'I feel like I won the lottery'
At Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards, Victor Garber took some ribbing from George Clooney and others when he arrived to the stage after Argo producer Grant Heslov had begun his acceptance speech.
The fllm, in which Garber portrays a Canadian ambassador in Iran who agrees to hide a group of Americans, won the Best Picture-Drama prize and was also nominated for an Academy Award for best picture.
As he rides that success, Garber is also one of the stars of the new NBC drama Deception which premiered last week and airs on Monday nights in the US.
‘I’m a lucky actor, I work. But this is the first series that’s come along since Eli Stone, three years ago, that I really wanted to do,’ Garber told Gay Star News recently during the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena.
Prior to Eli Stone, which ran on ABC for two seasons, Garber was best known for the five years he co-starred with Jennifer Garner’s on ABC’s Alias.
He is a four-time Tony Award nominee who has long juggled stage roles in such shows as Deathtrap, Damn Yankees, Assassins and Lend Me a Tenor with parts in movies including Milk, Titanic, and The First Wives Club and steady work in television.
What led him to take on Deception in which he plays family patriarch Robert Bowers, the founder and CEO of a pharmaceutical company?
‘It was smart, it was interesting, it was dynamic and it wasn’t like the show was going to rest on me,’ Garber said. ‘I thought this was the perfect thing at this point in my life. It had everything I like: the complexity of the character, the family drama, all of the duplicity. For an actor, it’s like getting a dessert – like getting what you hope for and rarely get.’
He added: ‘I love to work and I love the idea of going to work every day and also the fact that I get to do it in New York. ‘It’s like a gift. I feel like I won the lottery.’
That lottery also includes Argo which stars, was directed and produced by close friend Ben Affleck who is married to Garber’s Alias co-star Garner.
‘It’s such a gratification because of my relationship with Ben and Jennifer to see him emerge now as one of the great directors which I’ve always felt since Gone Baby Gone,’ Garber said. ‘To be a part of it is like the icing on the cake. It’s incredibly thrilling for me. And the fact that people love the movie so much means the world.’
While Garber is happy to talk about his professional life, he has been steadfastly quiet about his personal life. But he did confirm to GSN that his longtime partner, Rainer Andreesen, will accompany him to next week’s Screen Actors Guild Awards where the cast of Argo is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
‘I don’t really talk about it,’ he says of the relationship. ‘But everybody knows.’