Iceland-born actor, Darri Ingolfsson, has been making a name for himself in Hollywood since 2005. Ingolfsson has appeared in Flags of Our Fathers, Messenger, Last Resort, and most recently Showtime’s Dexter. Ingolfsson sat down with CableTV to discuss his career and what fans can expect for the final season of Dexter.
Q: How did you first get involved in acting?
Ingolfsson: Its always been there in the background ever since I was a kid, but I guess the first official step happed when I joined the school play at 16. That pretty much started a sequence of events that ended in me going London to attend drama school at the age of 20.
Q: You did a lot of television spots and shorts before landing a recurring role on Canvassing!, can you tell me a little bit about that show and your character, Marcos? Ingolfsson: Well… Canvassing was just a little webisode project that I got very soon after moving to LA. Marcos was a strange fellow that didn’t say much but when he did it was usually quite inappropriate. It was fun shooting it. Some good people involved and it got me my SAG card which was an important step in my LA journey.
Q: What was it like experiencing an on-set experience where you got to explore a character for a longer period of time?
Ingolfsson: It fun to spent time with a character. Its interesting to see how it feels to justify certain experiences and actions of a person with perhaps quite a different set of moral codes from yourself. Experience someone else’s perspective over an extended period. Look forward to doing more of it.
Q: As an actor, how do you prep for a role? Is there anything specific you do each time?
Ingolfsson: I guess the common thread would be the research. Try to find out as much as I can about the character and the world he lives in. Learn what he would know. Its a bit part of what I love about my job. It gives me an excuse to educate myself on random things I may not have delved into otherwise.
Q: After Canvassing!, you went directly into Last Resort. Talk to me about your character Robert Mitchell and working on that show. What was the cast’s relationship?
Ingolfsson: Last Resort will always be very special in my heart. Great people involved. Made some wonderful friends. Great experience. It also really helped me elevate my career to the next level. Very grateful to all who helped get me that job!
Q: Last Resort was a great show on ABC, some might say it wasn’t given a fair shot. Were you disappointed to hear that it wouldn’t be coming back for a second season?
Ingolfsson: I can deny that it was disappointing. It would have been great to see the show evolve further. Im not too sure how much I would have been involved in that though, considering Robert Mitchells fate in the last episode.
Q: Fans were excited to hear you would be appearing in Dexter. Can you give me any information on your character and what it was like working with the Dexter cast?
Ingolfsson: I was pretty excited too as you can imagine. My characters name is Oliver Saxon. He works as a building inspector and is dating Dexters beautiful neighbor, Cassie, played by Bethany Joy Lenz. It was a real joy to work with all those talented people! Everyone involved from the crew to the writers and producers and of course the talented cast. It was a treat to come to work everyday. I thank the world everyday for being able to work at doing what I love and with people I respect.
Q: You have done a lot of shorts in your career, is there something about working on a short that you like?
Ingolfsson: I guess the same as working on any other job. The journey, the people I meet and lessons learned.
Q: Can you talk to me about your latest project, Disappear Here? What is it about? Talk to me about your character?
Ingolfsson: That one is being directed by a good friend, Matthew Mishory who I worked for briefly on a beautiful film called Joshua Tree, 1951. We have been waiting to work together again in a greater capacity and it seems that we will get to do that in his latest project Disappear Here. Its all in early stages. My character is a driven, ethically questionable Los Angeles talent agent.
Q: What are you doing now? Are you in the beginning stages of any other projects?
Ingolfsson: I just finished a little guest star on Haven for Syfy network and am now about to go to Iceland to finish shooting a film called City State 2. The rest is yet to be seen.
Q: Where is the best place for fans to follow your career, see what you are doing, and contact you? — Do you have a Twitter, Facebook, and/or website that you want them to use?
Ingolfsson: I have recently opened a Facebook page that I occasionally visit and then I also have a twitter account that I am still kinda figuring out. But you can find me there, though it might take me a moment to see it.
Q: Finally, is there anything you would like to say to your fans that have followed your career for years and are excited to see you in new projects?
Ingolfsson: Thank you! Thats all I can say. Knowing that my work is being appreciated means the world to me! For what is a stage without an audience?! Not much. I hope that I get to tell stories until I’m very old and weird…. well, weirder. 🙂
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