Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Deeper Dish with Dylan Vox
According to his website, Dylan Vox "plans on being a star - a big one." And with his good looks, southern charm and talent - not to mention a tireless work ethic - I have no doubt that he will someday achieve this goal. The actor is already well-known for his role as Colin on the popular gay-themed vampire series, The Lair, which has been airing on here! since 2007. He's also appeared on TV's Dante's Cove and in such movies as Homewrecker and Pornography: A Thriller. And his future films to be released include Shut Up and Kiss Me, Titanic II, Megaconda, H1N1: Virus X, The Brides of Sodom, and Super Shark.
Born on Christmas Day in Atlanta, Georgia, Vox was a competitive ice skater before he graduated from law school and moved to Los Angeles to act. He's also starred onstage in the LA premiere of Debbie Does Dallas the Musical and the world premiere of the hip-hopera, City Kid, earning an LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award nomination and a NAACP theatre award nomination. I am so happy that Dylan was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to be here on the Dish to discuss his career and answer a few pop culture questions.
Let's begin with The Lair. What has been your favorite scene on the show?
The Lair was pretty much like three seasons of friggin' awesomeness. The creator, Fred Olen Ray, made a show in such a small amount of time that has all of the elements of a good soap opera. It's ridiculous, over the top, scary at times, sexy, campy and just a blast to work on. I love being able to work with the cast, and we have such a great time with all of the scenes that it is hard to pick just one. I think the opening of season 1 where you are first introduced to the Lair and I kill Michael Von Steel is pretty much a classic beginner, but the last scenes of season 2 and 3 when Peter Stickles and I have our Alexis/Krystal moments are also brilliant. So much bitchiness and they are great fun to play. It is soap opera at its best.
Will there be a fourth season of The Lair?
You'll have to ask the guys over at here! about that one. I have now worked on a few of their shows and have been so grateful to them for giving me the opportunity to work. Founder Paul Colichman has always had such a great vision of gay media and making it more mainstream while still staying true to the community. With his vision with shows like The Lair, we are able to see gay television characters not just as the comic relief or as sympathetic underdogs. He has allowed these characters to be just like straight characters on other shows without a lot of stereotypes.
Tell us about your new film, Titanic II.
Titanic II is going to be an absolute riot! The guys over at The Asylum conceived of this idea to recreate the Titanic in modern times, and the film is guaranteed to have fans tuning in to enjoy a good old-fashioned disaster flick. There are some great epic shots of complete pandemonium that will be reminiscent of movies like The Towering Inferno and Earthquake, and I was so stoked to be part of the fun. The film stars Bruce Davison, Brooke Burns, Marie Westbrook, myself and Shane Van Dyke, who also directed it. Shane is hilarious and I really think he created a fun movie that people will definitely remember. I mean Titanic II - come on, what is there not to love?
You also have a gay romantic comedy, Shut Up and Kiss Me, coming out on DVD on September 14. What's it about and who do you play?
First I have to say what a phenomenal year it has been for me. I have been so lucky to work with all of these amazingly talented people on all of the fun projects and Shut up and Kiss Me was something that I totally enjoyed being part of. I had met writer/star Ronnie Kerr a few years back when he was a trainer at my gym, and I just loved his sense of humor and his fun-loving nature. When he told me about the film, I was so stoked about being part of it and right now it is making its way through the festival circuit and, as you said, will be out on video next month. I play one of Ronnie's deranged exes. My character has a few substance abuse problems, and the scene with my dog and the condom was something that I knew would be hilarious.
What is the most memorable moment you have had while acting either onstage or in a film?
I was just telling someone that the absolute best day I have ever had as an actor - other than being nominated for an NAACP award for the musical, City Kid - happened on the set of my recent film, The Brides of Sodom, which stars international star Domiziano Arcangeli and is directed by horror master Creep Creepersin. The film is kind of a post-apocalyptic vampire love story, and the set was so much fun to be on, but there was one random day that was just the most memorable experience I have had yet.
I'm a huge fan of the absurd and the more ridiculous something is the more I will totally enjoy it and, fortunately, Creep is also a huge fan of that sort of thing. We were filming a scene with people hanging from the walls that featured witches, girls with huge boobs, gallons of blood and smoke and crazy dialogue that no one seemed to be able to get through effortlessly - and just about anything else that you could imagine. My friend Beverly Lynne had this crazy contraption on her head, I had full prosthetics on my face and wore a gold Pharaoh-type skirt and bracelets, and my buddy Peter was dressed like a weird John Waters-looking guy - it was just so absolutely ludicrous but at the same time I realized just how lucky I was to be in this business. I turned to Peter halfway through the scene and just started laughing because I couldn't believe that this is what I got to do for a living. I know that sounds kind of strange as the "most memorable moment", but in a business that is so hard to get into and be successful at, you have to remember those small little moments of joy that make it all worth it. Domi and Creep were great, and when you see the film, I hope the fun that we all were having comes through to the audience.
