Your new movie All
American Bikini Car Wash -
in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your
character in it?
Dugan is Jack’s teacher and also a good friend of Jack’s father. I own
the car wash as a side business.
With Jack failing in school, I allow him, really as a favor to
Jack’s dad, to redeem himself by giving him a real life business
it for a week, show a profit, then you pass!”
What did you draw upon to bring
your character to life, and how much of you can we find in him, actually?
can be a bit sarcastic, but deep down I think he has a good heart.
Dugan knows Jack’s a good kid who deserves a chance.
I am a bit sarcastic in real life (ok maybe more than a bit) and I
do have a soft spot for the underdog!
Your first thoughts when you
heard the title "All American
Bikini Car Wash"?
the American Pie franchise and so I thought: I
get to play in these waters and how cool is that?
It’s so relatable being in a movie about real guys acting the way
real guys do.
How did you get involved with
the project in the first place?
auditioned for our director Nimrod Zalmanowitz and read with Jason, I felt very
comfortable with both of them.
Jason was reading Jack’s part in my first scene.
I remember Jason was very supportive of me and said
some kind words when Rod had to step out of the room for a moment.
Do talk about the shoot as such,
and the on-set atmosphere?
remember being in Vegas on what had to be the coldest day of the year.
I have no right to complain though, since I was one of the fully
can’t imagine how the actors and actresses survived in their swim wear.
remember a fun road trip to Vegas… I drove out with Brendan and Ryan.
Also had a memorable road trip back to LA… drove back with Brendan
and Kayla and her cat.
What happens on the road trip to Vegas stays on the road trip to
Any future projects you'd like
2 Twentieth Century Fox feature films being released right after the
American Bikini Car Wash
play Father James in The Exorcism of Molly Hartley with Devon Sawa.
We debut Oct. 9 digitally worldwide and then Oct. 20 on Blu-ray and DVD worldwide. Then
I play Harvey Ward, a banker without much Christmas spirit in Santa’s
Little Helper with WWE superstar Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin.
We debut everywhere in November.
What got you into acting in the
first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
changed careers later in life.
I worked in corporate business for most of my adult life and was
desperately unhappy. In
October 2011, I walked into my first acting class ever and changed my life
now my full-time career and I’m finally happy with my professional life.
What can you tell us about your
filmwork prior to All
American Bikini Car Wash?
been very fortunate. I’ve
done 13 films in less than 3 years.
My biggest success so far is Expelled from Dreamworks/Awesomeness
TV. I play the dad of Cameron Dallas, who in real life is an internet
hit #1 on the iTunes movie charts, beating out Guardians of the
movie is a true digital hit worldwide and I’m very grateful to be a part
How would you describe yourself
as an actor, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?
the challenge of acting!
I don’t subscribe to any one technique, but the goal is simple:
be believable, be real.
I draw on a lifetime of experiences and interactions with everyone,
so that I can understand every character that I’m lucky enough to play.
Actors (and indeed actresses)
who inspire you?
Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jim Carrey.
I’m a loyal fan of many actors and actresses that I grew up
with… too many to list…but of the classic movie stars I’d list
Ann-Margret, Goldie Hawn, Harrison Ford, Steve McQueen.
Your favourite movies?
old b/w classics, certainly the Universal monster movies like
Dracula and Frankenstein. 1970s
era movies made a huge impact on me: Tommy, Three Musketeers,
Three Days of the Condor, and my all-time
favorite Halloween. In
recent years I’ve leaned more towards
TV than film, starting in the 1990s with my love for Twin Peaks and
Your website, Facebook, whatever
Facebook public page is facebook.com/tommclarenpage.
Twitter and Instagram @tommclaren1.
Anything else you're dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
co-authored my first book last year with actress Angela Cartwright titled Styling the Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox
filled with previously unseen photos of all the great movie stars.
We were published by Insight Editions and have been fortunate
enough to win multiple awards.
I think All
American Bikini Car Wash
is the perfect way to spend a
Saturday night… pure entertainment… grab a bowl of popcorn and I hope
everyone enjoys it!
for the interview!