Category: actors

An Interview With Actress Anna Tempte




Anna Tempte is an actress; here is a link to her website:


Q: What made you interested in live theater?


A: My first interest in theatre was sparked very early by my grandmother, who was an actress. She was educated at the Royal Theatre Dramaten in Sweden.  She worked in theatre’s all over Sweden with the biggest Swedish directors/actors of that time, including Ingmar Bergman and Max Von Sydow (both Academy Award nominees). Whenever she spoke about acting, I was transported to a different place this magical universe. My grandmother was an absolutely astonishing woman and she spoke extremely passionately about the theatre. I applied and was accepted to The Lee Strasberg Film & Theatre Institute in New York City. For me, there is no place like the theatre and watching people create living art. When a play is written, it’s dead words on a page. Actors bring the words alive; it’s a living breathing art form. In the theatre you can watch two people fall in love and break up and it’s happening there in front of you. It takes your breath away when it’s real, well executed, in the moment and living.


Q: You studied at Lee Strasberg Film and Theater Institute. What is unique about the education you received there?


A: I found my “place”. I think it’s important to find a school that speaks to you. I was a great admire of Lee Strasberg and the so called “method”. Lee Strasberg was a genius who kept working and perfecting the “system” that Stanaslavski had started. Coming to New York was a scary enough but acting in a different language is a truly scary thing; However, the LSFTI became my home in NY and still is. The teachers are some of the most inspirational, sincere and passionate I have come across. I still pass by my second home and take class when my schedule will allow it. I feel that Strasberg packed my backpack with tools that I can use throughout my acting career.



Q: Do you like to build characters from the outside in or vice versa?


A: I always find that word “character” a little nerve-wracking. We don’t become a different character. We all start from ourselves. We play many different characters in our daily life and we have a lot of different “personality traits” inside us. We act differently when we are at a job, compared to when we are with our in-laws or with our closest friends. Whatever situation we encounter in our daily life we adapt accordingly. I start with the similarities and then work from there. The final thing is the characterization such as speech and walk, especially if that should be extremely different.


Things are TOTALLY different in Commedia dell’Arte which makes it fascinating as we work from the outside in. When a person works in mask ones persona changes. We all walk around with a persona which we portray to the world and a lot of our personality is displayed via our face. When you remove that, as you do in Commedia dell’Arte, it’s  totally liberating. The mask will tell you who you are and you can’t fight it; you just have to go along. Like my teacher told me, “Think less; do more.” It can be very terrifying to people as you feel yourself loosing control.



Q: For what role did you undergo the most radical physical transformation?


A: Every time I put on a new mask for Commedia dell’Arte I work on an extreme character. The characters are grotesque over exposed personalities. It’s physically demanding to keep the character and the voice so dark as I occasionally play men even though I am a petite woman.  The mask will surely inform me of what body part I need to work out.



Q: What kind of day job or income source do you have and how does it effect your pursuit of acting?


A: I am very frugal and I am fortunate enough to have saved up money for school so I basically live off that. Additionally, I occasionally get hired to do princess and clown appearances for kids birthday parties where I face paint, make balloon animals, dance with the kids and do a magic show. Yep, I do what needs to be done:)



Q: What is Commedia dell’Arte?


A: Commedia dell’Arte began during the Italian Renaissance, which featured street performers who ‘busked’ to make a living. Later, it developed and was distilled into more genteel entertainment.  The early plays were partially improvised, with an outline of action called a ‘scenario’ providing a spine to the comic story.  The storylines highlighted the struggle between masters and servants in a culture just beginning to see greater social mobility.  The humor was raw but rich with word play, scatological humor and physical comedy.  The characters of Commedia dell’Arte were masked ‘stock characters’ drawn directly from everyday life of the Italian Renaissance; masters and servants each of whom embodied a stereotypical Italian of the era.  These stock characters would have been instantly recognizable to audiences of the Renaissance period, the same way that we are familiar with our modern stock characters like the dumb jock or the math nerd.  Since its inception, Commedia dell’Arte has influenced and inspired countless artists. It’s the grand dame of comedy.



Q: What inspired you to join a troupe?


