Awards do not pay the mortgage.
I think whatever art form you’re in, whether TV, film or theater, you should know the history of who came before you and how the art form has changed or not changed and to learn from the greats.
The big difference between TV and theater is that you get to do a new play every week, so it’s quite challenging, but it keeps you fresh. There’s never any fear of getting stale in your performance.
We don’t get the Tony gift basket anymore. You used to get incredible swag – there was like $5,000 worth of stuff. I remember getting an MP3 player, gift certificates to restaurants, a three-year gym membership.
When I auditioned for ‘Jessie,’ I knew that Disney Channel basically will do 100 episodes of a show if it’s a hit; they’ll stick with something. It’s a great network to work with because they make a nice big commitment to a show.