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POPsessions: Why Seth Green Tears Up at 'E.T.'

Yahoo TV
January 2, 2014

A show-biz veteran since the age of 10, Seth Green is the man of all media these days, working as creator and star of the cult favorite animated show "Robot Chicken," as well as starring in the Fox sitcom "Dads," which airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

We spoke with the actor during a moment of quiet on the "Dads" set so he could share his own cultural influences, answering our POPsessions questionnaire.

1. What was the first movie you saw? There was a movie theater in our neighborhood where they showed the movie "Hot Lead and Cold Feet." I remember seeing that and thinking, "Wow, movies are awesome."

2. What movie makes you cry? I'm kinda a softie in that way. I'm emotionally accessible as an actor, so I'll tear up if the commercial is good. But I bawled my eyes out when I saw "E.T." for the first time, and my parents didn't understand. They said, "But he went home. He was saved!"

3. What do you eat or drink while watching a movie in the theater? I love popcorn. I eat a lot of popcorn. In my later years, I've been trying to drink water instead of soda, but if I go to a place and they've got a good frozen icy thing, I might get that.

4. What's the TV show you never miss? I'm watching "Homeland" a lot.

5. What TV show would you like to live in? "Sesame Street."

6. Who is your TV crush? I have a lot of TV crushes. I loved Ginger on "Gilligan's Island." Old-school. I loved Lisa Bonet on "Different World" and "The Cosby Show" first. I saw her grow up.

7. What TV theme song do you still remember the words to? My sister and I both know every song from every show all throughout the '80s, so sometimes when we want to feel close, we'll just quiz each other on whatever. We usually start with "Silver Spoons," find our way to "Family Ties." Before you know it, it's "Growing Pains" or "Punky Brewster." They all had really elaborate songs. "Perfect Strangers" is one of my all-time favorite theme songs. Right up there with "Greatest American Hero."

8. What's the guiltiest pleasure currently on your DVR? I don't really watch anything that makes me feel guilty or that I'm embarrassed to talk about.

9. What is your karaoke song? Usually it's either a Jay Z song, or a Nelly song, or, if I can find the right partner, it's "Islands in the Stream."

10. What was your first concert? The Amnesty International concert, and it was nuts because it was Bruce Springsteen and Sting and Peter Gabriel and Tracy Chapman and Joan Baez. It was bananas. It was the first time Amnesty was doing that big an event to try and gain awareness of human rights violations all over the world. I was 14, and I had done something, and someone had a connection to the concert, and my mom and I got to go. It was the greatest, super-mind-blowing experience. We were up in the crummy seats — we could barely even see the show — but I became really interested in all those artists after that. Just being a part of something that big was supercool.

11. What song was playing during your first kiss? I was really young. There was probably no music. It was probably a stolen moment at summer camp, at the end of evening events before you had to go back to your bunks.

12. What website do you visit when no one is watching? I don't do a lot of Web stuff. But if I do any kind of upkeep, it's with my social pages. But I don't have any daily Internet habits.

13. What phone app do you use the most? Hipstamic. It's a photo capture program that gives you a real-life variety of lens and film, which adds to the composition. Since we're in a day and age that anyone can add a post effect to something to simulate those kind of traditions, I like Hipstamic because instead of placing an overlay on an already captured photo, it creates the photo under those conditions.

14. Who is your favorite tweeter? Steve Agee's really funny. Patton Oswalt always has something good to say. I like Rickey Gervais a lot. He responds to people and answers the questions he's asked, which I find fascinating, even if the answers are going to be more incendiary.

15. What article of clothing can you not live without? I've got a leather jacket or a hat that I can't throw away. I don't know.

16. What was on your favorite T-shirt growing up? I made a lot growing up. My mom's an art teacher, so I've learned how to silk-screen and tie-dye pretty young, so I was always making things that were custom of that moment. I had one shirt that I screened "shirt" on to. I made that when I was 13. The irony of labeling things as if it was an army outpost hadn't really developed yet, so I thought it was hilarious to have a shirt that said "shirt" on it.

17. Did you have a poster of a celeb on your wall when you were a kid or a teen? There was a lot of music, everything from U2 to Pink Floyd. A lot of art pictures. I was really into comics. I had a lot of blowups of different characters. There was a poster of the Marvel Universe, every character in the Marvel Universe.

18. Have you ever dressed as a celeb for Halloween? I dressed as Prince one year, fairly recently. "Purple Rain" Prince.

Green talks "Dads" on "The Talk":

"Dads" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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