ON THE MOVE. Tommy Savas is an emerging acting talent who believes in putting in the hard yards and never giving up
An energetic and commanding actor with dashing good looks on his side, Tommy Savas is a most welcome addition to our TV screens. His current roles on big TV drama shows “The Last Ship” and “State of Affairs” appear to suit him down to the ground, both allowing him room to insert his fresh and youthful edge. A New Yorker making waves in the entertainment industry mecca that is Los Angeles, we reckon Tommy Savas’ career is only just getting started.
DA MAN: Tommy, tell us about the character you play on new TV series “The Last Ship”?
Tommy Savas: On “The Last Ship” I play Cossetti, an existing crewmember on the ship who gets specially recruited to become a member of the Navy Seal team. He’s a young kid with a lot to prove, and this usually gets him into a good deal of trouble!
DA: What’s it been like working with director Michael Bay?
TS: Working with Michael Bay’s team has been an experience like no other. You know that the final product you’re going to get will be of an incredible quality, and that confidence alone makes your job as an actor that much easier. The cinematic feel of the show and how slickly everything was run, it has Michael’s fingerprints all over it.
DA: There seems to be a trend for TV shows exploring dramatic and dystopian themes at the moment. What sets “The Last Ship” apart?
TS: In my opinion “The Last Ship” is more about the people—how their current situation is affecting them and how they’re dealing with the problems as human beings. Plus, it’s a Michael Bay production so you get the best kind of action, like nothing else on television that I’ve seen.
“To me, New York is way more conducive to the arts. You walk down the street and have art being thrown at you”
DA: We hear you’re also going to be co-starring alongside Katherine Heigl in the thrilling new TV series “State of Affairs.” What is the premise of the show?
TS: The show is about the president’s CIA daily briefing team. The team is made up of CIA analysts who work together on a daily basis to put together a list of the top ten most pressing issues that are happening in the world, which are then presented to the president. At this point, he lets them know which items to take action on and the show follows the events that follow. I’ll be playing “Dashiell Greer,” another young and ambitious kid who wants to make a big impression.
DA: What other upcoming projects of yours should we know about?
TS: I recently produced and starred in a feature film called “Bad Roomies” alongside Patrick Renna from “The Sandlot.” It will be hitting the festival circuit this winter. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited!
DA: What do you consider to be your career “big break”?
TS: To be honest I don’t feel like I’ve quite hit it yet. I’m still waiting!
DA: You moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. How does it differ from your hometown of New York?
TS: To me, New York is way more conducive to the arts. You walk down the street and have art being thrown at you—from the architecture to street musicians to people walking around. You can pull inspiration from every angle you turn, so being an actor working in Los Angeles you have to make more of an effort to stay connected to yourself as an artist and be constantly creative.
DA: Which actors inspire you?
TS: I would definitely have to say Gary Oldman. His ability to play so many different characters is amazing and I continue to strive to be one percent of the actor he is.
“If I wasn’t an actor, I would probably be a teacher. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do”
DA: What is your most prized possession?
TS: My watch which my grandfather passed down to me. He wore it during his time serving in WWII.
DA: Tell us something few people know about you.
TS: If I wasn’t an actor, I would probably be a teacher. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and I actually substitute teach from time to time at a private school.
DA: When are you most content?
TS: I’m never content. Always striving for better! [Laughs]
DA: What is your greatest aspiration in life?
TS: To have a large family and learn how to be completely content with what I have.
Photographer Paul Malixi
Stylist Eva Chafeh
Grooming Elie Maalouf using Yves Saint Laurent
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