"Thank you, Betty. Great to be here."
"Tell us about yourself. What’s your occupation? What are your strengths & weaknesses?"
"Whoa, going right for the jugular. You and Sabrina have a lot in common." He laughs. "Let’s see, I’m 34, the executive news director at KBHY-TV in Lewiston. My strengths? Hmm, I suppose my business sense. My weaknesses…I’d argue with this one but most people who know me would probably say I’m a little too serious.”
"Successful people are often seen as serious and driven. What’s your family like and did your upbringing affect how you are now?"
"Let’s just say it wasn’t ideal. Don’t get me wrong, my dad was an excellent provider, but that was pretty much the extent of it. He dropped the ball when it came to being present in our lives. I suppose that's why I got used to shouldering more responsibility at a young age. I stepped in for my mom and younger brother, Rob. My dad is only now trying to repair the rift in our relationship, and I’m not entirely on board yet. It’s going to take some time.”
"What tangible object would symbolize you?
"Turtles. Ask anyone what they immediately think of when my name comes up, they’ll all probably mention turtles."
Betty laughs in surprise. "Turtles? Really? He's avoiding eye-contact, ladies and gentlemen. Now I'm intrigued."
"It's a long story.”
"And judging by your smile, probably not one for the public airwaves."
"Definitely not." They share a laugh.
"All right then, moving on. Tell me how you and Sabrina met? What was your first impression of her?
“Sabrina just about ran me down with her car. I wish I were kidding, but it’s true! Then she went from ogling to injuring me. I never knew what was going to happen next. I thought she was a cute, but scary, danger to society—me in particular.”
"Oh, my. But clearly that's not all. Tell us something you like about her."
“Once I got over the panic attacks at the sight of her, I realized I’m laughing and smiling more than I have in years. She’s quirky and sweet, a good friend and great company. Being with Sabrina is a rush, a jolt of adrenaline to the system and the only other place I feel that kind of kick is in the crazy newsroom. She’s the eye of the storm and I’d rather be inside of it than get pelted by the debris that seems to swirl around her.”
"That's marvelous." Betty chortles in delight. "Just a couple more questions. If you had an unexpected free day, what would you do?"
“I wouldn’t mind borrowing my brother’s boat again. Or golf. Golf is always good.”
"And last, what CD or song best describes your relationship?"
Jackson cracks up. “That’s easy. Queen’s ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’. It’s perfect.”
"Certainly sounds like it. Thank you, Jackson. My producer, Mandy, will take care of you now. Listeners, stick around. When we come back from commercial, I'll be chatting with Sabrina Eckhart."
"Welcome back to Coming Attractions. I just had a wonderful visit with Jackson Murphy from Accidents Make the Heart Grow Fonder and now I'm here with his charming co-star, Sabrina Eckhart. Lovely to have you, Sabrina."
"Thank you, Betty. Happy to be here."
"Sabrina, tell us about yourself? What’s your occupation? Strengths, weaknesses?"
“Ahh, Let's see. I manage the restaurant and nightclub, Oasis, and contrary to what you’ve probably heard, I’m not a total disaster. It seems to be centered around Jackson. Well, Jackson and my brother’s CD’s. And roommates, and apartments. And nippy little dogs. And … next question. I don’t have to say my age, do I? Oh, let’s just move on, okay?”
Betty laughs. "No problem. What’s your family like and does your upbringing affect you now?"
“Believe it or not, I have three older brothers; Andy, Aaron, and Sam. I got the full dose of estrogen in the family and it kind of shows up at the worst times. I give my brothers a lot of crap, but I love them, I really do, and their wives and kids. I’m crazy about my family. Oh, and I should probably mention that my parents are awesome. They’re retired and live in Santa Fe now. That means my brothers all think they have to watch over me. Like I’m a screw-up or something. It can get annoying at times. Of course I forgive them. I pretty much have to because they’re always willing to help me move when I call. Not that I move a lot. Well… next question.”
"What tangible object would symbolize you?"
“Tangible object? I'm not sure. I scrapbook—does that count? I have books full of interior and exterior pictures—furniture. Basically I’m building my dream home in my head because I can’t afford to do it for real yet.”
"Describe Jackson. What was your first impression of him and did it change over time?"
“OMG! What did he tell you? I’m serious, what? Forget it, don’t answer that. Tell me this instead. Did you see Jackson’s butt? That was the first thing I noticed about him. Black running shorts and a tight butt. Stunning. I’m talking STUNNING!” Laughing now she adds, “That assessment hasn’t changed, only now I’m allowed to touch it!” She and Betty high-five over the desk. Nodding Sabrina says, “I know, right?”
"Is there anything about Jackson that you would consider a flaw?"
“He’s working on trust issues, but I totally understand where that’s coming from—and I didn’t exactly help in that department either. Fortunately, his brother, Rob, is a psychiatrist and they’re like, joined at the hip. Rob is Jackson’s First Call for Help.” Giggles and rolls her eyes. “Yeah, I was the reason he made a few of those calls.”
"What is it you want out of life?"
“I’d love a home, a decent bed—mine has a sinkhole in the middle—and well…love. Don’t we all basically want that?”
"If you had an unexpected free day, what would you do with it?"
“It doesn’t even matter as long as I’m not at work! Probably something cheap. I live on a budget. Maybe I’d go fantasy shopping with my best friend, Tanya, to Ikea or Pier 1 Imports -- my favorite stores.”
"They always have great sales, don't they? Last question, then I'll let you go. What CD or song best describes your relationship?"
“What did Jackson say?”
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love."
“Of course he did. Huh. He really did? Ooooh, I don’t know now. How am I supposed to concentrate on stupid songs when I’ve got that running through my head? Dang it!”
While they laugh, Jackson swoops back in to collect Sabrina and gives Betty a broad smile. “Thank you for having us, Betty.”
“Yes, Betty,” adds Sabrina, slightly distracted. “Thank you. This was fun.” Naturally she’s still trying to come up with a better song than Jackson’s suggestion but it eludes her.
*This interview was originally shared on MJ Schiller's blog June 26, 2013. I just stumbled upon the document while cleaning house and didn't want to delete it without sharing it here first. Here's the original link. Can Accidents Make the Heart Grow Fonder?
Thanks for stopping by from all of us; Betty, Jackson, Sabrina, and me.