Reddit AMA with George Newbern

What is the best advice ever given to you?

GN: DONT EVER GIVE UP. TIME HEALS ALL THINGS.

GN: TAKE A BREATH.

First off, I absolutely love your voice! Second, I’m going to be “that guy” to get it over with: if/and/or when Square Enix puts out an HD remake of Final Fantasy 7, would you want to voice Sephiroth?

GN: HECK YEAH CHEWYGUM!

Did you inhale?

GN: NOPE.

Thanks for doing this AMA George! Huge fan of Scandal.

What are your feelings about Charlie’s relationship with Quinn? Even though at times it seems genuine, it often appears incredibly manipulative and just a way to ensure Quinn doesn’t go back to Olivia.

Kudos to you to making it come off creepy as hell!

GN: HEY THERE….THANKS! JUST TRYING TO CONNECT WITH CHARACTER!…I THINK HE GENIUNELY HAS FEELINGS FOR HER….HES JUST IMMATURE.

What has been your favourite role?

My vote’s for Superman.

GN: HEEEEHAWWW 🙂

GN: CHARLIE ON SCANDAL IS RIGHT UP THERE. 🙂

Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I can never decide who does the better Superman voice, you or Tim Daly, because you both do such great jobs. That being said, I have absolutely loved your work in Justice League, JLU as well as some of the films, specifically Superman vs The Elite. Your portrayal of a Superman who would do ANYTHING to win the fight at the end, only to come off as acting was incredible.

I guess my question is, how does it feel to be seen by so many as the voice of Superman?

GN: IT HAS BEEN A BLAST….ESPECIALLY WORKING WITH BRUCE TIMM. I KNOW TIM DALY…WORKED ON A TV MOVIE TOGETHER….YEAH, WE HAVE DIFFERENT TAKE ON SUPES….:)

What event shocked you the most when you read the script for it? Also, what’s your favorite movie? Thanks for doing this AMA! I can’t wait for the episode tonight.

GN: WHEN THEY SHOT JAMES ON THE SHOW. DIDNT SEE THAT COMING.

ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE.

🙂

Neither did I. I cried a little, poor Cyrus!

He deserves everything he gets.

GN: CYRUS IS A COMPLICATED GUY…AS IS EVERYONE

You started your career playing sweethearts, but somewhere around 2005, you started playing truly creepy (I loved Reunion) characters. How did that switch come about, and which were your two favorite characters from the two different Newbern eras?

GN: HA! THANKS. MAYBE ITS HAVING 3 KIDS THAT MADE ME SO CRAZY 🙂

I LOVED THE SERIES BULL FOR TNT, AND SCANDAL IN THE “NEW “ERA.

To say that season 3 has been full of surprises is a vast understatement. What has been the biggest surprise in your life?

GN: THAT IM STILL WORKING. 🙂

AND HOW MUCH I LOVE MY KIDS… AND WIFEY.

I was looking at your wiki page and was suprised to see you have voiced Sephiroth on numerous occasions. He is such an iconic video game villian, so I was wondering how familiar were you with the character when you first got that role?

GN:  NOT AT ALL….NOW I KNOW HOW BIG HE IS AROUND THE WORLD….WOULD LOVE TO DO MORE!

And what is Guillermo like as a person. Before Scandal all I can think of him is his character in Half Baked.

GN: HE IS THE BOMB. WE SCREAM LAUGHING ALL THE TIME. HES A GIGGLING CHILD LIKE ME.

Awesome. You all do an amazing job on the show. Keep laughing! 😉

GN: THANKS PAL

Hi there, love you in Scandal, your character is delightfully evil and creepily caring about Quinn. How do you get into character, do you picture anything, or maybe have an experience you draw from? Also, what other tv series would you love to get a part in?

GN: THE WRITERS ARE SO GOOD, THEY MAKE IT EASY. I TRY TO FIND THE POSITIVE SPIN ON EVERYTHING WITH CHARLIE. MAKES THE DARK SIDE MORE INTERESTING. WOULD LOVE TO WORK ON MAD MEN.

How far did you go into your career before you felt like this was going to be the way you made your living permanently. ? You felt secure as an actor?

GN:  I THINK AFTER ABOUT 10 YEARS I REALIZED I COULD MAKE THIS THING WORK….BUT HAVING TO BE CAREFUL WITH $$$$ 🙂

Why are you yelling at me?

I am sure you have seen colleagues get one job and think they were going to be rolling in dough from that day forward. I have seen it with kids with a minimum wage job so I bet it is fairly common in your business.

