Actors Bahar Soomekh, left, and Shaun Toub arrive at the 9th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP)
Matt Price: Tell me about your fashion background.
Shaun Toub: I’ve been blessed because I used to, from time to time I still get offers to go back into fashion and people want to start up things with me. But I’ve always loved fashion, and I had a men’s line at one point. But then it became too much, and I had to decide if I wanted to do fashion or if I wanted to do acting. And I decided on the acting. It’s something I love, it’s something I’m always reading up on, and I want to know what’s out there. Domenico Vacca, who dressed me for the “Kite Runner,” did our clothing, and then we became friends. And he actually dresses me for events. He’s one of the best designers in the world right now, and probably one of the most expensive that I know of, but his clothes are just beautiful, magnificent, and I’m just blessed that I have the opportunity that I get to go play in his store. And actually, for my character on “The Mentalist,” he does the clothing. It’s amazing, every time I wear his stuff, people are always complimenting me. I just like it, fashion is something I like to play with.
Matt Price: You played Pinter, an ex-boyfriend of Elaine’s, on the “backward” episode of “Seinfeld.” What was it like being on the show?
Shaun Toub: You never know if that episode is going to be the good one, but it turned out to be a great one, and people still talk about that episode. It was a pleasure to be on it, it was a bit different, because when I was on that, they didn’t shoot it like the regular, four-camera half hour. They did it where they shot it initially with an audience, bc of the way it was, it was very difficult because it was going backward and everything. It was fun, the people were great, very friendly, and I still run into some of them from time to time. “Seinfeld” is a legend, so it’s always nice to be on those shows.
MP: And I suppose you still get residuals.
ST: That’s a blessing of this business, that every day could be Christmas.