Q&A WITH SCOTT HARAN AND PERCELLE ASCOTT
WIZARDS VS ALIENS
Impulse Gamer... Tell us how you both became involved in Wizards vs Aliens?
I remember receiving an audition from my agency in November 2011, for an
Ďuntitled Russell T Davies and Phil Ford projectí thinking to myself, hang on a
minute this is a really big project with Russell and Phil behind this show. The
audition process was a long process for me, I think it was roughly 11 rounds
that I went through, with the project auditioning thousands of boys, but I kept
strong, focused and I just knew some boys might be more talented than me, but my
hard work will shine through I believe that Ďhard work beats talent, when talent
doesnít work hardí.
involvement with Wizards came from the normal auditioning procedure. I met
casting director Andy Brierley, at my first audition and we went through two of
the scenes from the show on the programme and had a great chat. I was then
invited to a re-call where I came back to see Andy Brierley, producer Brian
Minchin and Director of episodes 1-4 Daniel O'Hara. We went through the two
scenes I had already done again and two extra scenes. Around a week later I was
lucky enough to receive a call saying I had got the part, I was ecstatic!
What is the
most difficult aspect on working on this TV show?
I think in the beginning of the first series I struggled with just the fast
pace and adapting myself to a new environment, I started to feel not so sure in
my ability, but we have a fantastic cast and crew who all support each other,
and with the love I received I bounced back.
Scott: I think the most
challenging part for me was getting used to the schedule, the hours are really
long and I am lucky enough to be a lead which means I am in a big percentage of
scenes, which also means not much time to rest, itís quite a full on journey...
but I wouldn't have it any other way!
the most rewarding?
Being given this opportunity is the most rewarding part to this project,
Iíve learnt so much, working with the experienced cast and crew we have, has
been so beneficial in my growth.
Scott: There are so many rewarding aspects working on a
show like this but I think for me itís when were at the wrap party and we all
get to watch the dvd trailer, which shows all the hard work everyone has put in
over the past 15-17 weeks! Itís such a rewarding feeling and everyone feels so
proud of what we all have achieved, itís a feeling you can't beat.
How do you
"make believe" when you act with the special effects?
Iím a spiritual person in the sense that I believe in energies and being
able to work with the universe, Iíve used this in my work, being spiritual
allows me to go to a deeper place where I can focus my thoughts and my being to
be where I want it to be, so before takes I arrive early on set, to focus and
believe in the world that my character is set in.
Scott: When acting with special affects the best way for
me is to just throw yourself into it 100%, believe whatís happening, imagine if
what is happening in the scene is actually happening to you in real life. Iíd
say a massive level of concentration. But also we have great people there to
help us, if there are questions or things we need to know or aren't sure about
advice is never far away.
Between both yourselves (Scott and Percelle), who
is the "jokester" of the two?
I would say Scott is the Ďjokesterí out of the two of us, I can be a bit
boring and serious when on set.
Scott: I would have to say I'm the joker out of the
two of us, I like to try and play a few pranks here and there whenever I get the
opportunity. There was a time in a scene where me and Percy had to run from
exploding computers but Percy had to grab his bag before he could run off, so
for a joke before action I kicked 'Benny's' backpack further under the table so
it would take Percy a little longer to escape, that was a funny moment.
Do you get much time to goof on the set or do any
Not much time, filming is very hectic, anytime off is used to conserve our
energy or to look at scenes that are coming up in the schedule.
Scott: Like I said me and Percy are usually under quite
an intense schedule which involves us being on set nearly all the time, so any
chance to joke or mess around we take it... Or I do anyways! Ha, ha.
Tell us a little about your characters...
I play Benny Sherwood, he isn't the most popular kid at
King's Park High compared to Tom; but he isn't just your ordinary geek. Benny is
a super genius, a skilled ally to Tom; throughout his journey in the show, Benny
also shows signs of bravery, strong minded in what he believes and can be quite
comical in certain events to break the tension.
Scott: Tom is the typical cool kid, at school he's
popular with everyone and has lots of friends around him. He's pretty sporty and
has a massive love for football which he seems to excel at... with a little help
here and there! He's the typical good all rounder. Not so much the academic
cooler Tom or Benny? (And why?)
