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Matt LeBlanc

Matt LeBlanc strikes a pose.

“How you doin’?” That’s the question Matt LeBlanc, aka Joey Tribbiani, made famous during his 12 years playing a dim-witted yet good-hearted aspiring actor on Friends and its spinoff sitcom, Joey. This month, he reprises his Golden Globe-winning role in Season 3 of Showtime’s Episodes, in which he plays an arrogant yet good-hearted successful actor named... Matt LeBlanc. We checked in with him between scenes—but this time, we got to ask the questions.

What’s been your favorite role to date?
Joey Tribbiani. It had the most job security.  
 
Which five iconic figures would be at your dream dinner party?
[Motorcycle racers] Valentino Rossi, James Stewart, Travis Pastrana, Colin Edwards and Toni Bou. 
 
What are you really good at?
Hopefully acting.

How similar was Joey Tribbiani and the real Matt LeBlanc?
Not very. 
 
How similar is Matt LeBlanc on Episodes and the real Matt LeBlanc?
Not very.

What’s the worst job you ever had?
A summer job scraping old bottom paint off boats—very nasty lead dust. 
 
Which profession would you never try?
Shoelace re-tipper [someone who replaces the plastic tips on shoelaces]—too much pressure. 
 
What was the first concert you attended?
Cheap Trick.

What’s the most outrageous thing a fan has ever done to you?
A really weird guy once grabbed me while I was in Paris. He jumped on me and wrapped his arms and legs around me as I got out of a car.

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Farrah Fawcett.
 
What’s your definition of sexy?
Sex.
 
What’s the last thing you Googled?
Manhattan magazine. 

What’s the best advice you were ever given?
‘Buy land. It’s the only thing they’re not making more of.’

What are you afraid of?
For some reason, dwarf horses give me the creeps.
 
What’s your favorite word?
Vacation—do I have to explain?
 
How often do you lie?
Never?
 
What are you most proud of?
My kids.
 
What always surprises you about New Yorkers? 
Their directness. It’s great. 
 
What is your TV guilty pleasure? 
Finding Bigfoot.
 
What does no one know about Matt LeBlanc?
I’m really Bigfoot.