Junior’s Cave Interview Exclusive
(Celebrity Interview with
Actor/Producer, Cary Woodworth)
May/June 2015 Edition
American Actor/Producer Cary Woodworth
Photo by Masa Takasuemitsu (www.masatakasuemitsu.com)
American Actor/Producer Cary Woodworth made his film acting debut with the 1999 Indie Film “The Money Shot”. Woodworth quickly began to land parts and in 2004, the talented actor was cast opposite Edison Chen in the British/Chinese film Life. Through the Chinese premiere of the film afforded Woodworth the opportunity to start learning Mandarin, which he now speaks fluently. In 2005, Woodworth had the wonderful opportunity to co-star in a series of Maybelline Commercials with Adriana Lima and Zhang Ziyi which aired worldwide. Today, Woodworth continues to act in great Indie projects that highlight his enormous acting talents. He recently added producing to his credit. Recently, our webzine received the great opportunity to speak with him via online about his amazing career, his upbringing, and other fun facts. Here is our interaction for your reading pleasure.
Isaac: Cary, we want to welcome you to Junior’s Cave. We are well into the year 2015. Has this year started off well for you professionally? What has been one of the standout moments so far in 2015 with your acting career that you would like to let us know about?
Cary: Professionally as an actor, not really. I found out I had contracted mono during a prior shoot and had been out for the first quarter of this year. Just starting to get back to being available and with recovering my energy. I had a few very amazing moments of visualization that were so vivid. This will definitely affect my acting career.
Isaac: I am sorry to hear that. I am happy that you are recovering now.
Isaac: What have been your fondest memories growing up? What makes your hometown special?
Cary: I have many fond memories growing up. A few that stick out are riding my bicycle to get the newest packs of baseball cards, playing soccer with a travel team and having watermelon seed spitting contests with my family. My hometown is a town with a lot of people that commute New York. Many very educated, successful people come from there. When I was a senior, we were listed as the #1 Public High School in the nation.
Isaac: Wow, impressive!
Isaac: At what age did you decide that you wanted to become an actor?
Cary: When I was 12, I pledged to myself. I was scared off in High School but found my way back to it at the end of college.
Isaac: Why do you believe you pursue acting with such deep passion? What is it about acting that fulfills you the most?
Cary: Because I need to. What fulfills me is the experience to live through something else. That game is the best game ever.
Isaac: What do you feel has been your biggest acting achievement professionally for your career so far and why?
Cary: I really don’t know. Projects that people might have recognized me from I don’t really think much of. I haven’t had a Birdman type experience yet in my career that people say Cary is “that guy”. I’ve been fortunate to experience playing many different types of roles, but open to a “that guy” role.
My favorite experience in a play for sure was working on The Dead Boy by Joe Pintauro.
Isaac: Interesting story is that you began to learn the basics of Mandarin, which you currently speak fluently now. Can you elaborate a little about how did this come about?
Cary: I did a film in the UK that had a famous Chinese star in it. For the premieres in China, I traveled to different cities and met an agent on that trip. She wanted to represent me and a year later she negotiated a role in TV series in Southwest China. 90% of my dialogue was in Chinese. It was quite an experience! I ended up doing a film and another series in China a few months later and every day I focused on understanding and communicating with the actors and crew as well as the meaning of what I saying in these scripts. It wasn’t a formal classroom study, was really a life study.
Isaac: Sounds like a great life experience!
American Actor/Producer Cary Woodworth
Photo Courtesy of Cary Woodworth’s Official Facebook Fan Page
Isaac: Since moving to Los Angeles, do you believe this is the right place for you to help pursue your acting career? Why or why not?
Cary: I actually live in New York go back and forth to LA. I was primarily in LA for several years though. I really don’t think you have to live anywhere specific to have an acting career. But for me, I think it depends on where I am in my journey. I keep finding myself going to LA a lot this past year. It seems to be where I need to be. I can see myself spending most of my next two years there.
Isaac: Have you ever taken a role that you were not passionate about but needed the work?
Cary: Yes. I’ve done quite a few films and TV shows here and there that I was not passionate about. Something I don’t do anymore. But it wasn’t about needing the work. It was because I love to act and want to keep doing it as much as possible while getting paid for it. Most actors will say the same thing. I always try to see the best in the project and REALLY want to believe in it. But it’s not worth it if I’m not going to be proud of it. Really. It burns. And if I think it is crap, I won’t want to put myself fully into it.
Isaac: Something many actors go through in their acting career path.
Isaac: Have you ever worked on a project and once you saw the finished product was unhappy with either the project or your performance in the project?
