Matthew Ludwinski is a rising performer who has worked in many genres: film, television, theatre, and modeling. Matthew's film and television credits include "The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek," "The Red Stitches," Casper Andreas' "Going Down in LA-LA Land" and "Between Love and Goodbye," as well as a supporting role in ABC's "What Would You Do?" Matthew has also been seen on the New York stage in "An Air Balloon Across Antartica" at the Cherry Lane Theater in Greenwich Village.
Matthew's latest film "Going Down in LA-LA Land" by Casper Andreas is getting it's theatrical release on April 20 at NYC's Cinema Village (22 East 12th Street, between University Place and 5th Avenue). If you want to be part of the DVD release, check out their Kickstarter Campaign for details and follow the movie on Facebook!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I can barely remember. Watching TV as a very small kid I guess. I knew those were real people on the screen. Real people who had somehow gotten that job, and I wanted to be one of them. There are some people, like me, who just want to be in the spotlight. Maybe we should study Buddhism, and get over it, I don't know. This dilemma is actually one of the main themes of the movie - why do some people have a need for fame, and is it healthy? On the other hand, I've always sought for a way to express myself creatively; writing, drawing, music. I'm not necessarily good at all of those things - but for some reason I've always had a need to find an artistic outlet. For a performer, your body and your emotions are your instrument. Not to get too lofty!
2. What attracted you to "Going Down in LA-LA Land"? Well, it was my largest role at that point - and the chance to really carry an entire feature film - so there was that. For a new actor that's huge. And I was excited to get to play this young man who was just starting out in his life, beginning this big adventure in a new city - all the while hovering around this darkly glamorous Hollywood underbelly. That's some fun stuff right there. That's a movie I'd pay to see - let alone play the lead role!
3. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the film? The film is full of such fun lovable characters. I've found that the audiences who have enjoyed the film are the ones that really found Candy (the amazingly hilarious Allison Lane) and Adam endearing despite their failings, and were able to get behind their struggle and go on this journey with them. And then the audience gets all teared up at the end, which is awesome. So basically, what I want the audience to take away from the film is tears. I want to taste their tears. Also, if they take away from the film that I am hot and talented, I won't complain.
4. What do you identify most with about your character "Adam"? So many things! I don't think there are many actors (especially those of us who make it to LA), who would not identify with his struggle. It's a struggle that has been in the public consciousness since the movie business began. He's sort of an "every-man," for actors. And like my character, we actors all move out to LA, even after hearing these cautionary tales for years, and we still somehow think we are going to beat the odds and "make it." On a personal level I think I have experienced almost everything that "Adam" experienced emotionally, if not specifically. I know what it's like to be objectified and taken advantage of. I've not done porn, but I know what it's like to have career mistakes, and then to be left wondering "How did that happen? How did I end up here?" I know what it's like to feel like your life is snowballing out of control.
5. This is your second time working with Casper Andreas. What do you like most about working on his films and with him? What have you learned from working with Casper? Working with Casper was great because we were friends and able to be so comfortable with each other. And as far as what I learned, god, where do I begin? I learned how to pace myself and stay focused during those 12 hour shooting days, that went on every day for almost a month. I learned how to take care of myself as an actor, so I could drop-in and be vulnerable under pressure. The list goes on and on. It was truly a great experience.
7. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? That I have a lot to learn. And that I need to find a way to be a whole person outside of performing too.
8. What's the best advice you've ever received? Life is about managing expectations - your own and other peoples.
9. Favorite way to spend your day off? I really hate the word "brunch," because it's so precious. But that being said, there are few things better than sitting down in the late morning\early afternoon, and not having to get up while waiters bring you food and (hopefully unlimited) drinks.
10. Favorite way to stay in shape? Guilt.
11. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs mostly. You can't wear boxers with skinny jeans. But I sometimes wear them around the house.
12. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Regeneration. I wouldn't get old, and I would live forever. What are you gonna do with "flying" after the initial thrill wears off anyway?