Being Southern and being the guy I’ve been all my life, I’ve lived more on the lighter side of life. I have a dark side, but that’s not where I come from. A lot of artists like to come from that.
Fortunately and unfortunately, people don’t see me as a character actor. They see me as a leading man or nothing, which makes it really hard to get work.
I did seven indies because the independent market used to be a lot better before all the stars were doing independents. As a beginning actor, that’s where you started.
I get readings, I sometimes get five a week. You’ll feel like a schizophrenic by the end of that week. I don’t know who I am any more. You’ll be in conversation with a friend and start spitting out dialogue.
I get to actually experience what it would be like to be a psycho, which is not a fun one, or to be a cowboy, or to be a weird character of some sort. For me, it suits me. It suits my personality. I’m an emotional kind of person anyway.
I grew up on a dirt road with brothers.
I have three brothers and they’re all into computers. They’re all intellects. My mother would pay me a quarter a page to read a book and I couldn’t make 50 cents. I just couldn’t do it.
I just didn’t have time to deliver a Buffalo accent in a day, so I didn’t even try it.
I know that the work is good and they’re excited over at ABC and Disney and it’s getting some really good feedback. It’s not just a little, insignificant kind of role. It’s meaty, which is good.
I want to stay in Hawaii a little while. I’m kind of liking it over there.
I wanted to do everything. I wanted to be a pilot. I wanted to be a secret agent. I wanted to be a fireman and a doctor, all that. So I related that through movies and stuff.
I’m a private kind of person.
I’m an outdoorsman kind of person, so I don’t like the buzz of the crowd, crowd, crowd and all that so much. I mean I don’t mind it, but I don’t seek it out.
I’ve been doing this for seven and a half years. I’ve been just bustin’ it, trying to break in as an artist in this business. For me, it’s still just about the work. I get the scripts and I’m all about that. I don’t really even have an idea what that’s going to be like.
It’s actually very freeing to be given permission as an artist to let that ride and to really let it ride, to actually experience it and bring it out of you. It’s been uncomfortable and it’s freeing at the same time.
Remember Star Trek? They’re on this huge ship and they’ve got all these people, right? But you only see them, maybe they go on some mission and one of them gets killed.
They put their feelers out for all the names and then they’ll cast you up to the point a name steps up, and then it doesn’t matter how much they love you, there’s a certain marketing value on that name, and there you go.
To establish yourself as a leading man, you’re shooting for the smallest point on the target, and you get a lot of judgment thrown at you. It takes a lot for them to get past everything and just watch your art and what you’re doing.
TV tends to try and fit everyone into a TV mold.
We’re actually doing something scripted that’s totally, you know, we kind of know what’s going on, however, we’re having to live life and death as the art.
When our minds as people normally starts to wrap around things, we start to attach all these ideas to it that really aren’t that necessary to the core of it, if you just experience it and kind of go through it.