How did you get involved in acting?
It is all I have ever known. My mom told me that when I was a toddler and saw something on TV, I would point and shout “I want that!” She realized a bit later, rather than wanting what was on the television, I wanted to be inside the television. After a few years of forcing my siblings and cousins to perform for the family with me, I found an agency in one of my sister’s Teen Magazines and begged my parents to call for me, then begged them to drive me to auditions after school. I owe everything to them really!
What has been your favorite training?
I will be forever grateful for my undergrad experience at USC’s School of Dramatic Arts and School of Cinematic Arts. I then had the opportunity to extend this classical theatre education at Oxford University; both of these experiences were life-changing. However, I must say some of the most beneficial training I received was even back in children’s theatre. Most recently, I loved private coaching with Sara Mornell; she is brutally honest, and I love it. This past fall, I played a young J. Edgar Hoover as the antagonist in a historical drama that was put up in a black box theatre and ran for 8 weeks. There is nothing like live theatre. No matter what was going on in my life at that time, I would get on stage, and know that that is exactly where I am meant to be. It is in my blood; I cannot wait to do another show.
Do you have a certain technique or method?
You know… I have partaken in several different types of classes and coaching, but as an artist, a creative, and a dreamer, my favorite method of choice is creating a deep-rooted backstory for my characters. This way, the options are endless; you can let your imagination run wild, and the imagination is a very powerful tool.
Do you have any pre-audition rituals?
I have tried everything, and still working on it! Haha. I really have done it all: sleeping with my sides under my pillow, waking up on the other side of the bed, being extremely prepared, being not prepared at all, praying, meditating, drinking (I don’t recommend this). What I am working on now is having the mentality that I get to perform for someone. Whether it be the casting assistant or a room full of suits, I get to walk in that room that day and do what I love to do.
Favorite recent roles in film and television?
I have been really in to the anti-hero: Frank Underwood (“House of Cards”), Jordan Belfort (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Walter White (“Breaking Bad”), Frank Abagnale Jr. (“Catch Me If You Can”). But one of my all-times would have to be Hud Bannon (“Hud”).
What is next for Casey Ryan?
I am so stoked to be developing a pilot with my filmmaker buddy. We have been shooting around ideas for years, dying to do something. Then finally, something has stuck. And we are having so much fun running with it. Hopefully our next interview will be about that.
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