Working with Mandy Patinkin on “Homeland” was the highlight of my career in 2017.
When the casting director texted me and told me that I’d be working with Mandy, I geeked out. I grew up on “The Princess Bride,” so he’s one of the first actors to make an impression on me.
He had a lot of dialogue in another scene that day that he was working on when we were introduced, so I said hi and then kept to myself.
After we worked on our scene for a bit, he loosened up with me; he couldn’t have been nicer.
At the end of the day he gave me a hug, congratulated me on the scene, and then said “Call me and offer me a job when you’re a big star someday.”
I got the chance to goof around on set with some friends a little while ago. The casting process was ironic because during the callback, I was flying to Los Angeles for a separate casting while the director for the commercial was flying from LA into Nashville. When I realized what was happening, I tweeted at Seth Worley and told him I was bummed to miss his callback. Wonder of wonders, I ended up getting the gig anyway.
This also marked another chance to hang out in front of the camera for my DP friend Chris Adams.
And yes, there were a lot of busted takes from all the improv that went down.
A short film I worked on over a year ago has finally hit the interwebs. BONES was a brutal shoot… long days… freezing our tails off… chasing those perfect blue hour shots…
But it paid off.
Director Matt Underwood and Beta Angarole invited me into the dark world that they created, and I was glad to accept the challenge of bringing such a twisted-up character to life. I made the decision early on to change physically for the role, and I ended up losing 11 lbs over 16 days leading up to filming. It was crazy how that decision connected me to the character on such a visceral level.
As I was going back through pictures of past jobs, I noticed that some of my favorite roles included characters wearing some kind of hat (I’m including helmets and wigs).
Interesting wardrobe allows an actor to disappear into a character much more easily than when I hear “and can you bring a bunch of your own clothes for wardrobe options?” I realize that using your own clothes is part of the deal on a lot of low budget films, but I love it when a director has a vision for their characters that’s super specific. It tells me that they’ve done the work to honor their characters, and it puts me at ease.
Just something to ponder for you directors out there…