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It’s just after 9:30 a.m. on a Monday when Josh Duhamel slides into a back booth at his favorite diner, greets the waitress by name and orders an egg-white omelet, English muffin and hash browns. “This place,” reports the 42-year-old actor, clad in a long-sleeved gray T-shirt, jeans and sneakers, “is my jam.”
The neighborhood dive—surely the only place in tony Brentwood, Calif., with wood-paneled walls and a handwritten paper sign crookedly taped to one of them that reads “Open daily 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m.”—might seem like an unlikely hangout for Duhamel, the handsome Hollywood A-lister who with pop-star wife Fergie make up one of the industry’s more glamorous couples. But spend some time with the North Dakota native, and it becomes clear he’s retained the humble Midwestern tastes and strong work ethic with which he was raised. After all, this is the guy who, despite starring in the first three hugely successful Transformers films, as well as romantic comedies like New Year’s Eve, still attends acting class. “And it still scares the s*** out of me,” he says with a laugh. “But I want to keep getting better.”
Duhamel’s bringing those well-honed chops to his role as Milt Chamberlain, a charismatic and seemingly earnest FBI agent, in Battle Creek, the highly anticipated new CBS drama created by Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and executive produced by David Shore (House). In between proudly showing off iPhone videos of his towheaded 1-year-old son, Axl, a refreshingly candid Duhamel opens up about his pretty-boy image, why winning an Emmy for All My Children was the best revenge and the unprintable dating advice he received from Las Vegas co-star James Caan.
How did you get involved with Battle Creek?
I wasn’t sure I wanted to do TV again. I was happy doing movies. But they were also taking me away from home, and when I had my baby I didn’t want to be traveling. I don’t like being away from him for more than a day. I got a call from my agent saying that Vince and David wanted to meet, and I was like, “I can’t not say yes to that.” I was a huge Breaking Bad fan, and House was amazing. So we had breakfast and talked about it. I’d read the pilot but I wasn’t sure. It was like, “Is this enough of a departure?”
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