Two wealthy, powerful and prestigious friends reunite in their hometown after being away for decades. Each bring their troubles with them while guarding deep rooted secrets from their past. And things on the surface are not at all as they may seem.
This is the set up for Morningside, a television series under development by OrionStar Productions. Producers Debbie Kelley and Brian Q. Kelley are utilizing the crowd-funding website Indiegogo to seek funding to film a pilot episode here in upstate South Carolina.
Actor/stunt man Terrance Murphy portrays Joshua Klegg III, a man you don't want to cross. Murphy recently shared with us some information about himself, his character, and his approach to acting.
Examiner: Can you tell us a little about your background?
Well, I've done a lot of different things... all legal, thankfully! I was born into a large family - nine boys and two girls - to parents who were vaudeville dancers. They were out of show business when I came along, but I was always intrigued by the stories they used to tell. I got involved in music, taught myself to play guitar and mandolin, singing in a bunch of different groups and some studio work. I kind of fell into acting by chance - I was spotted by a modeling agent in a hotel lobby in NC, where I was living. He was from NY, and said he thought I was a model, and had I ever considered it... after looking at him, I said thanks very much, but I'm a married man. He laughed, and said, "No, you have a great look, and you can make some good money". Well, I heard "money," so I checked into a local agency, which hired me, and booked me for a job the next day! Before too long, they started sending me on commercial auditions, and since I didn't know what the hell I was doing, I decided to start taking acting classes.. and loved it! I've been very fortunate - I left the business that I was doing, and started pursuing acting, which led me to, of all places, Miami, FL. I'm also a first degree black belt, which, with my acting, landed me a part in Transporter 2 as a stuntman, which was shooting in Miami. I started acting a lot after that, with two different parts on Burn Notice, and a lot of short films. I was up for the lead in a part for Spanish TV, a new series that is shooting... and I don't speak Spanish - kind of a problem, don't you think? Obviously, I didn't get it, but two months later, I sent my information and demo reel to Debbie Kelley of OrionStar Productions, about a new TV pilot they were getting ready to shoot. They were looking for actors, and wouldn't you know it, they liked me... crazy!
Examiner: Tell us a little about your character.
Joshua Klegg III.... I am a third generation attorney who lives in the fictional town of Morningside. I am pretty much "the boss." What I say goes, and I rule the town, like my daddy and granddaddy before me! I have two sons, Joshua "Joel" the fourth, and Jessup, who are both a bit of a disappointment to me. My wife, Anna, and I are just married in name only, but stay together to keep up appearances. An old childhood friend, Noah, who left twenty plus years ago, has returned. He has made his fortune.... a BIG one, and is moving back to his hometown, bringing his grown daughter with him... along with all his money. Things start getting complicated, as we go into business together, and power struggles ensue. And I'm a bad man.... a VERY bad man, apparently.... I was told to think of a cross between JR Ewing and Walter White!
Examiner: What are your biggest challenges in this role?
Every character brings their own challenges. For me, it is trying to understand what is it that motivates a person to act the way they do. We, as humans, all carry the same traits, the same genetic code... and we understand when we see something that is false, for example, when someone is "trying" to show me they are "upset," I don't believe them. When they are truly upset, and they try to hide that fact, THEN, I am pulled into the story, because that is what we, as humans, do. Finding the truth in the actions, for me as an actor, helps me to be truthful in MY actions. For everything, there is a cause and effect... and for the actor, it's uncovering the cause so that the effect happens, not the other way around; and when people try to show the effect of something without the reason, it becomes a very fake, hollow attempt, which leaves the audience disinterested!