BRAD BEYER [THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE]
Tell us a little about your story. Who is Brad Beyer?
I grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin. My story is in a nut shell, I’m a father, husband, son, brother, and an actor.
How did acting start for you?
Acting started for me at the University of Minnesota. I auditioned for a play my sophomore year and got the role. After my sophomore year there i decided to move to New York and study and give it a real shot.
How do you balance your time as an actor?
My life is given automatic balance. I’m a husband and a father. Those things always come first.
Tell us about your latest role as James in “Thank you for your Service”
I play the role of sergeant James Doster. He was a career army guy. He was in the army for 17 years before deciding to volunteer his service in Iraq. Unfortunately he lost his life, leaving behind a wife and two little daughters. These guys are American heroes, I was very proud to portray him.
Where do you draw your inspiration for acting?
I draw inspiration in my work from all facets of life really. It can be something that happened to me that day, or something that happened 10 years ago it really just depends.
What is your favorite type of role to play?
I like any kind of role that i can really sink my teeth into. It can be a drama, or comedy. Anything good really.
Out of all the roles that you have played, is there any particular favorite?
I love the role of Stanley Richmond that I played on Jericho. That role has always meant a lot to me. Also playing James Doster in the movie “Thank You for your Service” is probably the most important role that I’ve ever done. It’s so important to get these guys stories out there they give so much.
Is there any actor (dead or alive) that you dream to work with?
I always wanted to work with Philip Seymour Hoffman. To me he is the greatest actor of my generation. And it’s a complete loss that we don’t have anymore. In my opinion he’s one of the best of all time.
What do you think has been your greatest achievement in your career so far?
I think my greatest achievement thus far, is being able to work on very interesting projects. I’ve been very proud of most everything I’ve ever done, I’d love to have that defining moment someday though.
Any exciting projects coming up for you that we can look forward to?
I’m in the upcoming series finale of vice principals on HBO. Also I can be seen on season two of CHANCE on Hulu, and the new season of Shameless on Showtime.
Is there any advice that you can give to aspiring actors out there?
Honestly if there’s anything else you want to do with your life do it. This business is tough, but if you love it it’s worth every second.
If you’re going to have a book, what title would it be?
It would be called “Grinding it out!”
If you had the chance to support any charity/organization/person, what/who would it be and why?
I’d love to start doing some work with Wounded Warriors. Start giving back to the men and women who give so much for us.
Photography: IRVIN RIVERA
Styling: GABRIEL LANGENBRUNNER