Scott J. Campbell
What’s it like playing alongside a Tony Award-winning actress playing one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time? Scott J. Campbell would know. In Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Campbell plays Gerry Goffin, half of the legendary hit-making team of Goffin and King, and once-husband to American icon Carole King. Appearing in the national tours of both Jersey Boys and American Idiot, Campbell has proven he is more than able to handle the part of the leading man. Now the co-star of the most popular show on Broadway, he is a talent to keep a keen eye on! This week, we are happy to have Scott J. Campbell On the Couch!
What do you consider to be your best asset?
My ability to work with people. A collaborative spirit can take you places.
What was your proudest moment?
That one time I assembled IKEA furniture when I first got to New York without quitting/cursing/messing up (like when you end up with 'extra' pieces). That gave me great satisfaction.
What is your favorite drink?
Coffee. Cream and sugar.
What is your favorite food?
California sushi. Gourmet burgers.
What is your favorite condiment?
Mayonnaise. Especially paired with ketchup to dip fries
What is your current obsession?
Fitness. (Pay no attention to my last two answers) Maybe it's the New Year's resolution, but I'm currently in a love phase of my love/hate relationship with the gym.
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
Probably the fries with said gourmet burger. And the implied mayo/aioli/ketchup dipping combo.
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
First things first: I'd like to originate a role in a new musical or play.
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
Restaurants. Cabs. New York City is seemingly a money-pit.
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
Said gourmet burgers. I can definitely take my foot off the gas when it comes to consumption of red meat.
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
My father taught me to follow direction, which really helped me achieve my proudest moment. (See Question 2.)
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
If I had to play the 'blame the parents' card, it'd have to be for my procrastinatory habits.
What in the world most thrills you?
Discovery. Be it new music, experiences, places, art or scientific truths; the act of discovery is such a high.
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
Click here for 10 Things that irritate me about popular culture.
What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?
Getting fired. That's pretty much tops in terms of embarrassment.
What is your favorite place in the world?
My bed. I get a lot of procrastinating accomplished there. (And sleep, naps, etc.)
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
This is a serious one: Understanding. People inevitably bring baggage into relationships. A little understanding goes a long way.
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
Dogs. And I proudly rescued mine – 'Marco' – many years ago. Talk about understanding in a relationship.. he's the best.
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
I guess there's always winning the lottery.
What is your personal motto?
“Fake it 'til you make it.” – Winston Churchill