A: I was asked to join by Matthew Gregory whom I had worked with and respect greatly. I absolutely love working with him. He’s a fantastic director and actor. He pushes actors in ways I have not experienced before. He wanted to start a legit Commedia dell’Arte troupe and I was hooked. The people he brought on board are all some of the most talented people I have met. It was a brand new project and something that we do not see a lot of anymore. Comedy in it’s original raw form, Commedia dell’Arte is the Grand Dame of comedy. It’s a real troupe like in the old days. We write and improvise our own material.


Q: Have you ever had a difference of opinion with a director? If so, how did you work it out?


A: I always feel it’s best to have an open dialogue. The director might have a vision of what he would like but once you show him your choice he may go with that. Once I had a director wanting me to do something a certain way. I said yes and did it my own way and he loved it, so he didn’t even realize 🙂



Q: What famous theater role would you most like to attempt?


A: Wow! There are so many but I suppose Lady Macbeth and Medea. I’m a sucker for the classics. I would like to do the classics of Ibsen and Strindberg as well but in original language, since I’m fortunate to be able to speak those languages.


Q: What is your strangest back stage story?


A: Hmmm…my strangest backstage story would probably be watching people put ice cubes in weird places to be cold when they went on stage for a scene.


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

An Interview With Mr. Romantic




Mr. Romantic is a voice over artist who offers recordings of romantic stories; here is a link to his website: 


Q:  What is Mr. Romantic?


A: Mr. Romantic is a man who wants to make every woman feel beautiful, sexy and special.


Q: What gave you the idea for the business?


A:  The idea came to me in 1996, when I produced and voiced my first audio CD called The Bubble Bath, where we sold over 30,000 copies.  I was the first male phone sex operator in Canada and then had a article written about me called Press Play for Sexual Fantasy, of how a voice can fuel that fantasy.  It was written by Valerie Gibson, who has been seen on Dr. Phil and is now the author of Cougar.


Q: What kind of stories do you offer?


A: My first romantic story was The Bubble Bath and next will be Massage and Dinner, The Picnic, and The Beach to name a few.


Q: How much does it cost?


A:  Retail for the Bubble Bath Cd is $12.95, downloads $5.95 and our Mr. Romantic Caps are $13.95.


Q: What demographic do you target?


A: Presently we are in the Canadian Market, and have many discussions with the US Market and once we record in foreign languages we will target the European Market.


Q: What have you done to promote yourself?




A: Currently we have a web site, facebook group, twitter@mrromantc and instagram mrromantic10.  We also have a radio podcast show, An Evening with Mr. Romance on blog talk radio.  It airs Sunday nights at 8 pm EST where this Sunday night Valerie Gibson will be our guest host, author of Cougar and Later Dater, who wrote my article, Press Play for Sexual Fantasy.


Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it affect running your brand?



A: Currently I am an Executive in the Vape Industry.  I am the type of man who has never looked at the clock until my job is done.  So to answer your question, it doesn’t affect me.


Q: What is the oddest question anyone has ever asked you about romance?



A: That is an amazing question, and I enjoyed answering all of your questions honestly.  To answer this question, I would have to say,

that I have been asked how do you know when someone is a great kisser or a great lover?  Since everyone is different in their own way.


Q: What qualifies you to be an expert in romance?



A:   I love women.  I feel it is very important to treat a lady like a lady in and out of the bedroom.  I have been all over the world and have experienced love in many cultures.  I believe every woman is desirable in their own way


Q: What celebrity do you think has the sexiest voice?



A:  There is no doubt in my mind that the celebrities that have had the sexiest voices and unfortunatey are no longer with us are the one and only Mr. Barry White and Mr. Luther Vandross.



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


An Interview With Actor Dhruv Bali



Dhruv Bali is an actor who appeared in the one man show, Pain is Temporary, Quitting Lasts Forever; here is a link to his website:

Q: What made you decide to pursue acting?

A: While working on my Major in economics at The University Of San Francisco, I started taking theater classes. Since I loved doing Drama/acting in school I instantaneously fell in love with acting all over again, something that has been always close to my heart. After graduation I knew that I wanted to pursue it as a career since I have always believed that if one chooses what they love doing or are passionate about success is bound to come and you are happy doing it.

Q: What is “Pain is Temporary, Quitting Lasts Forever” about?

