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An Interview with Joel Blanco, Star of Is This the Bed We Lie In

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2024

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Your new movie Is This the Bed we Lie In? - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?


In our film, Is This the Bed we Lie In? itís a story about a couple who seems to be in two very different realities. I play a husband who is content, but oblivious to this underlying emotional turmoil his wife seems to be struggling with.


To what extent could you identify with the situation of your character?


If Iím being completely honest, Robert and I donít really share much in common besides me that is and for that I feel blessed.


What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Joel Blanco can we find in Robert?


My wife Christina is absolutely my inspiration. Sheís my soulmate, and the thought of me potentially losing her or not being adequate would leave me devastated and completely shattered. If I was truly in Robertís position, Iím not sure I could be as composed and put together.


How did you get involved with the project in the first place?


Director Joseph McGowern [Joseph McGovern interview - click here] and I have been friends for years. I have always been a fan and a supporter of him and his work. So, when he asked if I was interested in portraying Robert, I was thrilled and concerned that I may not be able to do the role justice.


What can you tell us about Is This the Bed we Lie In?'s diretor Joseph McGovern, and what was your collaboration like?


Joe and I are very good friends. Truthfully, I have never met anyone who wholeheartedly pursues their dream like he has. It was a pleasure working with him. He truly wants to make a different kind of film. He strays from what may appeal to the masses in hopes of creating something he feels would be truly unique and have longevity even after heís gone.


You've worked with Joseph Mc Govern before, just not as an actor - so what can you tell us about your previous collaborations and how did the two of you first meet even?



Joe and I worked together at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania medicine call center. I was his team lead and continually had to cover his ass because he was always typing away at some story instead of answering the damn phone, lol!!! I admired his tenacity and vigor, he didnít care about the job, it was just a means to make a living and it showed. All he really wanted was: To make films, write poetry and screenplays, and anything else his imagination could come up with. I donít know if a part of me just wanted to protect this person who was fighting against the rat race and following his dream, but if I could have a hand in his success, Iíd be happy knowing Iíd helped him get there and that would be enough for me!


As friends I was always fascinated by film, and working with Joe allowed me to learn different aspects from behind the camera. Filming scenes with a camera thatís worth more than my car was pretty scary, lol, doing sound work was fun but I secretly wanted to try my hand at acting to see if I could portray a character and make those emotions that are on the page come to life through my abilities. Hopefully those who see this film feel that Iíve done so. That would be a reward in itself.


You're also credited as one of the writers of Is This the Bed we Lie In? - so what was your contribution to the script, and what can you tell us about the writing process?


Joe and (co-star) Constance Reshey [Constance Reshey interview - click here]  are amazing to work with and I feel my contribution was making sure that the film read and felt a way the general audience would be able to understand. Joeís vocabulary is extensive and his wordplay can be complicated due to his capability to work in so many different genres, that I felt certain lines would have gone over the audienceís heads. I assisted in ďdumbing it downĒ for lack of better words. Joe wants to touch those who will get his work, ďhis peopleĒ so to speak, where this being my first film, I just wanted anyone who took an interest to truly be able to understand what was being said and focus on Connie and I, and the dynamic we brought to the characters and film.


Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!


Every project that I have worked on with Joe has been a pleasure. The environment is always easy going, heís precise and direct to the point with what he wants. Also, he is kind enough to hear out any suggestion or constructive criticism that we may have in a scene or within the script itself, which is what led to me getting a bit of credit as a writer in this film. All in all, I can say the environment was welcoming and allowed me as an actor to be free to convey the message how I saw fit! I was truly happy I could share this experience with my wife, Christina Blanco, as the on-set photographer Ė she did an amazing job capturing wonderful on-set photographs during production!


Any future projects you'd like to share?


I will be working with Joe on his next film Wild Hearts, which Iím very much looking forward to. In a perfect world Iíd love to work on more films, auditions, the whole nine. Being a husband and father of five (my greatest role in life), my need to provide has very much put my desire to work on anything else on the back burner in fears that I wouldnít be able to uphold my commitments time-wise to the film crew and continue to provide through my normal 9-5 job.


