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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Groovy Guy of the Month: Peter Stickles

This month's Groovy Guy is openly gay actor Peter Stickles, who is best known for his role as the voyeuristic Caleb in the 2006 film, Shortbus, and as the gay vampire Damian in the 2007-09 here! original series, The Lair. He has also appeared in many other movies, including Cemetery Gates (2006), Watch Out (2008), George's Intervention (2009), BearCity (2010), I Want to Get Married (2011), Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver (2011), Showgirls 2: Penny's From Heaven (2011), Creep Creepersin's Dracula (2013) and The Trouble with Barry (2013).

I am delighted to have the fabulous Mr. Stickles here on the Dish to answer a few questions about his career and, of course, pop culture.

Did you always want to be an actor?
For as long as I can remember, I have always loved movies. And I knew I wanted to be in them. Did that mean I wanted to be an actor? I guess so. When I think of an actor, I think of a trained, very serious artist who devoted his life to his "craft". I take my career seriously, and I truly love the direction I have chosen, but it's sometimes difficult to call myself an "actor". Making movies is such a collaborative effort that it takes a village to get a damn thing done. I consider myself a filmmaker. And, yes, I have always wanted to be one.

One of your first professional acting gigs was as an uncredited Track Team Fan on a 2000 episode of the TV series, Strangers with Candy. What do you remember about that experience?
When I first moved to New York City I was doing a lot of extra work. One of them was on Strangers with Candy. The only thing I remember about that shoot was that we were all outside for the entire day and we all got nasty sunburns. But we could have been shooting on the Equator and I wouldn't have cared. I was just so happy to be on a set.

What was the most memorable and/or funniest moment that you had while appearing in The Lair?
Shooting The Lair, especially the first season, was like summer camp for me and the other actors. We (me, David Moretti, Brian Nolan and Dylan Vox) became very close very quickly. I remember laughing a lot with those guys. I especially remember playing on the stripper pole of the bar set. We would each take turns showing off our best stripper routine in between takes. It was such a joyous set to be on. It was truly one of the best experiences of my life! In between seasons, we would visit cities to promote the show - kind of like a mini-tour. And meeting fans in different cities was definitely a memorable experience for me.

What have been your three favorite roles so far in your career?
1) Caleb in Shortbus: He was definitely the most well-rounded and fleshed-out character I have had the pleasure of creating.

2) Godhardt in Showgirls 2: Just the fact that I can say I have a role in Showgirls 2 makes me a very happy man.

3) Jeffrey Dahmer in Gingerdead Man 3: I have always wanted to play Dahmer. And I got the chance to - albeit a Jeffrey Dahmer raised from the dead to destroy an evil gingerbread man in a 70's roller boogie... but so what!

What has been your most interesting fan encounter?
I recently met my biggest fan while on a trip to Las Vegas. He is from France but was living in Vegas at the time. The funny thing is, we have stayed in touch and have become good friends. He is a very sweet guy who actually dedicated his latest book to me. I did have a strange encounter in a Starbucks once when a fan came up to me and asked, quite loudly, "When is the next season of The Lair coming out?" I had to explain to the barista what he was talking about.

If you could go back and give your 19-year-old self a wise piece of advice, what would it be?
I would tell my 19-year-old self to get out of college and just head to New York City. College wasn't really the right choice for me. I'm glad I went, but if I had to do it over again, I don't think I would.

Since you've appeared in many horror films and Halloween is right around the corner, can you give us your own Top 10 list of favorite horror films?
My true passion is horror, and Halloween is a very exciting time for me! My top ten horror films are:

1. Jaws (1975)
2. Aliens (1986)
3. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
4. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
5. Child's Play (1988)
6. Inside (2007)
7. Dead Alive (1992)
8. Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987)
9. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
10. Carrie (1976)

What are your five favorite TV shows of all time?
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2. My So-Called Life
3. The Simpsons
4. The Walking Dead
5. The State

If you were asked to choose the Sexiest Man Alive, whom would you select?
Men are boring. I would rather choose the Sexiest Woman Alive - Amber Heard!

If you could have anyone in the world - living or dead - be a guest at your dinner party, what three people would you invite?
I would definitely choose Madonna to come to my dinner party - but I would be too scared to talk to her, I'm sure. I would also choose Bono and Jeffrey Dahmer. What a dinner that would be!

What's next for Peter Stickles?
I am going to Portland the first week of October to promote my latest film, The Trouble with Barry, which just recently came out on DVD. I'm really proud of that film. It's a blast! And I have a couple of roles in some smaller films that will shoot throughout the month. All horror! Oh, and my parents are coming to visit me in L.A. the week of my birthday (October 8). They are from the East Coast and have never been west of the Mississippi River in their lives. I am very nervous about it... but more excited. I just hope I can show them a good time. I wonder if they would want to go to a set of a slasher movie. That's kinda the only thing I know how to do.

Thank you, Peter, for being such a groovy guy!

To learn more about Peter, visit his website, You can also follow him on Facebook.

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