10 Things with Chad Rook
Right after high school, you decided to start your acting career. Who and what propelled you to take this leap of faith?
Ever since middle school, I started making plans to become an actor. However, I knew until I was 18 and was done with high school, I had to put that on hold. Once I was 18, I decided to follow my dream of being an actor, which at that time had already been resinating inside my mind for several years.
You were on the first season of NBC’s Timeless. What was your experience like working on that series?
It’s definitely one of the most unique shows to be on. Every week you are on an entirely different set. One week you’ll be in the 1930’s and then, the next week your in the 1860s. It’s amazing to see the work and effort that goes into making the genres and time periods so realistic. It honestly makes acting much more fun and exciting.
In the film War For The Planet of The Apes, you play Boyle, one of the human soldiers under the command of Woody Harrelson’s Colonel. Tell us about your character and what you enjoyed most about playing him on screen.
Boyle is the go-to soldier when things need to be handled without question. He will stop at nothing to end the threat caused by the apes, and he takes a sense of pleasure in his aggressive approach. Playing Boyle was an amazing experience. It allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and play a character that was completely opposite of what I consider myself in real life.
This is the third installment in the Planet of The Apes reboot series. What can viewers expect to see in this latest installment?
We’ve seen the origin in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, and we’ve seen the evolution and conflict leading up until now in “Dawn for the Planet of the Apes”. War is the peak in the storyline we’ve been building up to. It will be above and beyond what the fans have been waiting for.
The film is filled with action. What were some challenges you encountered while filming on set?
The weather elements were the biggest challenge while filming. We were in Canada, in the heart of winter, filming outdoors for four months. And, due to the fact that director Matt Reeves wanted a gritty feel and look to the film, it didn’t matter if it was raining, snowing, pouring, hailing, windy or sunny, we were filming. Trust me when I say this, filming at 4:00am in the morning when it’s -15 Celsius outside is not pleasant. Haha.
Woody Harrelson is a staple in the entertainment business. What was it like working with him and what did you take away from that working relationship?
I’m a HUGE Woody Harrelson fan, and have been ever since I watched “Cheers” as a kid with my dad. He’s a legend in his own right, and working alongside him was surreal. Watching him joke around on set and then, immediately switch into the Colonel was very rewarding to experience. Watching talent like that is not only inspirational, but very motivating and it made me want to succeed more in this industry, so I can have more experiences like the one I had working with Woody.
You’re also in the new Freeform mermaid series Siren. What is the show about and what can we expect to see from your character?
This is one of the projects I am most excited about. It’s a dark series about Mermaids, which I think will be the next biggest thing since Zombies to hit TV. I play Chris Mueller, and I can’t give too much away, but lets just say that from the very beginning of the series, my character finds himself facing a very tough situation that is not of this world.
With all this work under your belt, you’re definitely keeping busy. If you weren’t working as an actor, what type of career do you think you’d have at this point?
I do photography on the side and I really enjoy it. If I didn’t act, I’d probably be doing either photography or something else that allowed me to be creative. I like to draw also, so perhaps something in the visual effects area would have been intriguing to me.
When it comes to fashion, which designers and styles do you tend to gravitate to most?
Honestly, I’m not a “name brand” guy. If I like something, I’ll wear it. I don’t care if it costs $5 from a thrift store or $500 from Armani. I hate logos, I have my own style, and if the clothes suit that, then it’s probably for me.
We look forward to watching you on War For The Planet of The Apes. What other projects do you have coming up?
I’m also going to be appearing in the upcoming CBS series “Wisdom of the Crowd”, alongside Jeremy Piven. It’s about how technology can assist with solving crimes. It’s a very unique storyline and I think fans will really like it. I also just finished filming another pilot called “Midsummer’s Nightmare” which is a modern-day take on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. It’s a dark series, and I hope we’ll get some news soon as we have yet to hear about it’s future. Hopefully fans will get to see it.
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