Sam Lerner stars in the two-time Critics Choice Award nominated comedy The Goldbergs.

The show is based on creator, Adam Goldberg’s life in the 80’s. Lerner’s character, “Geoff Schwartz” is the best friend of son, “Barry Goldberg” (Troy Gentile) and love interest of daughter, “Erica Goldberg” (Hayley Orrantia). Geoff struggles at first, but has recently succeeded in winning Erica’s heart throughout the series. Lerner’s character brings a witty and fun addition to the Goldberg dynamic. The show is rounded out by the all-star ensemble cast which includes Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, George Segal and Sean Giambrone as “Adam Goldberg.”

Lerner can currently be seen as “Ronnie” in the horror thriller Truth or Dare, now in theaters.  The film stars Lucy Hale as a college student in Mexico who is conned into playing a supernatural version of Truth or Dare, but the game doesn’t stop and follows her and her friends back home. Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Nolan Gerard Funk, Hayden Szeto and Sophia Taylor Ali also co-star.

Born into a family of actors, Sam loves to spend his free time learning from his Dad, Uncle and Sister. They all have several years of industry experience and Lerner is always eager to pull inspiration and advice from them when it comes to his acting career. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, working out and playing NBA 2k18. Staying true to his LA roots, one of the best days of Sam’s life was meeting the legend Kobe Bryant and making him laugh. Sam even went as far as naming his dog, a dachshund/terrier blend, Kobe.

Chillin' with Sam Lerner, smiling on white back

Chillin’ with Sam Lerner

Photo by Jason Landis @jasonlandis | Grooming by Matilde Campos @tildebymatilde

Tell us a bit about the projects you are working on.

Right now, I’m shooting season 5 of The Goldbergs on ABC and I have the Blumhouse/Universal film, Truth or Dare that came out in April. Super excited!

With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?

Whenever I’m free I like to play basketball, and NBA 2k on XBOX, or watch live games. If I’m not shooting I’m working out, hiking, or traveling.

When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?

I love sushi and I love Italian food. I go to this restaurant by my house Jon & Vinny’s a lot. It’s the best.

What types of dishes do you usually order?

Meatballs, spicy fusilli, chicken parm, you name it. And with sushi, I like almost everything. Sea urchin is my favorite.

Do you cook?

I do cook, but only pretty simple things, like a protein with a vegetable or something. When I cook for myself, I try to keep it healthy and I season very simply, usually with just salt, pepper, garlic, and lemon.

What types of drinks do you order when you’re out?

I love wine. And I love gin. And I love tequila. I’m super into Mezcal right now. The smokiness is awesome.

Chillin' with Sam Lerner, sitting under green ladder

Chillin’ with Sam Lerner

Photo by Jason Landis @jasonlandis | Grooming by Matilde Campos @tildebymatilde

Do you prepare drinks at home?

I sometimes make drinks at home. Usually, just natural or organic wines that I buy at Helen’s Wine Shop. But when I make drinks, it’s usually a tequila cocktail with La Croix, or some sort of juice, and either fresh orange or lime.

Do you own a home bar?

No, I don’t own a home bar! But I actually just decided the other day that I wanted to invest in one! Thanks for reminding me.

What will your home bar to be like?

I want lots of cool whiskeys. I went to Japan last year and tried a bunch of great Japanese whiskies. I’m not a huge whiskey guy, but Japanese whisky is definitely my favorite. Hibiki was the best.

What is your favorite drink/cocktail?

My favorite cocktail is usually one with mezcal in it. It’s such a fun drink to play with because it’s so smoky, so sweetness goes really well with it. It’s a nice balance. I also love gin cocktails with cucumber and mint.

Have you ever been a bartender?

No, I’ve never been a bartender but it seems fun. Also, now I want a drink.

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