Clark Gregg on His Movie ‘Trust Me’: “Anyone who is in Hollywood long enough, you go through some… kind of feeling like that untouchable loser who can’t get a break”
Clark Gregg took time out from his schedule of appearing in all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to film Trust Me, a movie he wrote, directed, and starred in about Howard, a luckless Hollywood agent for child actors who seems to finally have hit his stroke of luck with a young actress. Though the Marvel films have made Gregg a fan favorite, Gregg took some time during the Tribeca Film Festival to speak with The Huffington Post about how his personal experiences with being rejected from roles helped him create Trust Me.
Gregg points out that despite not being much like Howard, he felt connected to the character — and knew no one else would think of him to play that type of role. He explains, “I’ve met people like this. When I read it back, one of the things I thought was, ‘God, this is now something I feel tremendously connected to, this character.’ I wasn’t going to play him, but I thought, ‘No one is ever going to write anything like this for me.’ I also felt that anyone who is in Hollywood long enough, you go through some period of kind of feeling like that untouchable loser who can’t get a break.” Read more
Zoe Kazan: “If you’re basing your whole sense of self-worth about when you get a callback, you’re going to be pretty unhappy”
When you do it all, it’s hard to find balance. Just ask Zoe Kazan, who wrote and starred in the recent indie Ruby Sparks.
“It’s sort of the central struggle. I’m not great at doing that balance,” she told The Wall Street Journal. “In a really practical way, it’s hard to keep grounded in the rest of your life, when you’re asked to travel for work physically, mentally. And then it’s like, ‘Oh, my taxes!’ Or, ‘I have to see friends!’ Or, ‘Oh, don’t I have an absentee ballot to send in?”
Ruby Sparks, out this week on DVD, was Kazan’s first foray into both writing and acting in a film. “Acting dictates the schedule of my life,” the 29-year-old said. “I have to give acting more weight when I think about my life because it’s the thing that organizes it. It’s how I make my living. I have wanted to be an actor for a long period of time. I wrote because, if I didn’t, I thought I would go crazy.” Read more
Interview: Actor Tyler Langdon on Playing a Character with Social Anxiety in ‘Nerve’ and Getting Cast in ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’
I recently had the chance to see Nerve, an independent film about a character with social anxiety starring Tyler Langdon. I had never seen Langdon act before, but I was really impressed by his performance in the movie as Josh Biggs. I was happy to hear that after starring in Nerve and receiving a Hollywood Discovery Award at the Hollywood Film Festival, Langdon is set to appear in the upcoming New Line Cinema comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone as the teenage version of star Steve Carell‘s character.
This is by far the most visible role for Langdon, and I reached out to see what he could say about how he transitioned from a lead role in an independent film to a supporting role in a big-budget Hollywood movie. In particular, he elaborates on how he managed to make that leap from indie film festivals to multiplexes.
You’ve obviously been a working actor for quite some time, but one of your most high profile roles to date is the role of Josh Biggs in Nerve. How did you get that part?
I originally heard about the role through LA Casting, believe it or not. From what the director, J.R. Sawyers, tells me, I was one of only a few people in the original audition for Josh who played it exactly as he had imagined. He brought me back in for a callback a week or so later and then offered me the part shortly after that. Read more
Interview: Sean MacLaughlin Talks the ‘Evita’ Tour, Auditioning and Traveling the Country with his Wife, Baby and Two Dogs
Sean MacLaughlin is traveling the country for the next year with his wife, baby and two dogs. When the “Von Trapp Family Singers” (as he called themselves) eventually stop at a city near you, that’s probably because he’s about to get on stage to play ‘Peron’ in the touring production of Evita.
Sean was last seen on Broadway as ‘Raoul’ in The Phantom of the Opera and he’s from my neck of the woods – the Baltimore/DC/Virginia area. I love talking to people from my area and finding out how they got to where they are. Sean played it smart in his early career: before he packed everything up and moved to New York, he went to College at Virginia Tech and got a degree in communications. Then he moved to DC and did a bunch of theatre there because as he told me that he “was a firm believer in not moving to New York without getting experience.”
But, before he tried his luck in New York something great happened before that. I’ll let him tell the story in the interview below but basically, the success he’s having now all comes down to a combination of planning, preparation and luck. We also talk about his audition for Evita and auditioning in general, touring and more!
Interview: Wade McCollum Talks Auditions, Acting in New York and the Touring Production of ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is touring the country and one of the stars of the show, Wade McCollum, told me that’s he’s “having a blast.”
