Check out our interview with Netflix’s “Spinning Out” actor Evan Roderick.
Evan is a rising talent who captures the nostalgia of another time in his presence onscreen as a dynamic actor and on stage as a singer-songwriter.
Evan can be seen in a leading role alongside Mad Men alum January Jones in Netflix’s new figure skating drama series, “Spinning Out.” The upcoming drama series set in the world of competitive figure skating follows Kat Baker (Kaya Scodelario, Maze Runner) an up-and-coming elite single figure skater who teams up with talented pair skater and resident bad boy Justin Davis (Evan Roderick) after a disastrous fall takes her off the competition track.
Evan has made appearances on a number of popular series including Netflix’s “Project Mc2” and ABC’s “When We Rise” . More recently, Evan’s role on The CW’s hit show “Arrow” playing Nick Anastas
Follow Evan at @evanroderick
Hi Evan, please tell us a little about you?
I was born and raised in Vancouver BC and am a lover of music and film and hater of dessert. When I was 10, my dad took me to see the Rolling Stones and after that, all I could think of was being a performer.
Who was your role model as a child?
I had a few role models growing up, but my Dad was my biggest role model as a kid.
How did you get started into acting?
Well, I had thought about trying to get into acting throughout my teenage years but I was so heavily involved in sports that I never got around to it. As I approached my 19th birthday I just kind of had an epiphany. I thought, if I don’t try this now, I’m never going to do it.
Tell us about your character in Spinning Out?
Without giving too much away, I play Justin Davis, a highly touted pair skater with some… behavioural issues haha. I’ll leave it at that.
How was working with a talented cast like Kaya Scodelario?
Kaya was amazing to work with. I learned a lot from her and the rest of the cast.
Did you take ice skating lessons for this role?
I did! I had 4 weeks of training in Vancouver and then 3 weeks with Kaya in Toronto right before the shoot. It was a lot!
What other projects you have been part of?
Prior to Spinning Out, I played a police officer on The CW’s Arrow, for a little over a year. I don’t think I would have been prepared for this show if I hadn’t had that experience.
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
The work itself. There’s nothing I love more than getting a new script, locking myself in a room and being in that world for hours on end. It’s really only at the end of the process that it becomes a collaboration with other actors, which is where it becomes even more enjoyable.
How would you explain your fashion style?
How would your best friend describe you?
Haha he’d probably describe me as…insane.
What’s next for Evan Roderick in 2019/2020?
As of right now, I’m not sure. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing how people respond to season one of Spinning Out, and hoping that we get renewed for another kick at the can!
What is your own definition of happiness?
I’m not sure that I have a definition, but I can tell you that I feel most fulfilled when I’m working, exercising and taking care of myself. I’d say it’s a combination of those things.
What is a normal day in your life?
Depends if I’m working or not. I guess that’s the thing about this industry, you can be working 17 hour days in the freezing cold, or sitting on a beach somewhere drinking a mai tai! Normal doesn’t really exist in the film industry.
What is your idea of a perfect Sunday?
Brew a nice cup of hot coffee and sit down with my guitar.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Peter O’Toole. I think he would have a lot of great stories to tell.
Name 3 things you can’t live without?
Music. Films. Wine.
Where do you see yourself and your career in 5 years from now?
I definitely want to jump more into feature film work. A saga would be nice! But honestly, as long as I’m still a part of stories and the telling of stories, that’s where I want to be in five years.
Favorite song? Why?
For A Dancer – Jackson Browne… perfect melody and if you took the music away it’d be a great poem.
What music do you like?
I like a lot of stuff, but if I had to pick a favourite genre, it’d probably be folk rock. I think most of my favorite songs are in that genre.
What do you think of Social Media?
I think it can be super beneficial. If it’s used properly it can help us connect. Sometimes, however, I think you risk being exposed to too much information which can be confusing and can bring on anxiety.
Where we can follow you?
Quote: “Desire is suffering. Choose wisely.”
Favorite Singer/Artist: Jackson Browne
Movie: Shawshank Redemption. Is that cliché?
Travel Destination: Hawaii
Tv Show: The Sopranos
Book: The Road Less Travelled – M. Scott Peck
Photo credit: Carly Dame.