‘Freaks and Geeks’ Writer Wanted to Have an Affair With Jason Segel

Freaks and Geeks Writer Wanted to Have an Affair With Jason Segel

Jason Segel.
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Freaks and Geeks author Patty Lin viewed as possessing an affair with forged member Jason Segel irrespective of their 9-calendar year age hole — and the truth she experienced a boyfriend at the time. 

“While I adored most of the actors [on Freaks and Geeks], I grew to become in particular close with Jason Segel. He played Nick, the drummer freak who is Lindsay’s like desire,” Lin wrote in her memoir, Conclude Credits: How I Broke Up With Hollywood, which was introduced on Tuesday, August 29. “Only 19 at the time, he wasn’t the type that created women swoon, but he was sweet. He experienced warm brown eyes, a goofy smile and a tall, lanky frame — like, basketball participant tall. In actuality, he employed to perform basketball, just like his character.” 

Lin, who would go on to produce on demonstrates like Close friends, Desperate Housewives and Breaking Terrible, recalled her time on Freaks and Geeks’ sole year — her to start with gig as a total-time personnel author — as an in general constructive expertise. That was partly credited to showrunner Judd Apatow and the friendships she made with quite a few solid users which include Seth Rogan and Hectic Philipps. Even so, she located herself most drawn to Segel when on established. 

“It was difficult not to like Jason. He experienced a positive angle and did his career without any complaints. Not only was he an intuitive actor but a budding author and musician as nicely,” Lin wrote of the actor, introducing that he was “also a pothead” like her. 

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“That was something we had in frequent,” she continued. “While taking pictures [the episode I wrote called] ‘Girlfriends and Boyfriends’ we sussed out our mutual desire and became stoner buddies.” 

Lin recalled a unique evening following capturing in which the twosome ate meal at an Outback Steakhouse and “toked up” in Segel’s auto even though bonding in excess of “deep views.” 

“That was when I begun acquiring feelings for Jason, even with our 9-12 months age hole and the point that I currently had a boyfriend,” she confessed. “We talked about performing and creating, our profession plans, his panic of fame, our really like of privacy and the will need for solitude. It was the sort of conversation that makes you tumble in appreciate with a person. Judd [Apatow] when instructed me he’d experienced a dialogue like that in the vehicle with the actress Leslie Mann, when they have been functioning on the Cable Guy. They ended up married.” 

Freaks and Geeks Writer Wanted to Have an Affair With Jason Segel

Seth Rogen and Jason Segel in ‘Freaks and Geeks’.

As Segel stopped at a lodge so Lin could use the toilet, the pair created quips about the Ritz-Carlton getting made for “rich Hollywood men to have affairs” — and the discussion took a “suggestive” flip. 

“I had a wild impulse to talk to Jason to expend the night time with me at the lodge in which I experienced taken a leak,” Lin mentioned, introducing that she “stamped out the urge to kiss him and gave him a hug rather.” 

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She pointed out sensation “intoxicated” by Segel’s interest “even nevertheless I knew it was erroneous.” The author ongoing to extensive for a thing to transpire among them — until eventually it became obvious he was fascinated in somebody else. 

“My birthday came later on that 7 days. [My boyfriend] Carl experienced to go out of town for work, so I applied that as an justification to make supper options with Jason,” Lin discussed. “All working day extensive I toggled among guilt and anticipation. Then I discovered Jason flirting with Linda Cardellini, the actress who performed Lindsay.” 

Freaks and Geeks Writer Wanted to Have an Affair With Jason Segel

Linda Cardellini and Jason Segel in ‘Freaks and Geeks’.

When the trio finished up heading out for evening meal to celebrate Lin’s birthday, she recalled generating “a silent wish” as she blew out her candles that Segel would kiss her at the conclude of the evening. Nonetheless, “all I obtained when he dropped me off was a brotherly hug,” she wrote. 

Lin claimed that she confessed her would like to Segel the adhering to working day, but the actor eventually turned her down because of to not wanting to “ruin” her boyfriend’s daily life. 

“I was crushed like a lovesick teen. Possibly Jason was getting honest, and if so, his ethical code was amazing for a person his age. But I experienced a sensation that no matter what experienced been brewing in between us was hardly a blip in contrast to what was going on with Linda,” Lin shared of her heartbreak. “And I was proper: ahead of extended, they were being a few, their union considered by everyone as sweet and inescapable. Linda was beautiful and gifted, not to mention a interesting individual. I in no way stood a likelihood.” 

Segel and Cardellini sparked a romance following Freaks and Geeks was canceled in 2001. Immediately after their split in 2007, Segel was connected to Bojana Novakovic and later on Alexis Mixter, whom he dated from 2013 to 2021. Cardellini, for her part, shares daughter Lilah-Rose, 11, with fiancé Steven Rodriguez, to whom she’s been engaged since  2013.

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