has to find a way to bring their own experience to the role. If i'm nothing
like a character, which doesn't happen often, I'll go do something I think
the character would do and with that, I now have a real life experience
on which to draw from. I have to find a way to live in the character,
With JUSTIN I was able to draw on a lot of my own experience and
relationships. their have been times in my life where I've acted just
JUSTIN and subsequently hurt those around me, but ultimately it was best
for me at the time and ended up shaping my life. it's parallels like these
that allow me as an actor to bring reality to a role.
What happens to "Justin" after the
movie is over?
After leaving LORI, JUSTIN has come to realization that his
relationship with her isn't what he really wants or needs at this time.
Sometimes it's tough to leave a comfortable situation especially if all
your thoughts are wrapped up in not wanting to hurt the other person.
This makes for a miserable existence since neither person is getting what
they deserve from the relationship. For JUSTIN it took DARCY to shake
up the situation for him to admit to himself that he wasn't ready for
marriage or a serious commitment to LORI. It isn't that he wants to start
a whole new relationship with DARCY, but that he needs to be free of his
Do you identify more with your British or Indonesian
You know my mother did a great job of making me aware of both
sides of my heritage. I never felt like one overshadowed another and was
never treated as such. I never encountered any prejudice that i was aware
of,.... except the fact that Ii could get a great tan in the summer time.
sometimes we get lucky!!
As a former Arizona State football player, can
you compare the demands of acting and athletics?
It's funny I approach my life like i'm training for competition.
it's to prepare me for the role. I trained religiously year round when
in college and I have brought that work ethic with me. I have always been
the underdog, so I felt that I had to work twice as hard as the next guy
just to have a chance at competing. Although, just like in athletics overtraining
does happen, which I realized I probably did more often than i thought.
Sometimes pushing your nose to the grindstone all the time isn't a healthy
way to approach work either. I've found ways to take a few steps back
and work smarter not harder.
What would you be doing if you were not an actor?
If I wasn't acting, I'd be producing. Their are so many great
there that need to be heard. Finding that raw gem and shaping it to the
precious stone that it really is excites me. If I wasn't involved in the
entertainment industry at all, I'd be back in the medical field working
with athletes and helping them achieve their potential.
What are your upcoming projects?
Right now I'm working with oscar winning writer, Marshall Brickman
developing a bio-pic that I will produce about a ground breaking Hollywood
family that has shaped hollywood history for almost 100 years. I also
have an action movie with ron perlman coming out in december called shakedown.
I play an FBI agent trying to track a maniacal cult leader.
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