A: Pain Is temporary is a play/Solo performance which I wrote, directed and acted in. It is about the idea of ‘never giving up” as often times we give right before we are about to chieve our goal. There will be hardships along the way, life is tough and often when we are trying to achieve something we will be faced with obstacles but those are ust temporary if you have the tenacity to keep going and working hard towards what you want.

The play itself is about the hardships I had to face in my life in my prime years 19-22. I had gotten sick and had to take a break from college, spent a whole year going in and out of hospitals, suffered complete muscle atrophy to the point where I could not een climb stairs on my own. For a 20 year old who should be in college growing up I was suddenly scooped out of that life.
But I did not give up I kept fighting, got better and stronger came back to college, got my degree with a 3.97 GPA and was offered to be the valedictorian. I also achieved a physique for which people commend me to this day and aspire to look like.

We often times doubt ourselves and our potential, Pain is temporary is about the ideology that anything is possible if you set your mind to it and not give up until you achieve it.
The play was a very cathartic experience as I played 7 different characters in it all people who were somehow involved in my life during my tough time
Q: What inspired you to write it?

A: I have always been passionate about motivational speaking and the affect it had on people. I knew my story in itself was very inspirational and would help a lot of people who are going through tough times and don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. So when the opportunity came create a production of my own and open it to the audience at The University of San Francisco I knew this was the time.

Q: How did you go about getting it produced?

A: The head of the department at my college at USF were very supportive since they saw me get to where I was physically and mentally since I started at USF. They knew that it would be a very inspirational story for the students at the college as well since often times college is a place where people wanna quit or face a lot of obstacles.

Q: What do you hope to express as an artist?

A: I hope to tell true stories, inspirational stories and stories which inspire people to bring about a change. We often get so caught up with the fame and media attention that we forget that the real stories aren’t being told. The inequality between the rich and poor, environmental degradation, the affect of media and brainwashing our minds are all topic that surround but not everybody wants to talk about it.

Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your acting?

A: Since my time at Penn State where I was a finance major I have been very passionate about economics and stock market trading, so I decided to do two things I love doing : Acting and finance. I call them both gambling since both my proffesion do not have certainity but a certain adrenaline rush which only the ones involved in understand. It has actually helped my acting since I can make my own hours now.

Q: What is your oddest Hollywood story?
A: Shortly after moving to Hollywood, I was walking to a CVS after midnight which was very close to my apartment. On my way, two gangs very having a fight. I continued walking by them when all of a sudden two of the gamg members came up to me started trash talking and hitting me out of no where. Since I am an actor all I was thing was please “don’t hit my face “. I ran to a a bar nearby and the bouncer came out and stopped them. He later told me that they were even carrying guns so I should be happy that I am alive. That was the oddest Hollywood experience I have ever had.

Q: What famous character from literature were you born to play?

A: A couple of characters come to mind. My top picks would be, Romeo, Robin Hood, Alexander the great, Tarzan and Don Juan. I will pick Robin hood though since he was the poor mans prince as I have always been very passionate about helping people, paying it forward.
Also Alexander the Great was such a great warrior and conqueror and his stories are just awe inspiring, he embodies my ideology of never giving up and believing in yourself and not stopping till you achieve your goal.

Q: What is the most useful advice you have ever received about show business?

A: Well one of the most useful advice has to be that its not about what you can do or how talented you are but who you know in the indusstr. Its all about networking, who you know and what they can do for you if you wanna get ahead in showbiz.

Q: What makes you fameworthy?

A: Like the famous line from Spiderman “With great Power comes great responibilty” same goes with fame I feel.
I feel with fame comes a certain responsibility, the power to affect people and bring about change. Too many people are famous for the wrong reason. I do not question someone elses hustle but I feel I will do things different if I am famous.

Personaly I know I am talented, hardworking , driven and very passionate about telling stories. I grew up in India so I have feel I understand the eastern mindset as well as the western philosophy. It has made me the person I am. I have a personable personality whit the charisma and charm that is needed to be a star. I feel those two are a lethal combination in todays world of social media as people want to know more about you. I feel I have what it takes to connect with my audience and tell true meaningful stories.

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

An Interview With Actor Juston Graber




Juston Graber is an actor who stars in the film Beyond the Call of Duty; here is a link to his IMDB page:

Q: What is Beyond the Call of Duty about?

