Seacrest interviews Piven during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about his role as Harry Selfridge in the TV series Mr Selfridge.
He was an incredible character. Between nine and five, he was brilliant. At night, he could be a disaster. He loved to gamble and cheated on his wife, and yet, [he] came to his senses. It’s a cautionary tale [and] it’s the best work that I’ve ever done. It’s challenging when you’re on a station that is funded by the people. They don’t have any money to advertise. So, it’s up to me to be a one-man band. And it’s almost like a pop culture experiment to see how long it takes to possibly break a show with just one man. And I feel like the tide is turning.
Piven discusses his career and his new title role in the PBS Masterpiece Classic series, Mr. Selfridge, in this interview for PBS. On the Chicago department store Marshall Field’s being an inspiration:
He came up with this bargain basement sale. He just transformed shopping in Chicago. Thought if we have these enormous windows and we treat it like a play and we depict a scene, then people will come in. That was his theater.
Piven talks about the last season of the HBO series Entourage:
This year I’m getting into stuff with my character that I haven’t explored yet. We are continuing with the theme of the wife who has had enough of him. It’s breaking him up, because his family means everything to him. I definitely feel like there is more to do. We are positioned well for a movie.