Bret Green is a fantastic feel-good addition to the features of PEV – the former office worker turned actor worked his ass off to get to his current position, working his way through over 60 auditions before finally landing his first real role on the TV show, How to Get Away With Murder. And happily, we can report the successes just keep coming, as Green has landed a role on the CBS drama, The Inspectors.
The series is set in Washington, D.C., inspired by real-life crime cases handled by the United States Postal Inspection Service. In the series, Green plays Preston Wainwright, a college freshman who is confined to a wheelchair and is a brilliant intern at the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) crime lab. Bret told us to “Expect a fun, unique show that keeps you guessing every week. Filming our show was fantastic. I became really good friends with Harrison Knight and Erica-Marie Sanchez, who play my best friends on the show, and I really enjoyed Charleston, South Carolina where the show was filmed.” Green says of his character, “Preston is a go-getter. If he wants something, he most certainly is going to get it. However, he faces the challenges of losing his father in a car accident, losing the use of his legs, and learning how to fit in given his circumstances. It is a very positive, uplifting story.”
Click to www.bretgreen.com as the opportunities continue to pop up for Bret…and if you ever come across a parody rapper named BG…don’t be surprised by the resemblance. Check out The Inspectors on CBS and keep reading – there’s so much more to dive into in all the answers to the XXQs below.
XXQs: Bret Green
PensEyeView.com (PEV): As an actor who has seen every bit of the entertainment world, what drove you to purse acting from the beginning?
Bret Green (BG): In college, my best friend and I made YouTube videos and we thought a few of them were pretty good, but we decided to go take corporate jobs instead of pursuing the arts. After a few years I realized that an office job was not for me and moved to LA to create and act.
PEV: What kind of movies or TV were you into growing up? Do you remember the first thing you saw that really got you hooked?
BG: I watched all of the Disney movies, of course. I was really into The Mighty Ducks and basically any other sports movie. The first “big kid” movie I remember seeing and loving was The Rock with Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage. It was a little cheesy, but I still love it!
PEV: What was it like trying to break into the acting scene when you first started? What was your first real acting role?
BG: It was tough. I probably went on 60-70 auditions before I booked my first “real” job. I will never forget getting the call, though, when I booked How to Get Away with Murder. I honestly thought I botched the audition. I was pretty nervous because I love the show, but the casting associate (Jamie Castro) helped me get through it and fortunately I booked it :).
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when the director yells, “Action!”?
BG: “What’s my line?” Kidding 🙂 I think I am just filled with adrenaline and ready to go. That time between “action” and “cut” is really our time as actors to do what we are paid to do. And there is always a little pressure to get it right, which I really like.
PEV: Tell us about the auditioning process. What is a normal audition like and what do you think people – outside of the business – misunderstand about the process of auditioning?
BG: Auditioning is showing the best version of yourself on a consistent basis, which can be really difficult to do. A normal audition for me looks like 1-2 days to prepare the material, then going in and reading it once or maybe twice for the casting director, and walking out not knowing if you will get it or not. You really only ever hear back if you book it, so it can be quite the waiting game. I think people outside of the business are just more used to getting a definitive “yes” or “no” in a reasonable amount of time.
PEV: Was there ever a role that you auditioned for and didn’t get, then later saw and really wished you had? You know, the one that still sticks with you.
BG: Well, I find myself really wishing I got all of them :). But one of them was The Gambler, which was made in 2014 with Mark Wahlberg. I just would have loved to work with him and some of the other veteran actors in that film.
PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?
BG: I think about it often. It is fun to look back and celebrate those accomplishments, while also looking ahead to the future and being excited for all of the opportunities that lie ahead.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?
BG: I am a rapper. I do parody/spoof rap and I go by the name “BG” (seems like you already knew that).
PEV: What do you do when you hit a brick wall with a role and need to really get into character?
BG: I like to do what I call the “walk and talk”. I will walk down the street or just pace around in my apartment and talk out loud as if I am the character. I ask questions, answers questions, and let myself experience conversations this character would have that maybe are not in the script.
PEV: How do you think the industry has changed over the years, since you started out?
BG: I think social media has changed the game. The importance of followers/likes seems to have grown, but at the end of the day you have to be talented to be put on TV or in movies.
PEV: What can fans expect from your new starring role in the new CBS series, The Inspectors? What was the filming for this TV show like? What was the vibe behind the scenes?
BG: They can expect a fun, unique show that keeps you guessing every week. Filming our show was fantastic. I became really good friends with Harrison Knight and Erica-Marie Sanchez, who play my best friends on the show, and I really enjoyed Charleston, South Carolina where the show was filmed.
PEV: What can fans expect from your character in this TV show?
BG: Preston is a go-getter. If he wants something, he most certainly is going to get it. However, he faces the challenges of losing his father in a car accident, losing the use of his legs, and learning how to fit in given his circumstances. It is a very positive, uplifting story.
PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel to that you haven’t yet?
BG: I have never been to Europe. I have never even left North America. I think I want to go to Italy and try out some authentic Italian food very soon.
PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?
BG: My parents think it is the coolest thing ever. They have watch parties on the weekends when the show airs and ask me about it quite a bit. My friends still make fun of me just as much as they used to :).
PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from acting?
BG: I like to read. I just finished The Girl on The Train and it was amazing! I also like to exercise and eat really good foods.
PEV: Name one present and past actor/actress that would be your dream to work with. Why?
BG: Present – Jake Gyllenhaal. Past – Paul Newman. I feel like I could learn a lot from both of them and who would not want to share the screen with those two guys?
PEV: We love music, so is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
BG: I do not think you have to be looking out for him after his platinum album, but I really like J. Cole right now. I do not think he gets the attention or love he deserves, but he is one of my favorites.
PEV: If acting wasn’t your life, what would you do for a career?
BG: I would probably be an anchor on Sportscenter.
PEV: So, what is next for Bret Green?
BG: I am auditioning and living life in Los Angeles for right now with a few opportunities on the horizon that I cannot talk about yet but more to come!
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