Your new movie The Mimic
- in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your
character in it?
It's about two lonely people who at first don't find that they have
anything in common but ultimately come together. I play the Kid, he's a
sociopath but not of the violent variety.
What did you draw upon to bring your
character to life, and how much Jake Robinson can we find in the Kid?
I like to start all my characters with myself. I think the Kid has my
positivity and spontaneity. I read several books about sociopaths but
mainly I watched videos of various people that I thought could be
sociopaths. The hardest part being that you typically would have no clue
if someone is one or not.
How did you get involved with the project in
the first place?
I got asked by casting director Eve Pomerance to do a very early reading
of it. I met director Thomas Mazziotti at that reading and our relationship took
off from there.
What can you tell us about The
Mimic's director Thomas F. Mazziotti [Thomas
F. Mazziotti interview - click here], and what was your
Because I came onto the film so early, Thomas was gracious enough to
share with me the very first conceptions of almost everything that made
it into the film. We had a wonderfully collaborative relationship. I was
amazed at how detailed Thomas's vision for the project was.
Do talk about the shoot as such, and
the on-set atmosphere!
We shot it in 18 days. I was basically in every scene every day. Thomas
Sadoski and I got along really well, which made things easy from the get
go. I truly love an indie film set because there is no more team-oriented experience in filmmaking. We all just wanted to make the best
Any future projects you'd like to
Go watch The
What got you into acting in the first place, and
did you receive any formal training on the subject?
My mom forced me to do Oliver the musical when I was little and I never
looked back. I went to Otterbein University and received excellent
training there earning a BFA in acting. I have since studied with some
incredible teachers in NYC.
can you tell us about your film and TV work prior to The
I mainly had done lead roles in the TV space including The Carrie
Diaries and American Odyssey. But my focus now has shifted a bit to more
creative producing, though I still audition frequently.
Having done both feature films and TV
series, how do these sets compare, and which do you prefer actually?
I prefer an indie film, particularly one that I have produced, because the
sense of ownership and dedication you have toward the project is like no
would you describe yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to life?
Life in general impacts my work. But I typically start each day
with a really grounded warm-up physically and vocally.
Actors (and indeed
actresses) who inspire you?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
This changes based on what I have watched recently. Right now I
have been really loving Josh Brolin. Jennifer Jason Leigh has been on my
mind a lot as well, and always Ruth Wilson.
Your favourite movies?
Hard to pick one, but I finally watched Green Book (I know super late to
the party). It was fantastic!
and of course, films you really deplore?
Deplore is a strong word, but I didn't love the latest
Wonder Woman, which is a shame because the first one was so excellent.
social media, whatever else?
Jake Robinson on Facebook, @jakerobinsonact on Twitter.
for the interview!