What got you into into the filmworld in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


I owe everything film related to Joe. I enjoy watching films, but when he asked if I wanted to assist him with one of his shorts I jumped at the opportunity. I never received any formal training, but Iím the type of individual who when interested in something I will dive deep into self-learning and self-education. Iíve also probably spent more time than I care to admit just watching YouTube and absorbing anything I could from those who are creating films of their own and sharing tips and tricks.


Prior to Is This the Bed we Lie In?, you've done quite a number of behind-the-camera jobs - so what can you tell us about your film career prior to the movie?


I went from being a lover of watching films to, with the help of Joe, doing a number of behind-the-scenes camera jobs on his numerous productions. Allowing me to learn as much as I could. I donít know if I could call what I did a film career, but I definitely have a passion for creating, and through Is This the Bed we Lie In? I found that I have a real love for trying to bring stories to life. When you hear a positive review from a complete stranger it helps solidify that I have succeeded in bringing what I read and performed to life and become something tangible that everyone might be able to feel. I want the audience to ďread the scriptĒ through me.


What made you try your hands on acting with Is This the Bed we Lie In?, and based on the experience, could you ever be persuaded to give acting another try?


I think Joe and Connie both felt that I was the Robert they were looking for. At first, I think I was a bit nervous that I wouldnít be good enough. Acting is both liberating and imprisoning at the same time. You have the freedom to truly become someone else and to convey a story without the confines of who you are as a person.


The scary thing is, sometimes the project you make may also fill you with doubt like heavy chains that hold you down mentally. Where questions run through your head like: Can I truly convey this message, or will they see me as a fake actor or a wannabe, just some Joe Schmo, trying his hand at an art that people have dedicated their lives to. Some giving their very all, putting family and traditional ways of life or hopes at a career on hold to pursue their silver screen ambitions.


Could I be persuaded to give acting another try? Most definitely if there is any producer who is willing to work with me! Iíd love to try and convey their story to the best of my capabilities!


How would you describe yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?


Iíd describe myself as an actor - I think most people are actors in some sense and donít even know it. We walk through life trying to convey the most appropriate and acceptable versions of ourselves, based on societyís demanding standards. I have lived quite an eventful and sometimes painful life. I do happen to feel that I am very blessed to have what I have and through the grace of God, I use my life experiences to pull from in order to convey whatever feelings Iím attempting to.


Actors (and indeed actresses) who inspire you?


Oh, thereís a number of actors and actresses who I absolutely love! Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Viola Davis, Will Smith, Woody Harrelson, Benicio Del Toro, Harrison Ford, Kevin Costner, Leonardo DiCaprio, J.K Simmons, Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Joaquin Phoenix, Sandra Bullock, Helen Mirren, Jake Gyllenhaal, etc. Thereís almost a never-ending list. Iím drawn to actors who seem to have versatility. Iíd love to be considered one, one day! They have the capacity to play an iconic role whether they are feel-good roles or extremely serious roles and convey their performances beautifully. They in my opinion are powerhouse actors. Thereís so many more but Iíll keep the list manageable.


Your favourite movies?


Iím complex in the sense I like a little of everything. Iím a firm believer that thereís certain times for certain films. If I just want easy watching, I donít mind predictable feel-good films like Hallmark with my wife, Christina. But Iím always a fan of action, and thrillers that truly make you think and keep you on the edge of your seat especially mentally. My taste is all over the place, lol.


Remember the Titans, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Departed, Whiplash, The Book of Eli. I could probably just continue spewing movies but one thing I did like to say is sometimes I relish the performance of an actor more so than the actual movie in its entirety.


... and of course, films you really deplore?


Iím really a fan of most genres: From musicals to horror, down to documentaries; however, I have never been a fan of the demonic possession style movies - The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Poltergeist movies, etc.


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Anything else you're dying to mention that I have merely forgotten to ask?


I have decided to embrace other aspects of my creativity might allow me to gain some type of financial freedoms which will lead me to continue to try my hand at the beautiful art and craft of acting.


Iím also very grateful and honored, Michael, you decided to host this interview and everyone took time to read it, thank you!


Thanks for the interview!


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