Cary: Kind of. I’m a very tough audience member, so most things I’m not unhappy with but I’m disappointed or think it could be so much better if this/that. I haven’t watched everything I’ve done. Some films I’ve done I don’t want to see and some I’m fine with watching. I’ve been able to figure out why I don’t want to and it’s always for different reasons. Yes, I was unhappy with my performances in some films. And usually I aim to learn from that. Rarely am I super proud of myself, but my work in a few recent films have passed my very tough meter. And I am proud of it.
Isaac: What would you consider to be the most fun role you ever played, and why?
Cary: I have so much fun with all of them. Honestly, there is not one. But if I think of the ones that make me laugh the most, it would be the roles in the skits that my brother and best friend would create and videotaped when we were teenagers. They were the best.
Isaac: What would you consider to be the hardest role you ever played, and why?
Cary: Hands down the most difficult experience was the last film I did. It was a dance film and I was the lead. But the difficult aspect wasn’t about connecting to the character and environment. The most difficult part was the work environment and a producer that got in the way of their own film.
Isaac: Can you quickly read, understand, and memorize a script? What is your trick for memorizing lines?
Cary: My teacher Suzanne Esper said memorizing lines is so basic. Babies can do it. It’s so not important in the process. People not acting always ask me “how do you learn all those lines”? It’s funny to hear that because memorizing lines doesn’t really weigh in as a specific factor in my process – it’s just part of it. I don’t have a trick…maybe before I become a senior I have to learn one. I just keep reading the script over and over and over and over and over and keep reading through them in my life. It sticks, becomes real eventually. If it doesn’t, there’s something not working for me, I have to work with the writer or director to change it or find a way to connect.
Isaac: When you are looking for a part; what are some of the important attributes that you look for in one of the characters you are going to portray?
Cary: Good question. Most important is that it resonates in me in some way. It doesn’t mean it’s like me or I’ve met someone like this, but this person peaks my curiosity and I want to play in that characters skin. I get this from the dialogue, how the character reacts, and the tone of the script. There’s no specific attribute besides that have life.
Isaac: Do you feel that you can tackle more controversial roles? Are you afraid to portray a character that may not be liked by the general viewing public?
Cary: Yeah. I can. I couldn’t care less how controversial. I care more how they serve. In the play The Dead Boy, I played both a teenage runaway who has an affair with Catholic priest Bruce Ritter of the Covenant House and the younger version of himself, fighting his “demons” in sexual temptation. Literally while in rehearsal, the Boston Diocese had this huge scandal. The world wasn’t ready for this and the Catholic audiences couldn’t take it. In Julia, a feature which comes out this year, I played a disgusting figure who rapes women and enjoys it. I don’t think anyone will like me.
Isaac: If you had an opportunity to work with one director in a film, who would it be and why would you want to work with this director?
Cary: An actor I knew was asked this once at an interview. It was so funny to see his reaction. He got so serious and the interviewer had no idea what he was talking about. But I did. Many actors have dreams to work with specific directors because they admire the work so much. I got to work with this director Jonathan Kaplan who did Project X, Brokedown Palace and a lot of TV. He had done this obscure film in the 70’s that I saw when I was a kid and scared the crap out of me. After we finished working together, I told him my experience and he ended my sentence with the title of the film. He knew. He heard it so many times. But to answer your question…if there was one director that is alive that I’d want to work with it would be David Lynch. I know I’d be in something that is purely sourced from ideas and dreams.
Isaac: Speaking of directors, you have worked behind the camera yourself. What are some directing projects you have involved in that you would like to elaborate more on?
Cary: Yes. I think one day I will direct a lot more. But the most recent film I directed was a short in China called Love Me Like a Rock about a family in a village the raises a baby rock and it grows very quickly. We shot and edited the film in 46 hours with a few hours of sleep in the middle and $1000. I’m very proud of my cast and crew on that. I hope more people see it. We had a screening in China and so many people were touched.
Isaac: With some many comic book movies being made, have you ever wanted to portray a comic book character and if so who would you want to portray in film and why?
Cary: Three. Wolverine, Spiderman, and Groo. I just love those guys!
Isaac: Awesome choices. I especially like your last choice as I am a huge fan of Groo’s comic book series.
Isaac: At the end of the day, what do you want others to take away from your acting performances?
Cary: I truly hope that they touch people to learn about their own lives or discover something new. Or just go somewhere else for a while.
Isaac: Elaborate on some of your current projects that you are working on that you can let our readers know about
Cary: I have been cast as the lead of a very sweet and touching feature film CL28 which is being directed by Dan Thorens and will shoot in the autumn this year. I play Adam Goldman, a young Jewish businessman. I am also in talks to be the lead of another really great feature that hopefully will shoot in the US this year and a few other TV shows and films. Crossing fingers!
Isaac: Fingers crossed.
Isaac: Complete this sentence for us. “2015 will be the year that Cary Woodworth…”
Cary: “..begins to blossom!”.
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