Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

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February 9,1990

"Blind Faith - Parts I & II"

Noah Wyle

"If you had $60 after you paid the bills, you felt like a king, and you got an extra topping on the pizza."

Before he saved lives as John Carter in "ER," and saved the world as Tom Mason in "Falling Skies," Noah Wyle was a struggling actor in L.A. But when times were toughest, he was sustained by "Blind Faith" - the 1990 NBC TV movie, that is. The one that earned him his first mention in Variety.

Do you recall seeing your name in the publication?

I do, because my mother framed it. It was pretty huge. Variety looms large in my house.

What do you remember about the role?

To quote my grandfather, who sat through three hours of that movie, "I had to watch a lot of 'Blind Faith' to watch a little bit of Noah." It was not a big coup, but it was my SAG card. Somebody told me you had to say seven words to get into SAG. My line was, "What's going on down there?" I spent all morning trying to get in two extra words.

Any contemporaries or competitors at the time?

The guy I auditioned against for the part was Matthew Perry. I hadn't even started taking classes yet. …

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