I would definitely say Benny, what makes him cooler, I think itís because
Benny is very sure of himself with nothing to prove.
Scott: I think Iím gonna go
with Tom! He's the cool kid at school and has all the aspects of the typical
cool kid. Popular, good at sports... and he's got magic!
Do either of you have any alien stories?
None what so ever Iím afraid
Scott: I wish!
With that said, do you believe in aliens?
Yes I do, I just believe that nothing is impossible so we never know what
could be out there
Scott: Iím not sure I believe in aliens as such but I
definitely think thereís some kind of other species out there... way out there
give us a few spoilers into the next season of Wizards vs Aliens?
Nope, I think I would be ruining your experience of watching Wizards vs
Aliens, just make sure youíre ready for whatís to come.
Scott: Ha, ha I wish I could.
All I'm going to say is the second series picks up from where the first series
finishes in the sense that there are a lot of avenues explored. Questions that
were asked after the first series are answered in the second. Itís bigger and
How do you
guys handle your fan base?
We receive quite a lot of messages from fans through social media, I think
the best way to handle the support you receive is to show how much you
appreciate that support, having respect for the people who enjoy what you do, we
have a young fan base and Iím sure for a lot of them it can be daunting, so itís
best to keep being humble and genuine.
Scott: To be honest itís not
something that I 'have' to handle. After the series aired I developed a slightly
boosted profile through social media websites where people would say positive
comments from time to time, which was great and always lovely to hear. But I
guess I'm lucky enough to not have too much of a drastic change to my life since
the show has aired.
coolest thing about your fans and being an actor?
The best thing about the people who support me in what I do, is how diverse
they all are, I can receive support from a young age group to an older age group
who all have different interests.
The best thing
about being an actorÖ I love acting because of how you are able to communicate
an emotion or convey a character that has the power to manipulate the audienceís
feelings, I can be a shy person, so Iíve always used acting to express myself.
TV/film has been societies way of escapism, which Iíve always been extremely
intrigued by; TV/film is also a form of education, through story lines and
characters people have learnt new things they havenít explored, especially when
you can teach kids about morals and principals I think itís highly important.
These are some of the reasons why I love being apart of this industry.
Scott: The coolest thing about
the fans is what I mentioned above, itís always great hearing positive comments
about the show and certain things people enjoyed about it, itís nice to know
viewers enjoy the show as much as we did making it! The coolest thing about
being an actor is getting to do what you love as a job. I never wake up in the
morning dreading having to go to work, I love it. Everything about it, I'm lucky
enough to be in a position to get to do what I love on a daily basis.
or actress would you love to work with?
inspire me, such as Daniel Day Lewis, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, Christian
Bale and actresses like Jessica Chastain, Carey Mulligan, Michelle Williams,
Viola Davis etcÖ I guess actors/actresses who really believe in the method, as
you can see they completely believe in their characters and the world they exist
in, you never know what they might throw at you.
That list is endless, constantly growing! But I would have to
say two huge role models of mine are Leonardo DiCaprio and Jake Gyllenhaal. They
both are huge influences for me and I admire their work so much. Those guys are
actors I constantly try to learn from.
Wizard vs Aliens, do you have any roles in other movies or TV series?
Acting isn't the only thing that I'm involved in, I
currently write, co-star and produce my own web series called 'Mandem On The
Wall' using Youtube as our platform we've reached 4 million views after 18
months. The characters that we play and we've created have been picked up by
Channel 4 and are in a new E4 show called 'Youngers' where we still play the
same characters but they exist in this new world. The dream is to hopefully get
'Mandem On The Wall' commissioned as its own show; but it doesn't stop there, me
and the other two guys (Joivan Wade and Dee Kartier) who write, co-star and
produce 'Mandem On The Wall' we've set up our own entertainment company (JPD3
Entertainment) where we wish to create a legacy of more shows in all genres
Further more ĎYoungersí series 2 has been commissioned and
filming will begin in November this year.
Iíve been recently cast in a new film called X+Y, with
further information due to come out soon, but shooting will begin soon in
Sheffield and Taiwan.
Scott: At the moment I'm back to the process of
looking for the next project, I feel like I have learnt a huge amount from two
seasons of Wizards and developed as an actor, so I'm really excited to see what
challenges might be round the corner.
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