I recently got the opportunity to have a quick chat with Colin Lawrence about his role in new TV show ‘The Killing’. Here, Colin talks about how ‘The Killing’ is different to other TV shows and about how he got into acting in the first place…
Hey Colin. Thanks for taking the time out to talk to me. ‘The Killing’ is currently being shown on UK TV screens right now.
What the general plotline surrounding the series?
The general plot line of ‘The Killing’ goes like this: a teenaged girl has been murdered, and its a classic case of ‘who dun it’ .
Tell us a bit about the character you play….
I play Benjamin Abani, the campaign manager for mayor Lesley Adams. He is a man of few words and who troubleshoots for the mayor at any cost. He could even have a secret….
How would you say this series differs from other crime TV series released this year? Obviously, you’ve got stuff like ‘CSI’ still going on….
I think this series differs from other crime series released this year because it is highly original in its structure. For example, every episode represents a day of the investigation. In addition, the characters have detailed back stories and ‘dirty little secrets’ that contribute to the well roundedness of the entire show.
What was it like working with the cast and crew on-set?
The cast and crew on set were just great to work with. From producers to PA’s everybody kept it real!
We should also mention that you also have a recurring role on another TV series as well – ‘Endgame’ – what’s it been like working on that? I hear you play a Detective in it…
I worked simultaneously on both ‘The Killing’ and ‘Endgame’ and funny enough, both shows had the same premise – a murder that needs solving. I feel lucky to have played two totally different characters on two great shows.
Let’s talk about you Colin. What made you want to get into acting in the first place?
Haha, I kind of fell into it – I booked the first gig I auditioned for and got bitten! I enjoy the challenge of playing a great character, I thrive on being part of original work and I guess it’s just darn fun!
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get into the industry?
Oh man! The advice I would give to anyone wanting to get in the industry is – GO FOR IT! It’s a tough business where you’ll encounter more no’s than yes’s, but if its your dream, go for it and see where it takes you!
Which has been your favourite TV series to work on and why? On your IMDB listing I’d say you have a lot of sci-fi roles to choose from…’Stargate SG-1′, ‘Sanctuary’, ‘Supernatural’, ‘Battlestar Galactica’, ‘Smallville’, ‘Dark Angel’….
You mean, not including ‘The Killing’ of course! I would have to say, ‘Battlestar Galactica’, because I remember watching the original as a kid and never missed an episode. So, to actually be part of the remake is darn cool!
You also made a brief appearance in ‘X-Men 2’ – what was it like working on set with the likes of Sir Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, etc…
Working on ‘X-Men 2’ was an awesome experience. I didn’t have the pleasure of working with Hugh or Ian but I did work with Brian Cox and it was great! I’m not complaining, but a scene with Storm would have been nice!
What has been the most interesting piece of local / national news you’ve heard in the last month?
Ok, mmm, the most interesting piece of local/national news I’ve come across this month would have to be the East Africa Drought Crisis – PLEASE DONATE through the Red Cross or Humanitarian Coalition.
What does a Colin Lawrence day usually consist of?
Let’s see…. when it doesn’t involve prepping for a character or reading scripts – a Colin Lawrence day is usually pretty chilled! It almost always consists of a workout, some kind of major food prep as I am an avid cook, and definitely some socialization with friends/family.
What’s coming up for you in 2011?
2011 – is going to be all about season 2 of ‘The Killing’!!! Stay tuned!
Thanks for the interview!