Zachary Israel “Zach” Braff is an American actor, comedian, director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his role as Dr. John Dorian on the television series Scrubs, for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2005. In 2004, Braff made his directorial debut with Garden State. He returned to his home state New Jersey to shoot the film, which was produced for $2.5 million. The film made over $35 million at the box office and was praised by critics, leading it to gain a cult following.
Everyone Has An Idea That They Think Would Be A Great Movie. Everyone Has A Cousin Who They Think You Should Work With.
I Think I Suffer From Some Mild Depression.
I'm A Person Who Likes These Sort Of Movies... Sad But Moving 'Art Movies' That Normally Are At A Festival And Then They Go To A Small Art House Theater And Disappear.
I'm Sure Lots Of Actors And Creative People Go Through This, Where You Have Some Weeks Where It's All Going According To Plan And Some Weeks Where You're Super Frustrated.
I'm By No Means Condemning Prescription Medicine For Mental Health. I've Seen It Save A Lot Of People's Lives.
The Best Way To Travel Abroad Is To Live With The Locals.
I Am Really Driven, But My Drive Doesn't Effect The Conversations I Have In My Head About Life, And My Worries And Fears And Insecurities.
My Mother's A Psychologist, My Stepfather's A Psychologist, My Stepmother Is A Therapist And My Dad's A Lawyer. So It Was All Prominent In My Life. I Don't Know Anyone Who Doesn't Know Someone On Some Form Of Prescription Medicine.
I Procrastinate So Much And I Get Distracted By Anything.
I Think A Lot Of People Are Drawn To Seeing People That Want To Be Better. We See It In Ourselves.
In Theater Or Movies You See Either 'I'm Religious' Or 'I'm An Atheist.' I've Never Seen Too Much Discussion Of 'I Believe There's A Higher Power But I'm Hesitant To Reach Out To Him Because I Don't Know If I'm Worthy Of His Attention.'
Ever Since I Was Little It Was Programmed Into Me That London Is Where Great Theatre Occurs And All The Big Shows You Love Start There.
They Put All This Money Into These Huge Films And Then No One Goes To See Them. That Sort Of Shows They're Out Of Touch. Then Everyone In Town Passes On My Little Movie And It Does Really Well.
I Really Like Just Super Dry Comedy.
When We Shoot 'Scrubs' I Spend Every Waking Hour Of My Life In An Abandoned And Haunted Hospital. All I Can Date There Are Ghosts And They Tend To Be Horrible Snugglers.
The Way I Write Is That I'll Actually Have A Conversation Out Loud With Myself. In A Weird Way, I Just Kind Of Get Schizophrenic And Play Two Characters.
I Think In A Play It's Wise To Just Sit Back And Watch Other Actors And Be Able To Shape It From The Audience.
I Said, I'm On This Tv Show And I Love Doing It, But I Don't Want To Be Known Always As The Silly 'Scrubs' Guy... So Part Of Me Was Like, You Know What? Life's Short. Let's Go For It.
I Am Really Driven, But My Drive Doesn't Affect The Conversations I Have In My Head About Life, And Worries And Fears And Insecurities.
Everyone Has A Warped Vision Of Hollywood And What Success In Hollywood Is Like.
I'm Putting Myself Out There In A Way I Don't Know If I Ever Have Before.
The Success Of 'Scrubs' Allowed Me To Pursue Anything I Felt Passionately About Without Having To Worry About Money. It Allowed Me To Spend My Summer Work Shopping My Show At A Nonprofit Theater.
I Had A Very Funny Family.
As A Kid Who Wasn't Into Sports, At School I Felt Almost Alienated At Times, Whereas In The Theatre Community There Was This Amazing Sense Of Camaraderie. Early On, We Would Go To Rehearsals With My Dad And I Was Like The Mascot For The Backstage Crew. That Was A Big Part Of My Childhood, So I Dreamed Of One Day Doing A Play In London.
I Went To Film School And Wanted To Learn Everything There Was About Making Movies.
In New York, We Tip Everyone. We Tip Doormen, We Tip Cab Drivers, And We Tip Bartenders At The Bar. You'll Get Quite An Evil Eye If You Don't Leave A Tip At The Bar.
I Have A Great Relationship With My Parents. I Have Not Been On Lithium.
I Didn't Necessarily Have A Total Idea When I Was Writing The Movie Of Where Everything Was Going. I Just Wanted To Have Really Realistic Dialogue And Write Like People I Knew Talked. I Tried To Keep It Very Real.
That Image Is A Couple Different People's Homes That I Knew Growing Up.
Actually When I Gave Out The Script, I Gave It With A Cd Of All The Music I Wanted To Put In The Movie, And Again, We Never Thought We'd Get All That Music.
It Used To Be That You Came Out Of School, And You Got Married - Those Who Were Going To Get Married. But My Peers Are Getting Married In Their Early 30s, So Now There's Like This Extra 10 Years Of That Angst.
I Think I Felt Compelled In A Way Because If I Hadn't Written The Part, I Never Would Have Been Offered The Part. There Are At Least 10 Guys Who Would Have Been Offered The Part Before Me.
Gay Men In L.a. Are All A Bunch Of Tens Looking For An Eleven.
I Love Music And I Love Musicians And When I Hear Something That's Great, I Always Say It's Like You Go To A Movie And You Can't Wait To Tell Your Friends About It.
In Fifth Grade, We Had To Write A Story And Read It In Front Of The Class. When I Read Mine Out, The Class Were Just Belly Laughing. And I Remember Being Like, 'This Is The Coolest!' So I Want To Dedicate My Life To Trying To Make People Laugh. I Can't Imagine Doing Anything Else.
I Love 'Scrubs.' It's The Best Day Job In The World.
I Know Every Politician Spins The Truth A Little.
I Don't Care About Image And All That Nonsense. I'm In Sweat Pants Every Day. I Don't Play The Game At All.
I'm Hanging Out With My New York Friends, My Jersey Boys, My Family And Loving Every Single Second Of It.
I'd Always Fantasized About Writing A New Play. Even When I Had All This Success In Television, What I Was Daydreaming About In My Dressing Room Is That One Day I Would Do It.
I Have No Desire To Make Money Off Musicians. I Just Want To Promote Them Because I Want To Share Music.
I Always Encourage Over-tipping If You Can Afford It Because... Share The Wealth.
I Had No Interest In Sports So I Didn't Make Friends In That Traditional Way Where Kids Are In Public School And They Go And They Join Clubs, And Play Sports. So I Kind Of Had To Find My Own Way To Make Friends And Get Attention And So I Just Was The Class Clown.
I Always Liked The Story Of Noah's Ark And The Idea Of Starting Anew By Rescuing The Things You Like And Leaving The Rest Behind.
I Came When I Was In High School As Part Of A Student Exchange Program With The Jewish Community Center In New Jersey, To Ramat Eliyahu. You Come And Volunteer For Five Weeks At A Day Camp. I Was A Teenager - I Couldn't Really Appreciate It As Much, And Now I Come Back As An Adult And I Can Really Get The Flavor Of The City, And I Love It.
I Was Kosher Until I Had My Bar Mitzvah, And I Parlayed Officially Becoming A Man Into Telling My Father I Wanted To Eat Cheeseburgers.
I Want To Take Piano Lessons, I Want To Study At University, I Want To Travel, I Want To Do Other Parts, Make Another Movie.