Interview: Ben Woolf & Dalton Gray Talk "American Horror Story: Freak Show" at the L'Homme de Maison Launch
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:56:10
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Ben Woolf and Dalton Gray really give American Horror Story: Freak Show its edge this year. They both sharpen the show in their own specific and nuanced ways. As Meep, Ben captivated with true intensity in every scene that he was in. He magnetically pulled attention and the spotlight right to him. Meanwhile, Dalton imbued Michael with his own palpable emotion and tangible soul. Both of these performers illuminate the screen at every turn…
Last night at the launch party for L’Homme de Maison, Ben Woolf and Dalton Gray spoke to ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino about music and acting, American Horror Story: Freak Show, and so much more.
Do you ever listen to music to get into character? You both definitely have a sense of rhythm on screen.
Ben Woolf: I don’t necessarily listen to music in order to get into character. I listen to it to calm down and focus afterwards.
Dalton Gray: Sometimes, I do like to listen to some music. It depends on what my character is doing. If I’m about to have a fight scene so I can get in the mood. My character’s still there, but it’s background energy that will build up. Then, I’ll just let it out when I’m performing.
What styles do you listen to?
Dalton Gray: It depends on the mood I’m in. I love hearing SoMo sing. That calms me down. He’s amazing. If I’m angry, I’ll turn on one of his songs. Maybe two songs in, I’ll be calm. If I want to calm, I’ll listen to some Chief Keef or R.L. Grimes.
Ben Woolf: I’m very much into the classics like fifties and sixties music. That really gets the movement out.
How do you both get into the American Horror Story mindset?
Ben Woolf: It pretty much just comes out. I know what I have to bring, and it definitely comes out.
Dalton Gray: Whenever I’m looking at my script, I get my character down. Mike was intimidating his sister and tormenting her on the show. I have an older sister, but she’s smaller than me. I can torment her now [Laughs]. I’ll try to put myself in the situation as if it were me. Honestly, if I was in the bus with the Scary Clown, I wouldn’t be as big of a baby as I was on the show. I wouldn’t been like Michael Scofield breaking out of there. I was putting myself in different situations. I try to pretend the person is somebody else.
How do you like to impact the audience?
Dalton Gray: I like making people feel as if there in the scene with us. Sometimes, I’ll be watching a horror film, and I can tell things aren’t going right. As an actor, I like to be there. Whenever I’m studying films, I love watching Tom Hanks and Liam Neeson because I’m there with them experiencing the action at their side. That’s what I want to do. I want to be so real that you will be there with me.
Ben Woolf: It’s a wonderful feeling to have a fan say, “I really felt your emotion when you were doing that”. It’s a great feeling to know you’re moving the next generation of actors and keeping it going. I just got a text from a fan at my school. He said, “It’s so nice to know someone can come out of our high school and make it”. That’s the best feeling, especially in small towns where not many actors come from.
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