Myk Watford [Interview]

 

Hello Folks! We have some amazing words from an incredible actor. It’s Myk Watford Everyone! Myk has managed to appear in what seems like the biggest hit TV series of the last 20 years. Seriously, from The Sopranos, to Breaking Bad, to a reoccurring role on the third season of True Detective. Often times you will see him as a cop of some variety, but not all the time. But it is certainly understandable as to why he would land several roles as some sort of law enforcement. He has the dashing sort of look and dare I say, an “unfuckwithable” sort of grace about him.

Recently, Watford can be seen in the very interesting film The Kitchen that I have not had the pleasure of checking out, but most definitely will be doing so soon! He stars alongside the likes of Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss, and it is sure to be an absolute delight. We get into it a bit in our words below, and so much more. So let’s get right into it, shall we? Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the brilliant Myk Watford!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment? Was it something you aspired to do since you were young, or did you happen to find yourself in this world one day?

A little of both. I had always been an athlete, and figured sports was my future in one way or another. One day, I was probably about 15, my sister showed up with a huge trophy for winning the state High School Dramatic Interpretation competition. I had no idea there was such a thing, or that my sister participated in it… And I definitely didn’t know that they gave out huge trophies for it… I was intrigued. A few weeks later, her drama class did the musical “Fame”. I sat in the auditorium, and it was like the sky opened up and light shined down… I thought “I can do that!” I just knew. After that, I had a series of very good luck… Scholarship to study with the late great Kenneth Washington at the University of Utah. Another to study Shakespeare in DC with Micheal Kahn. Then, probably my first big break, I got an agent in NYC. Next thing you know, I was a (sometimes) working actor in NYC. At some point you kinna look back and say… “How the heck did I get here? I was gonna be a football coach…” But I’m happy with the way it worked out.

What was your first paid gig on the world of entertainment? And where there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that still affect your work today?

First time I ever got paid to act was playing the role of Connie Rivers in The Grapes of Wrath at Pioneer Memorial Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was certain my next role would be on Broadway… but that took a little longer than I anticipated.

I learned many lessons in that production, but probably the best one was when the Director, Charles Morey, stopped a rehearsal to call me out for upstaging the actress playing Rose of Sharon. I had no idea I had been inching upstage in the scene, making her turn her back to the audience. He really let me have it, and made an example of me. I never forgot that. I am still very aware of where the other actors are in relation to me and the camera or the audience. It was a great lesson. Albeit a little embarrassing.

 

 

I am very intrigued by a recently released film in which you appear in entitled The Kitchen. It looks fascinating. Can you tell us a bit about your role in the film? And how was your experience working on a such a unique story such as this?

Sure. The Kitchen is a film Directed by Andrea Berloff, based on the DC/Vertigo graphic novel of the same name. It centers around the wives of three small time Irish mob bosses in 1970’s Hell’s Kitchen, and their struggle to keep the business going after their husbands have been thrown in prison. I play Little Jackie, who is given control of the business. Little Jackie is a guy who has always struggled for respect… always struggled to be taken seriously. Once he assumes power, he is determined to keep it at all costs. This puts him at odds with the women, as they don’t feel they are being taken care of.

The Kitchen was an incredible film to work on. Andrea is a truly gifted artist, and her vision for the film was quite inspiring. The cast was unbelievable as well. Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish,  and Elisabeth Moss… what more could you ask for? And getting to step back in time to 1970’s New York City was incredible. The clothes, the cars… And they did an amazing job recreating that setting. New York is a real character in the film, and it just doesn’t get any cooler than New York in the 70’s.

We are huge fans of the world of horror here at TWS, and you happen to appear in a damn fine horror flick, directed by the very much missed horror genius Steven Goldmann, entitled Trailer Park of Terror. I am curious to know how your experience was working on this bloody film, as well as the horror genre in general? What do you believe sets the world of horror apart from other genres that you have worked in?

First of all, let me say that the world lost a lot of great art when Steven passed. Steven was a visionary. And he was just getting started. To think of the amazing art he would have created had he not been taken so soon… its tragic.

Playing the role of Roach was one of the great experiences of my career. I know it may sound odd coming from a guy who has been in some really huge movies, but it’s true. I mean, a guitar slinging, redneck, rockabilly demon zombie? Hell yes. Alan Brewer and Matt King created some amazing music as well, and I loved being able to sort of narrate the movie as Roach with the music. It was dark and hard and very explicit. Everything you want in a horror soundtrack. I had a lot of fun playing that role.

 

 

The makeup was pretty amazing as well. We had the best in the business working on it -the multiple Oscar winning artists from Drac Studios, who, sadly, are now split up. It was four hours into makeup and 2 hours out every day. Some people hate that kinda thing… I loved it. It was fascinating for me to see the character being created. We would listen to Rob Zombie and a lot of hard, dark music getting into makeup. It really helped the process, and got us pumped up. By the time we were on set were ready to raise hell…

If you were handed the opportunity to portray any historical figure in American history, who would you want to portray?

Johnny Cash. Without question. I’ve been a hardcore fan most of my life. Read all his biographies, even wrote a musical about his life -which I hope you get to see sometime. I also have a Johnny Cash tribute band called Big Cash and The Folsom 3. His music changes the landscape of country and rock and roll. His life was an epic story that is almost beyond belief. Johnny was an icon, and a maverick. But he was also a deeply flawed man who made many mistakes over the course of his life. Like Kristofferson said, “He was a walking contradiction. The living embodiment of antithesis. Not to mention the only man I know of who punched an ostrich in the face and lived to tell about it.”

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

My band, Stumpwaller will be doing some shows in the near future, starting September 7th in LA at The Federal. I also have a cool horror flick called Portal coming out in October. Otherwise, catch The Kitchen in theaters everywhere while you can!

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Watching my 5-year-old daughter singing to herself in the mirror when she thought no one was looking. Priceless.

 

The Kitchen is theaters across the glove now.

 

Also get more information about Myk from his WEBSITE, as well as Stumpwaller’s WEBSITE. And if you live in the LA area, catch them at The Federal in North Hollywood, CA, September 7th, 2019.

 

 

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