I started skating when I was young, and after I graduated, I moved to Colorado to pursue my dream of making the team. It was the hardest thing I have ever done both mentally and physically. To be an athlete at a top level you have to be willing to sacrifice pretty much every other aspect of your life and be willing to fail miserably, but it teaches you great discipline and resilience. In my life I have been told many times that there are things that I couldn't do, but I have learned that the only limitations you have are put on by yourself. I am so glad I competed because it taught me that failing at something didn't mean quit. I learned that people will judge you and criticize all the time, and if you listen to them and let it get to you, then it will keep you from your goals. Skating gave me a protective shell, and I knew that if I could do that, then I could pretty much do anything I worked hard at and set my mind to.
What Los Angeles experience would you highly recommend to someone visiting the city?
I don't really know a lot about the city. I have lived here for about five years and went to law school at Pepperdine, but other than the occasional beach trip or skiing in Big Bear, I haven't been able to do much. I'm pretty much a dork. I like to work and I like to be at home. I am definitely not the type of guy that goes out to clubs and stuff, but there are some great outdoor things to do. I wish I had more time to explore so I had a better answer, but I don't.
If you could go back and give your 19-year-old self a wise piece of advice, what would it be?
You mean last year? Well, I used to think when you grew up that somehow magically all of the answers would be revealed to you, but they're not. I would probably tell myself to lighten up some and just really appreciate life as it comes. The saying "we make plans and God laughs" is probably one of the most true sentiments that I have ever heard. I never thought I would be where I am today, and although a lot of times things are tough, I don't know that I would change much. To me life is one big fat frolicking joke, and the older I get I think the more I understand how to take it like that. If we can't laugh, we can't live, and although I work hard and I struggle a lot, I really appreciate the fantastically crazy people who have come into my life and I know better now how to enjoy each moment.
In high school I was:
The kid who did everything. I played sports, did council, had perfect attendance, got great grades and never left school grounds. I was basically the kid that everyone else hated.
My favorite comfort food is:
Diet Coke. I know it's not a food but I live for it.
Oddly enough I never watched TV when I was growing up. Now, if I don't get a full eight hours a day, I go crazy!
Today I never miss a television episode of:
The Real Housewives of New York, Survivor, Bethenny Getting Married, The Amazing Race, Top Chef, The Olympics, Big Brother, Design Star, Police Women of Memphis - okay, pretty much any reality show ever invented. I'm a reality whore! I've even been on a few - Fight for Fame and Open Call. I lost on both.
If I was stranded on a desert island for a year, I would want to listen to:
The Who, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, old school Bon Jovi and, of course, Kelly Clarkson - she's kind of what I live for!
Three of my favorite movies are:
The Color Purple is the best movie ever made. Period. Steel Magnolias and the original The Fog.
If I was asked to choose the Sexiest Man Alive, it would be:
Kameron Bink from season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance.
If I could have anyone in the world - living or dead - be a guest at my dinner party, I would invite the following three people:
Oh god, I'm gonna get in trouble for this one.
Ann Coulter - because I think she is brilliant and batshit crazy.
Bethenny Frankel - because I am obsessed and think she is brilliant and batshit crazy.
My Mom - because she is brilliant and batshit crazy.
What's next for Dylan Vox?
Well, I just wrapped production on Aliens VS Avatars, which will be out later this year, and next week I start filming Vampire Boys with director Charlie Vaughn for Ariztical, who distributed Homewrecker last year - which if you haven't seen, you need to check out. It's funny as hell.
H1N1: Virus X also comes out later this year, which is awesome, and make sure you check out Megaconda with myself, Stella Stevens and Greg Evigan, and Super Shark with John Schneider and Jimmie Walker - yes, that Jimmie Walker!
All of my movies seem to have ridiculous titles, but I have been so blessed to work in some amazing films with some incredible people. Thank you so much for watching and stay tuned for the next chapter.
And thank you, Dylan, for getting Deeper with us here on the Dish. To learn more about Mr. Vox, check out his website, www.dylanvox.com, and click here to become a fan on Facebook.