A: Duty versus desire seems to be a common theme found within this zombie film.  The main characters are military special operations personnel whose mission is involuntarily extended due to reasons that are not laid plainly on the table. The characters are torn between their duties of service and their desire to return home to their families.


Q: What role do you play?

A: I play the role of David. David and Beverly, played by actress Angel Izard, are out on a camping trip as a couple trying to rekindle their love.  Both characters are vital in setting up the exposition of the undead for the audience because they experience the first, and unfortunate, encounter with a zombie and the deranged Doctor Bergman – who may or may not be responsible for the entire mess, I don’t want to ruin the movie for anyone.  Haha.


Q: How did you hear about the project in the first place?

A: I worked with Aleksander Ivicic on a mini-web series called “By the Book,” and he asked me if I’d be interested in playing a role in a film that he was working on.  He said he wanted an actor that he could trust to do a good job and thought of me.  I was happy to work with him again because I found him to be a gifted Actor/Director/Writer.


Q: What sets it apart from other zombie films?

A: I would say that the story is pretty original.  I believe Aleks has a goal to bring something fresh to the table by connecting the audience to the relatable characters, which can often be difficult in zombie films especially.  Supernatural elements tend to drive a particular disconnection within suspending disbelief.


Q: You were in the military. What is the most realistic film you have seen about the military?

A: I tend to stay away from military movies because of how inaccurate they can be.  My fellow service members who do watch them have told me that there have been a lot of improvements and recommend I watch American Sniper and 13 Hours, but I am wary.  I am extremely critical when it comes to even the smallest aspects – like how to wear a uniform correctly (which can be Googled by the way, some of these costume designers are skipping their homework!).

I did enjoy a lot of what was captured in Black Hawk Down.  The firefights, the tinnitus, the camaraderie between the troops (especially Eric Bana’s portrayal of Hoot and his speech on “why we do it”).  It would have been nice to see more reloading of weapons, however, which is the issue with most action movies in general.


Q: What has been your most awkward celebrity encounter?

A: I don’t think I’ve had one yet.  I did see Nick Nolte walking on Hollywood Boulevard last summer and really wanted to say something to him – because I had just crashed an audition forGraves, an upcoming TV series he is supposed to appear in.  I was asked to leave the audition because it was actually a call-back with the director Robert B. Weide, and the casting assistant said he did not know who sent me.  I told the assistant the truth – that I was crashing.  Unfortunately he said that he could not allow me to go in.  He did however ask for my head-shot and resume…so, who knows, maybe I’ll be in season 2, or maybe I’ve been blacklisted for trying to kick in doors Hollywood style.  Haha.  Better than doing it 11 Bravo style.  I never said anything to Nick on the street.  I believe that was awkward for me because I’m usually not afraid to break the ice and introduce myself.


Q: What made you interested in acting?

A: Ever since I was a kid I knew this was something that I was going to pursue.  Every movie that I saw I would get this feeling of, “Why am I not in this?”  When I separated from the Army in 2012, I moved back to Buffalo, NY and sought out the independent film community there.  I began acting and loved every single thing about it.  I knew that I did not have any training, and believe that it is important to any craft someone is trying to hone, so I moved to Savannah, GA and began the BFA program in Performing Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design.  I eventually moved to Los Angeles to continue to pursue acting and transferred to University of Southern California.  Acting is the one thing I am most passionate about.


Q: How did the military prepare you for a career in acting?

A: A lot of people wouldn’t think there is cross-over from a military career to an acting one.  I feel that the discipline instilled in me from serving the country has been the most beneficial preparation anyone can have in any career.  You also need to remain focused and flexible, which the military does a fantastic job training their troops in their “hurry up and wait” structure.


Q: How do you feel about actors becoming involved in politics?

A: Personally, I don’t follow politics too much, but to answer the question, to each their own.  If somebody feels strongly about a situation, they have the right to get involved in change regardless of their profession.  It can be a double edge sword however because if an actor has a particular fan-base, then s/he is able to influence her or his fans.


Q: What is scarier combat or an audition?

