Check out our interview with talented actor Darren Lipari.
Darren can next be seen in the Russo Brothers’ and STX Films’ 21 Bridges. He plays ‘Lt. Kelly’ opposite Chadwick Boseman, JK Simmons and Sienna Miller. He also just booked a role in CBS’s “FBI: Most Wanted” pilot.
Darren is most known for his roles on Mr. Robot, Blacklist, and Person of Interest. He currently resides in New York.
Follow Darren at @therealdarrenlipari
Hi Darren, please tell us a little about yourself.
Hello! I am an actor/writer/filmmaker born and raised in Long Island. I’m currently known for my work in TV shows like “Mr. Robot, FBI, and Person of Interest” to name a few and my upcoming role of LT. Kelly in the Russo Bros produced film “21 Bridges” starring Chadwick Boseman.
Describe yourself in 3 words
Sarcastic, driven and playful.
Who was your role model as a child?
Sylvester Stallone. I noticed he was not only a movie star but was directing and writing his own work. As a kid, and even now, I was awestruck by that hard work and dedication.
How did you get started in acting?
I grew up in a performing arts household. My mother is a voice teacher and father worked as a TV reporter so it was just in the genes as they say! From there I was always encouraged to pursue my creative passions. After I graduated from film school upstate at Ithaca College, I hit the pavement in NYC auditioning and taking acting classes, eventually building up enough credits to get an agent.
How has this changed your life?
It’s definitely been somewhat of an unconventional lifestyle both personally and professionally but deeply rewarding. I’m in this for the long haul.
Tell us about your work in Russo Brothers’ and STX Films’ “21 Bridges?”
I play LT. Kelly, a strong, loyal man of action – he’s been exciting to play. When he is tasked to assist Chadwick Boseman’s character to catch the suspects of a cop massacre, he jumps at the task at hand.
How was working alongside Chadwick Boseman, JK Simmons and Sienna Miller?
Pretty unbelievable. I learned a lot and they couldn’t have been more down to earth. They all take their careers very seriously and it was an honor to see that firsthand.
What other projects have you been part of?
Quite a few actually. You can check out my work and filmography on my website darrenlipari.com
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
Theres nothing like being in the moment on-set and doing the job. The bonus is then seeing how your work affects other people.
How would your best friend describe you?
Sensitive, honest, impatient and pretty damn cool to be around.
What’s next for Darren Lipari in 2019/2020?
A move to the west coast and some exciting projects!
What is your own definition of happiness?
Achieving an equilibrium of personal and professional fulfillment.
How is a normal day in your life?
At this current moment in time it’s a juxtaposition of auditions, work and naps!
What is your idea of a perfect Sunday?
Sitting at a large table with hearty food, wine and spirits surrounded by my favorite people.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
My Grandfather Vito. I was told he was a sweet, hard working man who always kept his cool. I’m sure I could have learned a lot from him.
What is your favorite healthy food?
All the berries
And your favorite cheat food?
Nachos, Nachos, Nachos.
Best advice ever given?
You are only in competition with yourself
Do you support any charity?
Currently NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society) and 911day.org
Name 3 things you can’t live without?
The Arts, companionship and silence.
Where do you see yourself and your career in 5 years from now?
Chatting with you again about how the hit TV series I work on co-starring Danny Mcbride let me take a three month hiatus to shoot the lead role in a David Lynch film.
Favorite song? Why?
Right now it’s “I Don’t Eat Human Beings” by John Maus. I’m currently at multiple crossroads in my life and this song is hitting the right notes for me on a personal level.
What music do you like?
I love everything from alternative to classical to new wave to film soundtracks. I have a deep deep fondness for all pop music of the 80’s. Overall, if the song has a heavy or subtle “yearning/brooding” quality to it you have my attention.
What do you think of Social Media?
I think any mass technological advancement has its pros and cons. I use mine in a very specific way to connect with people I respect and admire and I feel I get that back from my personal social media network
Where we can follow you?
Quote: “I’m preparing to forgive you” – “Withnail and I”
Favorite Singer/Artist: Favorite Band: ELO, Favorite Composer: Ennio Morricone
Movie: I can’t pick one but I’ll go by genres: Blue Velvet, Amadeus, Cinema Paradiso, Die Hard, Godfather Part II and Back to the Future Part II.
Travel Destination: Lake Como in Sicily
Sports Team: The 1996 New York Yankees
Tv Show: The Twilight Zone (1959 – 1964)
Book: A Brave New World
Photographer: Steez Media
Stylist: Victoria Jackson
Groomer: Andrea Pezzillo