It’s really important for me to have Italian-Americans and Jersey in a positive light.
That’s like one of the things – you know, being a writer, it’s not just like they’re constantly like giving you jobs and shows. There was some lean years, man, and – well, a lean year and a half. ‘Woe is me.’ Right?
Doing ‘Veronica Mars,’ Rob Thomas is a genius. He’s one of my best friends. I had this feeling like I couldn’t write anything other than my stuff in Jersey and what we were talking about, like that little world, like if I can throw my Aunt Janice into it, I’m cool, but otherwise I’m screwed.
I’ve been telling people ‘I’m going to go to California, and I’m going to be a big star’ since the womb, but lately it was immediately followed by, ‘Would you like soup or salad with that?’
I always had a weight thing and felt bad about it, but in New Jersey, I felt like I got attention, and even when I felt bad or chubby, I didn’t feel like I a freak.