Hey all! It’s your girl Haley and boy do I have a treat for you! I was given the awesome opportunity to interview one of the stars of this season of UnREAL, Marcus Rosner. He is a rising Canadian star, and frankly I am excited to see where he goes. So sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Out of all your roles, which has been the most fun, and which one has meant the most to you?
One of the most fun gigs I ever had was one of the first I ever booked. It was just one line in this great big Disney movie called Tomorrowland starring George Clooney that had a massive $200 million budget. I think I auditioned in May, found out I booked this one-liner in June and shortly after received an email letting me know that my part wouldn’t shoot until January and that it would shoot in Valencia, Spain. It was essentially the most glorified one-liner job ever. They flew us over private and we were there for a week with the stunt team rehearsing because I was supposed to take off in this jetpack after I delivered my line. When it came time to shoot it honestly took about 20 minutes and that was it. I was in Spain for about a week and a half just to set up that single shot.It was incredible to see the lengths these massive productions go to.
One of the jobs that has meant the most to me is one that I just did last month. It’s this short film starring myself and Heather Morris (who is probably best known for Glee). We play a young married couple who has an 8-year-old daughter and throughout the film, I’m trying to explain to our daughter that her mom had to go away to a clinic because she is suffering from depression. It’s really difficult for our daughter to understand and so she imagines this great battle her mom is going through with this demon inside her head. The film plays out in this choreographed dance sequence between Heather and this demon character we had covered in prosthetics. It’s beautiful and important and I was very happy to be a part of it. It’s called Dance with a Demon and comes out later this year.
How was the audition process for UnReal? What made you want to join the show?
I was interested in UnREAL for a couple of years before I worked on it because the irreverence it treats the entertainment industry with is something I get a huge kick out of. In terms of the audition process I had initially taped for the role of Jasper played by Bart Edwards and then they came back around and wanted me to tape the role of Warren who is this season’s cowboy. It was a complete shift and I had to do a Texan accent which I’ve never done before. In the audition sides, they actually had him playing the harmonica as well so I bought a cheap harmonica and watched YouTube videos for three days to teach myself how to play Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”. I riffed it off in the middle of my audition tape and it was actually really good. I think that’s what got me the part.
Are there any great stories from being on set you can share?
It’s not exactly a particular instance but one of the funny things about working on a show like this is that on set you have the real crew who are working as cameramen, sound technicians, makeup and hair, and all the different positions that keep the show running. Then you have dozens of background actors portraying all of those same positions for the sake of the show within the show. So for the first couple of weeks, many of us who had just joined for the third season were constantly mistaking extras for crew and vice versa. It was unlike any set I’ve ever been on and was so strange to get used to.
Would you say you and your character are similar in any ways, or are you polar opposites?
We are kind of polar opposites on the surface, but we do have a lot of the same principles if not the same ideologies. Warren is a person of high moral fiber who sees things in a black and white way and doesn’t really believe in having much moral gray area and I can definitely relate to that. But on the other hand, I don’t walk around in a cowboy hat and boots all the time. I also think Warren and I may butt heads on some political issues.
If you could play your dream role, what would it be?
That’s a tough one. Every so often I’ll be watching a documentary or reading about some incidents in history and think I would love to portray that person one day. But I should really start keeping a list because nothing comes to mind immediately. A couple different types of things I’ve dreamt of playing would be something to do with prison, I’m a bit obsessed with prison documentaries. Another would be a period piece set in the 80’s and play a member of a hair metal band like Mötley Crüe or Guns N’ Roses, I’ve done a lot of reading about that time specifically on the Sunset Strip and was a huge fan of that music growing up. Also, since I hear all the time that I look like Christopher Reeves, I’ve thought about how interesting it would be to play him. He had a fascinating life before and after his accident and I would revel in the opportunity to portray that story.
Have you done any convention appearances? If not would that be something you’d want to do in the future?
When I was working on the Hallmark Channel show called When Calls the Heart, there was a small convention they hold every year where a couple hundred of the fans come to meet the cast and we’d sign autographs and take photos. I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed the experience. It was really nice to feed off the positivity and enthusiasm of these people who appreciate your work so much. It was just nice to connect with them. So yes, it’s something I’d be happy to do again in the future.
Are there any directors or actors you’d love to work with at some point?
Definitely many directors. When I get asked this question directors are always the first people that come to mind because they are really the creators of the whole vision when it comes to projects in this industry. So I would love to work with Paul Thomas Anderson, Denis Villeneuve, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Kathryn Bigelow, Christopher Nolan, Ryan Coogler, and Noah Baumbach.
The further along I’ve gotten in this industry the less I’ve thought about actors in particular that I would love to work with for some reason. But a young Marcus would have been over the moon to work with Tom Cruise, George Clooney, and Brad Pitt.
If you didn’t choose acting as a career, what do you think you would have chosen to become?
For a very long time, I wanted to be a sports agent because I loved Jerry Maguire so much. But as I got older I realized I didn’t necessarily want to be Jerry Maguire but I wanted to try to be something similar to Tom Cruise. And so that movie actually played a major part in the reason I started acting altogether. I wanted to walk and talk like Jerry because nobody I knew from where I grew up was doing that kind of thing or behaving in that way.
Keeping with the theme of the show, what would be your ultimate dream date?
It would be great to go on one of those hot air balloon rides, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I mean, the views, the way it slowly drifts across the sky, and the sense of adventure seem very appealing, and a great time spent with someone you care about. But I realize I don’t know how to operate one, so of course, you would have to have the pilot there, and it would end up being three people instead of two, thousands of feet in the air. Kind of spoils the romantic mood doesn’t it? So that’s kind of a deal-breaker for that one. Selfishly I want to say courtside seats to an NBA basketball game. I’m not very good at this…
And finally, if you could have a lifetime supply of any candy, what would it be?
Great, question, actually these were all great questions. The answer is Bon Bon’s. And I would die a happy man.
Thank you so much for reading! It was an absolute pleasure to be able to interview such a great person, and I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.