It has been years since Michael Rosenbaum portrayed Lex Luthor on “Smallville,” but fans still recognize the actor from his portrayal of the diabolical villain. He has the starring role in TV Land’s “Impastor,” where he portrays a low-life gambler hiding from loan sharks by pretending to be a small-town gay pastor. Born in New York and raised in Indiana, Rosenbaum, 44, resides in Southern California. Fans may follow him on Twitter (https://twitter.com/mrosenbaum711) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMichaelRosenbaum/).
Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?
A. Disney World. Stay at the Animal Kingdom and get a view of all the awesome animals in the park. You can get your own private animal tour and it doesn’t cost much. Also, have lunch at the Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater. And don’t stop riding on Tower of Terror and Space Mountain ’til you puke.
Q. What untapped destination should people know about?
A. Vancouver, British Columbia, is pretty incredible. If you go at the right time of the year, it’s just absolutely perfect. I’ve never been to a cleaner place in my life. I’m sure God is proud of Canadians for keeping it so beautiful.
Q. What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from your travels?
A. Always bring a Xanax and an Imodium and you’re good to go.
Q. Have you traveled to a place that stood out so much you thought you could live there?
A. I absolutely loved Australia. I was there three years in a row and it’s the only place I’ve loved enough to consider moving to. The people are amazing and there are a million things to see and do. I couldn’t stop doing an Australian accent. I’m not sure anyone really liked it.
Q. Where are your favorite weekend getaways?
A. Living in Los Angeles, I’m pretty close to Vegas, so it’s nice to have the option of getting a little dirty for the weekend. I just took a bunch of friends there to see Lionel Richie and Hall and Oates, actually. I also enjoy taking a quick flight to San Jose to spend a nice weekend with my pal Brent Burns, who plays (hockey) for the San Jose Sharks. He and his wife, Susan, are awesome and I’m like their third child. I love going up to Big Bear during Christmas, as well. Two hours away from L.A. and you can play in the snow and get a great steak and a nice crispy salad at the Captains Anchorage (http://captainsanchorage.com/).
Q. If you’ve ever gone away for the holidays, which was the best trip?
A. I always remember going to New York for the holidays with the family. It was always hell, but there were a lot of good times. Just waking up at my grandmother Ruthy’s house in Long Island on Christmas morning and driving into a rarely empty Manhattan was pretty memorable. There’s nothing like New York during Christmastime — ice-skating, Central Park, hot chocolate, Macy’s, FAO Schwarz. I bought a fake Rolex on the street. It didn’t work then and it doesn’t now.
Q. What are your favorite cities?
A. Melbourne, Perth, Los Angeles, Munich, New York and Evansville, Indiana. I had to say since I grew up there.
Q. What would be your fantasy trip?
A. An all paid for trip through all of Italy, staying at great hotels, having a driver and just living it up. You said fantasy trip, right?
Q. What are your favorite restaurants?
A. I love this little Italian restaurant near where I live in Los Angeles. It’s called Pace (http://www.pacerestaurant.com/). You must go. I’m there every week. The food is out of this world and the ambience is very warm and relaxing. Great place to bring your girlfriend or family. The owner lets me bring my own wine. Don’t tell anyone. Get the cedar wood grilled salmon or the chicken and mashed potatoes, and if you can’t afford it, always hit the Olive Garden.
Q. When you’re on the road, what is your guilty pleasure?
A. Fast food. When I’m on the road, I don’t care. Don’t judge me. I’ll eat everything.
First hour: Ed welcomes actor, producer and director Michael Rosenbaum (Impastor, Smallville). New episodes of Impastor air Wednesday nights on TV Land. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember soap opera pioneer Agnes Nixon and the anniversary of the original 1966 broadcast of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Second hour: Ed welcomes back actress, author and teacher Dee Wallace (E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, Cujo, The Howling, The Frighteners, Just Add Magic). Topics include one of Dee’s earliest and most important screen roles (an appearance on Lou Grant), her new children’s book, On Dandelion Seed (which she co-authored with Keith Malinsky), and Buppa LaPaloo, a stuffed teddy bear created by Dee that also serves as an important teaching tool for children ages four to seven. Dee Wallace will appear at the Mystic Journey Bookstore, 1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd., in Venice, CA on Saturday, Nov. 12 beginning at 7pm. Also in this hour: Longtime radio personality Sam Yates shares a clip of an interview he did with Star Trek actor James Doohan in the 1990s.
