Interview: Mason Guccione on Night School, Fonzo & 13 Reasons Why

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MASON GUCCIONE is currently having his breakout moment in acting – with his name in some of the most highly-anticipated shows and movies of the year.

Mason began the year as part of the all-star cast of box-office smash hit ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’. In the adventure-comedy remake, Mason portrayed the younger version of Nick Jonas‘ character.

Fast-forward a few months and Mason Guccione is now on the small screen in Netflix’s hugely-popular ’13 Reasons Why’ as Toby Fletcher.

Next, Mason is going to be starring alongside Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish in comedy-film ‘Night School’, as well as having a role in biopic ‘Fonzo’ with Tom Hardy as the notorious gangster Al Capone.

We chat to Mason Guccione about his busy year so far, whilst talking about the process of acting and his upcoming roles.

What’s it like joining ‘13 Reasons Why’ in it’s second season? Were you fan before auditioning?

I was a fan! It’s been such a great experience being apart of such an important message. Everyone has so much passion behind bringing these important issues to light that is happening in our schools, so it makes me happy knowing I’m working with such passionate people.

How does your character fit into the story?

Toby’s is a quiet kid who is best friends with Cyrus. He is basically a follower to him. He looks up to him and sees him as a leader.

As an actor at 22, do you prefer playing teen or young adult roles?

As of now, the young adult roles. The reason being that is only because the young adult roles has been more meaty and different experiences, while the teen roles have been kind of the same experiences repeated.

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You went back to school again in ‘Night School’ – what was it like to work alongside Kevin Hart?

It’s amazing working alongside Kevin. The guy is so talented and humble. They man knows how to roast someone I’ll tell you that. Never try to roast him [laughs].

You’ve just landed a role alongside Tom Hardy in ‘Fonzo’, what can you tell us about your role?

Unfortunately I can’t say anything at the moment, but I assure you it’s an interesting one and his name is Tony.

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Has research on Al Capone formed some of your preparation for the part?

It definitely did. It gave me a sense of Capone and his personality, also it helped me understand what syphilis can do to someone!

What’s the best piece of advice another actor has given you?

The casting directors are your best friends. They want you to book. They are there for you to succeed.

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QUICK QUESTIONS WITH MASON GUCCIONE

Best place to visit in your home state Texas?

I think you should visit Austin, TX. It’s so amazing there and there’s a lot of cool locations to check out.

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

Some Post Malone, AJR, J. Cole, 21 Pilots – all sorts really!

Everyone has a cool app idea, what’s yours?

I can’t tell you – you might take it!

A sport you wish you could play?

Soccer

Worst joke you’ve ever heard?

What did the buffalo say to his son when he left for college? Bison.

Do you have a philosophy?

Treat others the way you want to be treated.

One thing in particular that you’re really excited about for the future?

Being able to tell as many stories as I can.

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Interview: Ian Bohen reflects on his time at ‘Teen Wolf’

Ian Bohen Photoshoot 2018A Californian, IAN BOHEN’s first major acting role was in the 1994 Academy Award-nominated film – ‘Wyatt Earp’, in which he played a younger version of the character of the same name. Between 1998 and 2000, Ian appeared in 15 episodes of the Lifetime TV Show – ‘Any Day Now’. This lead to small roles in TV Shows such as ‘Mad Men’, ‘Cold Case’ and ‘Prison Break’.

It was in 2011, that Bohen landed the role as the main antagonist in ‘Teen Wolf’ – an MTV  TV show that would go on to gain a cult-following and become a ratings hit for the network.

Now in its sixth and final season, I asked Ian whether he found shooting the final season of the show a sad or exciting experience.

IAN: We were building up to the ending for several months so sadness gave way to the excitement and satisfaction of completing something lasting for six seasons.  I still see the cast and crew regularly, so the only thing we’re really missing is the set.

With ‘Teen Wolf’ running for six seasons and Ian being a part of all but one of them, I asked him to describe some of his highlights of his time there.

IB: “Spanning the entire run of six seasons, I was able to watch each department move through the conception of the story to the finale, and see how all the aspects of motion pictures come together to make a final product.  It was like film/acting/life school all in one every day.”

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Now that his time on ‘Teen Wolf’ has come to an end, Ian has two blockbuster films (‘Wind River’ & ‘Soldado’) that he will be seen in very soon.

AC: How has your experience on ‘Teenwolf’ helped you prepare for your more recent films?

IB: With so many characters and backstory here, you have to be very mentally aware of the other actors in the scene, what they’re saying, and the life that exists for your character that we don’t see on screen.  You can’t get lazy, otherwise it shows. I think “Teen Wolf” helped keep me sharp for the future.

AC: Which members of the cast are you keen to work with again in the future?

IB: J.R Bourne and I are collaborating on a feature at the moment that we hope to begin production on late this year.

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AC: You also have a role in the upcoming ‘Sicario’ sequel – ‘Soldado’, what was it like working with Benicio del Toro?

