Backstage notes from the SAG Awards

“Thank you, thank you. Now I would like to ask you all a question; who are you wearing?” quipped repeat winner Tony Shaloub. The actor, who took the male actor in a comedy series for the second year in a row, said that he channels his nutty alter ego, Adrian Monk, by “uncorking the bottle.” “Adrian Monk is a part of me in the sense that I have some of the same, odd, quirks as he does. We all have fixations; some of us are just better at squelching them than others. On shoot days, I don’t even try. I wake up, uncork that bottle and everything comes to the surface.”

When asked what actors are at the top of his wish list for guesting on the show — which commences lensing in March on a fourth season — Shaloub said, “I am constantly groveling, asking people to come and join us; and so far it has worked. One person in particular that comes to mind tonight is my old friend from the NY theater scene, John Spencer. He came up to me earlier this evening and reminded me of an episode he had recently seen where Monk had stage fright; so I know he watches.”

Ensemble comedy series winner “Desperate Housewives” boasts a cast list of 13. But when the gang held court backstage sans their bread and butter – Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, Nicollette Sheridan and two-time winner of the night Teri Hatcher were held up in the photo room – what you had was: four husbands, a dead wife (Brenda Strong), and a gardener (Jesse Metcalfe).

“This is the spin-off you have all been waiting for,” said actor Mark Moses. And journos wasted no time asking the cast which women were the most like their character; as well as the $64,000 question, does everyone really get along? Strong dodged the latter question but did say, ” I can tell you that I am the most unlike my character, as I am very much alive.”

Meanwhile, Metcalfe, who graduated to the role of John the gardener on the nighttime sudser by way of NBC’s “Passions,” marveled at his win, saying, “I have never been awarded anything before, except for best new hottie on a soap opera.”

“No matter the film, whether it was ‘Booty Call’ or ‘Ray,’ I have always made it a point to do the best job possible between action and cut, said male lead winner Jamie Foxx. “Hopefully with the way things are going” – he was nommed four times Saturday – “I won’t be making ‘Booty Called’ anytime soon; but if I do, I can promise you that I will be the best freaking pair of buns you have ever see in your life!”

Jerry Orbach’s wife, Elaine Orbach, spoke on behalf of her late husband, who posthumously won the actor for his longtime portrayal of Lennie Briscoe on “Law & Order.”

“Jerry would have been overjoyed about this, and I have no doubt that he would have been the most eloquent one in the room,” she said. “He was a man of words; crossword puzzles were his thing. Tonight when I was up there in his place, I kept saying in my head ‘Jerry, please talk through me.'” Orbach also recalled how the pair first met during a “Chicago” run in the mid-seventies. “I was brought in as a standby for Chita Rivera, and while I was standing by for her, I would up standing by for him.”

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