What’s in a Name – Making his own name, Jack Quaid chats with DAMAN about his latest projects and his love for acting
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Coming from a Hollywood household, Jack Quaid has acting rooted deep in him since the very beginning. You cant help but see a glimpse of his mother, Meg Ryan when he smiles and the natural good looks from his father, Dennis Quaid. Growing up under the limelight of his parent’s fame, being on set is nothing new for him.
On his own, the 27-year-old actor is steadily building his career. He started off his big-screen acting debut as Marvel in “The Hunger Games,” a villain role back in 2012 and then again for the same role in 2013. He also appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s heist comedy “Logan Lucky” in 2017 and acted alongside Dwayne Johnson in “Raampage” in 2018. With memorable roles on his repertoire, Jack is ready to tackle the future with his new roles.
DAMAN: Hi, Jack. Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. How are you?
Jack Quaid: I’m good thank you for having me.
DAMAN: Have you always known that you wanted to be an actor?
Jack Quaid: I always trace it back to when I was about thirteen. I auditioned to be in my school’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The director of that play was wonderful. She had a knack for getting young people genuinely excited about a play that’s hundreds of years old. I got my first laugh on stage and boom! I was hooked.
DAMAN: Talking about being an actor, tell us about your character on your upcoming series, “The Boys.”
Jack Quaid: In “The Boys,” I play Hughie. He’s a nerdy, somewhat sheltered everyman whose life changes in a fraction of second. He’s then recruited by a shadowy organization of people trying to take down rogue superheroes. It
was absolutely delightful to play a character that changes so much from episode to episode. I’ve never done that before and it was so much fun.
DAMAN: “The Boys” series was based on the comic book of the same name. Did you read the comic before this?
Jack Quaid: I’m not a huge comics buff so I honestly hadn’t heard of it before I auditioned. However, once I got the part I did my research and immediately devoured every single issue. Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson made such an insane and incredibly poignant take on superheroes that I had never seen before. I feel so lucky to get to play around in their world.
DAMAN: We learn that “The Boys” underwent various stages of development before finally being produced. Now that it’s ready to be released, can you share with us what to expect from it?
Jack Quaid: it was a complete and utter insanity. Every episode has at least one moment that made me say; “I’ve never seen anything like that on TV before.”
DAMAN: Any memorable moments during filming “The Boys”?
Jack Quaid: Karl Urban and I would periodically surprise each other with un-necessary birthday cakes. It started when the cast was having dinner and he had a birthday cake delivered to the table. Everyone started singing “happy birthday to me but it wasn’t my birthday. I got him back a few weeks later when I had the entire crew sing to him along with a gigantic cake delivery. As pranks go, it’s definitely not the most extreme. But hey, at least everyone gets a slice of cake.
DAMAN: Did you go through any special preparations before filming “The Boys?” Were there any special stunts you had to do?
Jack Quaid: The actors playing the superheroes had to do a lot more training and stunt work than I did. Hughie isn’t necessarily a fighter. The fight choreographer taught me how to take a punch, not give a punch.
DAMAN: You also have a rom-com coming up, “Plus One.” Tell us about your character and what do you like and dislike about him
Jack Quaid: Yes i do! I’m really excited about this movie. My character’s name is Ben King and he’s obsessed with the idea of “the one.” The idea that everyone has a pre-destined partner that they’re supposed to spend their life with. He means well, but sometimes this idea can get him in his head and cause him to do things only because he thinks he’s supposed to do them.
DAMAN: What type of genre suits you best, comedy, action or drama? And why?
Jack Quaid: What I really like about TV right now is that a lot of shows are a blend of genres. I like straightforward comedy, drama, and action shows but I think the more interesting shows combine two or three genres. That way it becomes this interesting blend that makes a show unique. And “The Boys” combines all three and it was fascinating to work on because of it.
DAMAN: Would you consider being a comedian one day?
Jack Quaid: Funny you should say that. I’ve been a sketch comedian since college and I still write and perform live comedy with my group Sasquatch whenever i’m in L.A.. It’s one of my favorite things to do.
DAMAN: You also did voice acting in “Smallfoot” last year. Will you consider doing it again in the future and what would be you dream character to voice?
Jack Quaid: I love doing voice-over work. Growing up I watched a lot of cartoons, so there’s something really special in bringing them to life. I’ve been fortunate to work on a few animated projects since Smallfoot and it’s been a blast.
DAMAN: Which talent would you most like to have?
Jack Quaid: I’d love to be a truly skilled magician but I don’t see that happening for me anytime soon.
DAMAN: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Jack Quaid: One time I made Simon Pegg laugh. That was pretty cool.
DAMAN: If you could time travel, where and when would you go?
Jack Quaid: I’d go to the American old west. In reality, it probably wouldn’t be that great but it’s my first stop for sure.
DAMAN: What are your plans for the rest of the year, any exciting projects?
Jack Quaid: I’m trying to get a few screenplays off the ground. Plus I’m writing a musical about Mario with a friend of mine. We’ll see where that takes me.
DAMAN: One last question, what was the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Jack Quaid: To make my own work. At times where auditions were slow and scripts weren’t coming in, it was so freeing to write something with friends that we could just make ourselves. That’s helped keep me sane in a business where you see a lot of rejection.
Photography Mitchell Nguyen McCormack
Styling Britton Litow
Grooming Stephanie Hobgood
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