Jesse Moss has several movies coming out that his fans can look forward to as well as a recurring role on the Hallmark series Cedar Cove.
Read on for our exclusive interview with Jesse Moss below:
To start off, can you talk a little about how you got into acting and entertainment? Has anyone influenced or inspired you as an actor?
I guess you could say Mickey Mouse played a big part in my becoming an actor. When I was a kid, I used to make these little movies all the time for my family. Magic shows, one man comedy sketches, things like that. So when The Mickey Mouse Club came to town searching for their new group of kids, naturally I wanted to audition. It was a huge cattle call with hundreds of kids and they would bring you in in groups, have you perform, and then either hold on to you or let you go. So wave after wave they narrowed it down until there were only three of us. They sent our tapes to LA, and unfortunately I wasn’t picked, but the LA casting director gave me the name of an agent. The agent signed me and the rest is history I suppose.
You’ve worked with some amazing names over the years. Is there anyone you would love to work with someday, if you could pick anyone?
I’d love to work with Robert Downey Jr. First of all I think it would be a lot of fun, and I admire him so much as an actor. He’s incredibly versatile, yet always seems to bring a touch of humour and charm to his characters.
You have had an impressive and consistent career throughout the years. I definitely remember watching you on various projects when I was growing up. What do you enjoy most about getting to do the things you love?
What I enjoy most about getting to do the things I love is getting to do the things I love. I’m the happiest when I’m working because I really do love every moment of it. I feel incredibly lucky to have a career that fulfills and challenges me, but what it comes down to at the end of the day is that it’s really fun. Plain and simple.
Have there been any memorable moments throughout your career that stick out in your mind more than others?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked with some amazing actors over the years. William H. Macy and Jack Black come to mind. Macy for his complete dedication and immersion into his character, and Jack Black for his quick wit and unbelievable improv skill. Getting to watch these guys in action has been invaluable. Also going head to head with William Forsythe in the film “Dear Mr. Gacy” is an experience I will never forget.
Your long list of acting credits consists of a variety of acting work, voice work and many different genres. Your upcoming films “Extraterrestrial” and “Wolfcop” are more in the scifi/horror genre. Do you find this is a nice change that also challenges you as an actor? Are there some genres or types of roles you prefer more over the others?
It’s always great to shoot scifi and horror films. You get to go places emotionally that you don’t in other genres because the stakes are so high. It’s always life or death. In both “Extraterrestrial” and “Wolfcop” I got to play bad guys which I love. It’s always a rush to be able to live on the dark side for a bit, knowing that when you take off that costume it stays at work.
Can you talk a little about your role in “Extraterrestrial” and what attracted you to it?
I play Seth, he’s the bad boy of the group. A macho, obnoxious hipster who is the life of the party until he’s not. He’s the kind of guy you can only take in small doses. When things start to go south, his tough guy persona begins to crumble and you start to see the real Seth underneath. I think that’s what attracted me to the role. There are layers to this character, and as the story unfolds the layers get peeled back. It’s always great when you have that arc to play with.
What can you tease about what viewers can expect from this movie in particular? What sets it apart?
Once this movie starts going it doesn’t let up until the final frame. It really takes you on a ride. Fans of the genre are going to love it because it ticks all of the boxes you want to see in an alien abduction film and then some. It takes these established tropes and spins them in exciting new ways. The effects and sound design are amazing. It makes this film with a relatively modest budget look like a studio picture.
“Cedar Cove” just wrapped up the second season on the Hallmark Channel. For those who aren’t familiar, can you talk a little about your role of “Ian”?
Ian is a naval officer stationed in Cedar Cove. After he and his wife tragically lose their firstborn to congenital heart failure, they struggle to find some way to live a normal life. They each have a different way of coping which causes problems in their marriage as they try to move forward.
I know it’s early but is there any chance you’ll be coming back for season 3? And if so, what can the fans expect from the new season?
Season two ends in a cliff hanger for my character. They’ve kept it wrapped up pretty tight, even from me. I’d love to be back next year but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Finally, social media has made it so much easier nowadays to be in contact with your audience. How has the fan support been? What else can they look forward to from you next?
The fan support has been amazing. Never before has there been such access and it’s really touching to see how many people out there follow and genuinely care about the projects I’ve worked on. I feel really lucky.
We’d like to thank Jesse Moss for taking the time to answer some questions for us. We really appreciate it!
Be sure to keep up to date with Jesse by following him on Twitter @MossJesse.