Check our interview with talented actor Blake Cooper Griffin who is taking Hollywood by storm. Having already garnered huge successes in the past couple of years with key roles opposite Hollywood A-listers including Helen Hunt and Cuba Gooding Jr., Griffin excels at taking on a variety of different roles, in both film or television, transitioning seamlessly between every medium he enters, including his current role as the star of CW Seed’s first original full-length feature film, BEERFEST: THIRST FOR VICTORY.
In BEERFEST: THIRST FOR VICTORY, a group of twenty-something friends, struggling to recapture the rowdy glory of their college days, reunite to compete in an underground drinking competition and take down the tournament’s evil CEO. Inspired by the 2006 cult classic movie, “Beerfest,” the digital feature follows Scott, Rob, Adam, Doberman, and Melanie as they attempt to master the American competitive drinking circuit.
Hi Blake please tell us a little about you?
Hey, nice to talk with you. I’m originally from South Carolina. I went to acting school at the North Carolina School of the Arts, moved to Los Angeles, started auditioning. I’m crazy about dogs especially my terrier/schnauzer/poodle mutt mix. I love sweet potato fries and coffee. I think that about covers it.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious. Passionate. Funny.
Who is your biggest supporter?
My mom. She lives on the other side of the country, but I talk to her every day. No one makes me laugh as hard as she does, and she has the unique power of making me feel better no matter what is going on.
How did you get started in the industry?
I pretty much decided I wanted to pursue acting when I was in high school. I went to a performing arts boarding school during the latter part of high school, and then for college I went to an acting conservatory that was very rigorous. At the end of the four years, I did a showcase with my classmates on both coasts and decided to move to Los Angeles.
What was your first acting role?
When I was in the fourth grade, I played the “Father” in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I was tall for a fourth grader, so I always had to play the adult parts.
What is the best and worst part of being an actor?
There are lots of best parts, like working with people you admire and learning about different perspectives! The downside is you don’t have a ton of control over your schedule; there’s not a lot of certainty.
Best advice ever given?
“Never let anyone tell you who you are.”
How did you find out about “BEERFEST: THIRST FOR VICTORY” and how was the casting for your role?
Interestingly enough, I had just watched the original Broken Lizard version of the movie with a buddy of mine a couple weeks before the audition. So when I got the call that they wanted me to audition, I had a good feeling. I loved getting to play Scott because his character embraced so many different sides of my personality — he’s a goof ball, hopeless romantic, and competitive. It was fun to bring that to life. After I auditioned, a couple weeks went by and then I found out I got the part! I was really excited. Almost two days later, we started shooting.
Tell us about your character?
Scott is the ring leader of the group. He’s a couple years out of college and he’s coming to terms with what it’s like to be a full-time adult. Somewhere between college and making it in the real world, Scott has lost some of the fun and spontaneity that once defined him. When he realizes this, he decides to enter Beerfest in hopes to get some of his mojo back. He convinces his friends to come along for the ride.
What has been your most memorable experience from the set so far?
Showing up at the table read on the first day and realizing that my friend Lili was also in the cast was a big surprise; the casting process was so fast, we had no idea.
What other projects have you been part of?
I’ve been quite lucky to do a lot of different genres and characters in both TV & Film. I’ve played everything from a the purple-haired, pierced boyfriend on Necessary Roughness to the world chess champion opposite Cuba Gooding Jr., to a radical, tortured frat guy villain in a movie called Love is All You Need? For me, the joy of acting is transforming and entering a new world. Recently, I wrapped a rom-com TV movie and went straight to work on an episode of the show Preacher on AMC. That variety keeps me going.
Which project is still on your bucket list?
There are so many TV shows I’d love to be on — Veep, Episodes (I know the show is over, but one can dream). And there are a lot of directors I’d love to work with like Baz Luhrmann or Patty Jenkins.
Who is your favorite Actor/Actress? And why?
I’m such a big fan of Leonardo DiCaprio and his career. He’s played every type of part. He’s a leading man type that still gets to play character roles. He also does phenomenal work for the environment. I also love watching Viola Davis. Anything she does is a master class in acting.
What would be the dream holiday, and who would you go with?
I would charter a boat and take eight of my best friends to the South of France.
3 things you can’t leave your house without?
My phone, coffee and some idea of what’s happening in the world.
What music do you like?
Really into Post Malone right now, but you’ll also find Fleetwood Mac, Beach Boys, Rihanna, The Temper Trap, and Coldplay all over my iTunes.
Your idea of a perfect Sunday is?
Sleeping in and taking the day slowly. I’m a coffee in bed guy. I like to watch House Hunters and chill with my dog.
Something people don’t know about you?
I will eat all the Sour Patch Kids in the world (except for the green).
How’s a normal day in your life?
Define normal. I feel like things are always changing! On a day I’m not working, I get up and try to break a sweat of some kind— sometimes that’s just a walk around the neighborhood or a hike. Other times, I make it to gym class. Then I usually read a script and answer emails. I have an afternoon coffee, and then, I always watch the evening news.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be?
Chip and Joanna Gaines. The Royal Family of America.
What is your favorite healthy food?
Cauliflower because with buffalo sauce it tastes so good!
And your favorite cheat food?
Hard choice between nachos and pizza. But, nachos.
How do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully working on another really awesome project. I’m also getting more into writing my own content. So, I’d love to see some of that work produced.
Do you support any charities?
Yes, I have volunteered for several anti-bullying charities. One of them, Boo2Bullying, I care deeply about and am looking forward to some of the events and projects it has coming up.
Where we can follow you?
Favorite Music: Anything I can blast in the car that makes my day better.
Quote: “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”
Holiday Destination: Palm Springs, Hawaii, or Cabo!
Drink: Tequila, soda, splash of lime juice.
Celebrity Crush: Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I think she is one of the funniest, most talented people alive.
Song: Right now it’s “Your Love” by The Outfield.
Sports Team: South Carolina Gamecocks
Movie: Beerfest: Thirst for Victory on CW Seed!
Photo Credit: Vince Trupsin