Interview: Jaime Callica Talks The Romeo Section – Exclusive
Jaime Callica is about to star in a breakout role that is sure to please his fans and viewers alike. Fresh off a successful stint in season 2 of FOX’s Wayward Pines, Jaime is set to appear in a recurring role in the second season of CBC’s The Romeo Section.
We had to chance to chat with Jaime Callica about his role in the CBC drama series, what viewers can expect from the season, and what he’s been binge-watching himself.
Check out our exclusive interview with Jaime Callica below:
What inspired you to get into acting? Was there anyone who influenced you?
My first inspiration to performing was Michael Jackson. He’s my hero, outside of my ma, of course! I remember seeing that man dance and act from the age of 3 and thinking “THAT is what I will do one day!”
Can you talk a little about your role in The Romeo Section and what originally attracted you to it? How will this role differ from previous ones you’ve played?
I play a character named Don, and it’s honestly the most different role I’ve played to date. I almost don’t want to say too much other than you are going to die when you see what’s in store. Okay, please don’t die, I can’t have that on my conscience – ha! Originally, I didn’t know much about the show. I knew it existed and that it was shot here and had a couple of friends that worked on it, but outside of that – not much. It wasn’t until I got the audition and started to do some homework that I learned what I was missing out on. The show is wonderful. Raw, gritty, real… doesn’t feel like network TV at all. Definitely resembling shows on HBO and AMC and I am so pumped to be working on it!
Are there any challenges when joining an established series in the second season?
There can be. Sometimes your character may be the only new addition to the show and I think that scenario is much harder than if you’re one of many new cast members added in a second or third season, etc. In the case of both Wayward Pines and The Romeo Section, my character was one of a few that were added, so it was nice meeting both the season 1 players as well as the new additions at each of the respective table-reads before we started shooting for the season! Hardest part (for me) is catching up on the tone of the show, as I wasn’t there to experience it and build it up as the season 1 cast members are able to do.
Does your interest in and knowledge from studying criminology in the past come in handy when filming this type of genre?
Not for THIS character and you’ll see why soon enough! My criminology background and schooling in general definitely helps me though. I minored in psychology and love sociology, so having those core fundamentals have definitely helped my mental preparation when trying to understand the intentions that my characters would have. Playing other people daily is hard, harder than many may know! So studying psychopaths in my past is helping me be a better actor!
What can we expect from season 2 of The Romeo Section when it premieres in October? Can you tease a little from the new episodes?
Season 2 introduces a few new faces and the return of many of the beloved cast from season 1. As for storyline – you’ll just have to watch and see! I’m definitely not trying to get myself fired (haha) but I will say that season 2 is going to be WILD!
The Romeo Section sounds like the perfect show for us to binge-watch on a night in. What are some of your go-to series to binge lately?
I, not too long ago, watched all of season 1 of Ballers in about a day and a half. Ate one or two meals, hit the potty a couple of times, but that was pretty much it! I also tend to backlog four or five episodes at a time of Game of Thrones and Power, to just sit and not want to cry after each week’s single episode. Avoiding spoilers online becomes a challenge, but I think outside of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, people are starting to smarten up a bit about posting stuff about the current week’s episode as DVR-ing shows is so common.
What do you enjoy most about your job? Is there anything you’d love to tackle that you haven’t yet? Anyone you would love to work with someday, if you could pick anyone?
I love the prep, to be honest. I mean, I LOVE being on set filming and then watching the final product, but running lines and working out character details is fun for me. Way less stressful than being on set with 50+ people staring at you, directors and producers to please. Just me, my bestie on the couch playing…how kids pretend without any pressure to be “great”! I’d love to work with Denzel Washington. He’s amazing. There’s no doubt my game would be elevated, but truly I’d pick him first as he’s my ma’s FAVOURITE man on earth! She literally tells me weekly: “Jay, I can’t wait for you to play D’s son… I’m gonna die when you do!” So NO DYING, MA, but I’m working on it, ha!
Do you enjoy interacting with your fans on social media?
LOVE IT. Almost Human and The 100 were two shows that the fans really boosted my numbers online. It wasn’t until Wayward Pines, though, did I see my new fans really interact with me. They’d tweet about me, the character(s) I play, even made a few fan pages. They’re great and I really enjoy chatting with them online. Even the hater internet trolls I adore, as at the minimum they make me chuckle as they complain from afar! I almost enjoy finding ways to dish back nicely without actually cussing nor getting myself in trouble with the various networks! It’s like the new way of making the bully cry for being a bully haha.
What else are you working on? What can your fans look forward to from you next?
Currently filming on The Romeo Section where my character is slated to appear in six of 10 episodes (which is rad!). August 30 is the series finale of Motive on CTV in Canada and the USA network in the States – I guest-star in that episode and it’s honestly some of my best work; I myself cannot wait to see it! The Secret Millionaire and The Perfect Pickup are two feature films that I shot and will be airing on TV and in theatres soon. Don’t have exact dates yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll surely tweet about it 😉
Thanks so much to Jaime Callica for taking the time to chat with us! We really appreciate it!
Be sure to tune in to The Romeo Section on CBC and keep up to date with Jaime by following him on Twitter: @JaimeCallica.