Glenn O’Brien Asks Arden Wohl About Her Favorite TV Character

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Published January 30, 2009

Arden Wohl, Alex P. Keaton. Both prefer sleeveless.

 

In this installment of Question of the Week, Glenn O’Brien asks Arden Wohl: Who is your favorite TV character and why?

 

ARDEN WOHL: A girl always has a crush on the rebel, no matter what!

 

I believe the television show Family Ties came onto the air the year I was born, 1983. When I started to watch it about four years later, it was on right after The Cosby Show. It was my favorite thing to watch when I was a little pipsqueak for I had an intense crush on Michael J. Fox. He was incredibly adorable and hilarious as Alex P. Keaton, the staunch Republican character. He was a total “square.” I have always been attracted to rebellious people, the odd ones out: this crush just took on the inverted form of a radical. His parents were major hippies leftover from the social liberalism of the 1970’s, but Alex rebelled against his family by getting caught up in the Reagan-era conservatism of his time. His dorky, crisp, little suits and his ridiculous convictions turned me on; not necessarily his narrow focus. I did not (and do not) share his political beliefs, but as a pre-K student, I wasn’t even aware of what his politics actually were. I remember my family, mostly my sister, teasing me years later for having a crush on this character. Thinking about it now, I understand it as an important show: showing the rise of the new wealth inspired Wall Street-headed youth, and the cultural divide of the generations. I mean, Reagan ripped off the solar panels that Carter had put on the Whitehouse. Yikes!

 

To read the response to Glenn’s last question click here. Who’s your favorite television personality?