Jonathan Everett is a talented actor who plays a wide range of roles. In Flowers for Fannie, he played the greedy nephew of Fannie. In Johnny Dynamo he’s the comedic member of the entertainment trio. Other roles have included a cook and even a drug dealer.
When did you first develop an interest in acting?
In high school, freshman year, when I took Theatre Arts as one of my elective classes. Up until that point, I had no real interest in acting because I was incredibly shy and not very outgoing or outspoken. I kept to myself most of the time, but my teacher and classmates helped me feel comfortable enough to let my guard down. It still took years for me to dare consider acting as a possible career, but my interest was forever piqued.
Tell us about your acting training.
When I first decided to get into acting seriously, I didn’t have any substantial training. I had taken Theatre Arts in high school and Stage Combat in college, but I hadn’t yet performed in any productions or studied further. In the summer of 2012, Chambers Stevens called me and invited me to attend his boot camp style class in L.A. I made the commitment and flew out there to train personally under Chambers with a handful of other remarkable actors. It was a three day intensive — and it was, truly, intense. We spent hours each day learning and performing new scripts, receiving very honest feedback. Chambers really challenged me to elevate not only my craft, but also what I should expect out of myself each and every time I perform.
More recently, I trained with Steve Flanigan in The Actor’s Workshop. It was a great, weekly class that helped me hone my audition skills further. Steve’s class was a new experience for me, as it was my first time actually training on-camera so that I could better understand what I needed to work on. We had a lot of fun with that!
What was your first film role?
My first film role was right after returning from training in L.A., and not quite what I expected. It was a small speaking role, with a little room for ad lib, in a film called Redemption, by Willing Hearts Productions. I played the part of a cook on his lunch break, alongside fellow Flowers for Fannie cast member, David Baker. Sadly, I think the project was shelved during post-production. I’m hoping it’ll be finished one day — I’d love to see how my first scene ever filmed turned out.
What was it like playing a character totally unlike yourself in Flowers for Fannie?
Playing Gordon was a strange experience, in some ways. Whenever I come to a new role, I look at the character and ask myself, “How can I relate to this guy?” With Gordon, I had some trouble figuring that out. He’s a manipulative, rude, and downright mean guy, but at the core of all that, there’s just selfishness. Gordon’s just looking out for Gordon, and nobody else really matters. So, that’s what I tapped into in myself. Everything I did in character was pretty much the opposite of what I’d really be inclined to do or say. It was sometimes hard to remember that I wasn’t really offending my co-stars. At the same time, it was actually strangely cathartic and a learning experience.
Tell us about Johnny Dynamo and your role in it.
“Johnny Dynamo” is a brilliantly produced new web series by the folks over at Left Brain Digital. The story centers around a washed-up action hero who gets a second chance at his career when three young entertainment upstarts show up at his door. My character, Jack Meredith, is a part of that trio, along with Ira Stein and Hannah Motlow. He’s an incredibly fun character to play, because he’s so well-layered. When Jack is first introduced, it seems as though he’s just there for a comedic foil to his partners — and he is that — but, as season one unfolds…Well, I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t watched yet. Suffice it to say, I had a great time filming the first season.
The series features a number of other great actors from around Nashville, and the production value and writing are top notch. All the episodes that have been released so far are available at http://www.johnnydynamo.com. I’m incredibly blessed to have been a part of it.
What’s the biggest challenge with doing a weekly series?
The biggest challenge of doing a series, from the perspective of an actor with a day job, is trying to get everything scheduled. When you’ve got so many different people involved, both cast and crew, trying to find a time where everybody can be there to film is rough. I know that Joe, Raquel, and everyone else in production put a lot of effort into that, and they did a fantastic job. Other than that, the only real challenge for me was keeping my hair relatively the same from shoot to shoot. I think my hair was a different length for every episode, but our stylist is so good, you’d probably never know.
What would be your dream acting role?
Spider-Man! Or the Flash!? Or maybe a villain, like Deathstroke or Mr. Sinister…Seriously, though, any chance I get to pay homage to the characters I grew up reading and dreaming about would thrill me to the core. I’ll be a comic book nerd til I expire!
What are your aspirations for the future?
I’d like to continue taking my acting career to new heights, and I’m considering pursuing fitness modeling in some way in the near future. Ultimately, I’d like to move my career to L.A. I thoroughly enjoy that city and can’t wait to go back someday.