Britt George is an actor who’s been working in film since 1996. His credits include “The Code Conspiracy”, “Dragnet”, “Boston Legal”, and “Burning Hollywood”. He stars in the new faith-based feature, “Inspiration Pop 2929” premiering this month.
When did you first discover acting?
There was a play in the cafeteria on my first day at a new school in the second grade. I think it was the 5th and 6th graders performing, so I thought maybe in a few years I’ll get to do it too.
What was your first acting role?
Growing up we frequented the public library and during a visit the staff asked my mother if I could be in a commercial being shot to promote the library. All I had to do was sit in a chair and pretend to read… I was only five, so I’m pretty sure I only cared about pop up picture books at that time. A few years later I was cast in a Christmas play at Pine Castle elementary. I still remember my one line…
How did you get into film acting?
“Jaws 3-D” was shot at Sea World in Orlando and a girl in my class got to miss a week of school because she was an extra in the movie. She came back to class with all these amazing stories of being on set, and swimming with the shark… I was intrigued. A few other events happened around the same time. I saw the movie “The Earthling” starring the same kid from a show I watched called “Silver Spoons” (Ricky Schroder) I couldn’t believe it was the same person and my age, so know my attention was really peaked. Then, I was at a NBC affiliate with my mother who was doing a commercial where she was asking for help to locate my sister who was considered a missing child until I was a teenager. Thankfully she’s been reunited with my family. Shooting the spot had to be pretty emotional for my mother, so at some point the camera was turned to me, maybe to lighten the air. The director had me play around on camera a bit; oddly from that moment on I was drawn to being an actor. I started writing scenes and acting them out with my grandmother, eventually taking my first acting class at the Bethea Ebson School of the Arts made famous by Buddy Ebson. I did plays, and commercials but it was years later that I was cast in my first film, “Dead Air”, shot in 96.
What faith-based films have you been a part of?
The first was “The Code Conspiracy”, about a professor who discovers a hidden formula that scientifically proves the existence of God. I played an FBI agent just out of Quantico. “Faith Happens”. I got to play an FBI agent once again and I did the short film “When the Waters Rise”. And the upcoming “Inspiration POP 2929”.
What other films have you been a part of?
Most recently I played a laid off mechanic who’s forced to enlist the help of his oldest son, a lazy surfer kid, to help support the family in “Sharp”. Before that was “Cathedral Canyon” where I play a corrupt business owner involved with the rural polygamist communities of Northern Arizona. Both are due for release in 2013.
What type of character do you prefer to play?
Man I love them all. Good guys, bad guys, comedy and drama. It’s all a joy to explore a character different from myself. I’m not a singer but I think it’d be fun to play one, like a country singer with an old guitar entertaining a stadium full of people… That’d be fun.
What has been your favorite character to play?
I loved playing Austin in “Inspiration Pop 2929”, and discovering the back story that led to this season of the his life. Getting to work with my friend Whitney again and all the amazing actors that gave so much of themselves made it extra special. I just finished playing a character on an HBO show that I had to learn some Aramaic for… it was a challenge and thrill to learn a new language, say the lines and find a way to connect to the other actors.
What has been your most memorable experience on a film set?
I love being on a film set, it’s like being part of a traveling circus. I’ve filmed in Trinidad where I got the worst sunburn ever, and recently had a blast on set freezing my tail off in the Antelope Valley. One of my favorite memories was on the German television series “Florida Lady”, the director picked me out of a group of extras and auditioned me before upgrading me to a great role where I played a racecar driver with a chip on his shoulder. That was the job that got me into the Screen Actors Guild. I could go on and on, I love the camaraderie, the artists, and the collaboration that goes into bringing it all together.
Tell us about your role in “Inspiration Pop 2929”.
I play Austin a photojournalist whose marriage is suffering because of too much work and poor communication. As an attempt to connect with my wife we take a weekend trip to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, only to suffer a set back when our car breaks down in what appears to be a sleepy little town. This is where I meet a wise man who you could say was expecting me… he takes me on a journey, where I witness other peoples trials and tribulations thereby seeing deeper into my own life. This ignites a renewed spirit to truly connect with my wife through a deeper faith and trust in God.
Do you perform other filmmaking roles besides actor?
I produce and write. Most recently I produced the feature film “RockBarnes The Emperor in You”. Next on the slate is a script I wrote titled “Late Bloomers”. It’s about a pair of slacker handymen who pull off a scheme to promote their “Do it All” handyman services by stealing airtime during a live news broadcast, a feat that leads them to making deliveries for a famed mob boss and forced to go undercover for the police at the same time.
What do you do when you’re not acting?
I live in Southern California where the weather is almost always great… so I like to be outdoors. Hiking, biking, and long road trips are my favs. My wife and I love to entertain, so I cook a lot and spend time with friends.
What are your goals for the future?
To keep growing, exploring, being inspired, while hopefully inspiring others and nurturing them all in the name of Christ whole has blessed me so abundantly.