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Bellus Magazine had the chance to meet up with 4 amazing actors for a day of photo shoots and interviews and laughs. To see all the group photos click this link HOT GUYS Below is the interview and photos for the very talented actor Kit Williamson…
Kit Williamson can currently be seen on AMC’s final season of Mad Men as Ed Gifford. Additionally, Kit is best known for the award winning web series “EastSiders” that premiered on LogoTV.com. Kit wrote, directed and starred in the series alongside notable names such as Brea Grant (Dexter), Van Hansis (As The World Turns) and Sean Maher (Much Ado About Nothing). The series made a cable debut as a feature film on LogoTV, and has won both the Indie Series Awards and LA Web Fest. Additionally, the series released a digital comic.
Bellus Magazine (BM): How long have you been acting?
Kit Williamson (KW): I’ve been seriously studying acting since I was sixteen, when I left Mississippi to study at Interlochen Arts Academy. I attended college at Fordham University in NYC and started doing experimental theatre downtown, which helped me get an agent and led to my first professional job. My junior year I was cast in the Broadway revival of Eric Bogosian’s “Talk Radio.”
BM: Tell us about your character on “Mad Men”
KW: Ed is a shy guy and a bit of an oddball. Last season he was mostly concerned with keeping his job, because people were getting fired all around him. This season we’ve gotten to see more sides of him, which has been really fun. He’s gotten comfortable enough at the company to get high with Stan and Mathis and make fun of his boss, and he’s even tried to become buddies with Don. Unsuccessfully, of course.
BM: What was it like working with the cast of Mad Men?
KW: Everyone is so professional and dedicated to their work, but also welcoming and fun to be around. They play a lot of games between shots, like catch phrase and hang man, and it can get pretty competitive. I have learned so much from watching them and I am so grateful for the opportunity.
BM: What is “EastSiders?
KW: “EastSiders” is a dark comedy web series about a gay couple trying to stay together in the aftermath of infidelity in Silver Lake, CA. I created the show and star in it alongside Van Hansis, from “As the World Turns.” I produced the show independently and it was picked up for distribution by Logo and will be coming out on DVD, VOD and Hulu later this Summer.
BM: What was it like writing, directing and staring in your own web series?
KW: It’s been incredibly educational. I just graduated from the playwriting MFA at UCLA, but I’ve never tried to combine all these different skill sets before. I’ve always kept writing and acting very compartmentalized and I was surprised to find that doing everything at once really forced me to look at myself objectively as an artist. My goals starting out were pretty modest and I’ve been so blown away by the response to the show.
BM: What is next for you?
KW: We just wrapped up a KickStarter campaign to raise funds to shoot a second season of “EastSiders.” Our goal was $125,000 and we raised over $153,000, which means we will produce a second season of the show as well as a graphic novel and two bonus episodes.
After that, I am developing a few other TV and web projects with my production company Go Team Entertainment and I am working with a doctor who spent twenty years treating HIV patients in the free clinic system to write a feature film called “Pharmacopoeia,” about the intersection of pharmaceutical drug reps and free clinic doctors.
BM: What advice can you give other aspiring artist out there?
Stop waiting for opportunities to find you. There are so many people trying to make it in the industry and no matter how successful you get there will always be people who will try to put you down. I find it so much more satisfying to focus my energy on telling stories on my own terms, rather than put my fate in the hands of other people. If you’re an actor and you don’t want to write, find a writer and produce a project together. The only people in the industry more frustrated than actors are writers! Be good to other artists and hopefully they will respond to your passion and enthusiasm about their work with passion and enthusiasm about yours.