10 Things with Matty Cardarople
This is not an easy business to be in. Why did you decide to get into acting?
It isn’t. It’s true, but once you get in a groove of steady work, it’s all worth the struggles. It’s the best job in the world to make people laugh and inspire them. That’s what it’s all about for me. In fact. It’s my mission in life.
Which actors body of work have had the most positive impact on your own career thus far?
Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski and Thunderbolt and Lighfoot. Tom Hanks in Big and Forest Gump. Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura and Man On The Moon. Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate and Little Big Man. Peter Sellers in The Party and Being There.
What was your first big role and how did you react when you finally landed it?
Dumb and Dumber To was my first big role. I booked the audition in the room and there were tears of joy.
You’re in the film The Big Sick alongside Ray Romano, Holly Hunter and Kumail Nanjiani. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was bought by Amazon for $12 million. How does it feel to be a part of such a huge success?
It’s the best. I felt like a million bucks when I heard the news. I’m very proud of the movie. It’s incredible!
Let’s talk about the highly-anticipated Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events. How were you first introduced to the show?
When I got the audition from my managers, I got coached for the audition at Lesly Kahn and Co., the best acting school in Los Angeles. I originally went to read for Hook-Handed Man but Barry liked me for Orlando aka Hench Person of Indeterminate Gender. I auditioned three times and I got it.
You play the role of Orlando. What did you enjoy most about bringing his character to life?
Wearing the super stylish wardrobe and delivering my lines deadpan. I love deadpan. It’s my favorite way of delivering lines because it’s so honest and true to life.
For those that haven’t yet tuned in, what can viewers expect to see from Orlando in this season?
A lot of laughs and a nurse.
If you weren’t building your career as an actor, what kind of career would you have now?
I’d probably be a painter or a documentary filmmaker.
When it comes to fashion, who are some of your favorite designers and what style of clothes appeal to you the most?
I love wearing t-shirts, of my favorite things or a good striped golf shirt. I love Lacoste, Izod or Levi’s. I am a fan of being comfortable in what I wear. If society didn’t have rules about that sort of thing, I’d probably walk around in my pajamas.
We look forward to seeing more of your work. What other projects do you have coming up?
I’m going to be on a hit TV show that I can’t say what it is, but I will say that I have a very cool hairstyle in it!
Photo Courtesy: Birdie Thompson & Matty Cardarople