There’s one thing within the recipe for Julia, HBO Max’s sequence about Julia Baby and her transformative cooking present, that viewers are savoring like a heat meal straight from the kitchen. “Individuals are having a really particular form of response to it,” says David Hyde Pierce, who stars as Julia’s husband, Paul Baby. “[They] really feel embraced and comforted by it.” The position is each supportive however nuanced as Paul pours his all into giving Julia the prospect to shine. Right here, Pierce discusses portraying the person behind the star chef, performed by Sarah Lancashire, the present’s window into his and Julia’s relationship, and the place things stand proper now with the Frasier reboot.
DAVID HYDE PIERCE: I used to be most likely acquainted with Julia the way in which most individuals who had heard of her work knew about her. I’d seen the film [Julie & Julia] with Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci, and as slightly boy definitely noticed her on TV and was conscious of her over time. It wasn’t till they approached me about doing the present that I discovered about Paul and was so intrigued and enthralled by him and their relationship.
DEADLINE: What was it about him that you?
PIERCE: He was so many things. He grew up taking part in the violin and cherished music all his life. He was a improbable craftsman, he redesigned the kitchen of their home so the counters could possibly be excessive sufficient that Julia wouldn’t harm her again. He was an unbelievable painter, visible artist and photographer. He simply appears to be somebody who didn’t perceive or care about limitations. After which he put all of that into the service of this lady he cherished, into their relationship and in the end her profession. I simply discover that incredible.
PIERCE: I met her on the primary read-through. There was a protracted lead-up the place I used to be going to do the present, after which it turned out I wasn’t, after which I bought a musical, so I used to be doing that as a substitute. However then COVID hit, so the musical went on hiatus. By that time, Sarah had come on board after I had left the mission. I didn’t know her or who she was. And since my musical was on maintain and I used to be free, they requested if I’d do the pilot. That’s when I appeared her up, and it jogs my memory of Paul within the sense that it looks as if she will do something. I watched Final Tango in Halifax and Completely happy Valley, after which a few of her different stuff from her early days in tv, clearly she had fairly a spread. She’s such a talented actress. I had no concept how she’d be as Julia Baby, however that wasn’t so necessary to me as a result of I figured they should have forged her for a motive. And when we sat down on the desk learn, she simply grew to become her. It was very clear.
DEADLINE: The partnership that you just two portrayed is simply so stunning. These are folks of a sure age in a really totally different period, when a girl being a breadwinner was not as frequent, and Paul is on this transitional part in his profession. It’s fascinating seeing how he processes this fame that involves her.
PIERCE: What folks speak about on a regular basis is how unbelievable it’s that he simply submerged himself in her success, particularly at the moment when that wasn’t taking place as usually. He was a very sturdy man with a really wholesome ego, and I discover it not possible to consider that it was simple for him. I consider that he wouldn’t have had it another method when it comes to his love for her and his understanding of how nice she is. However on the similar time, he needed to come to phrases with the highlight being solely on one individual.
DEADLINE: You actually see that play out throughout the season. To start with, she has to govern him a bit into endorsing her capturing the pilot for The French Chef. However by the top, he actually encourages her to maintain going.
PIERCE: That’s a credit score to the writers, as a result of they’ve given us a window into what it should have been like for these two sturdy personalities to seek out this new world collectively. I really like the scene the place Paul had a primary exhibiting of his artwork and no one purchased something besides one man who wished a photograph of Julia Baby, and Paul and Julia are simply sitting there collectively within the artwork gallery taking a look at his portray, speaking about what the hell is occurring to them. I simply assume it’s so stunning. It’s such a wealthy, sophisticated human second.
PIERCE: We’ve at all times had enjoyable, proper from the primary day of Frasier, and that was 11 years as a result of she was on the present yearly for 11 years. And naturally, we all know one another anyway from simply being within the enterprise collectively, within the theater. We simply share a whole lot of expertise, a whole lot of life, a whole lot of frequent vocabulary and understanding. So, it’s very comfy working together with her, and I simply adore her. To be reminded of simply how beautiful she is as an actor, when I simply consider her as an outdated good friend, that’s awfully good.
PIERCE: I don’t know the place they stand. I haven’t talked to Kelsey shortly. The final time I talked to him, I knew that it was a piece in progress, and I believe it nonetheless is within the works.
PIERCE: My feeling was at all times that they’d gone on their method, and I wasn’t actually eager about the place they’d gone. I went on to different reveals. However I believe if I noticed a script the place I went, “Oh my gosh, how fascinating. Who would have thought that that is what they’re doing?” That’s why I by no means say I wouldn’t do it. It’s about how their story is advised, as a result of I care rather a lot about these folks, these actors. That is how I at all times choose my initiatives, now that I’ve the luxurious of choosing them: I take them as a result of I’ve to. That’s what occurred with Julia. I learn this script and I assumed, I’ve to do that half. I need to discover this individual and discover this relationship. And so, if I had been to see a script of a Frasier reboot that I needed to do, I’d do it.