You definitely want to keep your eye on Alex Neustaedter as he is an actor on the rise. He can be currently seen in USA's new sci-fi drama Colony, which is from the creators Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Ryan Condal (Hercules), the series centers on one family's struggle to survive and bring liberty back to the people of an occupied Los Angeles. Alex plays the son of Josh Holloway (Lost), who is a former FBI agent doing everything in his power to keep Alex and his family safe.
In addition to Colony, Alex plays the lead role in Meg Ryan's film Ithaca, which was released to film festivals last year. He plays Homer as Meg Ryan plays his widowed mother while also directing the film. Tom Hanks takes on the role of his deceased father and was an executive producer on the film.
To promote Colony, Voice of TV has done a 1-on-1 interview with Neustaedter where he talked about his character and how much involved he is in the series. He also talked about what viewers can expect to see in tomorrow night's episode. You can find the full interview below.
How did you get involved with Colony?
I got a call from agents and managers and then went to do the audition with the casting director. I got called back and then met with Carlton, Ryan and Juan, those three, and the casting director. We talked a bit about the show and about the character. It was actually, from my side, an easy process. I didn't have to do any extreme test or anything like that, so it was very quick and a great process.
Can you talk about your character some?
Yeah, so Bram is 16-years-old and he's forced to live in this occupation. He doesn't know why they are occupying or who's occupying. It's really interesting because, you know when you're 16 you have all this freedom and a lot to look forward to, but in Bram's case, he's forced to take all liberties and freedom away that he would normally have. That's one thing that interesting that goes throughout the season. The other thing is that, which is one of the reasons why I love all these characters so much, he doesn't just sit back and watch other people get dirty and do the work in terms of trying to discover what's going on in the occupation. He really picks fights and very interested in taking action to figure out what's going on. He's very independent and a smart guy in terms of what's best for him and the family.
Colony is set in an occupied Los Angeles where there is no internet, no cell phones. How does a teenager like Bram live?
I know right. I think if that was to happen now there would be a lot of panic, but it has been going on for nine months, which is where the pilot excels. So by this time he kind of gotten used to the fact that there's no cell phones, there are no cars, which is crazy in L.A, that's the most fascinating thing. It's something that kind of brings you back. I wasn't around at the time, but 20 years ago we didn't have the same technology that we do now. I think it puts you back a few generations in terms of communicating with other people. I think it's almost a good thing that the cell phones are gone because the occupation would be moderating and you wouldn't be able to do anything secretive anyway. So yeah, as a teenager it's very difficult, but I don't think Bram was too much of a social media kid or anything like that.
Josh Holloway plays your dad and Sarah Wayne Callies plays your mother. What is it like working with these two?
They're terrific, they're both such good actors. It's really fun to watch, and as people in general they're just so nice and so down to earth and grounded, which is the best part when your working with people that has the same amount of passion that you do for a project. One thing I admire most about them is how much of a leader they really are on set, in terms of how they carry themselves. They really guided me through a lot of this season and helped me out. It was a really good connection that we all had. It was a privilege to work with them.
I know we haven't seen your character much involved with the visual effects on the show, but what is it like working on a show like Colony?
Yeah, there's a good amount of visual effects through the show, and there will be some future episodes with Bram. What's so great about the show is that we try to use as much practical effects in the city as possible, so we didn't have to CG everything and keep it real for the actors and to keep it more real for the audience. I think that's one thing that is so great about it because when you have practical effects and when you're really in L.A, it makes it more real for the audience.
If this was real life and you had to choose to resist or corroborate, which one would you choose?
I don't know, I mean ... It would really depend on a lot of things. I think my gut instinct would be to fight for sure.
You have another upcoming project called Shovel Buddies, can you talk about that any?
Yeah, it's about a group of four friends who tried to accomplish this 'shovel list' of their best friend that passed away. They find out on the night of his crematorium that he has a shovel list that he wants us to do for him. It's really about the four friends trying to make the best of finding where the body is and take him. They go through a bunch of very interesting circumstances and prevail what he wants us to do. It has a really grounded story. Bella Thorne is in it, Kian Lawley, a really great cast. I think it will get a very good response.
Does it have a release date yet?
It doesn't yet. I'm assuming it's going to be sometime this year for sure, but I don't know the release date yet.
Do you have anything else in the works?
Yeah, there's another movie I did in 2014 called Ithaca. It's Meg Ryan's directorial debut. Tom Hanks is also in it, Sam Shepard, Hamish Linklater. It's about a 14 year old in 1942 on the homefront, his brother goes off to war, leaving the 14 year old to support his family by getting a job as a telegraph messenger. That was a project I was extremely passionate about. We're still looking for distributors right now. It was released to some film festivals late last year, so I hope there will be a release date for that this year.
And just for fun, what are some of the shows you watch on Netflix?
House of Cards, that's a great show. Making a Murderer, that just came out, so I'm watching that, it's kind of long, but interesting. I say my biggest Netflix show in general was bing-watching the entire first five seasons of Breaking Bad. That's when I really got into Netflix. Those are like terrific shows that I'm very big fans of.
You can watch Colony on the USA network on Thursday's at 10/9c. In the meantime, enjoy this promo that gives us a look at what's to come.
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