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Check out our interview with American actor Bryan James who is making a name for himself in Hollywood as one to watch as he stars in the upcoming crime drama series “Bloodbath” (premieres November 12th). James, a professional actor and California native, has a background in theatre with impressive credits and will soon be seen starring in RECKLESS and “The Wonderful Wendalls.” He has worked alongside talent like Chrishell Stause (Netflix’s “Selling Sunset”) and Scott Disick (“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”).

Follow Bryan @bryanandrewjames

Hi Bryan, please tell us a little about you?

Hi guys thanks for having me. I’m an actor starring in a new digital drama series called “Bloodbath” available November 12th at bloodbathtv.net

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Loyal. Driven. Compassionate.

How did you get started into acting?

“Mystery ER” on discovering health channel was my first professional gig. I played a high school student whose friend has a hard attack.

How has this changed your life?

It’s given me more confidence to believe in myself at all times.

What is the best and worst part of being an actor?

The best part is touching people’s lives through your work, the worst part is some people assuming they know you based on your work. I’m nothing like the characters I’ve played.

How do you prepare for a role?

A lot of researching the role. A lot of journaling as the character to create an entire lived in world for them. A lot of memorizing the lines so when I’m on set I’m free to play and bring it to life.

Tell us about your work on “Bloodbath?”

“Bloodbath” is unlike anything I’ve ever been apart of before. It’s very of the moment, my character is reacting to covid, the Black Lives Matter movement, and more. It feels important to be in this project.

Tell us about your role as Mark Jenkins?

Mark is a good person who has dealt with a lot of garbage and he’s starting to crack as a result. What happens when the good guy is on the edge of a nervous breakdown and the world around him is going to hell. We lean into that on this show, Mark’s journey.

And about the success of “Youthful Daze?”

“Youthful Daze” was the best and worst thing I’ve ever done in my life. The highs and the lows of six years of extremely hard work has lead to this solid ground that the show stands on as a success and I’m proud of that.

What other projects you have been part of?

I was in an episode of “90210.” A lot of people don’t know that. I worked with Trevor Donovan on a yacht. It was fun, uncredited background work. I was on “Victorious” on Nickelodeon, again, doing background but featured. I played James Dean in a Rebel with a Cause short film, which lead to “Youthful Daze.”

What kind of roles do you like or would like to play and why?

I want to play characters that are dealing with different sorts of trauma. I think that’s my wheelhouse (laughs). The more trauma the better.

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

When people tell you that your work has meant something to them. That feels special and I am so grateful to have any impact on anyone through my work.

What’s your advice for the newer actors?

Be yourself. Stay true to you. This industry doesn’t even know where it’s heading. Show them yourself.

What would say are the greatest lessons you learned so far in this business?

Don’t take things too seriously or personally. Everyone is the star of their own movie going on in their head. It’s nothing personal it’s just life.

How would your best friend describe you?

They would say I keep things to myself. I don’t show people anything but my best. They would definitely say that. It’s somehow become my defining character trait in recent years.

If you are a book, what would be the title of the book and why?

I’m Still Standing. (Laughs). I’m a tree and I’ve planted myself in a real way. The ground feels stable.

What book should every entrepreneur read?

Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I feel like that’s so obvious though. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success is another one.

What’s next for Bryan James in the last months of 2021?

I am going to be finishing up the promotion of “Bloodbath” and then I am going to take a breath and soak in the fact that I went from pre-production to release on this project in only a few months. I’m proud of myself.

What is your favorite healthy food?

I like organic bananas. They feel clean.

And your favorite cheat food?

Pizza. Or basically anything a 12 year old would eat. Fried nonsense.

What is your own definition of happiness?

Happiness to me is not having a moment to stop and think if I’m happy, the catch is that the day needs to be filled with me doing what I love and am here to do, act, promote, rest and get back to it again. Having that consistent flow is happiness for me.

If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?

I would like to meet Elvis because I think it’s destiny that I play him in a film one day. Many people tell me I look like him.

Best advice ever given?

When you walk into the room make them know that they need you, not the other way around. The most incredible person gave me that gem many years ago.

Do you support any charity?

Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital. They do great things.

Where do you see yourself and your career in 5 years from now?

I am working as a principal character in studio projects privately for film. I’m traveling promoting the project and then making the next one. I’m releasing up to three movies a year.

Favorite song? Why?

Anything by U2. My favorite band ever.

What do you think of Social Media?

I think it’s useful when used in a precise business minded way.

Where we can follow you?

Instagram is @bryanandrewjames and Twitter is @bryanjamezzz – I am pretty active on both!

Book: The Great Gatsby

Quote: You are a wolf in sheep’s clothing

Movie: Titanic

Tv Series: Succession

Favorite Food: Pizza

Travel Destination: Vegas

Sports Team: Lakers, Dodgers, anything LA baby (born and raised)

 


 

Photo Credits

Cover: Bobby Quillard