Australian Actor Paul Ashton on His New Film, "Serial Buddies" and His Move to Hollywood
Australian actor Paul Ashton not too long ago wrapped taking pictures the characteristic movie “Serial Buddies,” an indie comedy classified as “the primary serial killer-buddy movie of all time,” produced via Maria Menounos and directed via Keven Undergaro. In it he performs some of the two starring roles, and carried out reverse the likes of Christopher Lloyd, Christopher McDonald and David Proval. It was once an enjoy and alternative that turns out a some distance cry from Wagga Wagga, the small the town in Australia the place Paul grew up.
Ashton began appearing on the younger age of 7 acting with Louise Blackett’s Theatre Workshop. It was once merely a herbal inclination on the time, and he had no thought of the large position appearing would play in his lifestyles sooner or later.
He hails from an inventive lot – although his oldsters are each in drugs (one orthodox, one choice – a full of life mixture he assures me) his 3 siblings are all artists too. One of his sisters, Alexa Ashton, could also be a a success actor. She starred in ‘Home and Away’ and prefer Paul has labored for the distinguished Bell Shakespeare Company .
In asking him about his circle of relatives’s ideas on his profession selection, Ashton was once fast to state: “My circle of relatives is very supportive. I feel my Dad would’ve most well-liked it if I’d completed my legislation stage prior to heading to drama college, however by no means as soon as have my oldsters attempted to prevent me from doing what I like to do. They’ve been there supporting and offering 100% and are happy with the trails we now have all selected.”
After his circle of relatives moved to Canberra when he was once 12 years outdated, Ashton noticed a college manufacturing of ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’ via Tom Stoppard. It galvanized his love for functioning on level, and in a while after he noticed the primary ever Bell Shakespeare Company manufacturing – it was once ‘Hamlet’ – and he knew this was once what he was once destined to do.
In talking of early influences, Paul notes Rob Sitch, the Australian actor/director who was once a part of “The Late Show” and who along with his colleagues, went on to supply a few of Australia’s best-loved movies, maximum particularly “The Castle.”
Other early influences integrated Baz Lurhmann, Kenneth Branagh, Anthony Hopkins, John Cleese, Mike Myers, Jim Carrey, Michael Winterbottom, Ben Kingsley and Kate Winslet. He educated at VCA Drama School in Melbourne, the place lecturers similar to Lindy Davies, Tanya Gerstle and Leisa Shelton, and administrators Peter Evans and Brian Lipson additionally had a large have an effect on on him right through the ones adolescence.
But he websites John Bell – who created the famend Bell Shakespeare Company – as creating a specifically massive impact on him. Paul recollects: “Watching their productions yearly in Canberra, and assembly him and one of the different actors as a youngster was once in reality inspiring for me. I used to be a drama nerd in its purest shape – I used to get their autographs. It was once a dream of mine to paintings for them.”
In a real profession defining second, John Bell got here and watched Ashton play Orlando in As You Like It in his ultimate 12 months of drama college (Paul had written a letter inviting him to return alongside, and was once stunned when he won a decision from Bell’s assistant confirming the dates). He labored for Bell’s corporate a 12 months later – a dream come true.
Earlier that very same 12 months, Paul were forged because the position of Ben at the award successful Australian display “The Secret Life of Us.”
It can be 4 years of dwelling and dealing in Sydney prior to Hollywood known as. During this time, Ashton additionally was once the frontman for standard native indie rock act, Minder.
He displays again to that point, “I made the transfer to Los Angeles, like such a lot of different of my compatriots as a result of it’s the centre of the worldwide leisure business and gives probably the most numerous vary of alternatives conceivable. That variety appeals to me, and I feel is a greater have compatibility for me as an actor.”
In a sit-down interview at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ashton shared his ideas with me about his new lifestyles within the mecca of the leisure trade.
Bobbi -Q: Paul, what is among the primary variations between being an actor in Los Angeles as opposed to Australia?
Paul -A: Undoubtedly the very first thing you find while you arrive is the dimensions of it. The sheer dimension of the town itself is a superb indicator, there are simply such a lot of other folks and it is so aggressive. It can also be exhausting to understand the place to start out. You move from realizing the general public within the business and the general public realizing you, to realizing no person and in some way, beginning once more.
But there is a actual sense of risk and that anybody’s were given a shot. There’s a ‘sure’ perspective that underpins a lot of the American psyche, and I in reality reply to that.
Bobbi- Q: How did you get the position in “Serial Buddies?”
Paul- A: I were given the position via auditioning. Casting Director Jen Cooper had observed a few of my paintings remaining 12 months and he or she known as me in to learn for the position. At first they did not suppose I used to be proper for Gregory, however thankfully I received them over.
Bobbi -Q: Was the nature simple to play for you?
Paul -A: There had been positive portions of Gregory I needed to paintings very exhausting on – he has an excessively darkish previous and was once broken from years of abuse and forget.
But his flamboyance and physicality had been an enormous quantity of amusing to tackle, and in that sense, got here extra simply. But he was once difficult all the time and I needed to stretch as an actor to get there.
