I talked to the actor-comedian-producer-Alzheimer’s activist — and discovered these tidbits.
I interview celebrities for a living. What they say often surprises me. Here’s what Seth Rogen revealed about himself (with help from his wife, Lauren).
Seth and Lauren head up Hilarity for Charity, an organization that raises awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease. When I talked to the duo for a story that ran in WebMD Campus, I asked Lauren if the work brought out his serious side.
Her answer: “Who he is in movies is not necessarily who he is in real life. He’s a very lovely, sensitive, caring person — and partner to me and to my whole family.” It was an “aw-shucks” moment that, for a few seconds, left Seth speechless.
He’s a homebody.
Seth is a high-profile guy, so it looks as if he’s constantly out and about doing something interesting. But he told me he doesn’t go out much — and when he does, he’d almost always rather be at home with Lauren, doing nothing.
“We’re pretty boring,” he said, then named three things they typically do with their downtime:
– Watch TV. Recent faves: Fargo, Making a Murderer and The People v. OJ Simpson.
– Eat — a lot. Mostly it’s Buffalo wings.
– Hang with their dog. Fortunately for everyone, Seth and Lauren’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Zelda, likes doing exactly what they do: hang out, watch TV and eat.
Seth is one of those rare celebrities who presents himself as who he really is. No phoniness, no pretension.
When I asked him if he’s up-to-date on the latest Alzheimer’s research, he admitted he falls short and said, “I didn’t graduate high school, so I don’t retain the information as well.”
Of course, he’s a genius at turning his shortcomings into a laugh. Not only did he describe himself (with a chortle) as a “lazy man-child,” but when I asked what makes him the perfect person to speak up for Alzheimer’s, he said, ‘Heh, heh, heh, heh, I would never pretend that I am. When I’m your best celebrity spokesperson, you know your disease is screwed!”
Originally published at medium.com