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Q) What are the recent projects that you are working on?
A) I'm working on the show "Privileged" for the CW.
Q) Please tell us the premise for the show "Privileged" and about your character Will.
A) The series revolves around a Yale graduate named Megan Smith, which is played by Joanna Garcia. She moves from New York City after a failed attempt at a magazine job. She moves down to West Palm Beach, FL to be a tutor for twin billionaire heiresses that are played by Lucy Hale and Ashley Newbrough. Megan is a live-in tutor for them and I play Will, who is their next door neighbor. I am from Palm Beach money and I spend a lot of time from the Limoges house, which belongs to the twins' grandmother. I meet Joanna's character Megan in the beginning and they are setting up a relationship for us.
Q) What made you want to be a part of the show?
A) The show came out of nowhere. Things had been really slow and I was out of town when this audition came up. I didn't know if they were going to be able to reschedule it, but I was able to go in and meet with Rina [Mimoun] who is the show runner. I had actually met her on another project I had worked on before. She's amazing and very passionate. Patrick Rush, the casting director, has always been very kind to me and they brought me in on this. From the time that I first auditioned, it was just a little over a week later when I had the job. So, I was very pleased to be offered it. I am very grateful for the opportunity and we've been working since July. We're really starting to hit our stride now and everyone is great.
Q) What about your role do you find challenging?
A) Sometimes I find the clothes they put me in to be a bit challenging. I don't know necessarily how billionaires dress, but we're trying to sort it out. They've been airing on the side of tight t-shirts and tighter pants than I am accustomed to. To be honest, the hardest part of the entire job has been wearing the tennis outfits that they are putting me in. I'm getting over it and realizing that it is part of a world that I am not necessarily familiar with. I think it is an important part of the character that they feel strongly about. It's been pretty nice because what they were going for and what I think I've been able to tap into is to portray Will as a very cool, good, down to Earth mellow guy who exerts a calming force in Megan's life. She's very neurotic and all over the place. I think that they are setting it up for us to play really well off of each other. It's been really great.
Q) Many people might not know that the show is based off a book. How close is the show to the book?
A) The characters are similar, but it is not (from what I understand) that similar. For instance, I know in the book my character is a blonde haired blue eyed kind of guy and I am not. I believe certain physicalities of the characters are not the same. I believe Megan's sister Lily is different and from what I understand, I think the twins are even much more outrageous and irreverent in the book than they are on the show. I think in the book they are much meaner to Megan.
Q) On screen, you can clearly see the chemistry between the characters. Is chemistry something that came easily to the cast or did it take some time to develop?
A) To be honest, it did come quickly. One of the first things that happened before we started shooting was that we all had to get together to do some promotional photography. Those types of situations are always kind of funny and uncomfortable to begin with since you are at a photo-shoot all day. That's when I really got to meet everyone and since we've been working we all do really get along so well. This is my first series and people have been working in this business for a long time like the crew, the producers and even some of the cast have commented on what the tight nit group we are from the show runner Rina all the way down to all the guys on the crew. It's such a good group and we have such a good time. That's really important because you spend so many long days with these people, week after week. For example, Ashley turned twenty-one years old recently and we were working so we had a big birthday cake for her and they went out to dinner. They also went to Vegas together. So, everybody really gets along and is such a treat and a blessing. I am just hoping that show is going to keep going and that they'll give us the shot to really find our audience out there.
Q) Do you think there is a possibility for Megan and Will to have a romance?
A) I think Will is very taken with Megan. I think there is a definite chemistry there. All of her quirks he just finds completely adorable, charming and delightful. I think there is potential down that road to see what happens. I think they compliment each other very nicely and it would be interesting to see what the dynamic is if they were to get together.
Q) What has been your most memorable moment from filming "Privileged?"
A) The most memorable moment that I've had was when we were one day on the soundstage of Paramount and I experienced my first earthquake. We were in the middle of a take on the set in the kitchen and everything started shaking. My heart just jumped up into my throat because I'm from the East Coast and never experienced an earthquake before. I looked up at the ceiling and saw the huge lights. My mind just immediately went to, "Ok, what could possibly fall on my head? What terrible thing is going to happen now?" Everyone who had been through it before said, "Earthquake!" We all ran outside and stood on the soundstage for about an hour. We stood around just sort of looking at each other. It was sort of fitting because here I am, in California, on the Paramount lot and there is an earthquake really happening.
Q) Why will people want to take their time to see the show?
A) I think the show has a real heart and I think, at first glance, people's perception may be to lump it in with "Gossip Girl" and "90210" because it is on that same network and targets that same demographic. The show is so different and I think there is really an audience out there that would be pleasantly surprised. I don't think you come to expect the cleverness, the banter, how well crafted the characters are and how well all the actors on the show hit their mark. There are so many different dynamics going on and I think it really is believable. Everyone has a real center to their character that you could very easily care about and I think at the end of the day that's what matters. When you watch a show, what keeps you coming back is whether or not you care what happens to this group of people. I think given the opportunity, people will be really into what they see on our show.
Q) What made you want to be an actor?
A) From a very early age, I was drawn to movies in a big way. The mystery of it, you never really equate what goes on in your television to reality. Then, when you get older, you see that there are people that are making that happen. Before I moved out here, I was working on Wall Street after I graduated college. I was slaving away at that and I had a really good time with it, but it got to the point where I said, "You know, I had always dreamed about seeing what acting was all about and television." So, I moved out to Los Angeles six years ago and gave it a shot. I got the bug and it stuck. Fortunately, things have been going pretty well for the last four years. There is just something about it. It's a new adventure every day. Everyone is there because they want to be there, even the camera and the lighting guys. They enjoy what they do and they work hard. To be in a work atmosphere where people are doing what they enjoy makes life so much better than slaving away in an office and stressing out. With what is going on with the market now, I am feeling pretty good about my career move.
Q) Where can people go online to learn more about you?
A) The CW has a website at http://www.cwtv.com and I think they have a bio of me.