The talented Darren Thomas has been in numerous Asylum films, “200 MPH” http://wp.me/p2eH5w-1G “2012: Ice Age” http://wp.me/p2eH5w-1a “Born Bad”, “3 Musketeers”, and “Air Collision”. He must be good since he’s an Asylum regular. Since a kid Darren has thrived to make things better for him and today he’s still his own critic to motivate himself for bigger and better things.
A drug dealer, a cop, a Major, how do you prepare yourself to play so many different roles?
DARREN: My preparation not only comes from classroom training but were instilled in me as a young kid playing war, and cops and robbers. The preparation for the characters I portrayed came mainly through my childhood observations; the “grown-up” version of the people I have dealt with at some point in my life. I’m just living out childhood dreams in front of the cameras.
You said you’re your biggest critic. What do you typically learn from watching yourself in films?
DARREN: The camera never lies and will tell nothing but the truth for years to come. Watching myself in films, I recognize where I wasn’t truthful and in the moment. It’s difficult to watch myself on film, but one of the most valued tools an actor can have. It provides a great learning opportunity. I will always remember the cringe I felt while watching myself and I’ll carry that with me as a lesson learned to the next project, just the evolution of “experience.”
From the projects in Brooklyn and Upstate NY to a talented actor in Los Angeles, that’s an impressive accomplishment. I’m sure it wasn’t easy at times, what was the hardest part about your journey and did anything almost stop you from reaching where you are today?
DARREN: Well there are two hard and sometimes continuous parts of my journey. One was taking the leap of faith, just starting the journey; the second is, having the ability to execute my dreams with confidence, not giving up on myself when I don’t see a clear road. I have had talks with myself about giving up when answering my calling returned no results. Only to remind myself that this is my dream, I can’t give up I have to continue to move forward no matter what hurdles get in the way. So in essence, the only thing that almost stopped me was my own negative thinking.
Are you currently working on anything?
DARREN: I do have a few things in the works that I am excited about. Currently I’m working on a new pilot for NBC called “Bad Girls” where I get to share the screen with the talented Jurnee Smollet, I play a famous Hip Hop artist. Bad Girls was a successful running show in the U.K. adapted by Warner Bros. for a shot in the U.S.
Since you’re single I can ask this. While playing Kayce in “200 MPH” did you purposely make mistakes while in the gentlemen’s club so the scene would have to be redone over and over and over…………..?
DARREN: LOL that’s hilarious! I must say that I am professional enough not to “purposely” mess up to do a take over. On the other hand, AnnaMaria Demara is extremely attractive and is such a pleasure to work with that I can see how she can have that effect on an actor in my position. Let’s just say I didn’t mind each take we had to do over & enjoyed the time I had working with her.
Lucky man! Be sure to stay current with Darren and frequently check out his website and IMDB.