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3rd Rock from the Sun: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Was Depressed Over Ending

Joseph Gordon-LevittWhen a long-running TV show comes to an end, performers often have mixed emotions. Shooting a TV series can mean lots of long, long days but it’s also a steady paycheck. There are numerous TV stars who have found themselves typecast and unable to find new work.

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt recently shared that he was “scared and depressed” when 3rd Rock from the Sun ended in 2001. He tells Details, “I was scared and depressed for a while, not that I had any reason to f*****g be depressed — I mean, I was going to college and it was not like I was hungry.”

Gordon-Levitt continued, “But absolutely. I was like, ‘S**t, I don’t know if anybody’s gonna let me act. They’ll let me be in another sitcom, but I don’t want to do that. This is terrible’.”

Of course, Gordon-Levitt had little to worry about. He’d been working for years prior to the series and has established himself as a well-respected movie actor. He’s starred in films like (500) Days of Summer, Brick, and currently, Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio — another sitcom veteran turned film star.

What do you think? When you were watching Gordon-Levitt as “Tommy” on 3rd Rock, did you have any idea that he’d go on to star in movies?

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Pat October 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm

He’s an excellent actor. Just saw him in Brick.


Jim July 8, 2010 at 8:10 am

Knew he was going to be a good actor after watching “Killshot”!


SlayerKat July 8, 2010 at 6:59 am

I always thought he looked a little like a younger Heath Ledger (RIP)


Julian July 7, 2010 at 2:23 pm

…and starred in 10 Things I hate About You while he was on 3rd Rock from the Sun.


Steven Leitner July 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm

He already starred in Angels in the Outfield before he was in 3rd Rock from the Sun.


Maria Costa Biancchi July 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm

oh he was such a doll
i always liked him cause he was the sane one on the series
it’s nice to know he got into movies
what a sweet kid


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