Liev Schreiber once worried he’d be typecast after “Ray Donovan” started to succeed, but he’s come to learn that having a dedicated fanbase comes with some humorous perks.
At the show’s Vulture Fest panel at Manhattan’s Milk Studios on Sunday, the actor, 50, recounted how some fans of the Showtime series reacted to his role in a 2016 Broadway production of the French period drama “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.”
“I’m playing Valmont, who’s this kind of womanizer,” Schreiber said. “And I’m 6’3,” 215 pounds, in high heel shoes and a white wig. And there’s a bunch of ladies from — I’m fairly sure New Jersey — who have come to see Ray. Now I may be wrong, but this group of ladies from Weehawken came on more than one occasion. In fact, I think they were there about four or five nights a week. And every time I’d come on stage you’d hear, ‘Oh my god. What’s he wearing that wig for?’”
“Now our theater was one of those theaters where they allowed you to drink in the theater,” he continued. “And the ladies from Weehawken had glasses of white wine that they would refill, God knows from where, but they were always full. Just before the intermission they’d get a little tipsy and they’d say, ‘I love you Ray!’ And occasionally, after the intermission, you’d see them stumble out the side exits because they just couldn’t take it anymore.”
After the first season of “Ray Donovan” earned him an Emmy nomination, Schreiber, who has starred in dozens of films and theatrical productions, expressed some trepidation that the role would come to define him.
“It’s nice to be appreciated, but I was worried I would be useless as an actor once I got too famous,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in 2014. “That was my big anxiety, especially since I considered myself primarily a character actor. I cherished my anonymity because it allowed me range. But the really terrifying thing about doing television is that you become so associated with one character that it then becomes difficult for other people to believe you as anything else.”
It sound’s like he’s come to terms with the problem.
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