An Interview With Actor Andrew Mondia

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Andrew Mondia is an actor who appears in the film Another Hand; here is a link to his website:

http://www.andrewmondia.com/

Q:  What made you interested in acting?

A:  I always enjoyed performing since I was born.  Singing and dancing were first than the acting came when I was in grade 5.   Love the fun when it comes to being part of a production and when my grandfather died when I was 14 decided to make it a career choice.

 

Q:  What is Another Hand about?

A: I don’t remember much but it was to do with a life support machine being accidentally turned off.

 

Q: What role do you play?

A: I played one of the patients.

Q:  What kind of training do you have?

A: I took various classes in acting, singing and some dancing classes but did a 1 of a 2 year acting school program.   Some of my work is also based on personal development work I have done working on myself on a spiritual level.  I did take a break from acting training as result but slowly getting back into it again.   I only took courses like a couple of stand-up comedy courses to help with how to do stand-up comedy when I lived in London.   Sometimes taking a break from acting classes can help especially if you work in your head a lot and if acting has become your only focus.

Q:  What has been your greatest professional triumph?

A: One of my greatest triumphs is being a part of the Opening Ceremonies for London 2012 and working with Danny Boyle.  I was part of the big number called Pandemonium ie Industrial Revolution.

Q:  If you could play any famous character from literature, who would it be and why?

A: Oh tough choice as I love many great characters…  Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde from by Robert Louis Stevenson Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.  The character goes from the good and evil within us.   On some level if we wanted to we could get real evil and let the ego take control but most people choose not to.   Exploring another side to us that resides deep within and what would happen.  What if you let your evil self out and how would that play out in life?

Q:   What is your strangest on set story?

A: Well not as an actor that I can think of but I worked as I Production Assistant on location for DaVinci’s Inquest TV Show which was filmed in Vancouver.    In a bad part of the city they had cleaned this alley way for filming night shoot.  I had to watch to make sure no one did anything in alley ie go to bathroom.

 

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and why is acting better?

A: Currently I am teaching English in China while working on my working visa for US.

Acting is my passion and love playing the different roles that comes my way.  You get to have fun being creative and breathing life into the roles.  Dressing up sometimes in costumes picked out whether period pieces, modern or something way out of this world.  I bring entertainment to the people and if it makes them laugh even better!

Q:  If you could change one thing about Hollywood what would it be?

A: One aspect is that studios actually give TV shows a chance to build an audience for the season instead of cancelling shows even before they have aired.  At least air the shows that are already have been given 13 episodes and then decide once all episodes aired.

Q:  How do you prepare for an audition?

A: I do my best to have fun with the role I am given.   If it is a role with lines now I aim to memorize as I find I work best when they are.  I can play more with the character.   Sometimes I can practice till I do it to death but really no such thing.   Some take more work than others.  I auditioned for a role in the movie Eurotrip back in 2003 and had a call-back.  It was the best audition I did but role was younger than me but part was up my alley.   I had memorized sides given and really got into part so much that I didn’t even realize I changed some lines which made it even funnier.  It’s usually unheard of but later that day I came across someone from the casting office and she gave me a positive comment on my audition.  I have not forgotten it and as result have set the bar of how I want my auditions to be.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

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