An insightful interview with the amazingly talented and down to earth actor- Evan- Riley Brown!
Please introduce yourself to the readers:
Hello there! My name is Evan-Riley Brown. I am 20 years old originally from Canada, British Columbia from a little town called Winfield or as all the hicks call it Winbuck! lol. I have been living in the US for 2 years now in Hollywood and it is one big change from my little town, to this massive city.
How and when did you first get into performing?
I knew I wanted to be an actor when I was 3 years old I was watching The Mask with Jim Carrey. After the movie ended, I started to re-enact the whole film from beginning to end and after that night, I did that with every movie I watched. The very first play I ever did was Goldilocks and the Three Bears, I was 3 at the time. The day we had to do the show for our parents, I remember coming on stage and then I spoke in this weird deep, demonic voice, it was a choice I made last minute because I thought since I am playing a father bear I should change my voice. Then I heard the parents laugh and I knew I was funny like Jim Carrey and that was the greatest thing I thought.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Jim Carrey is the reason why I wanted to become a performer.Then as I got older, I discovered Robert De Niro and what I saw him do on screen, made me want to study acting, so I could be as good as him. But who I really give credit for making me work as hard as I do, would be Christian Bale because I remember watching him in Batman and then I saw him in the Machinist, I couldn't believe how much he transformed and the dedication it takes to do that, is what really makes him my idol in the acting universe. Although, to be honest this is only 3 out of a list where I lose count. I mean there is Judi Dench, Gary Oldman, Paul Newman (we have the same birthday) as I said, the list goes on. The only two others that I really look up to that aren't actors, are Eminem and Travis Pastrana . I just find Eminem's whole story inspiring- it just shows that he never gave up even when could have, but he didn't, so I respect that a lot. Travis Pastrana is just awesome! I think that is the only way that can describe that guy. I mean, whatever he decides to do, he goes for gold which I love! I have the same mentality!
What kind have training have you done?
I have been acting since elementary school, then I did some training for improv and because of my teacher, I was able to start my own improv group which he actually just joined, so the student becomes the master- but not really, he is still pretty damn funny! Who I dedicate anything I ever do, it would have to be because of Stella Adler, Los Angeles, where I have spent two years studying intensively. They have given me more than I could ever imagine!
What has been your favorite role to play so far and why?
I really enjoyed playing Eben from Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O'Neil. The play is just so beautifully tragic and I loved playing characters that are intense and tortured and the play has it all- love and hate and the stakes are incredibly high. I also really enjoyed playing Kaleb in the movie Spit. I liked playing Kaleb, because he is actually based off of a real person and I like seeing if am able to emulate them. I was told by his mom that she had a hard time seeing me, because I reminded her of her son in that stage of his life. Kaleb was a lot of fun to play because he becomes a bad boy and it's always fun to play bad! I also got to wear punk clothes, which I normally don't get to wear and that was so much fun to see how people react to you, when you're dressed a different way.
What projects do you have coming up?
I have a few! Some I know more about than others. I am not able to give out too much information, since everything is still in production but there is one where I play a young detective in a noir setting that I am really excited to do. I get to work with Armada Motion Pictures again and they are so much fun to work with. It's like my second family!. All I can say about the other ones, is that they are both completely different from each other, which I am excited about! One is going to take me to some dark place and the other one, I play the boy next door romantic lead. It's nice to be cast in different things! I don't like being told I can only be one type of character.That's why I became an actor in the first place!
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
That's difficult to say! I just want to really work with anyone who is professional and a giver when it comes to doing a scene. I guess I would really like to work with Mark Ruffalo, as he just seems to be a genuinely nice person and plus he went to my school so we would have the same prep on set work. What I mean by that, is that he would respect my method and I would respect his. That's all really I want and I think that is what everyone wants- Respect, so anyone who meets that description, I would be honored to work with!
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future, when you say future, I think about goals that I want to accomplish and one of them is to change the way some see the world with a performance, like I did. The other thing is, I would love to work with De Niro and Christian Bale. As for Directors, I would want to work with David Russell, Martin Scorsese or Christopher Nolan. As for life goals, I would love to be able to move back to my small, hick like town and live in the woods and be covered by nature!
What is your advice to other aspiring artists?
My advice is to go for gold if you decide to do it!