Matthew Modine Interview

Had the pleasure of interviewing actor Matthew Modine for this month's issue of Hamptons Social Life Magazine. I've included some of my favorite excerpts below.

"Matthew Modine stars in this summer’s highly anticipated drama Proof. The Golden Globe award-winning film actor and Weeds alum returns to television as Ivan Turing, a terminally ill billionaire seeking proof of life after death. Recently, we caught up with Modine, a longtime New Yorker, to discuss the afterlife, the environment and the meaning of happiness. Here’s what he had to say. (Proof airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on TNT.)"

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BL: In your new TNT series Proof, you play a terminally ill billionaire willing to give up his estate in exchange for proof that something is awaiting him after death. Do you personally believe in an afterlife?

MM: Well, that is a very personal question and I don't think I can explain what I imagine happens when we "die" or what an "afterlife" might be. Personally I am fascinated by silence and empty space. We can't know silence unless there is sound. We cannot know empty space until there are objects in the empty space. Somewhere in this space and silence, I believe, is the key to opening our eyes, ears and understanding or what cannot yet be perceived. If death is even a real thing.

BL: You founded Bicycle For A Day (BFAD), a global initiative bringing together people who choose to ride bicycles rather than use gas-powered motor vehicles, immediately reducing their carbon footprint. What are some simple steps we can all take to reduce our carbon footprints?

MM: Oh, there are so many things we can do. When I speak to school children, I try to impress upon them the fact that there is no away. There is no magical place where the many things disappear to. Everything goes someplace. If we can all be conscious of this fact, we will be more thoughtful about our consumption and disposal of things. This step leads us to the deep understanding that the resources of our planet are finite. Not infinite. We simply must consume less and be thoughtful of our waste.

BL: What does happiness look like to you?

MM: Pursuing a goal. Doing the best you possibly can. Then starting all over again. As I have matured, I'm less interested in the results of my ambitions. Knowing that I have done my very best is enough.