James Leary Talks About "Lost Angeles"

He is staying with some friends, a married couple, Beth and Eddie Gordon played by Amy Ellenberger and Eric Pargac. Will is looking to start over, find a new job and get on with his life in a new city. For Will dating in Los Angeles is becoming a challenge and I, personally, am enjoying each new episode. So, please, everyone, check out “Lost Angeles” and share Will’s L.A. adventure.

James Leary was kind enough to answer some questions for Whedonopolis and his fans:

Whedonoplis: How and when did you decide to become an actor?

James Leary: I SAW "STAR WARS" WHEN I WAS FIVE AND THEN "RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK" WHEN I WAS 8. I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT IT WAS, BUT I KNEW THAT I WANTED TO BE INDIANNA JONES. I TOOK THE STAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 8TH GRADE AND WAS HOOKED FROM THEN ON.

W- Do you remember your first role?

JL- MY FIRST REAL ROLE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL — I PLAYED THE DEAD BODY IN A PLAY.

W- How do you decide which role to go for/accept?

JL- BY WHOEVER IS WILLING TO HIRE ME…(LAUGH HERE)…MOST OF THE TIME AS A STRUGGLING ACTOR YOU DON’T HAVE MUCH OF A CHOICE, YOU WANT AND NEED THE WORK SO YOU WILL TAKE PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING. FOR STAGE WORK I CAN BE PICKIER. I USUALLY LOOK FOR SOMETHING THAT IS NOTHING LIKE MYSELF…SOMETHING THAT WILL BE INTERESTING TO DO FIVE NIGHTS A WEEK FOR SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS. OR SOMETHING THAT JUST SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF FUN.

W- You have a new webseries, Lost Angeles, how did it come about?

JL- SOME FRIENDS OF MINE FROM TEXAS A&M AND THE FURIOUS THEATRE CAME UP WITH THE IDEA AND OFFERED ME THE PART. I JUMPED AT THE CHANCE TO BE A ROMANTIC LEAD, WHICH I USUALLY DON’T GET TO DO. PLUS IT’S REALLY FUNNY.

W- It is produced by Bluechalk Productions, is this your production company or how did it become involved in the production?

JL- NO. I AM STRICTLY AN ACTOR IN THIS PROJECT WHICH IS NICE.

W- The other actors, Amy Ellenberger, Eric Pargac and Annie Little, how did they become involved?

JL- ERIC AND I WENT TO SCHOOL AT A&M TOGETHER AND KNOW THE CREATORS.

HE AND I HAVE ALSO DONE SEVERAL PLAYS TOGETHER AT FURIOUS THEATRE – SO WE WERE BOTH OFFERED THE ROLES. AMY AND ANNIE CAME TO THE SHOW THROUGH AUDITIONS.

W- What is your ultimate goal for the series?

JL- I WOULD LOVE FOR IT TO BE PICKED UP BY A NETWORK OR FOR SOMEONE TO WANT TO DO A MOVIE BASED ON IT. HECK, I’LL TAKE A CASTING DIRECTOR SEEING IT AND CALLING ME IN.

W- How many will there be?

JL- 52 – ONE A WEEK FOR A WHOLE YEAR.

W- Do you have any stories about doing the webseries?

JL- I BROKE MY FOOT THREE WEEKS INTO PRODUCTION SO THE WRITERS HAD TO WRITE THAT INTO THE STORY…BUT FOR A FEW EPISODES I’M HIDING MY CAST.

W- Any advice for anyone that may be considering attempting a webseries?

JL- SOUND. SOUND. SOUND. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE GREAT SOUND. AND TRY TO FIND SOMEONE TO WRITE SOME MUSIC FOR YOU — THOSE TWO THINGS MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

W- Anything else coming up that you can tell us about?

JL- HOPEFULLY AFTER A TWO YEAR HIATUS I WILL BE RETURNING TO THE FURIOUS THEATRE STAGE LATER THIS YEAR OR EARLY NEXT YEAR.

W- Since all roads (and interviews) lead back to Buffy: Do you have any memories of your guest spots on Buffy and Angel? How did you get the role of Clem on BtVS?

JL- I HAVE NOTHING BUT GREAT MEMORIES FROM BUFFY.

IT GAVE ME THE CHANCE TO SEE THE WORLD AND MEET TONS OF AWESOME PEOPLE AT CONVENTIONS. I GOT THE ROLE THROUGH AN AUDITION FOR A "LOOSE SKINNED DEMON". I HAD MET THE CASTING ASSOCIATE LONNIE HAMMERMAN AT A WORKSHOP AND SHE CALLED ME RIGHT INTO PRODUCERS. I WAS A FAN OF THE SHOW AND THE LINES WERE PRETTY FUNNY TO ME SO I TOOK A COMEDIC ANGLE ON IT THAT THEY LIKED. AFTER THE FIRST ONE AIRED THE FANS LOVED THE CHARACTER SO MUCH THAT THEY KEPT CALLING ME BACK. IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE. I MISS IT.

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