BUZZWORTHY: A SIT-DOWN WITH ‘REVENGE’ STAR NICK WECHSLER

Nick Wechsler is a man on a mission. The star of ABC’s scandalous hit drama Revenge which is back for a third nail-biting season, is busy making a name for himself as he expands an already enviable body of work. The New Mexico native adds the troubled Jack Porter to his list of -credits, painting a complicated and damaged portrait of a man trying to stitch together the broken pieces of his life. With roles on Roswell, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Malcom in the Middle and Cold Case to his name, Wechsler is a restless artist with a lot more to give.

 

‘REVENGE’ STAR NICK WECHSLER

 

THE WECHSLER FILES

HOME GROWN OR FOREIGN WOMEN: Doesn’t really matter to me, as long as I find the person attractive and I love being around them.  That being said, I dated a Spaniard and I haven’t been able to get her out of my mind, so maybe I don’t know what the f**k I’m talking about!

STYLE FILE: I wear a lot of black because that’s the color of my rotten, little soul [laughs].  With that warning out of the way, here are my three favorite things:
1)  A form-fitting, distressed, black leather jacket by AllSaints.
2)  A pair of slim-fitting, black jeans AllSaints.

3)  A pair of black Wodehouse Chukkas by -Timberland -Boot Company.

BEST TRAIT: My sense of humor has always been my favorite part of myself. Whether or not I’m actually funny is a separate issue.

 

AN OLD FASHIONED OR A GOOD COLD BEER: A mojito or something equally sweet.  I only like alcohol if you can make it taste like Kool-Aid.  And if I can drink it through a crazy straw.

 

THE GREAT ESCAPE: I haven’t travelled much, but I’ve seen a lot of England because I used to date this lovely girl from Bristol.  I have very fond memories of Penzance  and St. Ives. They’re both sleepy, coastal towns where nothing is open late and not much is happening, but they’re beautiful and totally different  from where I grew up and where I currently live.

LATEST OBSESSION: The bands Half Moon Run and London Grammar.  And the trailers for the films “Her” and “Under the Skin.”

 

THE INFLUENCER: Mike Patton. He’s been one of my favorite musicians since I was in middle school. He’s had a greater influence on my taste than anyone else.

TREASURED POSSESION: My best friend’s -high -school -class -ring and photos of my family.

 

FRIDAY NIGHT, I’D FIND YOU…In a graveyard with a shovel.  It’s my only vice.

YOU – IN 3 WORDS: Terrible. At. Interviews.

BEST QUOTE: I can’t think of anything inspirational or thought-provoking, so I’ll just tell you one of my absolute favorite romantic lines from a song.  “You, the  only sense the world has ever made.”  – Guy Garvey of Elbow.
HYDROGEN MAGAZINE: What kind of kid were you?

NICK WECHSLER: I was quiet and insecure. I was an average student.  I was afraid of confrontation or even eye contact.  I have no idea how I ended up acting.

HM: Were your family supportive of your wanting to venture into this profession called acting?

NW: Yes. I mean, I think it might’ve been a slight bummer to my dad at first, because I showed a lot of promise as a wrestler and he supported that with all his heart only to have me quit wrestling because the schedule conflicted with my theatre schedule, which I decided I wanted to try in my sophomore year of high school. Eventually he was totally on board. He’s my biggest supporter now, and my mom was kind of blindly and beautifully supportive of whatever I wanted to do, but I’m sure they were both scared sh**less for a long time. It’s got to be hard to watch your child struggle, and I struggled for years before getting this gig.

HM: What was that role, where you thought, ‘You know what, I think I can make a life doing this.”

NW: I don’t know that I ever really thought that. I mean, I loved doing plays in high school, but that was as far as I had planned it, really. It wasn’t until I met this acting coach lady who convinced me to move to LA and give it a shot that I thought it could be a way to make a living. Even then, I wasn’t convinced that it was gonna work out. I didn’t think I could make a life with acting until I got my first series, a ridiculous, little thing called “Team Knight Rider.” Until then, though, it just seemed like a hobby.

HM: You’ve found success with roles on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Roswell and Cold Case, just to name a few. What did you take away from those experiences?
NW: I don’t know, exactly. I mean, look, I got Roswell and then didn’t get steady work for a long while after that. I just did guest spots for something like 10 years. It was insane. I should have quit, but I foolishly kept going because I was so invested in going down this road and because I didn’t know what the hell else I would do.

So I learned humility and perseverance, I guess. To be honest, I’m actually not sure I learned anything terribly significant except that I wasn’t ready to give up on acting, either because I’m an irresponsible moron or because I hadn’t yet achieved what I wanted to achieve. Probably both. I suppose I also learned to keep my head down, stay out of petty s**t, and work hard.

HM: You’ve done some theatre. What’s your favorite stage performance to date?
NW: I’ve actually done very little theatre, and all of it was back in high school. But I loved playing Plato in “Rebel Without a Cause” and The Witch in “Hansel & Gretel.” I actually miss not judging myself so harshly. I was just having fun back then. Working in this business is like trying to have fun with a gun to your head.
HM: Let’s talk Revenge. How did the role of Jack Porter come to you?

NW: My agent got me an audition for Revenge. At the callback, I realized that it was a Mike Kelley show and that it was being cast by the same people who cast his previous pilot, for which I had screen-tested. Also at the callback, I realized that Phillip Noyce was directing the pilot for Revenge and he had directed a pilot, for which I had screen-tested many years before. All this contributed to my getting the part, but I still had to not suck in the audition.

HM: The show has been a runaway hit for ABC. What does it mean to you to be part of such a successful show with die-hard fans?

NW: I’ve never been involved in something so well-received. It’s lovely to feel so supported by the audience and to not have to smile as the boat sinks, you know?

HM: Tell us about working with Emily VanCamp.

NW: She’s phenomenal. I get insecure acting with her sometimes because she’s so damn good and she never makes a false move. She a perfectionist and it shows. There’s also something about working with her on a difficult emotional scene, some safety or something, whereby I am able to totally lose myself. I’ve only had that in one or two other moments in my life. It’s strange.

HM: What can we expect for the show’s third season?

NW: More of the same sudsy, gob smacking craziness! We will see Jack briefly and reluctantly teaming up with Emily. We’ll see Jack struggling with picking up the pieces of his shattered life and moving forward, emotionally and romantically. We will also see him continuing to treat Emily, despite his love for her, with a disdain fueled by heartbreak and loss, until one moment changes things for him and he begins to forgive her. We will also have more emotionally charged scenes with Jack and Aiden, which should be fun.

HM: You’ve lost some anonymity. Is it weird, fun, crazy, being recognized when you are out just minding your business?

NW: My ego doesn’t require it, but since everyone is so sweet and respectful, it’s quite nice. People just stop me to say positive things and don’t take much of my time to do it. So far, there’s been nothing much to complain about. In fact, high five, everybody.

HM: If you look say 5 years out, where would you like to be personally and professionally?

NW: Professionally, I’d like to be doing an awesome -cable drama or comedy and appearing in films here and there. Personally, I’d like to have a modest home and be in a more solid emotional state, wherein I get out of my own way when it comes to performance and fulfillment in general.

REVENGE AIRS ON ABC, SUNDAYS, 9/8C
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM JORDAN (http://www.jimjordanphotography.com/)
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