Exclusive Interview with Brendan Meyer
Hollywood and the acting industry in general is dominated by stories of instability and destruction, with respect to child-teen actors. Despicably though, we as a society tend to revel in those stories. But this theme of instability has eluded teen actor, Brendan Meyer, who was the star of the Television Show, 'Mr. Young'. He is a young actor who prides himself on a love for Shakespeare, and a career founded on unchanging passion, unrelenting determination, and a strive for continuity in an industry as unstable as the movie industry. This interview gives a preview of an actor who has risen above the teen-hollywood stereotype, that, more often than not, materializes itself. In this interview, he talks about himself, his interests, his upcoming movie and television projects, and his directorial debut. Make sure you visit Brendan's Twitter and Facebook page, in order to keep in touch with him.
1) Can you tell me a little bit about yourself to start off, your likes, and your dislikes?
I’m 19 1/2 years old and I’m an actor who loves Shakespeare and I live in Vancouver. I’m pretty much obsessed with movies, theatre, and TV. I also love reading plays in my spare time. I’m a big fan of watching golf. I dislike mean people and when my socks get wet :-).
2) When and how did you decide to start acting?
I’ve always enjoyed telling stories and from a young age, it’s something I’ve always felt I wanted to do. As I’ve gotten older it has continued to grow as my passion.
3) A lot of child-teen actors and actresses do not cope very well in the industry. I don’t know if this is a trend amongst child actors or if it is just symptomatic of the aggressiveness of contemporary tabloids. Either way, you have managed to remain afloat, how do you cope within the industry?
I have a great family who keeps me grounded and are there to help me out with everything. I just try to stay focussed on the part that I enjoy, the work.
4) Who are your role models both in the movie-television industry but also outside of the industry?
My biggest role models are my mom, dad, and brother because they’re so supportive and great. Inside the industry, I’m a big fan of the careers of Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, and Kenneth Branagh.
5) You have been featured in a number of films and television shows. But to date, I believe that ‘Mr. Young’ is your most prominent work. Can you tell me about your experiences working on the show?
It was an amazing experience to work on Mr. Young. The entire cast and crew were fantastic. I loved doing the live audience shows because it’s a great blend of film and theatre. It was such a privilege to have a steady job as an actor for that long!
6) I know that you are Canadian, do you still live in Canada and, if so, do you find that it is difficult to juggle living in Canada and sometimes having to work in the United States?
Yes, sometimes it is very tough. I currently live in Vancouver, but I am from Edmonton. I really just moved here to do Mr. Young so I’m used to being all over the map, without a definite ‘home’, if you know what I mean. I spent two months last summer in New Mexico filming my upcoming movie The Guest, so we’re used to being on the road.
7) Do you hope to continue acting as a future career or are there other interests that you will like to explore?
I’m hoping to continue acting for the rest of my life and the only thing I can see adding to it would be directing and writing. My directorial debut, the short film, A Job, will be coming out at the Montreal World Film Festival this summer.
8) Are you working on any future television or movie projects?
I’ll be appearing in two episodes of CW’s The 100 and was just recently seen in Starving in Suburbia on Lifetime. The Guest, with Dan Stevens and Maika Munroe, directed by Adam Wingard, will be coming out this fall via Picturehouse. Right now I’m just auditioning a lot and hoping to get another break!
9) What advice do you have for youths out there that are trying to pursue their interests and dreams, whatever they may be?
If you really are passionate about something don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. As far as acting goes, I think it’s important to study the great movies and plays, and really know the history of your business. This advice applies to whatever career you want to pursue. Ultimately, if you’re not having fun and/or gaining fulfillment from your interests, it’s probably not worth doing.