On the USA Networks comedy-drama series Monk, Shalhoub plays private detective Adrian Monk, who suffers from a severe case of Obsessive Compulsive Order, and in real life, Monks OCD is slowly creeping into Shalhoubs everyday habits.
Shalhoub says, Im not totally OCD, but my friends and family would tell you that Im approaching it. I have tendencies like everyone else, but I just do them a little more often. I like straightening things up on a desk and being organized. I think its just because I like order and the world is a disorderly place. But you cant drive yourself nuts trying to make everything perfect.
Still, Shalhoub gets most of his OCD out on the set of Monk rather than at home.
He explains, When I do Monk it helps me uncork my OCD. I get to release and react to every impulse I have, and its really fun to be able to let that out.
Monk continues its sixth season tonight (Jan. 11) on USA Network.
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