Matt Shevin: Interview

Matt Shevin

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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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.


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