Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. James Wilson is the perfect foil for Hugh Laurie's irascible Dr. Gregory House on the Fox hit House.
The voice of reason and practicality, "Wilson" as House calls him, tries to maintain some sense or normalcy while dealing with his best friend and cohort.
Not only is Robert Sean Leonard an award winning actor with many credits and awards (1993, 2001 and 2003 Tony Awards) he is fabulous in the role of Wilson.
It would be hard for me to actually pick a member of the supporting cast that is my favorite. The problem is that they are all fantastic, in my opinion. Even though this is a one camera show, the entire series is incredibly well written, well acted and performed. The entire cast sizzles with chemistry. I can't imagine one with any of the others.
The creator and executive producer of FOX's House is David Shore with a brilliant cast of characters. He pointed out in an interview on BlogCritics.org that "The reason the show succeeds is about the characters, not what blood test they're doing."
Robert Sean Leonard was born February 28, 1969 in Westwood, New Jersey. He started his acting career at the tender age of 12 playing the Artful Dodger in Oliver. He made his Broadway debut while still a teenager in Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs.
In 2001 he played British poet A.E. Housman from age 18 to 26. For his role he won the 1002 Tony Award as Best Featured Actor.
What many people are not aware of is the fact that he had a relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow, also an ex of Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck.
Just like Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard's Dr. Wilson character is coiffed in a traditional businessman's or professional style haircut. In fact, all of the male characters on the show wear hairstyles that are appropriate for a hospital setting and a professional doctor's look.
It has been explained to me by some of my friends who are the head hairdressers on many of the various network shows that the producers and directors have very clear ideas of what the various characters should wear and how their hair should look.
A well-known union hairdresser who has worked on many different shows noted that the producers generally drive the ultimate hair designs of the characters and the actual execution of the styles are left to the team of show hairdressers.
Like Hugh, wears his hair in a traditional businessman's haircut which means that it is most likely cut with a scissors and layered in a graduated style with the layers longest at the top of the head and tapering to a square shape at the back of the head.
Robert's layers are most likely crafted by pulling the strands out from the head with the fingers and then layering with a scissors. Because the characters have to maintain a uniform look throughout the season, unless the producers have some other ideas, their hair must be painstakingly cut and style to look exactly the same from episode to episode.
Robert's hair is cut to create lift and fullness along the top and crown of the head to balance the face and play off Robert Sean's strong square facial lines which give Dr. Wilson a clean cut appearance. The haircut that he dons on House creates the image of a very professional, yet compassionate doctor who has that smoldering handsome and charming doctor thing going on.
Robert Sean Leonard has a classic male face shape, which is square. The actor's hair, which is a medium brown hue, appears to be medium thick and has a bit of bend to give it some nice texture with a little bit of wave which is most obvious along the front of the hairline above the forehead. His finished style is finished
Steal This Look - Step By Step
To achieve Dr. Wilson's classic male hairstyle I consulted with a famous celebrity hairdresser who gave me his opinion of how Robert Leonard's style might be create.
The celebrity hairdresser pointed out the importance of starting out with the right haircut. Either print out photos of Robert or similar cuts that achieve the same look.
Work with your favorite hairdresser or barber to craft a haircut that works with your face shape, hair type, texture and current condition.
This style might not work as well for some hair textures as others. Be willing to modify the look to work for your own hair and features.
1. Shampoo hair with a product designed for your hair type, texture and current condition.
2. Use a rinse-out conditioner if your hair is dry or damaged. Hair that is fine, thinning or straight should consider a leave-in conditioner as optional.
3. Finish with a cool/cold clear rinse.
4. Towel blot hair and detangle. Apply Dream Cream or a similar product to the palms of your hands. Distribute through your hair with your fingers making sure that all the strands are covered and tousle strands as you apply the Dream Cream.
5. Air-dry for a natural tousled look.
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