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Interview: Zach Braff Chats About Directing, Unmade Projects, and ‘Ted Lasso’

Zach Braff
Zach Braff

Zach Braff is not just a talented actor, memorably turning in many seasons of strong work on Scrubs (he’s also incredible in the independent film The High Cost of Living as well as great in the romantic drama The Last Kiss), but a terrific filmmaker as well. Garden State and Wish I Were Here are massively underrated indies (showcasing his acting, directing, and writing all at once), and his remake of Going in Style is a lot of fun. So, consider me unsurprised that he picked up an Emmy nomination for directing the second episode of Ted Lasso last season. The show is wonderful, as you all know, and even if I’m a late convert, Braff got me to watch. Knowing I was interviewing him, which had been a goal for some time, I dove in and fell in love with Ted Lasso. Of course, that just gave me another thing to talk to Braff about. A few weeks ago, he hopped on the phone for about twenty minutes with me to talk about the show, as well as his work behind the camera in general. Today, I bring that chat to you all.

Below, you can hear my conversation with Braff. The discussion began with a bit about his sophomore feature Wish I Was Here, as well as his unmade movies, and even goes into his next writing and directing project, A Good Person. However, a good chunk is rightly dedicated to Ted Lasso. Hearing how he shot the episode is really interesting, as is his tidbits about the flicks that weren’t to be. Mostly, it was just a lot of fun to talk shop with him, and Braff was very generous with his time. All of you know where to find Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) and many of you are rooting for it at the Emmy Awards, so just keep an eye out to see if Braff can become an Emmy winner as well. He certainly deserves it…

Here now is my interview with actor, writer, and now Emmy nominated director Zach Braff. Enjoy:

Zach Braff

Ted Lasso is now streaming on Apple TV+, and congrats again to Zach Braff on his Emmy nomination!

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