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TEDDY SEARS

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Hair Davy Newkirk (Tracey Mattingly )  Grooming Jo Strettell (The Magnet Agency LA)  Production Gwen Walberg (Little Bear Inc )  Photo assistants Michael Murphy, Jeff Tautrim, Will Adler Stylist Assistant Clau dia Craciu  Hair assistant Eddie Arana  Grooming assistant Jessica Ahn  Production assistants Luke Adler and Garrett Kohler Production rentals Edge Grip and Quixote Los Angeles Special thanks BOX Eight Studios Los Angeles

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TEDDY SEARS

PHOTOGRAPHY BRUCE WEBER
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TEXT NOAH WUNSCH

THE FORMER ATHLETE FINDS SUBSTANCE IN HIS ROLE AS AN APPARITION IN AMERICAN HORROR STORY

Teddy Sears should have played Captain America. At 6'5" with a swimmer’s build, a head of blond hair, and teeth straighter than a dentist’s, he looks like a genetic experiment gone right. “I auditioned,” he smiles, shaking his head. “They said I was too old.” His family history is all-American too. Old American. Original American. Pilgrim hats and Plymouth rock. (The Sears landed in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630.) His great-grandfather won an Olympic gold medal in pistol shooting, and in 1956 his aunt placed third in the 100m butterfly. Teddy himself trained competitively in the 100m breast stroke, hoping to carry the family Olympic torch. “I fell short of the Junior Nationals by a tenth of a second, and I remember feeling like I could keep going here, keep training and make it, but then I asked myself, How far do I really want to take this thing?” He dropped the two-aday training sessions and returned to the comfort of team sports, playing football at the University of Maryland and then water polo at Virginia. Now he plays hockey in beer leagues on the West Coast. “Jerry Bruckheimer actually has a league. The guys who go out and play are nasty. Cuba Gooding Jr. is always out there and he’s great. Taylor Kitsch came out and played. He’s crazy good! But I think he’s Canadian, so he has to be or else he’ll get booted out of his own country.”   After college Sears moved to New York City, where he enrolled in the William Esper Studio’s two-year acting program. “I was lucky enough to get some TV commercials, which helped me stay alive. People talk about ‘the big break,’ but I feel like there are a series of breaks. My first was on the soap One Life to Live, which I did for two years. Then I got fired from the show and had to go back to catering, which was tough.” On a quick trip to L.A. for a Smallville audition, Teddy made the necessary contacts that would help launch his career. “Moving to L.A. is never something I thought I’d do, but it ended up being one of those things where life shows you what’s next and you say okay. Roll with the punches.” The punches came in the form of a series of guest-starring roles on popular programs like Ugly BettyBlue BloodsBig Love, and Mad Men. And then a starring role on TNT’s Raising the Bar.     So how did Sears go from playing a smooth-faced Boy Scout to being the gay, stubble-faced, slutty ghost Patrick onAmerican Horror Story? “I realized there were only so many handsome Ivy League douche bags I can play before it’s no longer a challenge or fun. I’m just looking for something three-dimensional at this point, and I found that in Patrick. He truly struggles with his emotional and physical needs in his relationship with Zachary Quinto’s Chad.” As Patrick, Sears was able to play the alpha male in a conflicted relationship with an underlying vulnerability that most leading men struggle to portray. “It’s funny because sometimes I wish that weren’t so on the surface. It’s my ego, because it makes me feel like less of a man, which is all horseshit because I think that real men have that and can expose the part of them that is sad or vulnerable.”     Teddy is currently working on the Showtime pilot Masters of Sex, starring Michael Sheen, Beau Bridges, and Lizzy Caplan. The show focuses on the 1950s sex studies of Masters and Johnson. “They started using prostitutes and female volunteers to see what happened to the body physiologically during sex. It was only studied through masturbation up until then. At a certain point they realized that they should expand the study and include couples. I play a doctor, based on a real person, who they recruit to be the first male volunteer to take part in their experiments.” The character is no Captain America, offering Sears the chance to create a fully rounded persona out of someone simultaneously intelligent and loathsome. “He’s a married guy. He’s got really young kids. There’s this naïveté that these two worlds will never intersect. My wife will never know what I do at work. Apparently the character was quite the libertine, and that’s fun to play. I’m excited to see where it goes.”    

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Hair Davy Newkirk (Tracey Mattingly )  Grooming Jo Strettell (The Magnet Agency LA)  Production Gwen Walberg (Little Bear Inc )  Photo assistants Michael Murphy, Jeff Tautrim, Will Adler Stylist Assistant Clau dia Craciu  Hair assistant Eddie Arana  Grooming assistant Jessica Ahn  Production assistants Luke Adler and Garrett Kohler Production rentals Edge Grip and Quixote Los Angeles Special thanks BOX Eight Studios Los Angeles

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