FAST TALK…WITH OWEN TEAGUE

Owen Teague is a name you will be hearing a lot of in the years to come. The rising talent is challenging himself as the mysterious Nolan Rayburn on the Netflix hit drama, Bloodline. We caught up with the young actor to find out more.

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LEATHER JACKET AND VINTAGE TEE OR BOARD SHORTS AND FLIP FLOPS KINDA GUY: Vintage tee. Maybe leather jacket.

A KICK ASS CONCERT OR BONFIRE WITH THE BOYS: Depends on which concert and which boys, but a bonfire after a concert might be fun.

GAME OF THRONES OR OUTLANDER: Game of Thrones.

ALL ABOUT BLOODLINE:  A dark, tense family drama with elements of crime and political thrillers thrown in, set in the Florida Keys. The actors are sweating from the heat, the audience is sweating from the suspense.

THE SECRET TO PLAYING NOLAN RAYBURN: Nolan is the son of Danny Rayburn, the black sheep son of the Rayburn family who catalyzes the events of the show. Nolan shows up at the end of Season 1 and makes it that much more difficult for the family. He shows a tough exterior, with his punky hair, piercings, smoking, and cursing, but he’s a lot more than that disguise. He’s really a character plagued by shame and guilt, but also one who desperately wants a healthier, more normal and secure family.

WORKING WITH BEN MENDELSOHN: Incredible. Ben does this thing where he’ll kinda just fall into the character, it seems, and use the script almost as a guideline for what he as the character does. Which makes him completely unpredictable, at least in how he’s going to play something. You forget he’s acting, even when you know you’re surrounded by cameras in a soundstage or wherever.

Ben is gone, and there’s Danny, in my case. Which made those scenes I had with him incredibly real, and sometimes fun and loving, and sometimes sad, and sometimes terrifying. And then once they turn the cameras around onto you, there’s another side of him. There’s that phrase, a “generous actor” — he’s a generous actor. When cameras are on you, he’s all about helping you. So in all these things he does, you never stop learning from him. And when the cameras aren’t rolling, he’s the best guy.

THE LONG GAME: Go to college, keep acting, start writing and directing, and make a difference in the way people see the world through art.

CATCH ‘BLOODLINE’ SEASON 2 ON NETFLIX.

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FOLLOW OWEN: @RealOwenTeague

INSTAGRAM: @realowenteague

PHOTOGRAPHY: JEREMIAH WILSON

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