm as Dr. Jeremy Reed, the caddish-but-likable gynecologist in Mindy Lahiri’s hip OB/GYN practice. He began the season as Mindy’s steamy office fling and has since become the resident smooth-talker — but Weeks says we can expect to see his character evolve beyond ladies man, starting with tonight’s episode (airing at 9:30 on Fox), in which his friendship with office weirdo Morgan is tested. Weeks spoke with Vulture about the story line, channeling Bradley Cooper at his audition, and throwing a condom at the casting director’s face.
Was Mindy specifically looking for someone British when she cast you?
The part of Jeremy was initially written as a “Bradley Cooper type,” in quotes. So I was kind of preparing my American accent, which I’d been going into my previous auditions with. And my roommate Maria, who I was practicing it with, said, “Mmm, your American accent is fine, but maybe just go in as yourself because this character would work so much better in your accent.” It had that caddish, Hugh Grant kind of air. So I went, “Well, sod it, I haven’t had very much luck thus far overpreparing, so I’ll trust my gut.” So I just went in and did it in British, and the casting director loved it. I came back in the afternoon and read with Mindy. I remember throwing a condom on the casting director’s face because there was a stage direction during a Jeremy-Mindy makeout scene saying that Jeremy throws birth control at her. So I brought a condom, obviously one that wasn’t used, and threw it at the casting director. There was a little beat and I thought, Oh God, I’ve gone hugely too far and I’m about to be deported back to England and I’ll never be allowed back into America ever again. Mindy sort of said, “That’s hilarious,” in a very flat voice. It wasn’t very comforting. I thought, Is she saying that seriously? Is that ironic? Then I went home and found out they loved me, and one thing led to another.
When you saw they wanted a Bradley Cooper type, did you try to emulate him when you were prepping?
I didn’t try to emulate his voice. I kind of knew what they meant, that he was meant to be a guy who was very self-assured, kind of cocky. The first thing I ever saw Bradley Cooper in was Wedding Crashers. So I guess I had that prototype in my head, of the cocky handsome guy, though I wouldn’t hasten to call myself handsome. I would call myself cocky.
A question I am often asked in the virtual lockerroom that is Twitter — although, strangely, never in any actual lockerrooms, no matter how long I linger — is, “Hey, handsome! Is your accent real?” (I paraphrase.) To those many millions of you unfamiliar with my work, I play a caddish British doctor in practice with Mindy Kaling on her excellent sitcom The Mindy Project. I do indeed perform with my native accent, a faintly upper-class, sexually ambiguous form of British English that I have been stuck with since boarding school.
Living in Los Angeles for just over a year, I have surmised that when an American first hears me talk, they think one of three things. One: “He’s gay.” Two: “He’s fancy.” Three: “Get out of my house, weird, fancy, gay man.” All three are off the mark. I am straight (sorry, ladies), I am assuredly not fancy, and I’ll stay in your house as long as I damned well please. Yet this accent of mine conjures up images of an olde-world sophisticate dandying around town with a cane and a top hat and not, as it more honestly might, simply a dick from another country saying words.
If I were clever (as my accent might suggest), I could turn these expectations to my advantage, especially with the ladies. “Yes, my father owns Wales — have you heard of it?” The difficulty arises when they return to my supposedly elegant chambers to find an overgrown adolescent’s bedroom strewn with empty jars of peanut butter. “But you are the son of misty, castle-strewn Britannia!” she will cry (again, I paraphrase), “the Britain of Shelley, of Keats, of pudding-faced aristocrats!” But my Britain is the Britain of shopping malls, video games, and convenience food. SOUND FAMILIAR, READER? I am basically a citizen of the modern world, as we all are, praise the Lord and damn us all to hell.
MATT WARBURTON (Showrunner)
Shows He has Binge Watched: I tore through all of “The Wire” in about a month. It’s actually easier for drama I think than comedy. I mean, it takes a stronger version of a TV fan to binge watch comedy. That’s a lot of jokes to sit through in a few hours.
Advice on Binge Watching “The Mindy Project”: “I would recommend [drinking] whiskey cocktails and [eating] sour straws. Sour straws are Mindy the real person’s favorite.
ED WEEKS (Jeremy Reed)
Shows He Has Binge Watched: I got into “The Sopranos” recently. I watched the whole six seasons in about a month. It was pretty full on. You know, it’s not a light show. It begins lightly and then it becomes very, very heavy and you get depressed about everything in your whole life and you start believing you’re a New Jersey gangster and you start mistrusting everybody and thinking they’re going to kill you. So that was a pretty intense experience. I like to binge on TV shows. I like to pile them all on my DVR. It’s probably not good for the ratings so I apologize to those shows that need those ratings. “Community” was a very recent one, which I just think is so f–king hilarious.
Advice on Binge Watching “The Mindy Project”: To me the best advice is on binge watching, it’s more of a view on shows and how they develop. It’s very interesting to see how the world mature. A show initially has to get on its feet. Then it starts to become amazing. I’m a writer as well so I’m always curious about that phenomenon. I think part of it is people start to get more comfortable in their roles and the writing gets more confident. But I think also the audience gain familiarity. So you start to begin to love these characters and then you love the show more. So I think that’s what happened with us. The fans have found us. I would invite them to eat corn chips. It’s one of Mindy’s character’s favorite snack foods. And just drink vodka. Fall asleep. Press pause and wake up a couple days later regretting everything and pick up again.