At what age did you see yourself as an actor?
My parents put me on a stage when I was six. Theater was my life for the next 12 years. Then I spent my 20s touring with rock bands. Eventually, I came back around to acting at age 33.
Did you see yourself acting in horror films?
Not specifically, no. I'm happy to get whatever work I can find, in whatever medium.
What was your first horror project?
In 2007, I did a vampire short called 'In Twilight’s Shadow' and a short-lived web series called 'Buried Alive'.
You were in a TV miniseries called 'Buried Alive' who do you play in it?
My character’s name is Hayden Weir. He’s a bully who owns a mechanic shop.
What was it like performing on set of this show?
It was a fairly low-rent affair, but it was a chance to work with some great people, including executive producer John Norris (who went on to EP The Help, one of this year’s biggest movies), actress Brit Morgan (who now plays “Debbie Pelt” in 'True Blood') and producer Michael Ross.
Did you get feedback from TV viewers?
Directly? No. Indirectly? Sure. That’s what IMDB and Facebook are for. The series wasn’t that great.
You were in a short film called 'Twilight's Shadow'. Was this a horror film?
It was a lesbian vampire story adapted from a short story of the same name. It was my first project shot on 35mm film, and director Tina Scorzafava did an amazing job with the visual composition of the film. It wasn’t really horror per se, but you could probably fit it in that category. It ran for a while on the Logo network.
What was the experience like doing this film?
Considering that I sliced my arm open the night before my scene filmed, and found myself in the ER for 16 stitches and a Vicodin prescription, I felt lucky just to not get fired from the film. And despite my measly one day of shooting, I still have several friends from that project.
I enjoyed your performance as Billa Crawford in 'Millenium Bug'. What kinds of experience would you like to share with us on set of that film?
Thanks. 'The Millennium Bug' was easily the most demanding film or television project I’ve completed. The time commitment was considerable (roughly 30 shooting days, spread out over six months, followed by a lot of voluntary promotional time during the film’s festival run), and the physical demands were many. Almost every day on the set, I found myself beating, punching, stabbing or shooting somebody. Granted, that’s fun, but it’s exhausting too. Also, every day started with roughly 1.5 hours in the makeup chair.
What time of the year did this film happen?
The movie takes place on December 31, 1999. We filmed it during the hot Los Angeles summer of 2009.
What was racing through your head whenever you behaved violent and obnoxious towards the innocent character's in the film?
That I should be violent and obnoxious. I get a lot of those characters. This wasn’t the first time I’ve been an A-hole on film.
What was the most rewarding experience working on a scene for this film?
I think a scene is rewarding when you know that you’ve given it your best. With that yardstick, I’m happiest about my stunt fall through the ceiling and of the scenes when I interacted with the monster. In the former case, it was dangerous work that took concentration. In the latter, it was challenging to perform opposite a character who was either inanimate or invisible (depending on how the scene was shot, composited, and created).
Which scene was struggling for you?
Even though we filmed more than two years ago, I distinctly remember feeling like I was having a ho-hum day on the set when we filmed the jail scene. I hope it doesn’t show.
Who did you enjoy working with the most on set?
Director Kenneth Cran is one of the most patient humans I’ve ever met. As this was his first feature, there were mistakes that needed correcting on a pretty regular basis. But he never settled for less than his vision, and scenes took as long as they took. That was pretty amazing. The makeup/SFX department (Robert Lindsay, Bridget Clarke and Lea Willard) kept things fun on set. And actors Trek Loneman aka Bill Brinsfield and Christine Haeberman always seemed to be game for anything that came their way.
Is there distributors interested in this film since it's doing incredibly
well playing at film festivals?
The producers are weighing several distribution offers now. Hopefully something will stick soon.
Now you played a part named Mark Ritter in a TV zombie horror film called 'Awakening'. How did you go by getting the role for this project?
I auditioned. Three times. For Warner Brothers and CW executives. When you see “TV Movie” on an IMDB listing, it often means “pilot episode that didn’t get picked up by the network.” 'Awakening' was supposed to be a TV series.
How big was your part in it and what do you do?
This was a really fun pilot. Think 'True Blood' if it were zombies instead of vampires. My character could alternate between human and zombie appearance at will, and had superhuman strength. I ripped a car door off its hinges, flattened a cop, and fed on live human flesh. It was fun.
How do you feel about doing this show?
'Awakening' was a lot of fun. It was a shame that we got bumped from the network’s schedule (by Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Ringer).
Is there any upcoming horror film projects coming up for you that you'd like
to share with us?
There will be a sequel to 'The Millennium Bug'.
Now here's some fun stuff: What are your favourite horror films?
Old school: 'Beware! The Blob!'
New school: 'The Ring'
If you were a scream king whether he was alive or dead for a day who would
What show did you perform that you cherish to this day?
Every single one I’ve ever done on a theater stage. Film lasts, and TV pays bills, but theater is where my memories are.
What show were you in that you weren't proud of?
Does anyone ever answer this question?
What's your ambitions in life?
To enjoy myself without making things worse for anyone else.