The “rhythm”of touring did take a while to get used to but Wade, who plays Tick/Mitzi in the show, has definitely adapted to life on the road. The audiences have also helped. “They’re always so crazy enthusiastic,” he said. Part of that is, I’m sure, the musical numbers and the outrageous costumes. He told me that some of his costume changes are as quick as 30 seconds. As someone who can spend that amount of time putting on his pants, I’m in awe.
In the interview, Wade and I talk about the touring life, being a New York actor and, in my favorite part of the conversation, auditions. At one point, he said that “a healthy amount of so what” is needed when you audition and I couldn’t agree more. It’s really wonderful advice and I have no doubt you’ll agree!
For the full interview, click the audio link above or download it from iTunes
Written by Dallas Travers, CEC
I bet that when you decided to become an actor, it wasn’t because you thought you could add more of the same old thing to the acting world. It was because you wanted to share your unique gifts and viewpoints with an audience just waiting for you to shine, right?
No one looks exactly the same. If we did, the world would be a pretty creepy place.
The great thing about you is that YOU are unique. You have special talents that only you can bring to the table that have nothing to do with the color of your hair or the size of your favorite pair of jeans. The trick is allowing your outer self to embrace your inner self along with all the distinct and remarkable things you have to offer.
Think of it as discovering your Inner Super Star.
Not sure how to uncover yours? Try this fun + simple exercise. Read more
Miles Teller is the first one to admit that he’s not sure how he landed the much-coveted role in the indie The Spectacular Now. The actor, who stars alongside Brie Larson and Shailene Woodley, recalls completely bombing his first audition.
“It was just not good. It was right after Footloose got done, like the day after it wrapped,” Teller recounted to Interview. “I tried to play a character, as opposed to make it more mine. It wasn’t very good, it wasn’t honest, and I was acting. I asked for a second one, and the second one went a little better but they were still like, ‘We’ve moved on with somebody else.’
“There were a lot of other actors attached to this before I was. And then James [Ponsoldt, the director] got involved, and I never had to audition, we just met for beers and by the end of that, he was like, ‘You’re my guy and I’m gonna try and convince everybody else, hopefully we have this done in about a week.’ That’s how I came on board. Maybe it’s good I didn’t have to audition for James, because I probably would have sucked.” Read more
Written by Dallas Travers, CEC
Everyone knows the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you. But what about how we treat ourselves? Your inner monologue, or self talk, is one of the most important elements to success. You can lay out the perfect plan, but if your self talk does not reflect your goals in a way that inspires you to take action, you’ll hit roadblock after inexplicable roadblock.
Did you know that the average person has more than 50,000 thoughts per day? The large majority of these thoughts occur as negative questions.
Why is the industry so tough?
Why doesn’t my agent send me out more often?
Why do I always get a callback but never book the job?
Sound familiar? Read more
Every year, thousands of actors come to LA for “pilot season”. Most pilots don’t go beyond the pilot stage and the ones that do at least 80% are cancelled with a four week period.
Having just tested for two pilots myself, I thought I would share ten tips that could be helpful.
1. Obtain a list of the pilots being produced and find out who is attached. This can be found through a variety of different sources. The Hollywood Reporter and Variety have online editions that are linked to twitter and post up-to-the-minute updates on pilots.
If you have a smartphone, you can download the ActorGenie app,which provides very valuable info regarding film and tv shows in pre-production. Other sources for this information include www.castingabout.com and www.thefutoncritic.com. Read more
19 years ago, Timothy Gulan was dragged, for 8 shows a week, through the sewers by the actor playing ‘Thenardier’ in the touring production of Les Miserable.
Now (and probably tonight depending on what day you’re reading this), he’s come full circle and is dragging a young actor as Gulan now plays ‘Thenardier’ in the 25th Anniversary tour of Les Miz.
Gulan has an extensive resume that’s filled with touring shows & Broadway (South Pacific, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Some Like It Hot, The Lion King, Blood Brothers, Passion) and TV and Films (Salt, MacGruber, Boardwalk Empire, The Producers) and yes, 2 go rounds with Les Miz.
Gulan told me that when he initially auditioned for the role of ‘Thenardier’, he was given 30 pages to work with. You read that right, 30 pages! For his first audition he had a week to prepare, he obviously nailed it and 3 callbacks later, he booked the part.
In the interview, he talks about how the show has changed for this anniversary tour, his 30-page audition and what actors might not know about touring productions. Read more