'Seinfeld' star Jason Alexander on McDLTs, hairpieces and being the 'most hated man in America' (for a time)

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 29 2012 10:00 a.m. MST

Alexander said he was thrilled to have been asked to come to UVU. “I have been so impressed not only with the students I have been able to work with, but this whole community. … Everybody has just been lovely and wonderful, and I have to say it has been a delight to be in Utah and to be at UVU, the newest and potentially the finest university!”

The people who came to the “Evening with Jason Alexander” were happy with it. Hugh Pinnock, a sophomore at BYU studying advertising, said he grew up watching every single episode of "Seinfeld." “I really love the characters in the show and wanted to come see (Alexander) in the flesh.”

When Alexander was working with the student on the monologue, Pinnock observed that he was a powerful teacher in acting and that his lessons could be applied to other areas of life. “He pushed him and wasn’t afraid to back down. It’s something I can relate to. I’m a teacher at the MTC. That can help missionaries see how real what they’re doing is. It’s not something you can just wing; it’s something that’s real.”

Kevin Wilder, a sophomore at UVU studying creative writing, is also a "Seinfeld" fan. He liked seeing Alexander’s versatility, and that he was “not puffed up like a big Hollywood actor.” Wilder was also intrigued by what an influence the actors have on the success of a script, as with “Seinfeld.” “It’s not all the writing, it takes the acting as well,” he said.

Meg Barber, a senior at BYU majoring in American studies, was the first student to arrive for the event. She came to the Sorensen center fives hours before Alexander arrived to be sure to get the best seat and to ask Alexander about his hair. “I was wondering why no one asked and I was curious.” Her favorite part of the presentation was the monologue workshop, which she said reminded her why she loves acting so much, though it’s been years since she acted. As for Alexander, she said, “I love how personable he was. We get caught up with people in Hollywood, thinking they’re untouchable. But then we realize they’re real people, too."

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