Ben Feldman, the Emmy-nominated actor and star of NBC’s “Superstore,” is ready to do more than act, but that doesn’t mean he’s sick of acting.
“It’s not about being bored, and it’s certainly not about being bored with acting,” Feldman said during an interview with IndieWire. “There’s just so much that happens with people who are doing such hard, incredible work around us. And I just think it was neat to kind of understand what it was like to have real responsibility.”
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The former “Mad Men” star is making his directorial debut in “Superstore’s” third season. Titled “Lottery,” Episode 19 finds “lottery mania” taking over the St. Louis superstore while Feldman’s Jonah helps his co-worker Amy (America Ferrera) hunt down the new district manager (played by Jennifer Irwin) to ask for a raise.
“I was given two things that just aren’t ever seen [on our show],” Feldman said. “There’s a golf course in this episode — you’re rarely outside on our show and certainly when you are, you’re rarely on something with the geography of the golf course. […] And that made me nervous, especially because in the middle of it there’s a stunt. But we pulled it off.”
Feldman offered IndieWire an exclusive look behind-the-scenes of his time behind the camera. The following photos were all taken with his iPhone, and a select few feature captions written by the director himself. Take a look to see how the new episode was created, who was eager to support their new director, and how it all came together.
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