Adam Leong

Adam Leong

“I tend to observe a lot. We as actors play characters. So, I like observe and take in as much as I can”.

1-what is the major difference for you between acting, doing comedy live on stage, and singing? Which one you think you’re the best at?
I can’t find a real difference. True! With singing you use your vocal chords in different ways, but it all comes from the same place in your mind. All have their challenges and all are nerve wrecking.

2-why did you decide to move to New York 6 years ago?
I came from St. Louis, which isn’t exactly the biggest hub when it comes to theater, film, television, and comedy. I was told in school, like we all were, that if you want the job, you go where the jobs are. And since the idea of Los Angeles really didn’t appeal to me, New York was the natural choice. It just feels real here.

5-how do you see yourself fitting in the entertainment industry?
Honestly, I don’t think I do fit in. I’m a smart-ass and I don’t like doing what everyone else does. I do my thing. If you need to go clubbing, drink, and smoke to be a part of the industry, maybe it’s time to alter the application. I’ll get the white out.

6-what work have you done since coming to new york?
I’ve helped form a number of theatre companies and improv teams and most recently becoming a founding member of the Improvisational Theatre Ensemble (iRte). I’ve been in a number of studio and independent films, most recently working on the films “Care”, “The Green Inferno”, “The Dictator” and played the role of Louis Reedy in the independent horror thriller, “Apnea”. I’ve worked on the TV shows such as “SMASH”, “The Following” and “Golden Boy”. I perform as a stand-up comic in clubs around town and in St. Louis, MO., and I do voice-over work for independent films and podcasts.

7-what is your self-perception as an actor? What type of movies/roles would fit you best?
I think I’m hardworking, dedicated, and maybe a pain in the ass. I’ve worked with a couple of directors and we’ve never fully saw eye to eye on how the character I was playing was to be perceived. I try to be as open and helpful to my cast mates as I can. You’d have to ask them if they feel the same way.
Roles?Hmmm… The better question is what role is there that I’d never get to play? And the answer is a pregnant woman during her third trimester.

8-what role would you absolutely not play regardless of the benefits?
I’ll play any role, if the script is good and the quality of the work never waned. If it’s not, I’ll walk away from it.

9-what are your personal goals as an actor?
I just want to do good work and be recognized as someone who can be counted to do so. It’s very general, but I don’t want to look at gift horse in the mouth; especially since I haven’t met the horse yet.

10-we talked about searching deep into one’s soul to play a role, what role have you played that had required the most work internally and did you enjoy the process?
The one show that required a lot from me was called “the state of Mississippi vs. the face of Emmitt Till”. One of my characters was one of the men who kill a young black boy in Mississippi in 1955. The reason it took so much out of me was that in the show, I was playing 3 different characters. One of those characters only shows up in the beginning and the end of it, so that guy was easier. I played him like he blended into the background. The second was a southern lawyer who had to represent the mother of the victim and the third character was the killer of the victim. In many cases, when the lights dropped I had to jump into the next character. Luckily, for appearances sake, my hair was long so I could tie it back quickly to begin the next scene. It made it easier for the audience to discern between the two. On a deeper level, I had to go from a lawyer to a cold blooded killer. Emotionally and psychologically it pulls at you. One moment, you’re finding justice for a grieving mother, the next you killing her child and shouting out the “N” word more times than you’d ever care to. I did a lot of research on the actual case; and seeing the photos of the aftermath of what those men did to that boy was almost too much to handle. It’s hard enough trying to create a character that’s believable and natural. Doing three different characters in one show? I got a lot of headaches from that.

11-you do a lot of improv, I find it nerve racking. why do you love it and what do you think makes you good at it?
I do it for that reason. It works you. You have to be on the ball and work from the top of your head. I love that. It also trains you to be a better actor. I can come up with different characters easily… do they make sense half the time, probably not.

12-how’s your singing now? who are your biggest musical influences?
Not sure. I’m sure I can kick ass during a night of karaoke. My influences would be Van Halen, Aerosmith, Queen, Extreme, Metallica… see a pattern?

12-you done some modeling earlier in your career, did you enjoy the experience? has it helped you in your acting career?
I hated it. I just don’t fit in that world. I wasn’t in it long enough to even try to connect with them.

13-it seems like you live a healthy lifestyle, you don’t drink, smoke, do drugs, eat fast food, or even drink coffee, what would you say is your one sin?
Cookies.,, and the realm of science fiction and fantasy

14-what projects are you working on currently?
I’m writing a script right now that will hopefully be done (well, a first draft at least), I’m working on sketch comedy videos to be filmed by the beginning of next year, and I have a movie called APNEA which will be released next year.

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