Craig Robin­son Wants to Be­lieve

But the Ghosted star doubts he’ll ever play a bouncer again

Sharp - - GUIDE - By Alex Nino Ghe­ciu

A few min­utes. That’s all it takes for Craig Robin­son to steal a scene — whether as a shamed door­man in Knocked Up or a dead­pan work­place drone in The Of­fice — and it’s usu­ally all he gets, too. So imag­ine the lar­ceny he com­mits in Ghosted, the new X-files-spoof­ing su­per­nat­u­ral sit­com he gets full co-star billing in with Adam Scott. It’s straight-up high­way rob­bery.

Be­tween you and Adam Scott, who’s Mul­der and who’s Scully?

I’m the Scully — the skep­tic — on the show. But it’s the re­verse in real life. Adam is the skep­tic, whereas I don’t think we’re alone.

What do you be­lieve in?

Ghosts, aliens, all of that! I don’t want to talk about it, but I’d say I’ve had some para­nor­mal ex­pe­ri­ences. There are some things I’ve seen.

Yikes, all right! Well, your work­load’s been quite in­tense the past few years. Are you afraid of say­ing no?

No! You’ve got to say no to stuff or else you’ll just be do­ing any­thing and ev­ery­thing. Just be­cause you do ev­ery­thing doesn’t mean you’re suc­cess­ful. Ac­tu­ally, the word “no” is your big­gest power in Hol­ly­wood. It’s so easy to get pi­geon­holed. I re­mem­ber read­ing the In­ter­net com­ments when they an­nounced I’m get­ting my own show. Peo­ple were like, “Don’t ruin him! He’s good in small doses!” I was like, “Wow! Re­ally? You have no idea what I can do!” So yeah, now I don’t read com­ments.

You don’t like be­ing known for your five-minute cameos?

Put it like this: when I did Knocked UP,I prob­a­bly got six of­fers from peo­ple say­ing, “Hey, we want you to play a bouncer in this thing!” And I was like, “I did that! It’s done! I’m mov­ing on.” So you can stay in that lane and pi­geon­hole me in your mind, but I know what I can do. I’m al­ready gone.

Have you ever ghosted any­one — like, in the dat­ing sense?

I’ve been on both sides of that coin. Ab­so­lutely. You just stop call­ing or they stop call­ing you. It’s not nice. I’m too old to play that game now. I did it when I was younger. It was eas­ier back then be­cause we didn’t have cell­phones. Just don’t pick up the land line!

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