Jon Cryer: 'I didn't expect to still be on a show,' he says
Jon Cryer needs a better game plan when it comes to compliments, he noted on the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.
When it comes to the things that other actors tell him, "I forget all of the compliments, and it's really unfortunate," he said, "because when I'm riddled with self-doubt, those would really be handy."
However, getting fired from his first job did gives him strength, he said, after an industry acquaintance told him, "I don't respect anybody who hasn't been fired at least once."
"I really took that to heart, because it's a business that's very silly and you just cannot take it personally and that's been a great source of confidence for me, oddly, that ... you'll get the parts you're right for."
His SAG nomination for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy -- the award went to Alec Baldwin for "30 Rock" -- was a first for the "Two and a Half Men" star.
"I can't say this is where I expected to be ... I didn't expect to still be on a show. ... But for an actor, that's kind of life anyway. ... You get used to rolling with the punches."
-- Amy Kaufman
Photo: Jon Cryer and wife Lisa Joyner on the red carpet at the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times