IB: Benicio is wonderful because despite his stature, he hasn’t lost the drive as an actor to get into a scene and find out what it’s about and service it as best he can.  You feel you’re on a level playing field with him and it’s a comfortable space to do your work.

AC: What was it like filming in New Mexico? Do you like working abroad?

IB: All of my scenes were shot in Mexico City, which is one of the liveliest and exciting places I’ve ever worked.  For me, working outside of LA is always a treat. The more exotic, the better.

You can catch Ian Bohen in the Final Season of ‘Teen Wolf’ on MTV Sundays 8/7c  

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Interview: Edwin Hodge on returning to ‘Six’ & ‘The Purge’

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EDWIN HODGE landed on screens in the mid-nineties,  appearing in various television guest roles until joining the main cast of The CW’s ‘Jack & Bobby’. In more recent years, Edwin has had recurring roles in ‘Secrets and Lies’, ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘Cougar Town’. It was last year that Edwin Hodge joined History Channel military drama ‘Six’ – centering around a Navy SEAL Team.

With ‘Six’ about to return for a second season, we talk to Edwin about the unique challenges of accurately portraying a Navy SEAL member.

In ‘SIX’, how much preparation was involved in portraying a member of the Navy SEAL Team?

Prior to both seasons, we were put through some rigorous training to prepare for what was to com throughout the season. The first year we were put the a four day hell week experience which truly tested us physically, mentally, and emotionally. At the start of the second season, we did a three day hike at Garibaldi Lake. We hiked to the top of Black Tusk all while we tried to navigate using the our environment, maps, a note pad and a compass.

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Have any real Navy SEAL members spoken to you personally about the show?

I’ve had many conversations with men and woman from the many branches of the military about the show. The only seals I’ve spoken with are our technical advisors. It’s rare to meet a Navy Seal outside of work. The response nonetheless has been pretty positive. I think the show respectfully tells the story of their lives without making a mockery of it and I hear that the majority of the opinions have been favorable.

What can fans look forward to in this upcoming second season?

Fans can look forward to us picking up right where we left off last season. Expect to take a deeper look into the consequences of war… How it can change someone and take control of their lives on the battle field and at home. The history of some of the characters are revealed as we explore the evolution of others. It’ll be a fast passed season for sure.

Having appeared in the past three ‘The Purge’ films, I wondered if you have an opinion on its political message?

The weakened, poor, and sick will find a way to rise up. It expresses the idea that one can only be beat down so much before he or she decides to fight back. Once the government stops working for us, the nation will reclaim their rights by any means necessary. I’d just hope violence wouldn’t involved.

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It would be fair to say that both ‘SIX’ and ‘The Purge’ could be considered as action-heavy – does it feel like that on set?

Both projects are definitely action-heavy and it certainly feels that way when filming. SIX is the most technically precise and intense show I’ve been a part of. As actors, I’d say we do about eighty-five to ninety percent of our own stunts. Preparing for the battle scenes takes a lot of discipline, well timed choreography, patience, stamina and a lot of water.

How does a set day begin for you? Everyday must be different but do you have a routine?

There’s no set routine for me. I workout daily to keep up with the physical aspect of the show, but I take each day as it comes. Some days I simply have to say a few lines while other days asks of me to get dirty while taking out bad guys.

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What kind of roles interest you the most at this point in your career?

Roles that interest me are those that challenge me to do things outside of my comfort zone. I like having to push myself in a way that would surprise me. I’d like to take on projects that make people think. Ultimately I want the audience to be entertained whether I’m doing something as intense as SIX or a romantic comedy.

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QUICK QUESTIONS WITH EDWIN HODGE

You were raised in New York, where’s the best place to visit in the city?

Central Park on a nice hot day is where you’ll find me.

What’s the strangest food combo you’ve ever had?

Poached lobster with melon that was serve in this jello like substance.

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

Childish Gambino, Janelle Monae, J. Cole, Fela, Logic, Khalid, Esperanza Spalding

Everyone has a cool app idea, what’s yours?

I need an app that knows what I want to eat even when I don’t. I’m so indecisive.

A sport you wish you could play?

I wouldn’t mind the NBA

Worst joke you’ve ever heard?

Wish I could tell you. I never remember jokes.

What’s the most bizarre director’s note you’ve ever received?

Act less.

Do you have a philosophy?

Someone’s judgement of you doesn’t define who you are. It’s your reaction to one’s judgement that does.

One thing in particular that you’re really excited about for the future?

Teleportation devices.

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Interview: Brittany Ashworth on ‘The Crucifixion’, ‘Hostile’ and being outside her comfort zone

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BRITTANY ASHWORTH has steadily crafted an impressive portfolio of acting roles over her last decade in the industry. Beginning in British TV shows like ‘Cold Feet’ and ‘Doctors’ and the cult-comedy hit ‘Mrs. Ratcliffe’s Revolution’. In the past few months, Brittany has hit Hollywood – starring in ‘The Cruxificixion’ (from the writers of horror-sensation ‘The Conjuring’).

