Rising actor Clive Hawkins just wrapped the sci-fi film Welcome to Forever which is slated for release in 2014 (via the festival circuit). The actor plays the role of a young government technician who runs into trouble at the home of a digitized person he has been sent to terminate. The film takes place 30 years in the future and tackles the topic of life extension. It is based on the short story Mr. Cooper.
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Growing-up...my Mom made me watch American movies, so I could keep up with my English. I didn't, at the time, imagine that I would ever become an actor. It wasn't until I moved to The States that it was a possibility in my mind. I remember my friend was going on an audition for a film. He wanted me to audition with him, because he was kind of nervous. So I went in and auditioned for a separate role and ended up getting the part. From that day on, I realized it was a reality. I moved to California, and since then I have been working on this performing thing.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Well, number 1 - Tom Hanks...obviously. He is a fantastic actor. And Drew Barrymore. She is amazing. I mean like everything she does seems so natural. It comes off so real. And she's also very gorgeous. Tom Hanks is gorgeous too....just kidding. Actually no really he is kind of gorgeous too. Don't you think?
3. Your latest film, Welcome to Forever, is slated for release in 2014. What made you want to audition for this film? A few years back, I was performing on stage when director Laddie Ervin came to watch the show. He liked my presence on stage and ask me to be a part of another film he was shooting. Of course I said yes. So when Welcome to Forever came along years later, I was fortunate enough to be asked to be a part of it as well.
4. What do you identify most with about your character? The one thing that I identify most with this character is the very thing that I am not supposed to talk about just yet. The director has a tight-lip on that specific reveal. On the surface, there is nothing I identify with this character. I seriously had to do some research on the type of man this guy is. It was a great journey.
5. In addition to film, you are a regular on the improvised soap opera The Cliffhangers. What do you enjoy most about performing improv? The freedom. I get to do whatever comes up to me, and it becomes true on stage. That freedom is fantastic.
5a. How do you feel your improv skills enhance your acting in film and television? I have no fear. I have done so many crazy things on stage...so many embarrassing moments. So, bring it on. I am not afraid to do anything.
6. What was it like to grow up in Japan wanting to be an actor? When I was in Japan, I didn't want to be an actor. I wanted to be a chef. I didn't know that this was possible.
7. What have you enjoyed most about being a performer thus far? The changes that are happening right now are out of my control in a very good way. I feel like there is a shift that is taking place. I am very excited about the ride that I am on, and I don't want to get off anytime soon. All of a sudden, I am getting interviews. All of a sudden, I am reading scripts for new projects - new roles, different directors. It is as if my adventure is starting right now. It's crazy, and I love it.
7a. Have you faced any challenges? If so, how have you moved passed them? I am an actor in Los Angeles. Of course there are challenges. I embrace them. It's an everyday reality - parallel parking and the 405. Need I say more? But seriously...for every yes, there are a hundred NOs. But that butterflies-in-my-stomach feeling makes the experience well worth it. It is quite the rush.
8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I have learned that if you do your own stunts on a film....you will bruise. And there may be pain. It doesn't matter how tough you're built.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? That would be from my Mom. She says, "Ride those hard waves, and ride them well."
10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Telekinesis. That's the power where you can move things with your brain - right?...the power that "Carrie" had...that's what I want - minus the pig blood all over my body. That would be interesting. Parallel parking would be so much easier.
Prior to Welcome To Forever, Clive appeared in Dark Walker, The Inner Circle, Perfect Creatures, There Will Be Brawl, Scandal and Hollywood Dream Role. He is also a regular on the improvised Soap Opera, The Cliffhangers.