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A Few Minutes With CHILDRENS HOSPITAL’s Henry Winkler

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A Few Minutes With CHILDRENS HOSPITAL’s Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler Childrens Hospital

Right before the holiday weekend I had the chance to speak with American treasure and the niciest man in the history of the Universe Henry Winkler about decepitve sanity, character evolution and how everyone, regardless of age, knows who he is.

Henry Winkler Childrens Hospital

Right before the holiday weekend I had the chance to speak with American treasure and the niciest man in the history of the Universe Henry Winkler about decepitve sanity, character evolution and how everyone, regardless of age, knows who he is.

Let’s talk about CHILDRENS HOSPITAL – how would you describe Sy Mittleman?

Henry Winkler: My character stands looking in at hysterical anarchy.

I like that, “hysterical anarchy.” Would you say that he’s the only sane person on staff?

HW: I only look sane on the outside. Remember that I live very happily in an abandoned bathroom with no plumbing. A sane person would not tolerate that. I would ask for at least running water.

How much of the character was established and much have you added?

HW: That is an ongoing process with every single thing that you do. They have a thought about who the character is and then it just grows because you bring your imagination to it and they go, “Wow, that’s a great idea. Wow, I like that. No, that doesn’t fit what I’m thinking.” It’s completely ongoing.

What have you added that’s your favorite quirk?

HW: Oh, that’s a good question…you know what? I can’t answer that question because I don’t keep track of it. I just have a wonderful time. The biggest thing I guess I’ve added is the wardrobe. I’ve saved the production money by wearing my own clothes.

That’s very helpful. There’s a lot of improving that goes on…

HW: There’s a lot of improving that goes on, that’s true. Some of it is to keep everyone light in the rigors of shooting but a lot of it is scripted and the way it’s written is the way it’s done.

Is there somebody that cracks you up more than others?

HW: You know what, I’m telling you if you stand on the set, if you ever come – have you ever been?

I have not.

HW: […L]et me just say to you, when you do, if you do, Malin Ackerman, Mr. [Ken] Marino, Mr. [Rob] Coddrey, Mr. [Rob] Huebel, Miss [Erinn] Hayes, any one of them at any moment of the day will knock you out of your socks. I’m not kidding. I’m so serious.

I believe it. It’s a lot of heavy hitters.

HW: Every one of them could be the star of their own show and they are all generously together making this.

Have you been able to go the conventions with CHILDRENS HOSPITAL?

HW: Last year I did and what is amazing is that, they’re going to find as they travel around, it just is growing and growing and growing. And it takes time for something to find itself and find the audience.

I’m sure you get a lot of people coming up to you because essentially you are an American icon and legend, so when you’re at conventions, how many different characters do people come up and ask you about?

HW: That’s an interesting question too because it depends on the age of the person. There is the HAPPY DAYS contingent, there is the WATERBOY contingent, there is the ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT contingent, there is the ROYAL PAINS contingent, CHILDRENS HOSPITAL, and then young people only know me as the author of HANK ZIPZER. It’s very exciting and the Queen of England – because Hank is a big hit in England and I go over there, I just came back from a tour of children’s schools – I just got awarded the Honorary Order of the British Empire.

Congratulations, that’s very cool.

HW: Yeah, for me it’s very cool.

So you mentioned ROYAL PAINS and that’s just started. Are you going to be on a lot this season?

HW: That I don’t know. It’s not a question I can answer. That’s totally up to the guys.

Ok, Are they still filming?

HW: No no no….we finished. Oh, you mean this season. I see what you meant. Yeah, I’m there a lot.

Excellent, I look forward to seeing it. What else do you have coming up?

HW: I just wrote my first adult book called I NEVER MET AN IDIOT ON THE RIVER. It’s just on the New York Time Best Sellers list.

Congratulations.

HW: Thank you.

Thank you so much for taking that time to talk to me, I really appreciate it.

HW: You know what, so do I and have a great holiday.

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