While Judy Greer is admittedly a more familiar face on film and television, her partner on the FX comedy series “Married,” Nat Faxon, is just as accomplished. Get to know the actor, comedian and Oscar-winning writer better in this profile feature.
Nat Faxon started his career as a comedian by joining the popular sketch comedy group The Groundlings in 2001. The group is known as the breeding ground for comedy greats like Will Ferrell, Lisa Kudrow and Jack Black. Since he joined, the actor was able to work on various movies and television shows. By 2012, he starred in his own show, “Ben and Kate,” on FOX with Dakota Johnson (“Fifth Shades of Grey”). While the comedy series drew critical praises, it only lasted one season.
Faxon’s greatest accomplishment to date, however, was not in front of the camera, but behind it. The actor, together with fellow comedian Jim Rash (“Community”), wrote the screenplay to the George Clooney and Shailene Woodley movie “The Descendants.” The movie won for Best Screenplay at the Oscars in 2011. Faxon would also later write and direct “The Way, Way Back” in 2013, which became a box office hit.
When the opportunity to do another TV series was presented to Faxon after much success working behind the scenes in films, the actor and writer said in an LA Times interview that he decided to join “Married” as he found the script raw and honest, describing this as the unglossy side of marriage. He auditioned for the role of Russ with Andrew Gurland, the series creator.
He admitted that he struggled working in front of the screen again at first, especially since he the show was going to be on cable (FX), which had a different rhythm as working on network TV.
Faxon said that he enjoys working as an actor on a show like “Married” because he didn’t have to stress over script rewrites or other concerns about the development of the story. He really wanted to be an actor more than anything, and that the writing and directing jobs were just bonuses.
“Yeah, I do. I feel more at ease in acting just because it’s something I always wanted to do. I came out here to be an actor. That was my goal. And this writing thing just came out of collaborating with Jim. It took me by surprise. Certainly I never imagined being on stage accepting an award, “ said Faxon in an interview with the LA Times.
But even as he enjoys acting a lot, Faxon still continues with writing new shows and films. In fact, he just recently scored a two year contract with Sony to develop other TV shows and movies, as reported on Deadline.
So there you have it for the “Married” actor Nat Faxon’s profile, who has actually the right pedigree to make it big in this business. Watch the video of the actor with Judy Greer and the panel on “The Talk,” as they discuss their show.
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