Interviews - TV
Adam Hatley – Mr. Romance
A. I had first heard of “Mr. Romance” from my wife (Alise Hatley), and she was going to submit me, I laughed it off and thought nothing of it. When my manager Sharon Holleran asked if I would be interested in going on an audition for “Mr. Romance,” since Alise thought it would be fun for me to do, I agreed to go for the audition. The funny thing about the first audition was, I never made it to the audition, I pulled up outside the casting office and the minute I stepped out of my car I got really sick, I mean the kind of sick that scared people away. In a panic when I got home I let Sharon know and she called the casting office and explained my situation. Believe it or not, they invited me back to the callback audition. From callbacks I made it to Final Callbacks and then booked the show.
Q. Can you tell us a little bit about the premise of the show “Mr. Romance?”
A. The only thing I can say about “Mr. Romance” is, they took 12 guys and put them through a Romance school and prepared them for the “Mr. Romance” Pagent. A lot of humor and a lot of fun involved with the whole process. When watching the show look for “The Adam Show.”
Q. With all the reality shows going on, what makes this one so unique and special?
A. This show is unique in such a way that I didn’t have to hide that I was an actor, like most of those shows do. We weren’t eliminating one another and having to stab each other in the back to move forward. Any conflict that came out of the house came from personality clashes and that conflict was usually only caused by one guy, you will get to know who that is.
Q. Since you’re married, what does your wife think of you setting out to be the next model for romance novels?
A. My wife originally wanted me to sign up for “Mr. Romance.” She thought it would be cool, she has been my main supporter in my career, for most of my trek in the entertainment business.
Q. Recently, you appeared in the movie Off the Lip; how did you get involved in this project?
A. I got involved with Off the Lip through my Agent at the time. They called and told me I had an audition for the role of Brian in this INDIE film, and when I got the sides they made me laugh. I had to say the F word about 4 different times and that was it, what a role I thought. I did it, and got the part and then found out that my part was a lot bigger than I had anticipated. I was Mackenzie Astin’s right hand man in the movie.
Q. You get to work with a lot of great actors in that movie, Marguerite Moreau, Mackenzie Astin, etc. What was it like getting to work with such an amazing group of actors?
A. Working with actors like Marguerite Moreau and Mackenzie Astin was great. They were fun to be around and very down to earth. We all had a lot of long days together and we made them fun with each other, it was a jot to work with those two. I have worked with a lot of big names and so far all that I have worked with, have been a joy to be around.
Q. Can you tell us a little bit about your character from the movie Off the Lip?
A. My character in Off the Lip is Brian. Brian is a quiet smart-ass, who sees the big picture and seems to be the only one with some lick of common sense in the whole movie. He is Brad’s right hand man, Brad shoots documentaries and Brian is the camera operator. Well a lot of things go wrong, and Brian decides to quit before he ends up dead.
Q. Since this movie is about surfing, do you have any skills on a board?
A. I have a very limited skill on the surfboard. I can indeed get up on the board and ride, but I wouldn’t call up any sponsor’s just yet.
Q. How did you first get started acting?
A. I first got into acting when I was in 3rd grade, growing up in Memphis, TN. I had two small parts in the “Wizard of Oz,” and from that play on…I knew what I wanted to do with my life. Acting is something that I can honestly say I would have no problem getting up in the morning to do.
Q. You met Mike Kennedy and he took you under his wing, what did you learn the most from his teachings?
A. Mike Kennedy taught me to be me. He taught me to say F–K IT, and take the risk. Use my instincts.
Q. You’ve done a lot of stand in work for people like Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, etc. What’s it like standing in place as one of these award winning, fine actors?
A. Getting to do Stand-in work for guys like Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, or Matt Damon was like getting paid well to take a hands-on acting class. I got to watch these guys work and go through their process and watch directors like Terry Gilliam or Coppola direct these guys. You can’t ask for a better class in the business.
Q. Is there anything that you’d like to say to people who are supporters of your career?
A. For all my supporters in my acting career I can’t say Thank you loud enough. The support is what keeps me going and what picks me up when I feel down. My heart is with all of you that support me, and my prayers wish the same success on you that you wish on me. I would like to send one special thank you to my wife Alise, without her support through all of these years I would have quit a long time ago, but she wouldn’t let me. She believes in me so much and for that I feel that I have already succeeded. I vowed a long time ago, that when I finally do make it in this business, I am going to help others with their dreams in the arts. The struggle is good for character, but there is nothing wrong with getting a little help along the way, and I want to be that help to those that struggle.