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by Mike Haberfelner

January 2024

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First of all, why don't you introduce yourself to those of us who don't already know you?

 

My name is Sean Dillingham and I am a professional working actor. 30 years plus. 200+ commercials, 90+ films, 30+ television series. I am also an acting teacher, as well as the author of the Book on Acting.

 

Any current and future projects of yours you'd like to talk about?

 

Well, I have a lot of projects that I have done. Currently you can see me on Netflix in the movie Falling for Christmas. You can also catch me on Hulu in the TV series A Murder at the End of the World. I’m also in previous episodes that you can see streaming, Better Call Saul, Yellowstone, Walker: Independence, This Is Us, Longmire, The Night Shift. And if you look my name up on Amazon, you’ll see about 15 or 20 movies that I’m in as well.

 

As far as I know, you started out as a comedian - so what can you tell us about that aspect of your career, your training as a comedian, and your style of comedy?

 

I’m not a comedian. I started in theatrical acting, and then discovered improvisational acting - joined various improvisational troops, and then had the opportunity to study improv with the four largest improv theaters in the country. The Second City, I.O. West, the Groundlings, and  Upright Citizens Brigade.

 

What can you tell us about your participation on the show America's Funniest People, and in what way did that shape your career trajectory?

 

Well, the show was holding auditions at a local mall, and so I went down with several props that I utilized in improv and performed a few bits and they liked it and two weeks later flew me out to be on the show. That said, in course a desire to continue working in that medium and to work on projects of that level.

 

At what point did you decide on the jump from comedian to dramatic actor, and what can you tell us about your training on the subject?

 

Well, again, I am not a comedian, and because of my improv training, I was lucky enough to be cast as a comedic actor in a lot of commercial comedic roles. Movies and television shows as well. A lot of comedic acting. And as I said, before, I studied with the four largest improv theaters in the country, as well as studied acting and film, acting with the Stella Adler Theater and the Lee Strasburg Theater.

 

For you pesonally, what are the main differences between doing comedy, maybe even standup, and drama?

 

The only difference in the difference of performing comedic roles as opposed to dramatic is, comedic roles, require a certain rhythm. Beats. You have to give pauses to let the viewer or the audience know, this is the funny part, this is where you laugh. So you have to learn to take beats in comedic performing.

 

What can you tell us about your past film and TV-work, and some of your career highlights?

 

Working on the film On the Road with a star-studded cast and having it produced by Francis Ford Coppola was a career highlight that was amazing to be with that many well-known actors on such a high level, high visibility project. Working for Netflix on the Lindsay Lohan-movie Falling for Christmas was another one. Again they pulled out all the stops and created one hell of a film, very proud of that. Luckily all the television series that I’ve worked on have all been top-notch top level productions, so everyone of them was a learning experience and an absolute pleasure to work on.

 

Having worked both on films and for TV, what are the main differences, and which do you prefer, actually?

 

Well, the differences between television and film is the time. Television shows generally take a week. You have a little bit of time to get into character but they don’t really delve too deep. Film can be anywhere from a month to two months or longer to shoot, there the schedule is really drawn out. There’s some days you’re shooting just a few scenes, other days where you’re shooting a lot of scenes, but film work is a lot more character involved, and you have the opportunity to really go slow. Take your time and create.

 

Having been in the game for quite some time, how has the business changed/evolved over the years?

 

It’s gotten political, it has agendas – it’s really not good right now. Hopefully it changes, but you used to get booked previopusly on talent and ability – and sadly, that is looked at last now.

 

You're also still doing stage shows as well, right? So what are these like?

 

Stage is terrific. Nothing like being in front of a live audience!

 

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

 

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As an actor – striving for creativity. Relate their emotions to mine, let the subtext drive you in the scene.

 

Actors (and indeed actresses) who inspire you?

 

Dustin Hoffman, Richard Dreyfuss, Gene Hackman.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Anything that tells a good story and tries to entertain – Guys and Dolls, Singin' in the Rain, Mutiny on the Bounty, Sunset Boulevard, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Edge.

 

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

 

Yes! Any film with an agenda, i.e. political, gender-specific, anything that has an agenda or a slant to it that is pushing a point or perspective, rather than just a) telling a story and b) trying to entertain!

 

Your website, social media, whatever else?

 

https://www.seandillingham.com/

SD Acting Studio: https://www.seandillingham.com/classes

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSeanDillingham

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seandillinghamactor

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ActorSeanDillingham

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@actorseandillingham

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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