A few days ago I got to interview Television star, film actor, stage actor, writer and general nice guy the intensely energetic Eric Steinberg. Don’t let his face fool you either because he is an absolute genius with a stunningly kind heart.
We grew up together in the same town. We have the same memories. We share some mutual, random friends and experiences that have shaped us into the humans we are today.
He spoke to me about the last fifteen to twenty years that he has been developing his craft as an actor. He is an incredibly gifted actor at that, he gets to play these charming, charismatic and sometimes dark and dangerous types that light up the television screen like a Christmas tree. I would give anything to see his live, stage performances that he occasionally gets to do out in L.A. Just from the energy in his voice I can tell that he has a genuine passion for what he loves.
He has played many characters and film roles that range from “Mortal Kombat” to “NCIS” to a stint on “The Young and Restless” and “pretty little liars”. See his character page for more information. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0825749/
We talk about so many things, Shakespeare, John Huston movies and other influences that he feels connected to. We end up analyzing some Daft Punk songs that I have recently become fascinated with. Eric’s insights into humanity and worldly visions often stun me into silence. He has genuine concern for causes and third world countries that he has experienced firsthand from his own dynamic upbringing that includes such places as Sri Lanka, Thailand, London and Korea.
Eric gets to travel a lot for work and to visit his own family that still live in Washington D.C., a city he still feels very fondly for. His family’s influence into his art and creative experience are evident by his creative thinking and his desire to achieve more than just conquering the world of television. But, his influence can be felt in this world, which is pretty damn cool as he explains some of the harsh realities of Hollywood and television acting in general.
He often feels typecast into these dark roles by those producers and writers who look to stereotype and cash in on his ethnicity. He feels strongly about what roles he can and cannot take in order to counter this.
To anyone looking at him, he is this tall, beautiful half-Asian man with an incredibly intense gaze. To the marketers in Hollywood who look to package him as a product, they contribute to the constant racist and stereotypical image of defining the limits of what makes the image of the mostly white heroic leading male.
It is a rather harsh shame that Hollywood identifies itself as a place in which to package an absolute ideal into an image. Steinberg, who has seen the reality of this and still plays ball with this ideal, tells me that this is why he writes and creates his own material these days, his own vision of what a perfect world could look like. His own material is quite original, and creative. Eric has a lot of talent and he could be a success at anything he puts his mind to.
He tells me of his dream career, which is mostly the life that he has created for himself so far, just with better written roles. Such a noble cause, I think, all he wants to do is “create the perfect moment” with his acting.
All I want to say, To Hollywood specifically, ya’ll have to change with the times and give Steinberg a break. He is such an underused and undervalued actor with every quality of a leading man. You are missing out by not using him with all that talent.