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LAist Interview: Noah Bean from 'Damages'

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This is Noah Bean, he plays David Conner on the cable-drama juggernaut known as 'Damages' on FX, Tuesday nights at 10:00pm. LAist had a chance to ask Noah a few questions about the show and his other interests, as well as the coveted opportunity to work with Glenn Close.

Noah's character David is slated to die in the series, a fact that is presented to us in the weekly flash-forward at the beginning of every episode. There's poor David, his skull smashed, we assume, by a chintzy Statue of Libery bust, lying all bloody and dead in the bathtub.

Here's what Noah had to say:

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LAist: Is your character David Conner going to have any scenes with [Glenn Close's] Patty Hewes? And that is my first question. And secondly, I’m not sure if this is common knowledge, but I don’t know but how many episodes do you have left to shoot for the season?

Noah Bean: They got us for 13 episodes, which is a full season on FX. And we’re about half way through shooting right now. We’re in the seventh episode shooting lines. And yes, without giving too much away, David, my character, does start to get some run-ins with Patty Hewes. Thankfully for myself, the actor, it’s like a dream come true. It’s fantastic.

LAist: Is working with Close as good as they say it is?

Noah Bean: I wouldn’t know completely, but yes, it’s pretty darn good. She is really amazing. We shot this scene a couple of weeks ago and I went in with all this stuff kind of planned out and had all these ideas about the scene and kind of going to do this thing where I really want to stare her down. And I’ll tell you man, we got into this scene and they yelled action and Glenn just—she saw what I was doing, I think and she then went so over the top with me and stared me down, that I couldn’t even look at her. She went inside my soul; it was really fascinating and terrifying at the time.

But yes, she’s really, really great. And she just puts her all into it and that it is very infectious for I think everybody on set, cast and crew. Because we’re doing some long days and some hard work and difficult scenes, but she really is not satisfied, unless she’s really giving it all she has and that everything has to be truthful and real and believable and complicated. It’s really great. And then to be on set with her, I think it just raises the caliber for everybody.

[the interview with Noah Bean of 'Damages' continues after the jump...]

LAist: So, obviously, 'Damages' is first things first, but are there are other things that you're involved in, or are looking to get involved in both small screen and big screen and also theatre? Are you going to head up to the Williamstown Theatre Festival with Roger Rees soon?

Noah Bean: Yes. You know the festival?! That's great! Well I can't this summer because we're shooting until beginning of October. I'm busy with this, so not this summer, but hopefully maybe next summer.

I've actually got a theatre company in New York called Stage 13 with some other fellow actors. I've seen another actor named Dan Fogler, I don't know if you know who that is. He's got like a bunch of movies coming out, this movie Balls of Fury and Good Luck Chuck. He's got like a whole bunch of movies that are about to come out. He does really, really funny, unbelievably talented guy. So he and I and few other actors and some directors and playwrights and filmmakers have the company called Stage 13.

That's been sort of feeding my theatre habit for awhile because we do lots of readings. We're actually searching for another spring show right now. My involvement sort of been on the producing side right now while I'm doing this. But that's been very good to have that around and keep the creative juices flowing.

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LAist: You have a regular space for that and everything?

Noah Bean: We don't - we rent out. We did an all-star rated show last fall and we did all the series over at the Atlantic Theatre, which is David Mamet's theatre company. We did some work over there and so for now we've been sort of bumping around which is kind of the norm for not doing off-off and off-Broadway stuff. Because it's just really so expensive in the city it's just easier to rent. But we've got a loft in Tribeca that one of our company members owns that we use for a lot of like workshop stuff, stuff like that.

And other than that nothing's really on the books for now because I'm just starting to now probably go in for more things because, like I said, we shoot until the beginning of October. So casting wise, things are starting to heat up a little bit for that time, about two months before that when they will casting films. That's what I'm really looking for, hopefully, in that time is to get involved in some kind of film or something like that.

LAist: Thank you. Have a good rest of your summer.

Noah Bean: Thank you so much.

'Damages' is on FX, Tuesdays @10:00pm