Samm Levine reveals his 'Lost' fan moment and 'Idol' secret
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Samm Levine makes his return to TV tonight on NBC’s Do No Harm, playing the plucky assistant to Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale), a doctor who suffers from a severe case of split personality.
And to celebrate the show’s premiere, which takes place tonight on NBC (10 p.m. ET), former Freaks and Geeks actor took some time to take EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test. What we learned? Even after all these years, the actor still makes us proud to be geeks.
What’s the last TV episode that made you cry?
Oh, gosh. Maybe the last episode of Lost? I was just sad it was over.
Were you a big Lostie?
BIG Lostie. That’s the only show I’ve ever appeared on unbilled.
Yeah. Damon Lindelof is a friend and he knew it was my favorite show in the world. He’d done six seasons of the show and had nothing for me. Finally, as they were finishing up, I was like, ‘Look, am I going to be on this show or not? It’s my favorite show in the world. What have you got for me?’ And he was like, ‘Look, listen, I wrote you the silliest little part, but if you want to do it, come out to Hawaii and shoot it. It’s yours.’ I said ‘Absolutely.’ So I’m in it for a split second; I play a clerk who works at Mr. Cluck’s. I’m not credited, and I got to wear the Mr. Cluck’s uniform. It was such a super fun gig for a crazy Lost fan.
What was the last thing you watched on TV that made you yell?
Oh, my god. Any Cubs game ever.
TV episode that you can’t purge from your DVR.
Oh, this is going to sound so ridiculous, but I’m so glad you asked me: The performance episode of season 2 of American Idol because Clay Aiken is so incredible.
I’m a huge Idol fan, and I do this with my friends every year — before they announce who wins, I literally pause the DVR and I go back and make them watch Clay’s performance of “Bridge over Troubled Water.”
I’m not kidding, I have this song on my iPod because it is so good. Like, I ripped it from the video so I could have it.
Right?! Honest to God, I’m always like, ‘See that? None of these people deserve to win. I don’t care which of these guys is the winner. They’re not that good.’
Someone you wrote a fan letter to as a child.
Charlie Sheen. And then when I worked with Charlie Sheen many years later, I brought him the hand-signed photo that he sent me in return, and I was like, ‘I always wondered, was this you?’ And he looked at it and goes, ‘Yeaaahh…I don’t think so.’
To be fair, this was 1993, there’s no reason it would have been him. That was at the height of the drugs and booze and women and craziness.
That was the height?
It was the start of the height. It was a height that lasted ten years.
Did you make him sign it for real?
I did not. I’d rather have my fake one.
Song you like to karaoke to?
“Mack the Knife” by Bobby Darin.
Your guilty pleasure movie?
Free Jack — Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins. It’s so bad it’s great.
Best concert memory.
Billy Joel, Elton John, Giants’ Stadium, 1994. The Face to Face tour. It was the first time they did that tour. They’ve done it like two dozen times since then, but that was the first time they did it. My folks took me when I was a kid; it was amazing. I was 12.
What’s a ’90s show you’d reboot?
Man, I feel like they’re all untouchable, but Saved by the Bell — a weird alt-universe version where I’m Zack Morris because just once I want Kelly Kapowski in this life.
Last one: Childhood crush, although you kinda answered it…
That would have been my answer: Tiffani Thiessen.
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