“I’m a motorcycle guy,” says Teddy Sears, who enjoys riding when he’s not filming Masters of Sex.
Teddy Sears is not a doctor, but he plays one on TV. The third generation Washingtonian has nailed the role of Dr. Austin Langham, a philandering orthopedic surgeon, on Showtime’s hot new show Masters of Sex. Premiering this past September, the freshman series—which tells the story of sex-research pioneers Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson—was quickly renewed for a second season and nominated for a Golden Globe Award for best television drama series.
While Sears has attained leading-man status, he is just a Maryland boy at heart. Growing up in the Martin’s Addition area of Chevy Chase, he says his oldest friends are still his closest friends, and he relishes returning to his old stomping grounds. “I’ve seen a change in DC when I go back,” Sears reveals. “It feels like it’s a little more ‘cool.’ The restaurants are better. There are great bespoke men’s shops. People are paying attention to fashion; it’s not just the blue Brooks Brothers blazer anymore.”
With both of his parents raised locally, Sears’s family remains involved in the suburban DC community—his brother Christian is a teacher at the Landon School in Bethesda, which the Sears boys attended; his other brother, Ricky, is a talented artist and art teacher at Northern Virginia Community College; and his sister, Dana, lives nearby. And the Sears family sports much University of Maryland pride: “My mom’s parents met at Maryland, lots of uncles and aunts went there, as did my sibling,” he says. “I went to Maryland for a year, then transferred out, much to the chagrin of my family.”
Despite the racy nature of Masters, Sears’s family is very proud of his accomplishments. “My dad was a director of advertising. He was the one who encouraged me to do on-camera work and was the vanguard for me to get into the business,” says Sears. “I think my mother was hoping that I would give it up at the beginning and get a Wall Street job. But now they are super supportive.”
Still able to maintain a rather low profile around town, Sears is just starting to get recognized, now that critically acclaimed Masters of Sex was nominated for a Golden Globe. He admits that he used to be mistaken for Alexander Skarsgård. “People would say ‘Man, I love you on True Blood,’” explains Sears. “I used to correct them, then I just started to say, ‘Thank you.’ I mean, why not?”
The ever-gracious Sears admits he’s a fan of Masters’ Golden Globe show competitors Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, and especially House of Cards for his hometown setting. But his true die-hard status is revealed while taking in a game of his beloved Washington Capitals. His wife, Milissa, orchestrated the ultimate Christmas present surprise a few years ago when she arranged for him to meet the team’s alternate captain Brooks Laich (whom Sears calls “Brooksie”). The two became fast friends, and Sears and his wife stay at ChezLaich whenever they come to town. How do we get an invite to that house party?