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In the facebook live Michael did yesterday he mentioned that he wanted us to get #renewimpastor trending and for us all to help TV Land renew the programme. Now as we are all good friends of Michael’s I am sure we are all watching Impastor and helping to spread the word but we need to do more to support our guy!
So we need to post on facebook and tweet to @TVland and @Impastortv how much we love the show and why we want more series of it and remember to hashtag #renewimpastor on every tweet you send out about the show.
I watch this show with my husband every week and we love it so much, so please tell your friends and family if you are in the USA to watch it on TV Land and you can also watch it on the TVLand app! Spread the word and lets save this brilliant show!
Michael Rosenbaum is an actor probably best known for portraying Lex Luthor on Smallville. Currently he stars in TV Land’s Impastor, which recently kicked off its second season, where he portrays a man who steals another man’s identity and ends up posing as a gay pastor in a small town. Michael was nice enough to take a few minutes from his busy schedule to answer a few questions from us.
1. You walk into a bar. What do you order from the bartender?
Probably a Jack and Diet. I’m from Indiana, that’s what we drink, but I live in L.A., so hence the diet.
2. Who’s your favorite person to follow on Twitter and/or Instagram?
I love Bruce Campbell. I worked with him, he’s hilarious and comments on everything. Carrie Fisher is ridiculous and brilliant, so she’s fun. And Michael Ian Black kills me.
3. What’s currently waiting for you on your DVR?
Dateline, of course.
4. It’s your last meal — what are you going out with?
Olive Garden, baby!
5. What websites do you visit on a regular basis?
RedTube.com. Don’t go to that… it’s a porn site.
6. What’s the most frequently played song on your mobile device?
“Sailing” by Christopher Cross. “If You Leave Me Now” by Chicago.
7. If you could go back and give your 18-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t worry. Once you grow pubic hair, fix your grill and grow nine inches… you’ll eventually get laid.
8. What’s the last thing you Googled?
Halloween onesies for adults.
9. Dogs or cats?
I love all animals, especially my dog Irv. He’s named after my grandfather Irv… who’s still alive.
10. Best concert of your life was…?
I go to so many ’80s concerts, so this is a really difficult question. Chicago, I’ve seen them so many times, love them. Guns N’ Roses at the Hard Rock in Vegas. Def Leppard at the Hard Rock in Vegas. ELO at the Hollywood Bowl. Human League at the Microsoft Theatre.
11. What book are you most likely to give as a gift?
It would be a book about farts. I have many fart books.
12. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
There are a lot of great people out there, a lot of nice things have been done for me. A fan once sent me an Impastor version of the game Clue, and the thing was unbelievable. I mean it was so elaborate, really lovely gift.
13. South Park or Family Guy?
14. You have an entire day to do whatever you want. What would you do?
Probably nap… or go to Disney World… or go to Universal Horror Nights.
15. What movie can you not resist watching if it’s on?
Tommy Boy, Empire Strikes Back, Alien, The Shining, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Slapshot. Arthur (Dudley Moore version).
16. The sports team or teams you’re most passionate about?
I love the New York Giants. Anything New York — New York Giants, New York Knicks, New York Rangers and New York Mets. I hate the Yankees.
17. Where did you eat the best meal of your life?
Gibbys in Montreal. Holy shit, what a steak.
18. The last movie you saw in a theater?
The Blair Witch 2016. Just saw it and I love horror movies. Not a great flick, but the last 15 minutes almost made me piss myself.
19. Who was your first celebrity crush?
Probably Goldie Hawn. I think I saw a vagina in the movie Private Benjamin. I don’t think it was her vagina, but I still have a crush on her. Met Goldie and Kurt Russell a few months ago and they were wonderful.
20. What would you cook if Nic Cage was coming to your house for dinner?
Olive Garden. Or Sonic. My sister works at Sonic, so I’d get Nic some free shit.