Interview with talented actor, musician and professional indoor skydiver Justin Tinucci, who is best known for his roles on Incredible Crew as a recurring guest star, iCarly, Big Love, Trophy Wife and the Netflix show Lady Dynamite.
Currently you can see Justin as Everett in “Devil’s Whisper.”
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Literal, passionate, and awake
Who is your biggest supporter?
My biggest supporters are my mother Jennifer, my manager Nita, and my girlfriend Serena.
How did you get started in the industry? What was your first acting role?
I got started in acting through the sport Indoor Skydiving. When I was little, my sister Kayla and I were the only kids competing against a bunch of adult skydivers. We appeared on ABC World News and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and in The Wall Street Journal and many other news media outlets for being pioneers for a new generation of youth to get involved in a sport that, before wind-tunnels, used to be only enjoyed by adults. iCarly flew my sister and I out to Hollywood to be in the iCarly Awards Episode as “Best Skydivers In a Wind-Tunnel-Type-Thingy”, and that was my first taste of the world of acting. After we flew home to Denver, I went to an open call for Coast-To-Coast talent agency and read a commercial line in front of agents. They reached out and said they wanted to meet with me so I flew out to LA when I was 10 for a summer to test the waters, and I never moved back to Colorado.
What is the best and worst part of being an actor?
The best part of being an actor is the feeling you get when you book a role and the ability to step aside from yourself. The worst part of being an actor is the feeling you get when you feel like you could have been more prepared, so I avoid this at all costs.
Best advice ever given?
Hard work pays off.
Tell us about “Devil’s Whisper,” and your role as Everett?
Devil’s Whisper is a horror film that deals with the concepts of childhood trauma and possession. Alex, the lead character, acquires a necklace that has been in the family for a long time, and weird things begin to happen. Everett is one of three of Alex’s best friends. I would definitely say Everett is a skeptic and a punk.
What has been your most memorable experience from the set?
One day on set, it was just me, two stunt doubles, and the film crew working on a stunt sequence. I don’t want to spoil what happens but what I can say is that the final footage makes me look like a much better skateboarder than I really am!
What other projects you have been part of?
Some recent TV credits are: The Fosters (FREEFORM), The Goldbergs (ABC), Lady Dynamite (NETFLIX), and Trophy wife (ABC). Film credits you might recognize are Standing Up and The Muppets Movie.
Who is your favorite Actor/Actress? And why?
I like Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington, and Matt Damon because those three are always fortunate enough to have the juiciest dialogue to sink their teeth in to and it’s inspiring to watch them make choices and execute scenes.
3 things you can’t leave your house without?
I can’t leave my house without 1) My longboard 2) My Headphones 3) Keysphonewallet? That’s a word right?
Your idea of a perfect Sunday is?
My idea of a perfect Sunday would be waking up in a snowy cabin, spending the day snowboarding, and then the evening making music.
How’s a normal day in your life?
A normal day in my life involves juggling school, acting, and work. Usually I don’t know when auditions will be until the week of the casting session, so every week is up in the air. Between auditions, a full load at school, and working for my manager part time, I struggle to find time for my girlfriend and my family, but somehow I fit it in there.
What is your favorite healthy food?
Without a doubt my favorite healthy food would be Acai Bowls.
And your favorite cheat food?
My favorite cheat food is In-N-Out.
How do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years I hope to be working consistently on both sides of the camera, as and actor and as a film composer.
Do you support any charities?
I co-founded a charity with my sister called The Shoe Crew. Since 2012, The Shoe Crew has collected over 7,500 pair of brand new pair of shoes for underprivileged youth in Los Angeles.
Where we can follow you?
Favorite Music: Picking a favorite music is nearly impossible for me because I try and absorb and appreciate anything I can get my hands on.
I grew up listening to classic rock, and then got into punk, alternative, and hardcore music, and now I’m a Film Composition Student at CSUN. I love jazz, hip hop, funkadelic, tribal chants, Bach, you name it.
Quote: ”Fail Forward” – Will Smith and “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and build a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Holiday Destination: Keystone, CO
Celebrity Crush: Elon Musk
Song: “Breathing Underwater” by Hiatus Kaiyote and “Respect Commander” by Jack White
Sports Team: Denver Broncos? I kind of stopped watching sports this year to be honest.