November 23, 2011 5:24pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'Suburgatory's' Alan Tudyk Says There's More to Noah Than an Intense Tan
Alan Tudyk is one of the most versatile actors in television. He’s played the lighthearted pilot, Wash, on Firefly, a programmed killing machine on Dollhouse, provides several voices on MTV’s animated series, Good Vibes, and he also plays Noah, a stylized version of the wealthy suburban dad, on ABC’s Suburgatory.
“A heightened reality,” Tudyk describes the world of Suburgatory to The Hollywood Reporter. “Noah is of that world. So, he has a more intense tan. He’s a little more enthusiastic than most people and excited. I’m learning that role as we go.”
“It’s really exciting to see how big he can be and how subtle he can be,” Tudyk explains. “As an actor, you don’t want to say, ‘I’m going to be loud and big.’ Because that looks awful, that looks fake. If he’s feeling something he feels it in the extremes and expresses himself that way, too.”
The series has already begun to explore Noah’s background. We know that he and city transplant George (Jeremy Sisto) are college buddies and that Noah looked up to George, even envied him back then.
“The shoe’s on the other foot a little bit,” Tudyk says. “There’s more of that. Their relationship is really complex, because there’s jealousy in the relationship and they’re friends. But, there are these episodes that are coming up where there’s bouts of jealousy just like this last one where we even fight. We have a fight coming in a few weeks -- like I guess four or five weeks from now we’re going to physically get into it.”
And on Wednesday’s episode, it’s Thanksgiving on Suburgatory and viewers will get to see even more of what shapes Noah when his family comes to Dallas’s (Cheryl Hines) Thanksgiving dinner.
“Noah’s daughter is different from the girls of Suburgatory,” he explains. “She goes to Brown, so she’s in college and she’s very smart. And his wife is very much a very strong woman. She’s certainly in charge at his house. She’s Dallas’s polar opposite.”
Suburgatory airs Wednesdays at 8:30 on ABC.
Email: Jethro.Nededog@thr.com; Twitter: @TheRealJethro