The Interrogator with Michael Godere

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Fresh off the debut of Loitering with Intent at the Tribeca Film Festival (starring Marisa Tomei and Sam Rockwell, in case you were wondering) we thought actors/writers Ivan Martin and Michael Godere were the perfect way to kick off our Interrogator series, where we—in our own Proustian way—attempt to get into the minds of some of our favorite up-and-coming creatives and local talent. Though the two have been friends and collaborators for over a decade—having initially met on the set of the critically-lauded film, Daylight—we peeled them apart for the purpose of this interview. We’ll start with Michael.

Place of residence:

East Village, NYC

Current occupation:

Actor/writer

What do you want to be when you grow up?

An adult.

Quote to live by:

“If I knew then what I know now.”

First job you ever had:

Dishwasher at a restaurant.

Least favorite part of your day:

Waking up.

Windows down, the song you’re playing is:

Nino Tempo & April Stevens “Deep Purple”

Three guilty pleasures:

Rocky road ice cream, True Blood, overpriced socks.

If you had to watch one movie on repeat for eternity, what would it be?

Rocco and His Brothers.

You have a million dollars to spend on art, you buy…

A de Kooning.

Plane, train or automobile for a road trip?

Automobile!

What IS your favorite road trip?

A spontaneous one.

Personal travel ethos:

Anywhere I haven’t been.

Drink of choice:

Rye whisky.

Beach house or tree house:

Beach house.

Where was the best meal you ever had and what was it?

Tulum, Mexico. I watched the fish come from the ocean directly to my plate. It was stewed in fresh tomatoes and other ingredients I didn’t even know existed.

What is the best news you ever received?

Getting accepted into acting school.

Who or what is largely overrated? Explain.

HDTV. Whatever this new, ultra-high-def auto motion jazz has been, get over it. It ruins things, and changes the desired effect by the makers.

Briefly describe the best concert you have ever gone to.

The Beach Boys in the early ’90s at Jones Beach, with my father. We drove there in my ‘79 Camaro (my first and last car).

Where do you go for inspiration, peace of mind?

Walking the streets of New York with my headphones on listening to music. Occasionally, if it syncs up, the right hood and the right song is playing, I can get a feeling like anything is possible.

Photo courtesy of Matt Rubin.

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