5 Things You Didn’t Know About HOUSE Star Robert Sean Leonard


He’s not the most ambitious guy in the world.
No seriously. When asked what his initial reaction to discovering tonight’s Wilson-centric episode of HOUSE is entitled “Wilson,” and essentially chronicles a day in the life of everybody’s favorite sidekick when an old friend (played by THE WEST WING’s Josh Malina) checks into Princenton Plainsboro with what might-or-might-not be cancer — actor Robert Sean Leonard proclaimed, “Oh, no, it’s my worst nightmare.” And continued to recount a story revealing just how work-adverse he really is. “When I first got out here [Los Angeles] five years ago, I read NUMB3RS and thought, ‘Well this is way too many scenes, too hard and I’m not interested.’ And then I read HOUSE, and this guy Wilson was in about three scenes per episode and I thought, ‘This is perfect!’ It’s good to be the lead of a show for a week, but I wouldn’t spread it all around too much. I like my role the way it is.”

He is not a Wilson/Cuddy shipper.
Although this is probably not going to be music to “Wuddy” fans’ ears, a fairly integral component to “Team Wuddy” isn’t exactly rooting for Wilson and Cuddy to live happily ever after. “Wilson has three ex-wives, lives alone, deals with death every day and his best friend is House, he’s a very odd and dark guy,” explained Leonard when asked on a recent conference call for his take on Wilson and Cuddy’s romantic possiblities. “When I think about Wilson with Cuddy, it doesn’t work; but I think in general people have a view of him that he’s kind of warm and fuzzy, and he’d be kind of an easy guy for Cuddy to boss around, and that might actually be the relationship.  I don’t think Wilson would stand it very long.  I think he’s a strange man.”

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Exclusive Interview: HOUSE Star Robert Sean Leonard

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In tonight’s brand new episode of HOUSE, America’s favorite doctor suspects that a mysteriously paralyzed woman (played by America’s favorite deputy assistant to the deputy chief of staff; THE WEST WING’s Janel Moloney) is withholding vital information about her condition.

And in the spirit of tonight’s belated Christmas themed episode, the TV Addict thought he’d publish his own belated interview with actor Robert Sean Leonard who plays House’s foil and quite possibly only friend Dr. Wilson.

With your two to three scenes per episode, would you say you’ve pretty much got the best job on television?
Robert Sean Leonard: I’ve got the best job in Hollywood.

Do you ever long for a more substantial role in the series?When it came to pilot season, I first read NUMB3RS and thought, “Well that’s way too much work.” HOUSE is great, because my character doesn’t work too much.

There’s immense pressure when you’re the face on the coin. Hugh [Laurie] is our show. His face is our show, he’s literally on every advertisement. I don’t think I’d enjoy being that guy. The job I have is great.

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