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Interview with Andrew Martin

By Dag (2005-12-05)

Andrew Martin plays Cassie's boyfriend Shaun in Hallowed. We've talked to him about his role in the movie.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your role in the movie?

Andrew: I was a jock, Cassie's boyfriend.  I'm the protective type.  I got pissed when freaky guys came around my girl.  I ended up chased by a killer, all in the attempt to protect my girlfriend.

Q: What do you like about your character?

Andrew: He comes off as overprotective, but in the end he's right!

Q: Can you share some memorable experiences from the set?

Andrew: We were filming the killer chase scene, when we came across these pipes that were bubbling and spitting out really hot water.  The smell was pretty bad, too.  The worst is I had to walk into that water.  It was memorable for days.

Q: This is the second Rocky Costanzo movie you're staring in. How is it working with Rocky?

Andrew: Rocky is great.  I think he was little surprised when I walked into his audition room for the very first time.  He had no idea I was from Arizona.  After the audition Rocky knew he wanted to work with me; that's when the news I would be going back and forth to Arizona.  He was cool with it.  He said we would film weekends/holidays or school vacation.  He is such a great director.  I have learned so much from him.  He not only helped me grow in my acting, but he had me help in filming too.  That made it even more exciting.  That's why I knew I needed to continue my education in California.  I moved here right after high school.  If Rocky's got a new film, you can bet I'm looking at the script trying to figure out how I can be a part of it.  Working for him is not work, it's a great time.

Q: How much say did you have over your character? Or was it mostly, doing what was written in the script?

Andrew: Rocky was and is open to ideas.  His idea of this character was pretty well scripted.

Q: Did you always want to go into acting?

Andrew: I started acting when I was 6 months old.  The local theater group was doing "Cheaper by the Dozen". They needed a small child, or baby.  I was such a good baby, they used me.  By the time I was six years old I was auditioning for small parts in the local theater in my town.  The! parts got bigger, and then a traveling theater comapny called Theater League needed a young boy for "Camelot".  I auditioned for the role, and was hired.  My first payiong job.  It so happened their next production was "Oliver".  They asked me to audition in Burbank at Screenland Studios.  I should have had the part of Oliver;  but there was another boy with more experience than me.  I was cast as one of the boys, and we went on tour.  The show starred Andrea McArdle and Richard Kline.  We toured for 2 months, I had the time of my life.  They told me when we opened the show, I should have been Oliver, but I was glad not to have the pressure and got to enjoy the tour, the shows, and all the people.  From there LA was a dream.  Actually my first movie was "Dream Parlor", which just released to DVD rental at BlockBuster this month. 

Q: Plans for the future?

Andrew: Right now I attend California State University Northridge in the TV and Film Industry.  My plans originally were broadcasting.  Since working with my brother in Scottsdale, AZ over the summer on his new office, I have decided to continue my education in the health field.  My brother is a chiropractor, as well as my Dad.  My Mother and sisters are in the health field as well.  So my destiny is health.  I will continue acting, for it has given me a lot of confidence and reassurance about myself.  I will continue my education at ASU in AZ. 



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