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Continued: Ex-'Ugly Betty' star Michael Urie on his 1-man show, drinking water onstage and getting high

  • Article by: MARK KENNEDY , AP Drama Writer
  • Last update: June 26, 2013 - 8:00 AM

AP: This play is about an out-of-work actor trying to make ends meet. What kinds of things did you do before you were famous?

Urie: Usually I would do extremely menial jobs like answering phones, transferring calls, sometimes even less. Sometimes just manning a desk. There was one job I had where I sat in a reception area for a law firm and I had to push a button to unlock the door whenever somebody came to the door. That was my only job. They didn't need me for anything except unlock the door. That was my only task: Push the button and unlock the door. And then imagine how you feel when you forget?

AP: That sounds grim. Anything else?

Urie: I did do one pretty ridiculous job for money. I did a medical research study for the effects of marijuana. I would go to Columbia University and get high. I would smoke and do these computer tests, like match the dots or something like that. It was a six-week study and I would go every week. Every week was a different level of marijuana. The first week I got stoned out of my mind and they just make sure you don't go crazy. The next week was weaker. It was varying degrees. The placebo was boring. It was a fun job and they paid really well. But you didn't get to keep any of it.

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