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'Covert Affairs' star Christopher Gorham passes our test

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Christopher Gorham
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As Covert Affairs fans gear up for Tuesday’s season finale (USA, 10 p.m. ET), there’s a lot to ponder: What will Piper Perabo’s Annie do after hearing from her sister Danielle (Anne Dudek) that her voice changes when she talks to Christopher Gorham’s Auggie? How will Annie and Danielle make it out of Sweden with a target on their backs? And why is Auggie shirtless for an eye exam? For that last answer, and a full debriefing on the finale from Gorham, come back to Inside TV after the episode airs. In the meantime, enjoy his fun, spoiler-free EW Pop Culture Personality Test.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The season finale is an emotional hour. Name a TV moment that has made you cry.

CHRISTOPHER GORHAM: Everything makes me cry. I’m like an emotional wreck. Anything with children. Parenthood makes me cry. Just the opening credits, I’m like, “[In sobbing voice] Oh god, it’s so real. That’s how it is.” 

A show that has made you yell at the TV?

Dancing With the Stars. When my buddy Ralph Macchio was on and completely getting shafted by those judges, I yelled at the TV. I went down to the show and yelled at them in person. That’s one of the advantages of being on a TV show, you can go down to Dancing With the Stars and yell at them for real. “Boooo! Boooo!

The TV show you’re most likely to get sucked into a marathon of?

Right now I’m completely sucked into American Horror Story, so I’ve been marathoning it on my iPad. It’s freaky, but it’s good.

A movie you have to watch every time you spot it on cable?

There’s no movie that I have to watch. I do like to just have football on, so I will TiVo like three or four games for the weekend, and I’ll just turn it on when there’s no live football on, just to have the background noise. [Laughs] It’s soothing to me. You know, like, those teddy bears that have your mother’s heartbeat sounds coming out of them. It’s like that.

Your go-to karaoke song?

It used to be “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot.

I cannot picture that.

Oh, I killed that song. In fact, the last time that I killed that song, I was in New York and Dylan McDermott was in the audience. Maybe that’s what drove him to American Horror Story. [Laughs]

Did he karaoke, too?

He did! I don’t remember what he did. It was a long time ago.

The most embarrassing song on your iPod?

Oh boy, the most embarrassing? I probably have a lot of embarrassing songs on here. Let me see. [Looks] Maybe I don’t. Maybe my musical taste has improved. My wife forever has made fun of my Yanni CD that I had in college.

Was it Reflections of Passion? I had that one.

Absolutely. [Continues looking]

So no boy bands?

No. But you know what CD is secretly kind of my favorite right now? [Laughs] The Phineas and Ferb movie CD. My kids were obsessed with the Phineas and Ferb movie over the summer, so we bought the soundtrack. It’s pretty catchy. Talk about songs that make me cry: Track 7 on the Phineas and Ferb soundtrack, “Summer (Where Do We Begin?).” When you get to the part about sitting with your brother underneath the shade of a big tree in the backyard, ohmygod. Turn on the waterworks. It’s like, “[In sobbing voice] I love my brother. I miss summer.” [Laughs]

Your geekiest possession?

Let’s see. Well, I don’t have it anymore, but one of the geekiest things that I ever bought was a life-size cardboard standup Princess Leia. [Laughs] But here’s the kicker, I bought it for Anel [my wife] when we were dating. She brought this up recently: She was like, “Do you remember… ” [Laughs] And we had it for years, like in the garage. I couldn’t tell you anymore why I bought it, but I thought it was an amazing gift at the time, which kind of, I guess, clues you in to how mature I was when we started dating. She said, “If you ever need proof that I love you, it’s the fact that I kept that gift for so many years.”

A piece of pop culture memorabilia from your childhood you wish you still had?

There are two: I had this Donkey Kong video game that was like a little miniature standup video game that I loved and that I wish I still had for my kids ’cause now they’re into all of those Nintendo characters, Mario and Donkey Kong. The other is those Speak & Spell toys, those Texas Instruments little learning computers. I loved those things! I wish I still had them to give to my kids because they’re fun and simple and a little bit addicting. To give you an idea about how old I’m getting, we had some family living in Texas for a while, and we went to the Texas museum at the University of Texas in Austin, and they had this whole Texas Instruments section, and my Speak & Spell was an exhibit in the museum. [Laughs] That was one of those very sobering moments, like, ohmygod, my toy’s in a museum.

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