A: I think what it comes down to is preparation.  Both combat and auditioning require a certain level of preparation.  Either or is capable of throwing random situations at you that can startle you or stop you in your tracks.  There is more of a life/death aspect that plays a role in combat though.  If you mess up at an audition, there will always be another audition.  If you mess up in combat, you’re either dead or you’re gonna get somebody else dead.

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

An Interview With Actress Penelope Lagos



Penelope Lagos is an actress who appears in the film The Jersey Devil; here is a link to her website:
Q: What is The Jersey Devil about?


A: The Jersey Devil is about the original Devil, Lucifer, whose term limits are up and must turn the reigns of Hell over to James Burnett. Burnett has a new plan for Hell that includes changing its image and relocation. He enlists the help of others and after an extensive search, they settle on New Jersey. He implements his plan to gather as many souls as possible. Meanwhile, Lucifer, with his wife Eve and Advocate Judas have arrived in Jersey to put an end to James’ plans. After several failed attempts to stop him, Lucifer turns to a higher power for help. The Jersey Devil is now available on Amazon streaming for only $1.99! (


Q:  What role do you play?


A: I play the role of Tori LaSalle, who is Burnett’s side kick Richard Cooper’s love interest. Did you catch all that? She is often mistaken as a stripper/exotic dancer but in reality she is a girl looking for love in all the wrong places.


Q:  How did you prepare for the role?


A: The role of Tori was a unique one in that she had to be likable by the audience but she was in fact in hell, so as a character she was flawed. I read the script several times, made my notes, did my usual character breakdown and spoke with the writer/director Joe Pepitone about how he imagined her. I think it’s important for any actor to bring the writer’s vision to life and having an open dialogue with Joe helped me greatly. He is truly an actor’s director and wants you to succeed which helps A LOT. I also watched some classic scenes from Married with Children, as aspects of the character Kelly Bundy reminded me of Tori. I memorize lines only before I go to sleep so you can say Joe’s script was my bed time story for many nights. I swear I have a method to my madness!


Q:  How is the movie different than other films set in Hell?


A: The Jersey Devil is not your stereotypical hell with fire/flames, crazy heat and people with horns running around. It’s also not a horror film so you don’t have any of the blood and gore you would see in that genre. It’s really a group of people who are living a fairly normal life in the afterlife. After all, normal life can in fact be hell at times (laughs).



Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your acting?


A: My weekly work is shoe modeling. I do showroom, runway and fittings so that keeps me busy. It’s very similar to acting in that you are presenting yourself to an audience without using words. It’s still a show, but on a much smaller scale. I also just completed a children’s picture book called I Miss My Best Friend on pet loss, so I will be pitching to publishing companies over the next few months. My love for animals has driven me back to school, and I recently completed a certification in Canine Conditioning and Basic Massage. By next year, I plan to have my certification in Canine Hydrotherapy and will be opening up my own small business. Bonding with animals teaches you a lot about yourself and having compassion and vulnerability in my day to day and acting life.


Q: What is your strangest on set story?


A: There have been a few (laughs). So when we shot “JD” there were two blizzards within a week. I couldn’t stay overnight because of another work commitment and so everyone was placing bets that I would be a no show the next day on set. Only essential vehicles were allowed on the road, but I made it there (long story, don’t ask) and I was actually the first actor on set. That day we were shooting the end scene with the whole cast. Roy Nowlin, who plays Adam came out in a next to nothing outfit and let’s just say I was not expecting it. So there we all are in the middle of a blizzard on a random day in February pretending to be in hell. We are confronting Chris Mulkey who plays God and seeing Adam and Eve reunite for the first time while I’m protecting my latest boyfriend from being struck by the powers of God. I’d say it doesn’t get much stranger than that!



Q: Why is New Jersey a great place to film a movie?


A: I’m a Jersey girl through and through. I was born and raised here and currently live in the town I grew up in. People don’t give NJ the credit it deserves. I think there are so many facets to it and being a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and yet easily accessible to the relaxation of the beach, we are very fortunate. NJ played its own character in this film. People always tell me I should have been a realtor because I really sell The Garden State.


Q:  What is the best acting advice anyone has ever given you?


A: When I was over at Atlantic Acting School, they emphasized the importance of treating acting as a business and being professional, on time and staying true to the writer’s written words. This has stuck with me and it’s advice I pass along to anyone interested in entering this crazy business.



