We haven’t brought it up in a while, but many of the guys that started PEV have a background in pro wrestling – it goes without saying, that we enjoy our time in the gym (right?). So when the fun facts started rolling in about our latest feature, popular actor Mr. Luke Guldan, our ears certainly perked up. Guldan’s first acting job was for a Nick Toons commercial where he played Iron Man’s personal trainer…no joke, later that same day, he also happened to win the INBF Mr. Fitness competition (something he did in both 2008 and 2009). You know – book a gig, celebrate by winning a huge fitness competition. We’ve all done it. Needles to say, Luke knows his way around a gym, and around your TV screen as it turns out, playing roles on some of your favorite shows, including Broad City, Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, Gossip Girl and The Colbert Report. In addition, the Milwaukee-born, Brooklyn-raised actor is currently on NBC’s The Good Place as Chris, the new soul mate of Eleanor (Kristen Bell) after Michael (Ted Danson) erased her memory.
When we sat down with Guldan, we had the chance to talk about one of his latest indie films titled The Broken Ones. The story follows two troubled strangers who meet one night and help each other overcome personal fears and tragedies – Luke himself playing Trent, a brother who has taken on the role of holding his family together after the loss of their father on 9/11. We asked Guldan about the film – he told us, “I think fans/audiences can expect to see a story based on true events and a very impactful part of American history.” Check out The Broken Ones and Luke’s latest showing on The Good Place, and keep up with the rest of his projects by clicking to http://www.lukeguldan.com/…right after a real good read of all the answers to the XXQs below.
XXQs: Luke Guldan
PensEyeView.com (PEV): As an actor who has seen a lot of the entertainment world, what drove you to purse acting from the beginning?
Luke Guldan (LG): Just the magic of movies! I love film.
PEV: Born in Milwaukee and raised in Brooklyn, New York, what kind of movies and TV shows were you into growing up? Do you remember the first thing you saw that really got you hooked?
LG: Action! I grew up on action movies: T2, Die Hard, Speed, Point Break, Heat, The Matrix. Anything Arnold and I was hooked!
PEV: What was it like trying to break into the acting scene when you first started? What was your first show you appeared on?
LG: I really had no idea how to go about getting involved. I didn’t have any friends or family that were actors, so I used bodybuilding to get in the door. My first acting job was for a Nicktoons commercial playing Ironman’s Personal Trainer. Coincidentally, later that day after filming I competed in and won the INBF Mr. Fitness competition.
PEV: What can fans expect from a Luke Guldan performance?
LG: Pure ecstasy, complete unadulterated fun! But no, seriously, I would like to think / hope for a truthful, in the moment performance that helps tell the story and is entertaining.
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when the director yells “Action!”?
LG: Ready, set, don’t go.
PEV: Tell us about the auditioning process. What is a normal audition like and what do you think it is that people – outside of the business – don’t understand about the process of auditioning?
LG: Auditions are an opportunity to show yourself and to do your best. I think most people on the outside might not realize the endlessness of it.
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.
LG: If I’m completely honest with myself, no. When it’s meant to be it’s meant to be.
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?
LG: Yeah I do, but I try not to. I like to spend more time focusing on what’s in front of me and where I’m going/what’s next.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?
LG: I hate working out. It’s really one of those love/hate relationships!
PEV: What do you do when you hit a brick wall with a role and need to really get into character?
LG: If I’m really stuck I find it helpful to walk away for a little while and let the mind wander.
LG: Accessibility. Just having more access to everything: to people, equipment, information, films.
PEV: What can fans expect from your new role in the indie film, The Broken Ones?
LG: I think fans/audiences can expect to see a story based on true events and a very impactful part of American history.
PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel to that you haven’t yet?
PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?
LG: My immediate friends and family have all been amazing, interested, and supportive.
PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from acting?
LG: I put together a web series about fitness training and worked on a provisional patent for a sports nutrition product. I like iced coffee, reading, and staying active and physically fit/healthy.
PEV: Name one present and past actor/actress that would be your dream to work with. Why?
LG: Hugh Jackman because he can do everything and genuinely seems like an awesome person. And Anna Magnani! I read a list of some basic questions she would answer when preparing a part; based on that and performances of hers, I feel it would have been an amazing opportunity to work with her.
PEV: We love music, so is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
LG: Life Of Dillon.
PEV: If performing wasn’t your life, what would you do for a career?
LG: I think I would be a veterinarian.
PEV: So, what is next for Luke Guldan?
LG: Season 2 of The Good Place in full swing!
For more information, click to http://www.lukeguldan.com/.