Baumgartner On Not Getting Type-Cast: "It's Tough"

Actor Brian Baumgartner dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss his career, new film, and life after "The Office"

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August 20, 2019 - 11:45 am
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Actor Brian Baumgartner dropped by CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench to discuss his new film, One Last Night, as well as his career, sports fandom and life after “The Office.”

“He thinks it’s a good idea for a first date to lock him and his date into a movie theater,” Baumgartner says, explaining the plot for One Last Night. “I play the security guard that is unaware that this scheme is happening, and I kind of get in there and muddle things up in a way. But by the end of the movie, maybe this guy finds a little love himself.”

It was an enjoyable role for the 46-year-old Baumgartner, who is known by many for his role of Kevin on “The Office.” As Baumgartner explained, it’s easy to get type-cast when everyone associates you with one role.

“It’s tough,” he said. “It takes discipline. You have to say no if something is too similar. You got to live and you got to eat, so you got to say yes to some things, but I’ve been looking for projects that get me out of that mode. When I was doing theater, I was a drama guy. I didn’t do that much comedy in theater at all. Then ‘The Office’ came along, and that’s where I’ve lived for the last 10, 15 years. But you just have to wait for the right projects to come along and get yourself out of it. I’ve been very fortunate.”

Baumgartner recently shot My Boyfriend's Meds, which stars Brooke Shields and Jaime Camil and is due out on Valentine’s Day.

"I’ve been busy,” Baumgartner said. “I’m starting to find those roles that are different from Kevin. It’s been great.”

When he’s not acting, Baumgartner is likely watching sports. 

“I will admit I get a lot of hell from my buddies in Atlanta,” the Georgia native said. “I’m a huge baseball fan, and I traveled around the country and the Braves were on TBS and I would watch the Braves and they were my team. But I moved to L.A. and I quickly realized I was never leaving Southern California. One of the first things I did was I got Dodgers season tickets.”

Golf is another passion for Baumgartner.

“A week ago, I shot an 89 and thought, ‘I’m never going to play again,’ and then this week I went out and shot 74 and thought, ‘I’m going to get my Tour card,’” he said. “It’s a stupid game, but I love it. I’m obsessed. If I can’t watch sports, I’ll play that.”

Click below to listen to Baumgartner’s interview in its entirety.