Q: What famous role could you have nailed?


A: Well one of my acting idol’s is definitely Julia Roberts and I have watched Pretty Woman more times than I care to reveal in this interview. I don’t believe anyone could have topped her performance or had the chemistry she did with Richard Gere but it would have been a dream role for me.


Q:  If you could run hell for a day, what changes would you make?


A: Well hopefully I will never be in that situation because that would mean I was down there too, God forbid. (laughs, hoping you caught that pun) So let’s say I’m visiting for the day. I think I would line up a small group of people, let’s call them the “A listers”, who have been very well behaved since they arrived. Angels in hell of sorts.  I’d give them one chance to redeem themselves. I believe in second chances if someone is truly remorseful for what he/she has done so yeah another chance at life after life.


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


An Interview With Actress and Singer E.G. Daily

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E.G. Daily is an actress and singer who has appeared in many movies and television shows including Friend’s, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and The Voice. Her new movie Mothers and Daughters is in theaters now; here is a link to her website:


Q: When did you know you wanted to be a performer?


A: I didn’t know I wanted to be a performer at first cause I was super shy but I knew I loved singing and dancing! As I got older and got over being shy was when I realized I wanted to do what I love and that involved performing!

Q: What is your new movie about?


A: It’s Called “Mothers and Daughters” and it is about the dynamics of just that… Parenting the good ,the bad ,the ugly , and all the magic of it!

Q: What role do you play?
A: My role is Mama Quinn! She is the mother of Luke Mitchell. And we have a beautiful mother son moment of forgiveness..


Q: Phoebe sang a lot of interesting songs on Friends, why do you think, “Smelly Cat” became her signature song?


A: I think Smelly such a funny concept and the fact that it’s a smelly cat, most likely ,cause of the yucky food the humans are feeding them!  I just think the randomness is why people loved it!!

Q: You have been in a couple of Nick Cassavetes’ films. What makes Mr. Cassavetes style of directing unique?


A: Cassavetes is a brilliant director he really plays with deep rooted issues. I think he’s not afraid to risk and go off the norm to make his films ! “Yellow ” his newest movie is an amazing example of that!!!

Q: How do you prepare for a role?


A: I get very clear about what’s going on for my character. How I see the characters I’m dealing with. What my subtext is about them not just want I say. Then wardrobe location and make up play a huge part for me.

Once I am in wardrobe things really come together for me.


Q: What is the most surprising thing that you have learned about Hollywood?


A: That people tend to put of living full lives for there careers. When actually I found my career flew open after I committed to my personal life like having kids , and putting energy into family ! Life just works better with balance…. I find.


Q: What is Wildlife Waystation and how did you become involved?


A: Wildlife Waystataion is an awesome animal sanctuary. It began with a woman named Marteen. Who started by rescuing one animal and eventually people started bringing her more and more! She would take in animals that were wild but then domesticated and those humans realized they couldn’t continue to care for them. Now she has a beautiful  land dedicated to all animals. The entire thing is funded by donations.  I herd about it when went to a party at a friends that was actually a party to share about the Waystataion. I was so moved and inspired I decided to have my own party to inspire others on what they can do to support this  amazing sanctuary.

Q: Why do you think the animal rights movement has attracted so many famous people?


A: Animals are beautiful pure and innocent and as celebrity’s it’s our job to educate and be the voice where others can’t. It is our responsibility to speak out for important causes. The animal abuse that goes on is so awful it is impossible to not want to try to help!

Q: Of all the famous folks with whom you have worked who is the most like their on screen persona and who is the least like their on screen persona?


A: George Clooney is most like his on screen persona in person. He’s just that awesome man!

Rob Zombie is nothing like the wild ,mad Rocker  he is on stage . In person Rob Zombie is a calm, gentle funny and just a super focused guy!

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

An Interview With Actor Sriram Parthasarathy




sirpSriram Parthasarathy is a Chicago based actor who has appeared in many short films and in the series Outta Air; here is a link to his Vimeo page:





Q: What made you interested in acting?

A: From the moment I first saw Terminator 2, I knew that my only dream in life was to become an actor. From 1992 onwards, this has been my conscious and subconscious thought pattern, to somehow find a way to live it.

