Check out our interview with actor, writer, producer and director Sam Littlefield who can be seen on CW’s series “Batwoman,” starring Ruby Rose. Sam portrays ‘Mouse,’ a tortured, complex and dynamic character working with Alice and the Wonderland Gang, main enemies of Batwoman, in the seedy underworld of Gotham.
Sam recently co-wrote, produced and starred in “Mother’s Little Helpers,” an independent film which premiered at SXSW 2019, to be released this December 2019. Sam created the role of ‘Jude Pride,’ a struggling addict on house arrest, who returns home to say goodbye to his compulsively lying mother in the twilight of her terminal illness.
Follow Sam at @thesamlittlefield
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Dreamer. Worrier. Challenger.
Who was your role model as a child?
My grandmother. She had a debilitating stammer, but was an incredible opera singer. She faced so much adversity in her life. And she was an ardent champion for those who’ve been marginalized or forgotten. I really looked up to her.
How did you get started in acting, producing, writing, directing?
I’ve always been acting, since a very young age. When I was 4 or 5, I used to dress up in my mother’s nightgowns and pretend I was a king. She’d chase me around the house trying to get me to take them off. But I’d lock myself in my bedroom so she couldn’t get to me. I guess you could say I was always pretty determined.
How has this changed your life?
It’s given me more visibility which is something I think we all crave. I think we all want to be seen. So that’s been a real gift.
Tell us about your work in CW’s series “Batwoman?”
It’s been a real journey of discovery. Discovering who this character “mouse” is. I’ve sincerely appreciated this exploration. It’s been quite a ride.
And about your role as Mouse?
Mouse is an aimless wanderer, in constant pursuit of finding his home. He was badly burned as a child and held captive by his father because he thought he was too ugly to be seen in public. I always thought that was so devastating. From a very early age he was treated as an “other”. And he managed to survive it. Warts and all.
Now tell us about your work as co-writing and producing independent film “Mother’s Little Helpers?” And about your role as Jude Pride?
Mothers Little Helpers was a very collaborative experience, I got the chance to work with so many incredibly talented people. We made a movie with a few q-tips, some spirit gum and a little dental floss. It managed to premier at SXSW and is now being released internationally. It’s been an incredible ride.
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
I really love communicating through story. Finding a project with the help of others. When different perspectives collide into one story it’s a really cool thing.
What is your own definition of happiness?
Freedom to live your life how you want to. Living in your own flow.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Jerry Garcia. My family followed the dead my entire childhood. Jerry was a very special soul.
Name 3 things you can’t live without?
Food, water and sleep. You?
Where do you see yourself and your career in 5 years from now?
Hopefully I’m still being challenged in ways that I enjoy that help me grow. I don’t exactly know what that looks like. I’m open.
Photo credit – Nic Padron