Adam is a great guy who is living an amazing life. A stand-up comedian, traveler and a talented actor. Adam’s first film feature was Sandman as Buzzbe. He has since then continued on with features such as Vamp U, Mythica and Dudes & Dragons. I asked Adam some questions so you could get to know him better, here is what he wanted to say…
What was life like for you growing up in Santa Monica, California as a child
I was born in the hospital in Santa Monica, but was raised in La Crescenta, CA. It was cool. We had a big yard and my dad really liked toys, so we had 3 3-wheelers, horses, chickens, a pool… and I had 6 siblings. We always had something to do. There was always something going on at or around our house. It was great. When I was 12 my family moved to a small town called Midway, Utah, which was completely different. There we learned to ski. We got ski passes at the local mountain, Wolf Mountain, for $90 dollars a year. And we spent a lot of time up there. We also had a really big yard. There was a pond, a river. A rope swing. We could go paintballing in the back yard or camping or fishing. We always had some friends over and were doing fun things like that. It was pretty great.
What made you want to go into acting
I was really shy growing up. It wasn’t until my senior year that I started to speak up and make a couple jokes here and there, and when I started to get some laughs, it boosted my confidence. I later decided that I wanted to be a stand-up comedian, which is what I did first.
When you go for auditions, do you ever feel that excitement of when you first started
Oh yeah, some auditions are more important than others. So, there’s always the feeling of excitement, and the projects get bigger and bigger. Auditioning is still the most difficult part of this whole industry. I guess the excitement comes in for really great roles or characters, or for great projects and the possibilities of working with great people.
When you aren’t acting, what things do you like to do for fun
I love watching movies, so I see as many as I can. I love going to see them on the big screen too, so I try to do that as often as I can. Now, I find myself just like everyone else, watching amazing shows, streaming on HULU, Amazon and Netflix. I love good comedies too. I perform as much improv as I can and I keep toying with the idea of getting back into stand-up as well. I also ride motorcycles (off road), play and watch Soccer (Argentina and Barcelona, huge Messi fan) and enjoy the mountains, camping and hiking and beach and do a bit of surfing. I also really love travelling.
When travelling, what’s your favorite place to visit
I love Italy, I could go there over and over. I loved Vernazza in Cinque Terre, but Sicily was amazing, so was Rome… and so many other places all over. The whole country really. I really want to learn Italian next. I got to Mexico a lot with my brothers to surf and ride motorcycles too. And fish tacos…Wow. I lived in Argentina for 2 years as a missionary way back in 1992, so Argentina definitely has a soft spot in my heart. I could easily go back there. Same with Australia. I spent some time in Sydney. Loved it there. I could go back on a regular basis. There is so much out there that I still need to see in Australia and the rest of the world. I guess I like travelling and could go on and on.
What type of movies and music are your favorite to watch and listen to
I really do love all kinds. Dramas, comedies, foreign films, action adventure, sci-fi… really, I have a pretty wide range. I like to see a variety of things. Same goes for music, although I probably listen to alternative music the most. I grew up listening to KROQ and that’s my jam. Listened to a lot of new wave in the 80’s. Depeche Mode and Erasure were a couple of my favorites. But now, like I said, I like it all, country, rap, some R&B, musicals, pop, classical… never was much into dance music, and EDM or stuff like that, but I can hang…
If you could make any movie you wanted, what would it be about
Wow. I would love to make an epic adventure. Something like Raiders of the Lost Ark or Braveheart. Or something like Guardians of the Galaxy. Some combination of those would be great.
What was being a director for the two movies The Singles 2nd Ward and Dawn of the Dragon Slayer like
I think I was listed as art director, which was helping build the sets and things like that. That stuff is fun, and it’s something I have done through the years to make extra money while pursuing acting and figuring out what it is that I wanted to do with my life.
Even though Mythica has finished, what did you enjoy most about the fantasy saga
Oh man… so many things. I came out of that experience with some friends that will be around for a very long time. We’ve shared so many fun experiences. Playing dress up with all of those great costumes and suffering the cold together. The heat. The exhaustion. The thrill of it all coming together and making something cool, and even the experience of the fans that have loved what we were able to create. It’s all been so much fun.
Tell us something about yourself, that we could not learn through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
I mentioned before that I was really quiet and shy growing up. Acting and comedy was not something I wanted to do from a young age, really. Not sure what I really wanted as a child, but it definitely involved staying out of the limelight. Pursuing acting came out of left field. My brother started, and talked me into moving to Los Angeles to pursue stand-up comedy. And through him, I stumbled into a love for acting. So, I guess it’s his fault. Sometimes I’m still shocked that this is something that I’m pursuing. And I guess at times I still doubt that I’m doing what I’m meant to be doing. But, I’m having a great time anyway.
If you hadn’t become an actor, where do you think you would be today
I would probably be in an office job somewhere. I started studying communications, only because it sounded like something that I could use my humor with… I’m really not sure how I thought that through. Actually, I do. And maybe this goes along with something that I’ve never really told anyone. I secretly loved those guys that would travel to schools and give talks at assemblies to the entire school (at least that’s how it worked at my small school) on self-confidence, or whatever they would talk about, but they were funny, educational, empowering, and just basically made you feel good. That was something I wanted to do.
A youngster comes up to you and asks what they need to make it in the business of acting, what words of wisdom would you pass on to them
I would tell them to study, focus and work hard. Take risks. Get as much experience as you can. I always relate it to standup comedy. You need stage time. Nothing can beat stage time. It’s invaluable. I would also suggest improv training. It’s helped me a great deal.
There you go. Another great interview, another great actor. Thanks Adam. Hope you all enjoyed learning a bit more about actor Adam Johnson.