GN: YOU ARE FUNNY. IM NOT YELLING. JUST BLIND. 🙂

Do you ever miss getting to voice Superman?

GN: MISS IT! ALTHOUGH I SEEM TO DO AT LEAST A COUPLE OF GAMES/MOVIES A YEAR.

What is your guilty pleasure?

GN: NAPA CABERNET AND DEEP DISH PIZZA.

What was Steve Martin like to work with?

GN: SUPER SMART….NICE, RESERVED, BUT HILARIOUS.

What does it feel like to kill peoples in a show? (like Scandal) Isn’t it weird? Or cool ?

GN: A LITTLE WEIRD. ESPECIALLY SINCE CHARLIE SEEMS TO DO IT LIKE HES GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE. LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE ALL THIS IS. 🙂

Having voiced a character i would imagine a lot of people would give for their answer (Sephiroth)… Who is your favorite villain of all time? Tv, Film, video game or otherwise? And why?

GN:  HEATH LEDGER FROM BATMAN WAS THE SHIZZ

Who would win in a fight: you or Kevin Conroy?

GN: AWWWW. ME.

Hello george, Thanks for the ama session

What was the character u liked the most to play in ur career? R u close to Charlie s character in real life?

The most exciting part of ur job?

With who do u wanna work someday?

The best advice u ve been given in ur career?by whom?

Thanks

GN: LOVED DOING FATHER OF BRIDE…THOUGH CHARLIE IS PRETTY COOL….FAV PART OF JOB IS GETTING TO WORK WITH AMAZING SMART FOLKS WHO ARE RISKING ALOT BY DOING WHAT THEY LOVE. WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH ALEXANDER PAYNE……

LIKE CHARLIE IN THAT I DONT EDIT VERY WELL.

Are you a ticklish guy? If so where? haha!

GN: GOOD LORD. EVERYWHERE.

How many tacos can you eat in one sitting?

GN: 4

Would you rather put the booty in the butt, or the butt in the booty?

GN: UHH.

I’m worried about Charlie and Huck’s friendship. After Quinn and Huck’s encounter in the parking garage I think everyone expected Charlie to put a hurt on one or both of them.

Please tell me that everyone will be friends.

Seriously, Scandal is a show with so many flawed characters. It must be a blast to play such nasty people!

GN: IT IS THE BEST MOST FUN JOB EVER. I THINK THEY WILL STILL BE FRIENDS, BUT THEY ARE SO SIMILAR THAT ITS LIKE BROTHERS FIGHTING. YOU KNOW?

What actor or actress would you like to work with (that you haven’t worked with yet)

GN: NAOMI WATTS. KRISTIN WIIG. PAUL GIAMATTI

Are you using caps look or holding down shift?

GN: CAPS LOCK

What is it like to do the more physical scenes with Katie Lowes? Do you guys laugh, or get embarrassed? She seems like a lovely person.

GN: SHES A FREAKING DOLL. LOVE HER. NOT EMBARRASSING, MOSTLY JUST FUNNY.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

GN: GOING TO SANTA YNEZ AND CYCLING 30 MILES THEN DRINKING A GLASS OF WINE IN A HOT TUB.

You’ve done a lot of Super Hero cartoon work. Who’s your favorite superhero? And who’d win in a fight: The Terminator or Conan?

GN: SUPERMAN. CLEARLY. TERMINATOR.

What kind of car do you drive? Is it an automatic or a manual transmission?

What is your ideal breakfast?

How do you feel about the Ford Mustang’s 50th anniversary today?

thanks for being a good sport.

GN: JETTA TDI TURBODIESEL WAGON. EGGS EGGS EGGS YIPEE MUSTANG!

What is your biggest weakness?

GN: GOOD BREAD.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

GN: JERUSALEM.

boxers or briefs? Socks or barefoot? Coffee or tea? Beach or mountains? Mani or Pedi?

GN: BRIEFS. SOCKS.COFFEE.MOUNTAINS. UGH.

My wife loves you…that’s all.

GN: SHES A GOOD WOMAN. KEEP HER.

I THINK THE BEST WAY TO GET A RESPONSE IS TO TYPE LIKE YOU! TONIGHT I’M ASKING THE GIRL WHO I ALWAYS WATCH SCANDAL WITH OUT, SO WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT? ALSO, SHE LOVES WHEN YOU CALL QUINN ROBIN.

GN: LOL. TELL HER SHE MAKES YOU WANT TO SING IN PUBLIC.

