They say good things come in threes; in Acting for Film & Television and Acting Essentials grad Adam DiMarco‘s case, they also come in fours, and fives, and sixes. Since leaving VFS he’s been booked solid, working essentially non-stop in television movies and an upcoming feature film. He’s just wrapped shooting in Vancouver, where he had his first paparazzi experience, and took some time before his next project to answer a few questions.
Hi, Adam. Sounds like you’ve had a fairly busy summer. Can you tell us what you’ve been up to?
Adam: Yeah, it’s been kind of a ridiculously awesome summer! In August, I did a Disney Channel Original Movie called Radio Rebel, where I played the male lead and love interest of Disney star Debby Ryan. I had two days in August where I wasn’t filming Radio Rebel, and on those days I was on set for the feature film Gay Dude, written by Alan Yang (Parks & Recreation). After Radio Rebel wrapped, I filmed another day for Gay Dude – I have a really good feeling about both movies. I feel like I gained a lot and grew so much from those experiences. I met some really amazing, funny, talented, and beautiful people on both sets that I hope to see again soon.
Right this second I’m on set for a new CBC 1-hour drama called Arctic Air. I have a recurring role as Kirby, a mechanic who works at the Yellowknife airline. He’s kind of a loveable screwup, just trying to figure his life out one day at a time. In between episodes, I’ll be going to Victoria to play the female lead’s friend, a guy stuck in the friend-zone (a familiar story in my life) in the upcoming thriller The New Girl. After graduating from VFS in December I came into this year with no expectations, and I feel so fortunate to be involved with all of these projects. I’ve worked hard this year – but I’m lucky that it’s paying off.
Did you have to audition for the role of Gavin, Debby Ryan’s only male friend, in the upcoming movie Radio Rebel? What is your character like?
Adam: Oh, of course I had to audition! I haven’t gotten to a place where I don’t have to audition for a role. I don’t know if I’d like that. I like working for the part, feeling like I won the opportunity to play that role and tell that story. But yeah, I loved working with Debby – she’s such a cool, energetic, generous, talented person. I auditioned for Gavin and for Barry (the comic relief). I’m glad I booked Gavin though, because Iain Belcher, one of my best friends who was actually in the same class as me at VFS, booked Barry and he absolutely killed it. Gavin’s in a band with Gabe (played by Gemini-nominee Atticus Mitchell), and goes to the same high school as Tara (Debby). He’s popular because of the band but still overcoming his awkwardness, and feels a special kind of connection with Tara. Throughout the movie they become friends and start to fall for each other. Also, they share the same taste in music, which is a big source of attraction between them. Music is actually a major theme of the movie – Tara’s a radio DJ, Gavin’s a musician. I had never picked up a guitar before the movie, and had to learn a couple of songs. Luckily the director, Peter Howitt, is a fantastic guitarist and was very helpful. I play piano and I always thought of guitar as an impossibly foreign concept, but as soon as I got my first calluses, I was hooked. I was bragging about them to everyone. Then I went on somewhat of a music bender, and bought a guitar and ukulele. Next up – violin! Or banjo. Or xylophone. Help!
And in the upcoming feature from Lionsgate Film, Gay Dude, you play Jared.
Adam: Oh man. Jared. to start, Jared likes to wear TNA tank tops, an eyebrow ring, and glitter all over his body. He’s very open about his homosexuality, is very hyper, and does a lot of ecstasy – and gets very excited about doing a lot of ecstasy. I’d say he’s a generous and likeable guy who pops up from time to time in the two lead characters’ lives to liven things up a bit. He’s kind of the opposite of a Disney character, which I loved. I could go to the Gay Dude set and get all the repressed swearing and vulgarity out of my system! But I truly believe that the movie will be something special. Alan wrote a really funny and moving story about two best friends (Nicholas Braun and Hunter Cope) trying to deal with their relationship together after one of them admits he’s gay. Hunter and Nick were so much fun to improvise and work with, and just watching their chemistry was incredible. I ran into some other VFS grads on the set who also have roles in the film – William C. Vaughn and Laci Mailey – which was really cool.
From comedy to drama, can you tell us anything about what CBC’s Arctic Air is about?
Adam: I guess you could say the show’s about an airline in Yellowknife, but it’s really about the people that work there and the complex relationships between them. To quote Ian Weir, the show’s creator, “In Yellowknife you can reinvent yourself and be exactly who you want to be.” So I would also say the show is also about second chances. At the same time, it’s an action-adventure show, exploring the Northwest Territories in beat-up aircraft and dangerous weather conditions. It also has some really funny moments, some really great love storylines. I think it’s got something for everyone.
Any advice for aspiring actors?
Adam: For me, the hardest part of becoming an actor was accepting that I wanted to, at least, try it. It took me a while to own up to that and say to people, “This is what I want to do.” I used to feel embarrassed telling people I wanted to be an actor, and I worked my butt off so I wouldn’t feel that way. So, for aspiring actors – work as hard as you can. For me, acting takes a lot of discipline. Every actor has a different path, a different journey – be accepting of where you are and keep striving for where you want to be.