DA MAN: On the flip side, looking back throughout your career, what are some the most memorable roles or projects that you’ve tackled?
Jack Falahee: When I was living in New York, I helped workshop Sting’s musical, “The Last Ship.” It was an incredibly rewarding experience to get to work on his music. Sting is an absolute genius, and to watch him work intimately was a total trip.
DA MAN: Do you still remember what made you finally feel that you were on the right career path?
Jack Falahee: I remember being in Philadelphia surrounded by my cast when the director, Michael Offer, told us that Viola Davis had accepted the role of Annalise. There was an excited energy in the room. It was palpable. I remember thinking then, “this is going to be something.”
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DA MAN: You often talk about how tough it was breaking into the acting world after you graduated. How did you finally manage to do it?
Jack Falahee: Privilege, persistence and luck.
DA: When you look back at your days of waiting tables, working in catering and bartending or taking on odd jobs to make ends meet, would you say that going through all that made you stronger, or is that romanticizing things a bit too much?
Jack Falahee: Looking back on my days waiting tables in New York, I realize how incredibly privileged I’ve been to have a supportive family in my pursuit of this career. Even though I was making my own way, auditioning and trying to work odd jobs in order to pay rent, I always knew that if things got too tough, I’d have my family there to help out. For that, I’m extremely grateful. I don’t know how folks make it in this business without the support of friends or family. That takes real guts and fortitude. I admire that.
DA MAN: Ultimately, though, what is it that you think was the key to your current level of success?
Jack Falahee: A supportive family. This industry is unforgiving and I don’t think I would’ve endured the constant rejection without the long phone calls with my mother.
DA MAN: From where you are today, where do you want to take your career? What are your long-term plans?
Jack Falahee: It’s really exciting to think about the future—there’s so much I want to do. I’d love to get more involved in producing, maybe even writing. I’d be thrilled to go back to New York to get on stage. I feel like I’ve caught lightning in a bottle, so I’m looking forward to what the future may bring.
DA MAN: Now, for something completely different: You’re often quoted saying that you “have always been a vintage store guy.” Why?
Jack Falahee: I like treasure hunting in vintage stores. I can spend hours looking through clothes racks in the hopes of finding that perfect leather jacket or pair of boots. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
DA MAN: Besides going through vintage stores, what else do you do when you simply want to have some fun?
Jack Falahee: I really enjoy hiking. I recently adopted a dog and I’m looking forward to taking him out on the trail with me when we wrap season three.