Photo Credit: Walter KurtzPhoto Credit: Walter LarucciaJesse Archer is an award-winning writer, actor, and director of film and stage. Jesse appeared in the Off-Broadway show "Birdy's Bachelorette Party" and in the films "Boy Culture," "Slutty Summer," and "A Four Letter Word" (which he co-wrote with director and upcoming "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant Casper Andreas). In 2010, Jesse co-produced, co-starred, and scripted the hit comedy "Violet Tendencies," (along with Casper who additionally served as director) starring the one and only Mindy Cohn. His latest film, "Half-Share," set on Fire Island is due out mid-2011.

In addition to film, Jesse authored the book "You Can Run," chronicling the two intrepid years he spent traveling through South America. He also wrote a popular column for OUT Magazine as well as promotional copy for various websites!

On May 24, be sure to pick up your DVD copy of "Violet Tendencies" and watch the amazingly talented Jesse Archer for yourself! For much more on Jesse be sure to visit his website! 

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I'm a very animated guy and I love to tell stories which I'm fortunate to be able to do on the page and on screen!

2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? There are so many! I'd love to work with Angelina Jolie, but not in the movies-at refugee camps!

3. What do you get from writing a project that you don't get from starring in it? The great thing about seeing your writing on screen is seeing how the actor has interpreted it-perhaps differently than you imagined. That, combined with the direction, editing, composition-really enhance and layer the writing and make it come alive. Collaboration is awesome.

4. "Violet Tendencies" is being released on DVD May 24, how did you come up with the title and concept for the movie? The main fag hag, played unforgettably and courageously by Mindy Cohn is named Violet. And her tendencies are to hang out with only gays. She has no idea how to interact in the straight world so she endeavors to leave her gays and strike out on her own. To hilarious effect! I originally wanted to call it "Hag on the Run"-but I got trumped on that and they came up with the more intriguing title of Violet Tendencies on set. The concept came to me because I'd never seen a middle aged fag hag at the center of a story and I wanted to honor her.

5. How has living all over the world shaped you as a person and a performer? What have you learned about living in so many places? Travel keeps you young. You're always discovering new things, like a child, and are able to incorporate these experiences into your life. As a writer, it's excellent to absorb new influences and inspiration to keep you fresh.

6. Favorite place to go on a date? Bed!

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Long distance running.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs. I like it snug.

9. Favorite website? I'm a big fan of the gay advocacy blogs: towleroadkennethinthe212Boy Culturegaylifenyc.combestgaynewyork, and of course Adaumbelle's Quest!

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman. Where do you think I learned how to twirl?


11. What's the best advice you've ever received? If you don't stand for something, you fall for everything.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Smurfette. That blue bitch has it all.

Mary Beth Peil

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