Bobbi-Q: What appearing method do you utilize? Are there parts which can be very important to good fortune?
Paul-A: I do not paintings with any particular method. Certainly my coaching had a large affect on how I method my paintings, and through the years I’ve tailored the rules I realized into extra of my very own factor.
Elements that I feel are very important? Nothing new – analysis and script research, the usage of the creativeness and figuring out the perspective of your persona. And then, most significantly taking part in the instant.
Bobbi-Q: What was once it like running with the solid of “Serial Buddies?”
Paul-A: I felt extraordinarily privileged to paintings with an extended record of neatly established and really proficient actors.
We had core team of men that had been a pleasure to spend time with on set. The different three guys all have comedy and improv backgrounds, so there have been at all times various laughs, with a whole lot of innovation and creativity when the cameras had been rolling.
To paintings with an iconic actor like Christopher Lloyd. Playing my dad! It was once wild, and a profession spotlight evidently. He was once a gentleman and a pleasure to paintings with. And Chris McDonald too? No method. Comic genius proper there. We had numerous amusing doing our scene in combination.
And to best it off – to have Hal Rudnick as Gary, to my Gregory-perfect.
Bobbi-Q: What characters or roles do you wish to have to peer your self taking part in?
Paul-A: I really like each comedy and drama, and not need to limit myself to only one style or shape.
Bobbi-Q: What are you presently doing?
Paul-A: I’m these days in post-production with a brief movie I made prior to I shot “Serial Buddies.” It’s known as “Champion” and I’m making plans on getting into it into Tropfest in Australia early subsequent 12 months. It was once a script I wrote, directed and produced.
Other than that, auditioning and entertaining a whole lot of buddies from Australia!
Bobbi-Q: What is your objective for this upcoming 12 months?
Paul-A: To proceed to problem myself to be higher. Of route, I’d love to peer ” Serial Buddies” make the submission cut-off date for Sundance after which after all get in – although that is now out of my fingers. That would make it a just right 12 months directly up. And I need to get started running on my subsequent self-devised mission. I’m simply now not certain what it will be but.
Bobbi-Q: How do you have got amusing and loosen up?
Paul-A: Spending time with buddies, going to the films, exercising, taking part in tune, yoga, and when I will be able to- snowboarding.
Bobbi -Q: Are you married, unmarried, or relationship?
Paul-A: Single, however open to assembly any individual.
Bobbi -Q: What town did you reside in prior to right here?
Paul-A: I lived in Sydney prior to I moved right here, however my circle of relatives is primarily based in Canberra, in order that’s house in reality. Mum and Dad have an attractive space there, large lawn out the again, and where is filled with superb natural and biodynamic meals and life-affirming wholesome issues. My mum is another drugs practitioner, and Dad’s a health care provider, so it is at all times fascinating.
Bobbi -Q: Tell us about your tune.
Paul-A: I performed tune since I used to be 5. I began at the piano, after which later additionally performed the Viola and guitar. I performed in my college orchestras and sang in my college choirs, Music’s simply at all times been there as one thing I did. But it wasn’t until I taught myself the guitar on the age of 18 that I began writing and taking part in alone slightly. Before transferring to LA I in truth was once a part of an indie rock band in Sydney. I’d written a number of songs over a couple of years and a mate prompt we commence a band in combination so we did.
I’m in truth taking part in my first gig in LA in a month’s time. Just some low key acoustic originals. Should be amusing.
Bobbi -Q: What ‘unique tune’ are you offering for the movie “Serial Buddies?”
Paul-A: There’s a music within the movie that Gregory sings to his father. I used to be looking to get a hold of a music for it – so I knew what I used to be doing once we shot it. It advanced into a little bit greater than what was once at the web page. I favored the sound of it, so recorded and despatched it to Keven. He enjoyed it and so we organized and recorded it with genius musician, Giulio Carmassi. It must seem within the movie now, which is excellent.
Bobbi-Q: Tell me about those YouTube video blogs you posted whilst filming “Serial Buddies”. That was once unique, why did you do it?
Paul-A: They had been only a approach to record/weblog concerning the time on set in order that there was once a amusing document of it, and so that anybody , together with my family and friends, may have a top at the back of the scenes. And to check out and get the identify of the movie available in the market slightly. With indie movies, each and every little bit is helping.
Bobbi -Q: Do you have got any particular thank you to provide somebody for your lifestyles?
Paul-A: Where do I get started? First and fundamental my oldsters. They’re probably the most beneficiant and unconditionally supportive other folks I do know. Even outdoor of having a look after our circle of relatives. And my siblings too – simply superb individuals who’ve contributed to shaping who I’m. I even have an ordinary team of buddies stretching proper again to my early days in Wagga Wagga. They know who they’re, and we are nonetheless in contact often, and they have got at all times believed in me and that is the reason an extraordinary feeling.
Oh, and naturally, Steven Waugh – the best Australian cricket captain of all time. The final inspiration of my lifestyles.
Paul Ashton lives in Los Angeles, CA and is a author, director, actor, musician and level performer.
He is controlled via Prodigy Talent Group.