Hailing from the London, England, Guy Burnet is a rising actor who's worked in television, film, and theatre. He is best known for starring on the hit British TV show "Holyoaks." He has recently completed filming three films, which are waiting release, Tolstoys "Two Jacks," "Rites of Passage," and Disney's "Sonny with a Chance." No stranger to the stage, London audiences have seen Guy in "Oh What a Lovely War," "Metamorphosis," "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern," and "Sparkleshark."
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? To be a performer as a profession was never a realistic goal for me; no one in my family or anyone who was in my life was involved in that world. I was obsessed with cinema growing up but It was nothing but a pipe dream for me.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? So many. It would be a dream to work with Pacino. I love Pedro Almodovar.
3. What attracted you to "Murder in the First"? I was sent the play by my manager Myrna as a good read. Judy Henderson, the Casting Director, is a wonderful lady and advocate of mine thought I'd enjoy it. I read it in an hour, loved it, and as much as I'd wanted to play the "Willie" role, I knew I'd be more fitted to "Henry." I flew out to NYC from LA on a redeye and auditioned straight off the plane.
4. What do you identify most with about your character, "Henry"? Fearless without being conceited. A true sense of risk, justice, and a philosophy of 'nothing to lose'.
5. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? To be entertained. I'm sure many morales can be taken but I'm a great believer in the audience having a good time.
6. What excites you about making your US stage debut in "Murder in the First"? I have an endless list of responses to this. I'm incredibly excited to firstly be in NYC (genuinely my favorite city) and feel so honored to be given the opportunity to tread the boards here. It's not just wonderful for me but all my family in different parts of the world are proud and humbled by affiliation. It also being a great part and great play is a bonus.
7. You were a series regular on the hit British TV show "Hollyoaks." Looking back, what was the best part about being on the show? It was a huge learning curve for me. I was 19, it was my drama school. I learned so much. It was an experience which allowed me to take risks and make mistakes. I also made great friends there.
8. In addition to stage and television, you have completed 3 films: Tolstoys "Two Jacks," "Rites of Passage," and "Age of Heroes" and Disney's "Sonny with a Chance." What do you get from film work that you do not get from stage or television? Most my experience is through the film and TV mediums but I genuinely enjoy the freedom of theater the most. It's a change for me, a challenge, and I'm learning to adapt for the stage. My style, naturally, I feel is more suited to the theater. Michael Parva's direction is also helping me a lot.
9. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? From the business itself I've learned that the ups and downs in every capacity are so extreme that you must be present and humble. As a performer I've learned that commitment and work ethic are key. I'm still learning but so far I've learned to just be in the specific moment.
10. What's the best advice you've ever received? Hmm...'there's nothing wrong in being nice'. - best piece.
'Any holes a goal'- that's the worst piece.
11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Me floating through a vortex of Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Mongolia, the African plains and Reykjavik, great soccer stadiums, A Frank Sinatra soundtrack and Marion Cotillard giving me a sly wink.
12. Favorite way to spend your day off? Sleep in. Snuggle. Go boxing. Watch football (soccer) and eat and eat.
13. Favorite way to stay in shape? I love boxing and hence it's easy for me to enjoy the exercise.
14. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers! Unless the briefs have a union jack on them.
15. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? I guess flying would be convenient and save a lot of money.