FAST 10 WITH RILEY SMITH

Riley Smith is fast moving up the Hollywood food chain as he builds on a body of work that includes roles on 24, Leverage and Criminal Minds and short film Day in the Country which won a Ron Howard Canon Imaginat10n Project film award. Up next for Smith is November’s Beauty and the Beast (CW) and Christmas in Conway (ABC) opposite Mandy Moore, Andy Garcia and Mary-Louise Parker. We catch up with the rising star to find out more about what makes him tick.

 

 

RILEY SMITH

 

 

 

CLASSIC VARVATOS SUIT OR SCUFFED UP LEATHER JACKET AND VINTAGE TEE: I’ve always been a vintage tee/ leather jacket guy. But I’m starting to acquire a taste for suits. And you can never go wrong with Varvatos.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON OR ROONEY MARA: I’ve known Scarlett for 15 years, so I’ve gotta go with her. She is pretty inside and out.

A GOOD, DIRTY ROCK CONCERT OR MADCAP DIRT BIKING WITH THE FELLAS: Concerts are my passion.

MUMFORD AND SONS OR ROBIN THICKE: Depends on the mood. They are both so talented with the art they create.

MAD MEN OR HOMELAND: Both

SHAKESPEARE OR TWAIN: Twain. I grew up with Huck Finn. And there is a simplicity to his writing. Although I do
love great subtext in dialogue and Shakespeare knows his subtext.

A ‘DAY IN THE COUNTRY’: I got a call from a good friend and great actress Shannon Lucio who I had worked with on two previous projects. We have great chemistry and it’s always fun working with her. They were looking for the male lead opposite her and she thought of me. Once she sold me on the creative team’s vision and résumé, I immediately said “yes”.

The film has a very unique story, setting and approach. I knew that it would be a fun passion project, with the opportunity to compete for the Cannon Project award and be judged by Ron Howard. Working with Shannon is like riding a bike. We just picked up right where we left off, and it was great.  And then we WON, which really made the whole experience that much more gratifying.

CHRISTMAS IN CONWAY: I play Tommy Harris, a landscaper who is hired by Andy Garcia’s character to help build a Ferris Wheel for his terminally ill wife (Mary Louise Parker) so that they can take one more ride together where -he -proposed to her, before she passes. Mandy Moore plays her -hospice -care taker, who falls for yours truly. Every character in this film has so much depth and was written so well, that there are obviously a lot of other layers to the story, but I’ll let you guys discover the rest!

I love the holidays, and I love holiday films. I’ve always wanted to do one, but wanted to find the right one. This movie was it! It’s a really great story, full of heart and the holidays. And the cast that they put together was top notch. I have been fortunate throughout my -career to work with amazingly talented people, and this one lands right up at the top. My experience with everyone was incredible. Working with the talent we had, really took the words on the page to another
level.

And on top of making a good movie, I made really great relationships. Mandy, Andy, Mary and I couldn’t have gotten along better. The last night of the shoot, Andy Garcia had me over for dinner. Afterwards, we were sitting out on his porch overlooking the ocean with a glass of wine and he was giving me advice on my -career and telling amazing old Hollywood stories, and at one point quoting his lines from “The GodFather.” I thought to myself, “This is a dream, this is not even real.”

GREAT NOSH OR A GREAT GIRL: What would men be without women? Scarce, sir…mighty scarce.” ~ Mark Twain

THE SHORT GAME OR THE LONG GAME: Well, I’ve already been in this crazy game for 15 years, so I think you know where I stand. “Life’s a marathon, not a race.”

CHRISTMAS IN CONWAY AIRS ON ABC ON DECEMBER 1ST.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY VINCE TRUPSIN

STYLIST: MONTY JACKSON

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