The skill of acting requires the vision to project the scene just the way the audiences would want. Moreover, being tv-show-actors and being a part of their cast has perks like learning how it works. And several actors wanted to try their luck at directing. So today, we have collected few examples where the tv-show-actors appeared on the set being on the director’s seat.
1. David Schwimmer, F.R.I.E.N.D.S
In spite of playing a solid character like ‘Ross Geller‘ for 10 straight seasons, he decided to try his luck behind the camera. He directed ten episodes starting with ‘the one on the last night (2006)
2. Neil Patrick Harris, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
Ever wondered why Barney hardly showed up in the episode ‘Jenkins’ ( season 5)? Well, because it was the very first time he appeared as a director while being a cast member.
3. Bryon Cranston, BREAKING BAD.
Along with one of the most exciting episodes, ‘ Blood Money’ (season 5), he has directed many more episodes while playing ‘Walter White’ on the screen.
4. Chandra Wilson, GREY’S ANATOMY
Including Chandra Wilson, many of the TV-show-actors have had their go-to spin at directing.
5. Ian Somerhalder, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
‘Damon‘ is one of the most favorite antagonists from The Vampire Diary. However, he not only directed few episodes, even co-produced the 8th season of TVD.
6. Hugh Laurie, HOUSE
7. Zach Braff, SCRUBS
Braff had already directed the movie before ‘Scrubs.’ ‘My Way Home’ was one of his best.
8. Mindy Kaling, THE OFFICE
Apart from playing the role of ‘Kelly Kapoor,’ she has directed two episodes of ‘The Office’.
9. David Duchovny , the X-FILES
He directed three episodes, but then he changed his mind and decided not to direct furthermore if it meant he wouldn’t be able to dedicate much as an actor.
10. Shannen Doherty, CHARMED
11. Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little LIARS
12. Mädchen Amick, RIVERDALE
13. Freddie Highmore, The Good DOCTOR
14. Stephanie Beatriz, Brooklyn NINE-NINE
15. Melissa Fumero, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Fumero is one of those tv-show-actors who experimented and did a great job.
16. Paul Wesley, the vampire DIARIES
17. Julie Bowen, Modern FAMILY
She made her directorial debut With the show.
18. Caity Lotz, Legends of TOMORROW
19. Justin Hartley, This Is Us
20. Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s ANATOMY
21. Kevin McKidd, Grey’s ANATOMY
22. Matthew Gray Gubler, Criminal MINDS
23. James Lafferty, one tree HILL
24. CHARLES MICHAEL DAVIS, THE ORIGINALS
We all remember Michael as ‘Marcel’ from the TVD spin-off, The originals. However, he managed to direct the episodes.
25. Lamorne Morris, New GIRL
26. Richard SCHIFF, the west WING
Schiff directed 2 of the episodes.
27. Peter Krause, parenthood
Krause was starring as ‘Peter Braverman’ on parenthood. Besides, he directed three episodes.