Talented Aussie Actor Josh Saks, shares his acting experiences and inspirations with the readers of Examiner. Here is what he had to say:
How and when did you first get into performing?
My Dad was always watching Monty Python and Faulty Towers and all the great British comedies. I remember Dad and I, probably as a ten year old kid, roaming around the lounge room doing our best Ministry of Silly Walks impressions. That’s where my love of performing first developed, the legacy of British comedy is still very much present in my work.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
So Monty Python evidently tops that list. When I got into my teenage years it was more about singular great performances like Tom Hulce as Mozart or Ben Kingsley as Ghandi. I loved performances that were larger than life but were still somehow grounded in reality. The ones that were etched into your mind and were still vivid weeks after you saw them. I was spoiled having the catalog of great Australian actors who conquered Hollywood before my career began. Stars like Geoffrey Rush, Russel Crowe and Cate Blanchett definitely gave me a powerful sense that my dreams were achievable.
What kind have training have you done?
I narrowly missed acceptance into NIDA on my first audition. I subsequently took destiny into my own hands and moved to LA as 20 year old to study at the world renowned Baron Brown studio. I completed their two year Meisner technique course taught strictly in line with how Sanford Meisner had intended. Since then, I have complemented my training with classes at the revered Ivana Chubbuck Studio. I have also completed improvisational comedy training at the Amy Poehler founded Upright Citizens Brigade.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
It would be Barry McClean in Face to Face. It’s humbling and challenging to play someone so straightforward. He’s not the brightest guy in the room but his values are profoundly clear to him. He’s deeply loyal to his friends and those he loves. He knows who’s side he’s on and he doesn’t stray from that. That kind of conviction is something I envy. I’ve never been able to see the world in just black and white.
What projects do you have coming up?
I recently finished filming on the NBC pilot The Pro alongside Rob Lowe where I played a US Open doubles finalist. More recently, I began filming on the Sam Worthington produced Deadline Gallipoli where I play army physician Dr. Mathieson who is stationed in Cairo at the dawn of the Gallipoli campaign. He’s a stoic, pragmatic guy who is forced to make tough decisions that are ultimately in favor of the greater war effort.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
It would have to be Michael Fassbender. Great actors push each other to new levels. That guy goes for his objectives like his life depends on them and that intensity pierces through the screen. I’d love the challenge of going head to head with him in a scene where the stakes are high.
What are your plans for the future?
My upcoming plans are to further consolidate my presence in the US market. I’ve got a couple of projects on the horizon so I’m looking to lock those down with an eye to booking a rewarding role on a series that captures my attention come next pilot season.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Persevere. The industry very quickly weens out those who aren’t deeply committed. Absorb every ‘no’ with an extra rehearsal or an additional class. Get better than you thought you could be and hang around, something’s going to give.