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Interview: Tom Irwin on Life as Graham Saw It

Updated: Dec 24, 2019

In which we come to realize just what Angela's dad was up against.

Tom Irwin, Graham Chase, My So-Called Life
With the slightest expression Tom Irwin could make us empathize with Graham's internal turmoil.

Thank you so much to Tom Irwin for chatting with me yesterday about “My So-Called Life,” and providing me with a little peek into the thought process of Angela’s father, Graham, as he interpreted it.

Even 25 years later he remembered that feeling of his character being lost in his own life, trying to give Angela advice while, at the same time, realizing that he was in no position to be giving anyone advice at that particular time in his life. Graham was still trying to find his place in the world professionally, and all indications were that he was seriously rethinking his marriage, too.

He was also, quite clearly, wrestling with being a father. I especially loved Tom’s take on the way Graham viewed his daughters:

“From Graham’s perspective they all were like aliens. ‘Who are these people and how did they end up in my life?’ But the character, and myself as an actor, were constantly having our mind blown by these wonderful young” actors.

'So Beautiful it Hurts' is neither endorsed by nor affiliated with ABC, The Bedford Falls Co., or anyone involved with the making or distribution of "My So-Called Life."  


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