Noah Bean and model Katya Kulyzhka in Boston Common's spring fashion feature
Best known for his role on FX’s Damages, opposite Rose Byrne and Glenn Close, Boston native Noah Bean took a break from acting to play model in our spring fashion issue. We caught up with him again while he was busy shooting Nikita in Toronto for the scoop on some of his favorite Boston hangouts and the one thing he can’t live without. Hint: it’s not his Blackberry.
Have you ever done a fashion shoot before? NOAH BEAN: Not like that. I did a thing for J.Crew’s men’s catalogue last year but it was a little less fashion-y. I had a blast. Bell [Soto], the photographer, was really cool and the model was amazing. The first thing I said to her was, “Teach me the ways of being a model.”
How often do you get back to your roots here in Boston?
I was just there for the fall. I was doing a play at The Huntington Theatre right in downtown Boston, which is great.
What was it called?
[It was] this show called Bus Stop. And then before that, about five years ago, I did Love’s Labour’s Lost, which is a Shakespeare play, also at The Huntington. It’s been great, it’s sort of like a homecoming because The Huntington Theatre was our main stage theater when I was in drama school at Boston University.
You have a knack for both drama and comedy—any preference? It’s about who I’m working with. Doing Damages,working with Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Ted Danson and Zeljko Ivanek is a dream come true. And then it’s great to be able to work with guys like the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia crew, who I think are some of the funniest guys on television. I feel very fortunate to be able to work with the people I’ve worked with.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Oh, you’re making this so difficult on me—a sense of humor?
Usually people say, “My Blackberry!” I would love to live without my BlackBerry. I’m not on Facebook or any of those things. People always give me crap for not being on Facebook but now I feel like there’s a revolution where so many people are saying, “Oh my God, I’ve got to get off of Facebook. Facebook is ruining my life.”
Do you have any favorite spots that you look forward to on each visit?
In the Southside there is an amazing restaurant called The Butcher Shop. It has the best wine selection, the servers are amazing and it’s an actual butcher shop. I also hang out at The Liberty Hotel right at the end of Charles Street. It’s a converted jail and there’s a fun little bar there called the Clink.
What’s up next? I’m doing Nikita now and I’ve got a movie calledLittle Murder, with Terrence Howard and Josh Lucas. And this little indie called The Pill, which is looking to get into the film festival market right now.