Matt Shevin, star of the new Lifetime movie “Her Secret Family Killer”, talks to us about his career journey, landing the role of a complex sheriff in the new thriller, and what the funnest part of playing the part was.
How long of a journey has this – as in, acting- been for you Matt?
Over a decade. I’ve loved all of it – building a career from smaller roles and commercials to TV and movies. I will never retire.
When did you know acting was what you wanted to do with your life?
I was on the other side of the camera, helping cast a commercial, and found that I had a skill for acting opposite some well-known actors. I was bitten by the bug and began pursuing this career with full passion.
When did you relocate from New York to Hollywood – and was it to chase more roles?
Over ten years ago. I have an older brother (not in the entertainment business) who had already moved to LA, and that made my relocation very smooth. New York was a great place to grow up, but there are a lot more opportunities in LA, and I honestly love living out here very much. It immediately felt like home.
What was your first gig upon landing in Tinseltown?
I had a role in a commercial for a home refinancing company. There was a character – not me – dressed as a foam house. The glamour of Hollywood.
And when and where did you nab Her Secret Family Killer?
I’d auditioned for a smaller role in another Lifetime movie and while I didn’t get the role, I had a great vibe in the room with the producers and casting director. They cast me in a much larger role in Her Secret Family Killer.
What was the initial appeal for you?
My last scene. It was SO much fun to have an eight-page monologue that is crucial to the surprise in this film. But also, having a large role throughout the entire movie very much appealed to me because there is nothing I love more than being on set, and I was able to be there working every day of this shoot.
Without going into spoiler territory, it sure looks like a fun role to play – – what was funner though, the first part of the film or the latter half?
The second half! I was so excited for the last big scene that I was locked and ready for it – I knew all eight pages of dialogue so I could play with it and try things. It was the best acting experience of my career.
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