Q:  You’ve been in a lot of short films. What do you look for in a role?

A: Typically, I will take on short/independent films or series that have a principal role that will actually teach me something about acting. Whether it’s an antihero, villain, or protagonist, I am constantly able to absorb depth,

Q: What is Outta Air about?

A: It’s definitely a redemptive story about not wasting time in righting your wrongs.  I have never in my heart believed in letting things go, especially if I am responsible for royally screwing something or someone up. The only way the heart can truly rest is if the truth is told, consequences are understood and embraced, and life is lived better as a result.  If one waits around for self-created problems to hopefully go away and just be moved past from, they are damning themselves to a life of dishonor. This film shortens said life 🙂

Q:   What role do you play?

A: I play two roles actually: the first is a fellow named Reggie who’s told by some magical voice in his brain that his life will expire in 24 hours.  I also play said voice and its corresponding silhouetted figure 😉

Q: What did you do to prepare for the role?

A: The main thing was to NOT memorize dialogue, which is my normal m.o. I have no idea if it’s actually effective or not, but it allows me to absorb the story and environment, and not be self-conscious of my lines, which of course shows on screen J. For 99% of the films I’ve been a part of, if the director was not a theater director, they have been ok with not hearing dialogue verbatim.

Q: You have a real job as an IT manager. How does your job affect your ability to pursue acting?

A: God bless my employer, Carevoyant software, that knows very well what I do outside of the day job, in between fashion and film on evenings and weekends. They have been angels in knowing that if I ever miss any time, as long as I am reachable during the time for emergencies, they will get my undivided attention and loyalty and overcompensated hours in return 😉

Q:  What is your strangest onset story?

A: It actually took place in my own condo. An independent feature, The Great Chicago Filmmaker, had required a few scenes to be shot in my place. My character was actually a film producer that allowed the “director” in the film to shoot scenes in my condo. Unfortunately, as we were shooting scenes that day, the crew decided to wire up and use very extensive lighting out in the public hallways of my building. The building management started banging on my door (as I was actually in my bedroom taking a nap, as the scenes being shot didn’t need me yet), and told me (in the midst of 25 cast+crew in my place) that the building was going to fine me 500 dollars for all of this. Luckily, the gentleman was a sweetheart, and mentioned that if I could donate to the Christmas fund for the maintenance and regular building staff, he would not write it up, and would not document any more complaints from other residents. 100 dollars later, we continued shooting everything inside my place, and wound up reshooting the scenes, where my character actually goes through the same exact problem, and casted another actor to play by building management staff J A grand total of 3 people laughed when they saw the reshot scene at the premiere. I was one of them 😦

Q: Why Chicago and not LA or New York?

A: Mainly because I have no background whatsoever as an actor, and also due to my age. Since I never took acting classes/workshops and had no stage background whatsoever, I could not throw caution to the wind and head out east or west; also, thanks to my lovely mortgage payment and my parents who stay in the suburbs of Chicago, my heart will always be here. If either NYC or LA do call me, it would be based on the results of the works that I’ve been a part of, that the world would ALLOW me to head out to those places, and not as a result of my taking six months out there and hoping that something works out. Although, I may change my stupidly idealistic tune in 1 year 🙂

Q: What would you change about the film industry?

A: I would completely eliminate etc as forms of investment for films. From all of the legendary stories I’ve read from productions like Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, Superman I, even the battles between producers/directors/investors/cast based on actual budgets, battles in the background were part of the mystique and aura of a true film, and not just simply collaboration, showing up and doing your job etc. Unfortunately, mystique is a long-lost concept in the entertainment industry in general, where our heroes and idols are destroyed the moment they become public figures. I would rather know them and admire them as talents rather than TMZ-related fodder for all 😦


Q:  If you could spend a year in the world of any short film you have been in which one would you pick and why?

A: It would be in a film called Corvus, where I played death in human form. Everything I touched would turn to fire, except for humans, and any human I came in contact with would take me on a journey through their life that took them to the moment they met me.  I would have no control of whether their time was up or not, but it would allow me to understand the human soul in ways I could never fathom. And the next day, I would hopefully treat the world better as a result of knowing that it does not revolve around me and any ego I may have 🙂

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