From Broadway’s Rent to the silver screen’s How Stella Got Her Groove Back to TV’s Private Practice, actor Scott Leo “Taye” Diggs has entertained his way into the hearts of viewers.
Those hearts broke a little with the news last year of his separation from Idina Menzel, his wife of 10 years. They have one son.
The 43-year-old is now starring in TNT’s original series Murder in the First, which premieres at 10 p.m. Monday. He spoke to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Yes, I did find something special and it doesn’t have necessarily anything to do with its success. It is more to do with my interest and my desire to participate. As an actor in this game, not knowing the future kind of goes with the territory. You jump in with both feet and hope for the best. I’m just thankful for the opportunities that I have had to have the chance to play another cop and an ER doctor, you know, all these different kinds of characters just get added to the list. And this kind of new, exciting perspective of one case that spans the entire season.
Luckily it has always been in the writing so once I kind of say the words and get some wardrobe action going I get into character.
I’m kind of lucky because I think of myself as a working actor, and I’m not a Kim Kardashian who can’t step out of a building. You know, when I’m through with this interview I will walk outside, and there won’t be a throng of cameras following me. I’ll go to the gym and have a regular day. Every once in a while there might be a blurb in a magazine, but if I want to get seen, I have to go and get seen as opposed to people coming to see me.
I’m pretty expressive. Just having been an actor for a while and having gone to a college that allowed me to major in musical theater, I’ve never had an issue expressing feelings. That being said, I’m a bit of a control freak. My body usually tells me what’s going on. Mentally, a lot of times, I will think everything is fine and if it’s not it will manifest itself in my body, and then I will get sick. Then I’ll realize, OK, this must be stress.
I am in the process of writing a lot of personal stories down. So that is something I will actually ask my mother for this memoir. I know that I caught the bug from her. When she wasn’t working she was in community theater and also ended up going back to school for theater and dance so I attribute it to her and being around that vibe. That ensemble vibe is what attracted me to the stage. So she was always very encouraging. … Whether it was over confidence or cockiness, I knew this is what I was going to be doing for the rest of my life.
Yeah, yeah. I have a son. He’s only 4 and he is already an amazing performer and the last thing I want him do is be a performer. [Laughing.] So at this point I am trying to cobble together some way of kind of exposing him to everything and hoping he’ll choose a different line of work.
It’s just that when you have a kid you want the best for your kid and even though I have been quote unquote successful there is still a lot of heartbreak. … I would never, ever want anyone to tell my son he wasn’t an amazing kid. I think I would take it harder than he would. Even me, I had it so easy, but my coming up through the ranks — there were some real letdowns.