Hi! Thanks so much for doing this AMA, stoked for the finale tonight, huge fan of Charlie and Scandal.
Charlie creeps me out but his relationship with Quinn is very intriguing. I would love to get a glimpse in to his past to see what happened to make him the way he is, and to see if there is any hope in “bringing him toward the light”.

Honestly I would love to see what he could do at OPA if he were to have a change in mindset. Do you think we’ll see an evolution in his character next season? Can’t wait!

GN: MAN I HOPE SO….WOULD BE A GAS. I THINK HE WOULD BE A COOL ADDITION AT OPA….WHO KNOWS?!

I think he would too! Charlie would add a dark comedic edge to the office. Thanks for the reply, I think you are hysterical on the show!

Will you be watching the finale with your family tonight? Is this too SCANDALOUS a show for the kids or do they just like to see dad on TV?

Akkk already can’t WAIT for next season!

GN: KIDS ARE TOO BUSY TEXTING ON THEIR DANG PHONES TO WATCH.

I KNOW….JULY IS A LONG WAY AWAY TO WAIT!

What is your favorite guest starring role? Have you ever petitioned to be on a show because you enjoyed watching it ?

GN: YES…MAD MEN.

Do you have ticklish feet? 😀

GN: YES!!

What do you do to still look like you’re in your late-20s?

Do you have a favorite artist?

What do you do in your free time?

WHY ALL CAPS?

GN: CAPS ARE EASY TO SEE WHAT IM WRITING WHEN QUESTIONS ARE IN LOWER CASE. IM BLIND.

I LOVE PAUL GIAMMATIS WORK. AND BRUCE DERN.

I PLAY GUITAR, SNOW SKI, AND GO FOR LONG RUNS.

GN: FISH OIL HELPS BTW.

Who is your inspiration?

GN:  OH, WELL THIS MAN, NAMED JESUS WAS PRETTY AMAZING. AND MY WIFE. AND MY FRIEND JOHN SHEPHERD. AND JAMES STEWART.

*Question Deleted*

GN:  JUST LET THE WRITING SING. I TRY TO GET OUT OF THE WAY.

How was the set of Boston Legal? Any good stories about Denny Crane or Alan Shore . Please tell us there are….Thanks so much for spending time to do this!

GN:  IT WAS OK..SHATNER WAS COOL. JAMES SPADER WAS NOT SUPER NICE THOUGH. GOOD ACTOR ANYWAY.

If u were sent to a deserted island what would be the 3 objects u ll take with u?

GN: BEAR BRYLLS. AND HIS BACKPACK. SO I DONT DIE.

Reply to this comment in all lower case! Lol

GN: ok.

Hi George! I just wanted to say thank you for playing such a deliciously creepy character as Charlie.

GN: YOUR MOST WELCOME. THANK YOU SHONDA.

What makes you laugh?

GN: RICKY GERVAIS OUTTAKES. AND WILL FERRELL.

Are you as icked out by Huck and Quinn being together as everyone else is? BTW, my daughter was watching Santa Buddies the other day and couldn’t understand why I was so amused when I realized who the dad was! :). What do your kids think of your role on Scandal?

GN:  THEY DO HAVE A THING FOR EACH OTHER. I COULD DO WITHOUT THE SPITTING.

HAD FUN WITH THE SINGING PUPPIES MOVIE. SILLY GOOD FUN.

KIDS THINK ITS BIZARRE.

What is your favorite color?

GN: GREEN

Be honest, is Anthony Rapp a douchelord?

GN: NAW. HES A SWELL GUY. FROM WHAT I REMEMBER.

GN: NICE WORD THOUGH, DOUCHELORD.

What is your favourite book?

GN: HEMINGWAYS A MOVEABLE FEAST

Are you a gun enthusiast? Did you have to train certain skills to play Charlie?

GN:  I GREW UP SHOOTING A 22 IN THE OZARK MOUNTAINS. NOTHING REALLY MORE THAN THAT. I RESPECT HUNTERS THOUGH…NOT REALLY INTO SPORT SHOOTING.

Any tips on how to woo the ladies?

GN:  LISTEN TO WHAT THEY SAY. OPEN DOORS FOR THEM. TELL A JOKE.

Listen to him! He s wise and right 😉

GN:HA LOL

GN: 35 T 10 LAB PUPPY BARCELONA 5 11

GN: HEY THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON REDDITS AMA!

CHECK OUT SCANDAL TONITE!

THANKS FOR ALL THE COOL QUESTIONS…..!

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