Exclusive: Latest Interview w/ Ian
Q: Working on "Pretty Little Liars,” you’re exposed not only to the wonderfully talented cast, but to a number of writers/directors etc with incredibly interesting bodies of work. With access to such a veritable source of knowledge & past experiences, what are some of the best things you’ve learned and/experienced since joining the show?
I’ve learned patience. Everyone "behind the camera,” if you will, has been doing this for years, and whenever I begin to feel anxious about the future, both career-wise and emotionally, there is always some one there to remind that this is a marathon and not a sprint. I’ve also heard some crazy stories about other actors from hair and make-up to the camera guys. I love hearing tales of people who’ve been jerks on set, and I literally write those stories down as to not repeat them.
Q: How has the on-set atmosphere changed over the past year?
Things have become very comfortable. People know there characters, and we’re all fairly comfortable with moving outside the box and trying new things within the scene.
Q: You’ve previously expressed interest in pursuing other creative outlets – such as writing, for example – further down the track. In what ways have your on-set experiences this past year and the exposure to such varied talent/skills continued to help nurture/encourage this? Have any new interests caught your eye?
I have a new interest every week! I’m so scatter brained. I think I just like asking questions, so in being around other artists for hours one tends to pick up other prospective interests. I’ve written a little bit here and there, but nothing that I consistently work on. Some day I feel I’ll branch out into other areas of the business, I simply haven’t had the inspiration to do so yet.
Q: From a viewers perspective, it can sometimes appear that the acting gets easier over time with the more experience an actor gains. Personally, I’ve always felt that the craft of acting is a combination of hard work, challenges and heart. That it is a matter of mastering the steps, with different steps coming more naturally to some than others, but with each step still presenting it’s own challenge. And that the ‘acting’ is at it’s best when you can see how each actor has approached the same step, but in their own unique way. As an actor with experience in both theater and television (both mediums often requiring different preparation methods) do you feel that if/when the acting starts to feel easy, it’s time for that next challenge? Or should a challenge be something the actor remains constantly in search of?
Good question! I suppose I will know for sure when I get to that point. I think you’re right though, that when acting becomes too easy, perhaps its time to branch out. That being said, for now, I want to do things that challenge me, and often that’s a character or piece that is new/difficult/risky. That’s what I want to do, I don’t want to simply so some variation of a character I’ve played before over and over. I’ve passed on a few things recently that wouldn’t really broaden my horizons, and that’s scary for me because I want to work, but ultimately I want a long, diverse career, and they may involve great periods of searching for the next project.
Q: The viewers have seen a more confident Ezra so far this season, who has ‘both feet in’ when it comes to what he wants & his relationship with Aria. Were there any specific changes you made when approaching your portrayal of Ezra post-Rosewood High? Or do you feel these changes shone through naturally via the combination of the show’s writing team and the creative decision to move Ezra to Hollis?
I trust the writers so much now that I’m down for whatever they throw at me. I haven’t really changed what/how I think of Ezra, I just simply "do,” as in I accept anything that’s on the page.
Q: What are you enjoying most about Ezra this season?
I love how the tests that he and Aria face intensify, especially in the next 12 episodes. That’s all I will/can say!
Q: How do you feel knowing your work has not only forged bonds between fans worldwide, but also inspired them to pursue their interest in some of the many creative outlets available these days? Your genuine nature & appreciation of fans really shines through, and your fans are quite a creative group. It’s inspiring.
Wow! That makes me feel amazing! I guess I’ve been lucky, (extreeeemely lucky), to do what I love, and I don’t believe I’m one of the fortunate few. Your life is what you make it, and you only have one, (as cliche as that sounds…) so why not do what you love.
Q: If your next project could take you anywhere in the world – however exotic – what place would that be?
Ooooooooo!! I simultaneously love and hate this question, since I love traveling. I’d love to see Australia, India, Alaska, the list would go on and on. I would also like to do a film in DC simply so I could maybe put my mom in the background as an extra!
|Category: interview | Added by: irina (11.01.2012)