I’ve got a special treat for you readers today. Whether you’re a fan of Criminal Minds, Batman, tv shows about newspapers or even the curious case of Benjamin Button , this interview is for you.
I caught up with the fantastic Josh Stewart for a chat about his acting career , moving into directing and his brilliant Youtube channel!
Q)What made you want to become an actor and how did you start working towards becoming one?
A)Acting was never one of those things I grew up wanting to be. i, by chance, did a play when I was in college and it just made sense to me. I loved it. I got it.
Q)Who inspired you the most when you was growing up, and if you could say anything to them what would it be?
A)My parents played a big role in who I am and who I will be. they’re always in the back of my mind in every situation
I’m facing. The ways they’ve taught, the things they’ve taught me, I carry them. I’ll never be able to not to. I’d just tell
them I Love them. That’s enough.
Q)Before you started your acting career you made sure that you went to college/university to get your degree is business from West Virginia University, would you recommend to other people interested in acting getting a solid education first? And why?
A)You know, I’d tell people go after whatever it is they love to do and go after it with a fury. There’s no rhyme or reason
as to how or when opportunities arise, but we better be prepared when it comes. And how ever you need to prepare
to be ready, do it.
Q)You moved from West Virginia to New York to study at the T.Schreiber Studios, what was this experience like and how did you find the change of location?
A)Going from WV to NYC was huge. Not only geographically speaking, but from a point of growth. The two couldn’t
be any further from one another. WV is called the mountain state. So, I grew up running the mountains and playing
in the river. That was home. NYC is another mountain of wilderness in a completely different way, but I love it. I
still spend a lot of time there. It was a time in my life when I finally figured out what it was that made sense to me and
where I wanted to study was NYC. So, off I went. I loved it.
Q)The majority of your acting work seems to be around the Crime /law enforcement genre is this coincidence or is it an area of life in general that you find interesting.
A)Completely by chance.
Q)You have been acting now for over 16 years what would you say your biggest achievement is so far?
A)It’s hard to say. Each has it’s own special thing that I took from them. Good and bad.
Q)In the dark knight rises you play Barsad the right hand man of the mask loving Bane, growing up was superheroes and comics in your thoughts much and if so which ones were your favourites ?
A)I wasn’t a comic book guy at all. My experience with super heroes was strictly on the screen.
Q)If you could have any superpower what would it be?
A) Telekinesis, for sure.
Q)You played Rupert Ames in the film Law Abiding Citizen, which was received very well. The film itself was inspiring what do you think to the plot to the film and do you think that justice was served?
A)The film was really fun to do… as far as justice? I think we hope for justice, but know that many times it falls short.
Some from a film perspective, it’s fun to explore taking the law into your own hands.
Q)Who is the best actor/actress you have worked alongside and why?
A)Tom Hardy is amazing. Gary Oldman. Casey Affleck…they’re all just people who take you away.
Q)The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button was a commercial success and you played a character called Pleasant Curtis, in your opinion what was he like and what made him who he was ?
A)He was a man there to do a job. He said very little, because he had nothing to say to others. The dude could talk though
when no one else was around,though.
Q)As a character in The curious case of Benjamin button what do you think personally it would be like to go through what the title character has to?
A)I think it would be the loneliest thing in the world.
Q)You can take the part of another actor in any movie, what is it and why?
A)No one. They were meant to have the job.
Q)You starred alongside Courtney Cox (Formerly of Friends) in the TV show Dirt, what was the show about and how would you describe your character?
A)The show was really dark. It was the exploration of the underworld of tabloid journalism and all of its dark secrets.
Holt was a man that just happened to be caught up in some of those secrets. That exposure almost ended him.
Q)You play Detective William LaMontagne Jr. in the highly successful TV series Criminal Minds, what is it like to be involved in something as big as the show , and when will the fans next be seeing you on it ?
A)Criminal minds is family. I’ve known them for so long, it’s just great to see them all when their story and my schedule
Q)What do you think to your character on the show?
A) LaMontagne is just a good ole southern boy who wants to right some wrongs, and maybe have a bourbon and a
beer with his lady, too.
Q)On criminal minds you star alongside A.J Cook who plays your onscreen partner Jennifer Jareau (JJ) because of this you two must be comfortable around each other, what is she like ?
A)AJ is great. She’s a sweat heart and class act, all the way around.
Q)What would you say is your favourite role so far and why?
A) They’re all special in some way. They’re all a piece of me in some way. Even the bad. We all have ghosts and demons
that go along with the love.
Q)For anyone looking to get in to the acting business is there any tips you could give or anything you would avoid?
A) Go after it with a madness. Never stop. Never go home. If you don’t have that attitude, don’t do it.
Q)What are you keeping yourself busy with at the moment, is there any projects you would like to tell the readers about?
A) Check out my youtube channel. Gonna start posting some shorts that I make. The first one is a video set to my
pal, Otis Taylor’s music. Currently prepping for a Mini-‐series for HBO, Lewis and Clark.
Q)What films are you staring in in the next couple of years and which ones should viewers really be looking out for?
A) Check out Disney’s, THE FINEST HOURS, COLD MOON, and an untitled film by, Mario Sorrenti.
Q)You have two children which role do you think when they are old enough to watch your programs/films do you think that they will be most proud of their dad for?
A) you know, Batman is cinematic history. It’s Nolan, it’s the whole thing. But there’s definitely indie films like BENEATH
THE DARK, that im really proud of. I guess it’s like anything, any every film I’ve done, they’re gonna touch people in
different ways. Some people will love them, some won’t, and I’m ok with that.
Q)What is your favourite TV show at the moment?
A) you know, I’m not a tv watcher. If I sit down for 20 min, I’ll watch something on HBO.
Q)List your 3 favourite songs and explain what they mean to you?
A) I’m not sure i have 3 favorite songs. There’s certain songs, artists that hit me just right. I’m big into all of Otis Taylor.
Heart of Gold by Neil Young has always been up there for me. That song hits me.
Q)You have 5 minutes to grab 3 belongings before being shipped off to a desert island forever ( friends and family come with you ) which 3 belongings do you take ?
A) My knife, fire, bottle of bourbon.
Q)You have moved into the directing world somewhat with your debut offering “The Hunted” can you tell us what it’s about and how the idea came about?
A) The Hunted was actually something that happened to me and my best friend in college. If you pick up the dvd or download, you get the account of the true story in there…
Q)Is directing something that you see yourself doing more of, if so what genres do you think you would work in?
A) writing and Directing is something that I have to do. It’s something I’ve always been interested in. and for me, it’s just about doing anything that hits me in the heart. No matter the genre.
Q)Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans? Or anything else you would like to inform us of?
A) Yeah, just very appreciative of everything. Hope what I’m doing winds your clock in someway. Good or bad. Check out
my youtube channel and subscribe. I’m gonna put up shorts that are whatever I’m feeling like at the moment, random
and everything in between. The first was something that hit me, something dear to me, set to Otis Taylor’s, If They Wore
Thanks for reading ! Don’t forget to check out Josh’s Youtube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvxSAhdFNGRxPpcmdqoSGLw/videos
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