Interview with Steven Roberts
(photos by Zuckermann & Wong)
1. I know you, but some people may not.
So could you please introduce yourself to the world?
”My name is Steven Roberts and I became interested in acting when a homeless man I worked with, on the downtown east-side, suggested I give it a try. I'd always been in love with movies and found myself at a point in my life where I needed a passion. We ran lines in crab park and he gave me a play called Waiting for Godot. The themes of the play included The human Condition, absurdism, nihilism and friendship. The story rocked me to my core and years later I find myself still trying to figure out what Samuel Beckett was writing about.”
2. What was your first job in the entertainment industry?
Also, what did you do before that?
”My first job in the entertainment industry was a show called Romeo Section written by Chris Haddock. Before and after that role, I worked as a support worker/ advocate for the homeless and with other non-profit recovery based organizations. I've also worked construction, laboured and done a little bit of everything along my journey.”
3. Did you study acting before getting into the industry?
”I did. I studied acting for years until 2015 when I booked my first significant role.”
4. If you could work with anyone you'd want,
who would that person be and why?
”It depends if we're talking actors or directors. I Love Quentin Tarantino. I’ve also always been an admirer of Gary Oldman. In my opinion, he is one of the greatest actors of all time. Another director/actor who comes to mind is Joel Edgerton. Tyler Sheridan, Kevin Costner and Taika Waititi are also some of my favorites.”
5. What does a normal day in your life looks like?
”I wake up at 7 am everyday and meditate on the to do list I've created from the night before. I give thanks with a gratitude list for the abundance of people and opportunity in my life. I admit, sometimes, I'm grumpy and swear my face off while doing it but most days are pretty good these days. I write five days a week from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm and I take a mini break around 10 am to wake up my fiancé with coffee and a chat. At 1 pm, I skip rope for an hour and then lift weights, I meditate again, catch up on news and push other projects forward. Then I plot and plan how to take over the world with the woman of my dreams. Life is good.”
6. Where is your favorite place to be and why?
”My favorite place to be is Europe, primarily, The Czech Republic. Before the pandemic I traveled to Prague and found it filled with culture, food, music and creative expression. I sat in cathedrals filled with magnificent paintings and questioned my personal goals for the future. I saw Richard the third in the theater where Beethoven premiered Don Giovanni and walked the cobblestone streets until my feet blistered. I traveled to Terezin where I heard stories about the concentration camps during World War II. I learned about Children of the holocaust and the condition of the camps where thousands of people perished. It made my heart break and heal simultaneously and I left feeling grateful for the life I live. I went to The Museum of Communism and learned about the oppression of the Czech people before the wall came down on November 9, 1989. Once again, I left feeling grateful and inspired to learn about a history I knew nothing about.”
7. If you could, what would be the one advice
you would want to give to your younger self?
”Be kind to yourself. Fall in love with books.
Take calculated risks and challenge yourself wherever possible.”
8. What is one of the best advice that you've got?
Who was the person that gave it to you?
”Life is what you make it. Dave Pavlus and Louise Cooksey from The Last Door Recovery Society.”
9. What is your biggest accomplishment so far?
”My greatest accomplishment is refusing to give up and become tragic statistic in the foster care system. I crawled my way back from a place where few have returned and created a life for myself filled with love, happiness and endless possibility. My sole purpose is to be of service to others through story, characters and to lend a helping hand when someone is in need.”
10. If you could book any role in the next years to come,
what would that dream role be?
”I would love to play a detective in a series/undercover cop or a cowboy in a western. Anything on Yellowstone would be incredible because Tyler Sheridan is the man!”
11. Is there anything you can disclose about your Leo Award winning role in River Road?
”I auditioned for it in my friend Cameron Crosby’s apartment. He won Best Performance in a Short film at the Leo’s and I was lucky enough to play opposite Cameron in the film Cakeday.”
12. You have worked on a number of other movies and TV series.
What have been special about those roles?
”Everything I play has taught me something about myself I didn’t know before. It prepares me for next role on its way, the one I don’t know about, in the works right now.”
13. What is the best part about life on set?
”The creative collaborate atmosphere…and the food! 14. What is your favorite part of your job and why? I get to have a voice for others and play dress up for living.”
15. In the end, is there anything you'd like to say to the people who support you?
”Thank you for for every warm compliment, cold criticism, or review because it all keeps the ball rolling in the right direction.”
Steven Roberts is an actor. He is best known for his work on projects like: In the Scene, iZombie, The Romeo Section, Once Upon a Time, The Wilding, Daughter for Sale, Tully, In God I Trust, The Murders, River Road etc.
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