We talk to Brittany Ashworth about her upcoming releases: ‘Hostile’ a horror feature film that shot in Morocco, New York and Paris – and action-thriller ‘Accident Man’.

AC: Where did your acting career begin for you?

BA: I started in theatre. I grew up in the North and touring companies would audition for the children’s roles.  There was a new part to sink your teeth into every few months. Some of the best British drama is made in Manchester and Yorkshire and on my first screen job I got to wear a bonnet and work with Sarah Lancashire. I thought she was the coolest person I’d ever met – she could transform from being very kind and funny to being completely in character in seconds.

Did you know that this was what you were meant to do?

I think you are quite spoilt being introduced to the idea that you can earn a living telling stories and pretending to be other people as a child. It’s hard to imagine doing anything else, though there was a period when I fancied being a war correspondent. I always loved learning and would study on set. I studied English at Oxford – but always with a view to using it to act; they have an incredible drama scene. Lots of my university friends have very different careers to me and think that my lifestyle is mad but I hope I’m still doing it when I’m ninety.

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What would you say is the most surprising thing you’ve learnt about working and surviving in this industry?

There’s very little I find surprising – the most unbelievable things go wrong on every set and often you have to do things that are outside your comfort zone.  But somehow the film always gets made.

You’ve now worked with French director Xavier Gens twice, in ‘The Crucifixion’ and ‘Hostile’, what’s he like as a director?

Xavier is an icon of alternative French cinema, very cool, very perceptive. Lots of his work is set in the realm of the fantastic.  It works because the stories that he tells are human and real, anchored in something raw and emotional. His process is quite academic and is exactly the way that I love to work. He introduced me to Matthieu, the wonder kid director of Hostile and I felt very privileged to be part of this wave of film makers because what they are doing is a little bit anarchist. Their films don’t play by the rules.

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Knowing that ‘The Crucifixion’ was being written by the team behind ‘The Conjuring’, did that heighten your expectation of the project when reading the script?

I didn’t know who the production team was when I first read the script – it was just this very moving story about two girls. But as soon as I found out…of course it was exciting! Those movies are such enormous hits, I’d seen them all at the cinema. The Crucifixion has a more dramatic, European vibe. It was fun to be part of such a big machine and to meet the writers, The Hayes Brothers, who have the craziest stories from researching their films.

What was it like filming in Romania? Do you like filming abroad?

Romania is beautiful, particularly Transylvania. They are really set up for film there so there was a great crew and all the actors that I got to work with were at the top of their game.  Travelling is definitely one of the coolest parts of my job. Everyone is transported to a new location which means that you form intense friendships very quickly. There is real blitz spirit.

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You’ve also been shooting ‘Hostile’ in Morocco, Paris and New York. How much does the location in help you get into character?

Your job is a lot easier if you are lucky enough to shoot in a live location rather than a studio. Some environments provoke a certain physical response. One section of Hostile was shot in the middle of the desert over two weeks of consecutive night shoots. It was demanding but so useful in building those scenes. Character interacts very strongly with setting – my character Juliette thrives on the anonymity of a city and there is no place in the world like New York to make you feel insignificant.  The Crucifixion had a different effect – seeing the real places these things happened brought a responsibility to tell the story as truthfully as possible.

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What can you tell us about working on the recently released ‘Accident Man’?

It was such a fun job – I got to work with Ashley Greene which was my teenage Twilight dream come true. The director Jesse Johnson and most of the cast have a stunt background so were all super kick ass. They work in quite a different way – very precise and efficient. You don’t get on in the stunt world without being the best at what you do.

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QUICK QUESTIONS WITH BRITTANY ASHWORTH

Last movie you watched?

‘The Isle of Dogs’. I saw the sets at Store studios – Wes Anderson is a genius.

Best show to binge-watch?

‘The Crown’ – I bloody love the Queen.

What’s the strangest food combo you’ve ever had?

Marmite on everything.

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

Blossoms on loop. I obsessively listen to one album for about a week then never want to hear it again.

Everyone has a cool app idea, what’s yours?

I could tell you but I’d have to kill you…

A sport you wish you could play?

I would love to have a few months to learn to really surf.

Best present you’ve ever received?

A video camera when I was about eight. I used to force my brother to be in all my movies.

Last book you read?

The History of the Ned a Kelly Gang. It was so sad I had a period of mourning where I couldn’t read anything else for two weeks afterwards

Would you rather be at a mountain hideaway or a beach house?

A beach house, I’m a sun baby.

Do you have a philosophy?

Scarlett O’Hara has a good one – ‘Tomorrow is another day’.

One thing in particular that you’re really excited about for the future?

I have a couple of really exciting jobs up next, which I’ve been rehearsing but can’t wait to get on set for. I’m also hoping I get time in the summer to go and visit one of my best friends who is moving to Mexico.

Brittany Ashworth can be seen in ‘The Crucifixion’ on Amazon Prime & ‘Hostile’ in cinemas from May 28

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