Q&A: TV Personality Ross Mathews
May 09, 2013 | by —Alexandra Calamari | Homepage
|Comedian Ross Mathews can now add author to his resume.|
He may have started off as Ross the Intern on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, but now Ross Mathews is a staple on the LA comedy circuit, with frequent appearances on Chelsea Lately and E! News and his own talk show set to air this fall on E!. Mathews also just released a book on May 7, Man Up! Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence, which chronicles his journey to the spotlight and takes a hilarious look at how he turned his obsession with Hollywood stars into an asset ($25 on amazon.com).
Catch our chat with the comedian about his book, what to expect from his talk show, and his favorite celebrity meeting, then see him live at Largo at the Coronet on Monday, May 13 at 8 pm ($25 tickets on largo.com).
What inspired you to write Man Up?
ROSS MATHEWS: I've lived a ridiculous life—from growing up in a farm town to being plopped into the center of Hollywood—I couldn't not share my adventures along the way.
What drew you to Los Angeles?
RM: Ever since I was a little kid, I would flip through the magazines and see the stars and say, ‘one day I'll be there!’
Any funny stories from when you first moved here?
RM: When I first moved to LA, I lived in this gross little apartment that was infested with cockroaches [laughs]. But I'm still best friends with all the people I lived with.
Any tips for other small-town folk trying to make it big in LA?
RM: I define Man Up as you are what you are—you have to celebrate what makes you different instead of hating it. So identify what makes you different and use it to make you stand out, which is a hard thing to do in a big city like LA.
How did you break into the business?
RM: I did it in a really unorthodox kind of way. Most people get a headshot and go to auditions. I was sort of in the right place at the right time, and had the right talent that people were looking for.
Which celebrity have you gotten really excited about meeting?
RM: I met Michelle Obama and that was a game changer, because this is the First Lady—she's like living history!
Tell us about your talk show.
RM: It's interactive; I want to bring fans and pop culture together. There are so many shows that tear down pop culture and say ‘isn't that stupid,’ but I love it. I want to create a place where we can celebrate it, so we'll be Skyping people into the audience and we'll be able to ask celebrities questions.
Where can we find your book?
RM: The book is available at Target, so you can see me at the City Target, the one in West Hollywood, and the one in Glendale—I'll probably be shopping there. So go get the book and you'll probably bump into me!
Cover shoot: September 2014 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.