On “Numb3rs,” David Krumholtz played a mathematician who used equations to help solve crimes, but the actor himself left the numbers up to chance in late October when it came to his donation to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Just days after the storm hit the East Coast, the actor – who currently stars in Monday night CBS comedy “Partners” — decided he had to help those in need and he went about it in a unique way. Krumholtz announced on Twitter that at a set hour, he would take part in a Q&A and for each question he received, he would donate $10 – of his own money – to the Red Cross.
“A lot of celebrities lend their names to causes, which is great, don’t get me wrong. I think a shining example, and the way to motivate others to give, is to do it yourself,” David told AccessHollywood.com. “People know celebrities make good money and I’m not in a position, in terms of my celebrity, to lend my name to a cause and have it make much of a difference, because I’m not the most famous guy, but I do have money and I do believe that giving is good for your soul and it’s just the right thing to do.”
When all was said and done, the sitcom star had accumulated nearly 800 questions in the 60-minute span, making for an $8,000 donation to the Red Cross.
The Q&A wasn’t just a fun way to interact with fans and get a random donation total — Krumholtz used the forum as a way of inspiring others to get involved.
“I’ve been very fortunate in my life and I have to give back, it’s just the way it is. So I thought, a way to do it, would be to do these Q&As — reach out to people and at the same time, by doing that, I’m hopefully inspiring them to donate 10 bucks,” he said. “And if every one of the people that asks me a question donates 10 bucks that could amount to another grand or two to the charity.”
The October Tweet-a-thon wasn’t the first time Krumholtz used the social networking site that way.
“I’ve raised money for St. Jude and the Alzheimer’s Association… [the] National Multiple Sclerosis Society, also a small school for disabled children in New Jersey called PG Chambers School,” he said. “I’ve actually raised, probably — at this point — close to $25,000 on Twitter with all these different Q&As.”
Hailing from the East Coast made choosing the Red Cross this time around an easy choice.
“I’m from Queens, New York — my family’s back there. My family’s OK, but some of them are trapped in their houses with no power and we need to get people out there to help them and any way I can help in that effort I will,” he said. “You just gotta live outside yourself for a second and I can’t tell you how good it makes you feel.”
Krumholtz is hoping to make others feel good in another way – with his freshman sitcom “Partners,” which airs Monday nights at 8:30/7:30c on CBS. The show got off to a bit of a slow start in the ratings, but has started to pick up viewers who are tuning in for big laughs courtesy of Krumholtz, Michael Urie, Sophia Bush and Brandon Routh.
“I’m having so much fun and our crowds are loving the show and I think the show is actively getting funnier and funnier,” he said of shooting the comedy about a pair of lifelong best friends and business partners, and their respective partners, in front of a studio audience.
“The experience — it’s very intense. We rehearse all week… There’s never any resting on our laurels or dialing it in. We’re trying to put out the funniest show we can and just that effort alone — it’s a lot of fun,” he said.
Last week some of that fun included Krumholtz’s Joe getting a little bothered when his fiancee, Ali (Bush), planted a kiss he felt was a little too personal on Wyatt (Routh). Add to that, the weeks of trouble due to Joe’s extremely close relationship to his best friend Louis (Urie), and it begs the question – are Ali and Joe really meant to be?
“The show can take any twists and turns that it wants to. I don’t think there are plans in any way — there’s no plans to keep them together, there’s certainly no plans to separate them. But you never know. I think she’s a pretty hot chick and Joe is a pretty nice, average guy and most people would assume that she’s not right for him and [they] wouldn’t last. Maybe we prove them wrong, I don’t know,” Krumholtz said. “I have no idea where the story line’s heading, but hopefully, the show lasts long enough for us to find out.”
“Partners” continues Monday at 8:30/7:30c on CBS.
-- Jolie Lash