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Aside from Jacuzzi-based death and a posthumous Oscar, Mr Sudeikis' career path has not been quite as happenstance as he might suggest. In fact, it verges on the traditional, having started out at renowned comedy theatre
"Oh yeah, I was determined to win that prize and be the fastest fashion model ever," he says dryly. (He later admits that trying on clothes is "not my favourite part of the job", and seeing as he makes that confession while shrugging on an anorak and a battered rucksack, his profession to fashion ignorance does not seem like part of his easy-going self-deprecation but rather God's honest truth.)
Mr Sudeikis has a laconic, relaxed manner, talking slow and walking slow, that doubtless comes from his being a Midwesterner rather than a New Yorker, having grown up in Kansas. But mentally, he says, he has always had the kind of jittery and hyperactive curiosity that is a better reflection of his fast-moving career than his laid-back demeanour.
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"I didn't really want to be an actor when I was growing up - I wanted to be whatever I was reading about or seeing at the time. When I read The Firm I wanted to be a lawyer; when I saw Top Gun, I wanted to be a fighter pilot. So that's why acting probably turned out to be a good thing for me because I get to be people for five minutes or 90 minutes. I'd be curious to see if I had the attention span to be like those guys on 30 Rock and play the same character season after season," he says, as if unable even to imagine having a non-acting job that lasted for life as opposed to several seasons.
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"Having George as an uncle made acting seem like a viable career. He met his wife at Second City so I looked at him and thought, wow, this Second City place, you go there, you marry a beautiful woman and you get a job on Cheers - that place sounds magical!" And that is near enough what happened to Mr Sudeikis, as he did meet his wife (now ex-wife), TV writer and producer Ms Kay Cannon, there and moved seamlessly to Saturday Night Live.
Mr Sudeikis has been frequently linked to various actresses by the celebrity press, from Ms January Jones to Ms Jennifer Aniston to one Olsen sister or another. He is currently dating Ms Olivia Wilde but the interest in his romantic life is one part of the job that makes him even more uncomfortable than trying on clothes. "Yeah, I don't really..." he begins, lost for words for the first time in an hour. "Uh, it is a little odd being chased around [by the press]. Fortunately all of the stories have been very flattering to me but it is weird to read stories that are completely untrue and you think, 'Where did this come from? Who is this source?' Like, there was a story that Jennifer Aniston and I were dating. Obviously she's dealt with it for years so she's as cool as a cucumber about the whole thing but I'm like, 'How did they even come up with that?' It's weird, and it would be easy to let it make you close up as a person, but you have to choose not to be that way." He pauses for a second. "You know, I think those magazines should hire me because I think I'd be really good at writing those articles. I'm pretty intuitive and good at making insinuations."
And just like that, a new career plan is born.
The full article can be found in The Journal - Issue 48 on MRPORTER.COM