Meet the Nominees: Shrek's Brian d'Arcy James
While the handsome and not-so-large actor bears no resemblance to the giant green ogre once he's out of makeup, he says there are similarities between him and his alter-ego. "I understand the feeling of being the underdog, of kind of wanting to be chosen for the team," he says. "When I was growing up I was always really active in sports, but I was always really small, so I was always in the back jumping up behind the big guys saying 'pick me pick me.' On the other hand, I don't have a problem with hygiene the way Shrek does."
While Shrek is definitely shy around women, d'Arcy James -- who is happily married to actress and interior designer Jennifer Prescott -- says that aspect of his character has never been a problem. "When I was growing up, I would hang out with my sister and all of her friends -- I was part of her social circle -- so I've never been one to shy away from hanging out with the ladies," he laughs.