He’s no womanizer like his Masters of Sex character Dr. Austin Langham, but Teddy Sears has had an appreciation for the female form for some time now—as long as there’s no food involved.
Sears admits he didn’t get what all the fuss over 9 1/2 Weeks’ iconic refrigerator scene was about: “That scene when all the foodstuffs come out? You lost me. That’s when I turned it off.” Then again, he was only 9 or 10 years old at the time.
It’s unlikely the same could be said of Langham if he had come of age during Kim Basinger’s controversy-stirring prime. Though Langham’s been mostly sidelined (and clothed) during Masters’ second season, Sears promises his Dr. Feel-Up will be “back to his old tricks” as we head toward the finale, starting with a major episode Sunday night: “He falls head over heels and has quite a shock.”
But don’t count out Langham’s brassy wife (Elizabeth Bogush), who put her philandering fellow on blast in front of his colleagues and patients in season two’s premiere. Even so, says Sears, “Through all of his dalliances, he dearly misses his [family]. If he could do things differently, he would because he never thought he would lose so much. It took him losing the ability to see them all the time to make him realize what they meant to him.”
It’s all leading up to Langham’s evolution from Lothario to family man. Sears notes, “In this season, we see Langham reaping what he sowed in season one, and the emotional fallout of that for him, which is that of a very lonely, lost guy—even more so than we left off in season one. We see him try to reorient himself. By the end of the season, we see where that decision ultimately lands him.”
Below, Sears lands on the pop-culture that makes him tick (or ticked-off), from Harry and the Hendersons to some serious shredding by Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid. Watch the video or read the full transcript.
EW: What movie did you watch too young?
SEARS: I remember sneaking a peek at Nine 1/2 Weeks after my folks had gone to bed. I was little, I wanted to see, you know, some naked women. We used to watch all sorts of movies, just my best friend and I, just to catch a glance at, you know. That was my M.O. when I was a little kid.
What movie have you walked out of?
I walked out of Harry and the Hendersons. Harry bugged me, I don’t know. Yeah, it’s weird because I think Sasquatches are great, but not then. Maybe not that weekend, I don’t know. I don’t know what it was. You go back and look at, you know, early class photos and I’m like a head above everybody else. My girlfriend at the time was 4’11” and she used to pull a chair over so we could dance together.
Who was your first celebrity crush?
This is going to make me look like, you know… [Laughs] There was a Playboy Playmate named Brandi Brandt. ‘87, ‘89? I can’t remember but there was a kid in my class at the time who was selling his dad’s like, old Playboys to whoever would buy. He was ripping us off too, like they were four bucks a copy but he would sell them for like seven or eight. Oh my God. This is really actually painting a very unflattering picture.
What was the first single you bought?
I remember buying Living Colour, “Cult of Personality.” Vernon, Vernon Reid, was that his name? The lead guitarist? He just—that guy was unbelievable—unbelievable what he could do. I remember the lead singer, his name was Corey—God, Corey something. [Corey Glover.] But he wore a wet suit in the video and I thought, ‘This guy’s cool.’ The drummer was out of his mind too, but yeah that video was really interesting, cutting in with historical images. That’s before the classic-rock phase set in.
Final Score: Mr. ‘Personality’
Masters of Sex airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.