‘Scrubs’ Star Talks About Live As Music Video P.A.

‘Scrubs’ star Zach Braff was on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday, where he talked about his previous job working as a production assistant on music videos. Zach shared a few stories on how they played gags on famous people pretending they didn’t know who they were, and how the had bodyguards carry them on the set because their feet were tired. He says one particular diva wouldn’t drink the water he brought her because they only drank Evian. Zach denied it was Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Lopez, or Mariah Carey. He had worked with Mariah in the past though, saying, “She was nice, I have to say.” They joked a little about Glitter as well. Read on for a transcript.

Jay: All righty. My next guest stars in the popular show “Scrubs,”
which airs Thursday nights on NBC. Please welcome Zach Braff.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jay: Hi, zach, how are you, buddy? Good to see you.

Zach: Very nice to meet you, man.

Jay: How are you doing? Good to see you.

Zach: Thanks for having me.

Jay: How have you been? You’re enjoying your success? Your show is doing
very well.

Zach: Yeah, we moved to thursday night after “friends,” so I’m pretty
excited about that.

Jay: Yeah. This is your first big success.

Zach: Yeah, this is by far my biggest thing I have ever done. You know,
22 million people, I think, watch us. So that’s a lot people who watch
to do anything.

Jay: Yeah, that’s true. Now, you got started —

[ Light laughter ] What did I read? You got started working on music
videos? What did you do?

Zach: I was a P.A. I went to film school at northwestern, so when I
first got out of school, I was working as a production assistant on music
videos. You know, just trying to get some experience.

Jay: But that’s not really. You’re just like getting water and coffee.

Zach: Yeah. You’re just like, you know, anything that anybody wants
you to do, that’s what you do. And it was really degrading work. So my
friend and I would play this game that no matter how big the star was,
no matter how famous they were, we would pretend like we had no idea who
they are.

[ Laughter ]

Jay: That will get you fired.

Zach: No, so everyone’s like — you know, it’s like sting. Everyone’s
like rushing to bring him coffee and water, and anything. We’d be like,
“ahh, who are you?” You know?

Jay: Really?

Zach: But he was very nice about it.

Jay: He was okay.

Zach: Yeah.

[ Laughter ] He like looked over at us, “please, I have seen people
do that before.”

[ Light laughter ]

Jay: Now, who — did you meet any jerks?

Zach: Well, I shouldn’t really say.

Jay: We don’t have 22 million watching. You’re okay.

[ Light laughter ]

Zach: No, they weren’t jerks, but the spice girls, I have to say that
was really funny, because on set they had their bodyguards carrying them
to the set.

Jay: Now wait, now wait, now wait a minute.

Zach: They did. And I said, “why? Did something happen?” They said,
“no, their feet are tired.”

[ Laughter ]

Jay: So the bodyguards would pick them up and carry them?

Zach: Yeah, they carried them to and from the sets.

Jay: Shut up! Really?

Zach: I swear. I worked on the video.

[ Laughter ]

Jay: And then place them — the bodyguards would place them —

Zach: Well, they wouldn’t carry them to their mark, but they would just
bring them out, and then they would get down and then walk onto the set.

[ Laughter ]

Jay: Come on.

Zach: Their feet hurt. I guess they were on tour or something.

Jay: Wow. Did they make any demands of you? Like, did you get any of
this –? “Boy — I want a bottle of water.”

Zach: No. But, you know, they tell you to bring them water. You have
to bring them stuff. I actually had someone say to me — I brought them
water, and they said, “no, I only drink evian.” And I said — I thought
they were joking, like that’s the biggest gag. It’s like a spoof of themselves.
They said, “no, seriously, I only drink evian.” I was like, “wow, that’s

Jay: Who was that? Was that a singer?

Zach: I’m not gonna say.

Zach: Did you pee in the bottle?

Jay: Was it an individual singer?

Zach: Yeah. I thought about it.

Zach: A little lemon?

[ Light laughter ]

Jay: Was it male or female?

Zach: It was a female.

Jay: Singer, big?

Zach: Yeah, I’m not gonna say who it was.

Jay: Well, you don’t have to say.

Zach: No, no. Jennifer lopez.

Jay: We don’t want you to say.

[ Laughter ] We don’t want you to say.

Zach: I never peed in the bottle.

Jay: Was it barbra streisand?

Zach: No.

Jay: Was it someone in a group or an individual?

Zach: I’m not saying. I’m not saying.

[ Laughter ] They’re too famous.

Zach: Name one of their songs.

[ Laughter ]

Jay: Do one of her songs.

Zach: Hum it, hum it.

Zach: I’m not going to say.

Jay: You don’t have to live in fear of this woman. She can’t —

[ Laughter ] Zach, she can’t hurt you anymore. She can’t hurt you anymore,

Zach: When we get 30 million viewers, I’ll come back and tell you her

Jay: Next time you’ll tell me her name?

Zach: Until then, I can still lose my job.

[ Light laughter ]

Jay: Wow, wow, that’s pretty good. Was that her only demand?

Zach: Yeah.

Jay: You didn’t have to sleep with her or anything?

Zach: No, I would have brought evian if that was the case.

[ Laughter ]

Jay: Is her first name mariah?

Zach: No, it wasn’t mariah. But I worked on a bunch of mariah carey

Jay: Now how was that?

Zach: She was nice, I have to say.

Jay: She’s very nice. You didn’t work on that movie, did you? “Glitter”?

Zach: No.

[ Laughter ]

Zach: Did you see it?

Jay: No, I don’t know anybody that saw it.

Zach: I don’t know anyone that saw it, either.

[ Audience ohs ]

Jay: Now how about you?

Zach: You see it?

Jay: Did you see “glitter”?

Zach: Yeah.

Jay: Any good?

Zach: I love mariah carey.

Jay: She’s very talented. Nice woman. I think she’s mad at us.

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