20 Supporting Actors Who Stole Scenes This Past Year
In a season filled with shows boasting A-listers — or guest stars galore — it was often secondary players who caught our attention. The performers reflect on the best advice from their shows’ creatives and how their onscreen personas would lead their own spinoffs and more.
Paul Walter Hauser (Black Bird, Apple TV+)
My character summed up in one sentence Troubled.
The part of my character I relate to the most Being from the Midwest.
And the part I don’t Feeling entitled to women.
What a spinoff for my character might look like It might look like me having a mental breakdown.
Show on which I’d love to guest-star Selling Sunset. Not a joke. I’d be a good SNL host.
The best note from my director “You need a break. Go see your family.”
My go-to snack on set Those flavored seaweed things, anything peanut butter
The last show I binge-watched Love Is Blind season 4.
The TV character/actor who made me want to be a performer Matthew Perry on Friends, and Chris Farley and Dana Carvey on SNL
The last celebrity who had me truly star-struck Molly Shannon, Cheri Oteri and “Weird Al” Yankovic.
Edy Modica (Jury Duty, Freevee)
My character summed up in one sentence Jeannie is the girlie you meet in line for the dressing room at Target who makes you feel like you can live your truth!
The part of my character I relate to the most I am constantly trying to interact with anyone in my eyeline, so getting to be the first person who talks to Ronald, especially offering a snack, felt very in line with how I live my life.
And the part I don’t Religious boys are not my type.
The best note from my director They really let me be free, and I think that ended up paying off the most!
What a spinoff for my character might look like The Sopranos, but it’s Jeannie working as a Forever 21 manager at the Palisades Mall.
Last show I binge-watched I watched Couples Therapy on Showtime in one sitting, and I think I’m a licensed therapist now.
My go-to snack on set Cheez-its. Salami and Cheese. Sour cream and cheddar Pringles. What wasn’t my go-to snack on set is the real question …
The show on which I’d love to guest-star The list is long and powerful, but The Righteous Gemstones — anything Danny Mcbride is involved in would be an absolute honor.
The TV character/actor who made me want to be a performer Amanda Bynes and The Amanda Show on Nickelodeon made me feel like girl power was possible and I could actually do whatever I wanted!
The last celebrity who had me truly star-struck I saw Jimmi Simpson outside of a theater in L.A. and I thought I was going to pass out…
Lisa Ann Walter (Abbott Elementary, ABC)
My character summed up in one sentence South Philly, Sicilian teacher and ride-or-die bestie to Barbara Howard — she will fight anyone who is less than respectful to any part of that description.
The part of my character I relate to the most The Sicilian-ness: working all angles to get deals, protecting those I love and absolute insistence on respect.
And the part I don’t Physically fighting. Anymore.
The best note from my director Trust. (All of it).
My go-to snack on set Berries and apple slices with almond butter.
What a spinoff for my character might look like Melissa Schemmenti & Barbara Howard: Retirement Travel Shenanigans!
The last celebrity who had me truly starstruck I don’t get starstruck by actors, generally — having to dance attached boob-to-groin with Richard Gere [in Shall We Dance] was daunting. I guess it was Nancy Pelosi at the Kennedy Center Honors. Oh! And Cate Blanchett during awards season — but only the first time.
The last show I binge-watched Shrinking.
The show on which I’d love to guest-star Ted Lasso. What We Do in the Shadows. Shrinking. Severance. Hacks!
The TV character/actor who made me want to be a performer The female cast of Laugh-In; Tatum O’Neal in Paper Moon.