Photographer Joshua Shultz
Bellus Magazine recently caught up with “We Are Your Friends”, actor Shiloh Fernandez for a photo shoot and an interview.
Full interview below…
Bellus Magazine (BM): When did you first know you wanted to be an actor?
Shiloh Fernandez (SF): I was lucky enough to grow up in a town that had a wonderful program called SPACE that my parents enrolled me in early in my life. These incredible women Paulette Arnold and Laurel Near run the program and my little brother and sister just did their summer play! SPACE is a fantastic program for youths that offers dance and theater, writing and other creative outlets. I imagine that helped push me into artistic endeavors but I remember being in about 9th grade and seeing a film that changed my life. I never had TV or watched many films growing up and my Dad encouraged an imagination that ran wild and free among the sprawling hills behind my house. The film I caught is called “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”. It sort of gave me a window to a bigger world and I connected with a lot of what those characters were going through and the town they were living in. It allowed me to realize that maybe I could express life through film for a living.
BM: What is your favorite role you’ve ever played?
SF: I always hope to feel like the character I’m playing at the time is my favorite — but to be honest, that’s not always true. Some of my favorite characters are in films I’ve signed up for that haven’t been made, which can be (very) frustrating.. I loved making LONG NIGHTS SHORT MORNINGS and playing that part even though it was pretty taxing. He isn’t the most stand up of folks either. I think one of my favorite parts was the first thing I ever did, COLD CASE. I love Veena Sud’s writing and Valentino was a character I wish I could have found out more about. My favorite roles come from my experiences on set and working with the people I am, that really the make or break of it all.
BM: What can you tell us about Queen of Carthage?
SF: I was in New Zealand (for Evil Dead) feeling kind of down about some of the work I was doing. As I was walking home one night I happened to hear Graham singing. We really hit it off and I really just found him to be a fascinating guy. I told him I was going to write a movie for him. My friend Mardana Mayginnes and I took a week or two and got it down on paper. He wasn’t an actor and I don’t think he has any ambitions to be but he’s incredible in the film. Such a unique voice – it is an experience I’m so grateful for and though it’s a strange, disturbing film – I’m happy it’s coming out September 1st!
Check out trailer here…
BM: When you’re not preparing for a role or working what do you like to do in your free time?
SF: I really enjoy reading – truly. I enjoy playing music a lot as well and that’s sort of something I’ve been doing more and more lately. I am blessed with such great friends that any time spent speaking with them is a good day in my book.
BM: Bellus means beauty in Latin and we like to ask everyone what defines beauty to them. What do you define beauty as?
SF: Beauty is life.