Interview: Beau Mirchoff

From the interview archives.

Most notable known as Matty McKibben from MTV’s Awkward, Beau Mirchoff has been working his way through Hollywood since he made the jump to L.A to pursue acting in 2009. VULKAN caught up with Beau to talk about how he got his start in the industry, what he misses most about his Vancouver home and his upcoming role in the new Flatliners film, a sequel to the 1990 cult classic starring Kiefer Sutherland due out this fall.

When you first got involved with acting, I read you would take the ferry from Vancouver island to the mainland for your classes – a 2 hours trek. Do you recall what you thought about during those trips? Were you more inclined to you use the time to practice your lines, do your homework, or whale watch?

A variety of all of those, but I would primarily play Galaga in the arcade…I was a teenager.  I had the top score for six years in a row. I rode that ferry often. 

Was there ever a time on that ferry where you thought it was maybe too much of an inconvenience to keep making that trip? It’s quite the commitment for a young teen. Or did you look forward to it every time?

The only time I thought of it as an inconvenience was when I had to take the first ferry and wake up at 5 am. Teenager Beau liked to sleep. Actually adult Beau likes to sleep, too. That being said, the ferry was always the way I got to the mainland, so it was normal. I never questioned it or wished I lived in Vancouver, because ferry life was what I was used to. Did I mentioned they had Galaga on the ferry? 

Did you feel “ready” when you eventually moved to L.A to further pursue acting?

I think I was just so young and stupid and filled with illusory confidence that I felt ready. At that age, for me, I never really questioned my actions. If I decided to do something, I did it, and never worried about it. I wish I was still like that. However, I was training as an actor and working for years and I was excited to begin my studies in Los Angeles, so yeah I was ready. 

You’ve been training at the Michael Woolson studio ever since then. What is it about that studio that keeps you coming back?

Well, I’ve studied at various places, but I’ve definitely spent a majority of my time at Michael’s…and I just started taking class there again. The reason I always go back is because Michael is fantastic, the actors are dedicated, and the format is great. We work on plays and Michael will workshop a scene with you for over an hour sometimes. You just don’t get that much hands-on feedback at other studios. 

What do you miss most about living in B.C?

Being able to get to the water in 10 minutes, clean air, rain, my family and friends, fishing with my dad, my mother’s pineapple upside down cake, my mother’s banana bread, my mother’s…basically all of my mother’s cooking. Playing croquet with my brother, and the stars. 

You play Brad in the upcoming Flatliners film, can you tell us a bit about your role?

Brad is a guy who thinks he’s hot stuff, but something’s a little off. Like, if there was regular guy wearing shorts and a cut-off shirt in Denver in January, that would be Brad. Why’s that dude wearing beach attire? Maybe that’s a horrible analogy, but it’s what first came to mind. He’s also one of the guys who thinks he has grit, but when the rubber meets the road, he has no courage. 

The film is a sequel to the 1990 film of the same name which starred Kiefer Sutherland as Nelson. He reprises his role in this film; was it helpful to have somebody on set that was already intimately familiar with the story?

Not really, though it was awesome having him on set. Jack Bauer for life.  The concept is the same but this version is completely new with a new director, actors and vision. 

As an actor portraying a medical student, how did you prepare for the role?

I watched a lot of Grey’s Anatomy. I’m kidding. I got in touch with a medical student at UCLA and spent time with him. 

What was the biggest challenge you faced with this film? 

This answer may sound facetious but it is not. Wardrobe was the biggest challenge for this film. I had an idea of who the character was and the wardrobe department had a different one. It took some time to figure it out but we made it! 

You’ll also be appearing in Party Boat, a Crackle movie with what looks to be a remarkable cast. Who is Jonathan and how does he fit into the mix?

Jonathan is a person who would be picked last for anything that requires an ounce of thought. He’s a free-spirited, hairy chested, fun-loving dude. 

What one scene that you can’t wait for people to see?

There’s a lot of them, though there’s one scene where Jonathan tries to save the day but it goes horribly wrong. 

What would you do if you found out your own middle school love was getting married, would you “pull a Max” and throw an outrageous event or would you take a more intimate approach?

It already happened and I did nothing! Next time, let’s chat about regrets…that’s top of the list. 

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