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20 Questions With William H. Macy

The Oscar-nominated actor and star of the Showtime hit Shameless (who plays the oft-inebriated father of our cover girl, Emmy Rossum), shares his biggest fear and what he’d never accept from Obama.

Method man
Catch the Emmy-winning actor in his starring role on Shameless when the third season begins Jan. 13.

How do you feel about New Year’s resolutions?
If you’re not getting loaded, you have to figure out something to pass the time.

What are you afraid of?
Losing my mind.

If you could fix one thing about America, what would it be?
It’s working pretty well, but I guess I might pave Mulholland Drive.

How often do you lie?

What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Favorite character to play so far?
Frank Gallagher in Shameless.

What’s the worst job you ever had?
Acting in a commercial.

Superpower you’d like to have?

Best advice you’ve ever gotten?
From Glengarry Glen Ross: Always tell the truth—it’s the easiest thing to remember.

Dish you prepare best?
Beans Bill: Blanch the beans, sauté too much garlic in too much olive oil and add too much salt to be able to taste anything.

Funniest person you know?
Dave Mamet.

Favorite president ever?
Obama—and I wouldn’t take an ambassadorship even if he offered me one.

Old New York or new New York?
Old New York.

Which do you prefer: performing onstage or in front of the camera?

Which five people would be at your dream dinner party?
Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, [my wife] Felicity Huffman and me.

What signifies NYC to you?

What always surprises you about the city?
The sidewalks at 5 o’clock.

When are you at your happiest?
Under imaginary circumstances.

What does no one know about William H. Macy?
How much I’m faking it.

Favorite word?