Interview: Sloane Morgan Siegel Talks Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street – Exclusive
Sloane Morgan Siegel stars in the title role in Amazon’s Emmy nominated series Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street. The show is Amazon’s #1 highest rated teen live action series and returns for a third and final season this summer. The final season is currently streaming on Amazon and we spoke with Sloane about what fans can expect from the new season, what the experience has been like for him and the cast, and what he, himself loves to binge-watch.
Read on for our exclusive interview with Sloane Morgan Siegel below:
What inspired you to get into acting? Was there anyone who influenced you?
Sloane Morgan Siegel: I never really expected to become an actor, it was something I tried out and really enjoyed. As I continued in acting, I was more and more inspired by the roles I would perform and the people I would act with. Everyone I’ve met along my journey has influenced me and strengthened my love for my craft.
Is there anyone you would love to work with someday if you could pick anyone?
Well, it’s impossible to pick just one, but a few I would love to work with are Matt Damon and Emma Stone. I would also love to work with Christopher Walken and do my impression of him to him.
Can you talk a little about your role on Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and what originally attracted you to it?
I portray Gortimer on Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street. Gortimer is just a good guy who wants to do the right thing. He always looks out for friends, family, and even strangers. What originally caught my eye about Gortimer is that his morals, likes, and personality are very similar to my own. It’s fun to play a character you can honestly be true to because you are playing somewhat yourself.
With the final season premiere, can you tease a little about what we can expect from your character in the upcoming episodes?
My character goes through the ultimate emotional arch this season. At first you’ll see your same old Gortimer, but when he receives the news he’s going move, he undergoes a very well drawn out change and you’ll see him in his most vulnerable state yet. Other than that, you’ll see some more comedic moments from him as well. Another character I get to portray is Raymond Bloodstone, who steals the spotlight in “The Mystery of Marlow Mansion.” He’s a dramatic genius with a dramatic attitude and a great chance to express my love for dialects on camera.
In addition to being an advocate for anti-bullying, you were recently named one of Variety’s Youth Impact Honorees and won a 2015 Young Artist Award for your work on the show. How has the support been for you so far? Do you enjoy interacting with your fans on social media? Do you see yourself as a role model for younger kids?
The support from fellow actors, critics, and fans has been phenomenal. It truly means a lot to be recognized for what I love to do and I’m thankful every day. I try to answer every fan I can and I love getting questions and interacting with them. I do my best every day for those that do see me as a role model, to be a good person and one they would they would strive to be like.
As Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street is now streaming on Amazon, what are some of your favorite series to stream and binge-watch?
I’m currently binge streaming American Horror Story, which is an amazing show. If anybody has a role for me there I would be more than happy to accept! I did binge all of The Walking Dead over a month, again, any roles, send them my way. Of course I love binging Gortimer as well.
For the perfect night in watching your faves, what are your go-to snacks?
One word, five letters, PIZZA. Lots of pizza. Also, who doesn’t love eating a huge bowl of popcorn while watching their favorite show?
As the summer heats up, what are some of your favorite songs added to your playlist at the moment? What music are you into right now?
I love acoustic and rock/soul which kind of counteract each other but they are my favorites. I’ve recently been listening to a lot of Ben Howard. Black Flies and Gracious are some of my favorites.
As the final season of Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street begins streaming, what are some of the memorable moments from your time on the show? How has the experience been working with the cast?
I think one of my most memorable moments from the show was during “Stanley and the Tattoo of Tall Tales,” while David was filming the lunch lady scene the rest of the cast was sitting at a table in the background. Since all the lunch food isn’t actually edible, Drew dared me to eat a tater tot that was probably a year old. I did and started choking. Everybody at the table erupted into an uncontrollable silent laughter that lasted 20 minutes, our faces were red, and we were gasping for air. It may be silly but it was one of my favorite moments of all of us. The entire cast was spectacular to work with, every guest star was as well. The cast and crew are all one big family.
What else are you working on? What can your fans look forward to from you next?
There is an animated series on Amazon called Eddie of the Realms Eternal, where I play Eddie, that should continue filming later this year. I also have a film in pre-production where I’ll have a leading role to portray an arrogant Irish athlete that gets blinded in an accident and the film follows him in his quest for coping with his new life and to inevitably become a better person. There are a few other things that I can’t share just yet, but follow my social media (@SloaneSiegel) for updates!
Thanks so much to Sloane Morgan Siegel for taking the time to answer some questions for us. We really appreciate it! Be sure to follow him on Twitter to stay up to date and tune in to Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street, now streaming on Amazon.