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The Talented Mr. Reeve Carney

Featured in BELLO mag issue #141

words by Michelle Ganney
photos by Emilie Elizabeth

Reeve Carney is a true triple threat. From playing Taylor Swift’s love interest in her music video, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’, to playing the corrupt yet alluring Dorian Gray in ‘Penny Dreadful’ to now releasing his own music album, it’s safe to say the 33-year-old actor is making waves in the entertainment industry.

BELLO mag sat down with the New York City-born actor as he spoke about the 2017 Golden Globes, his recent TV movie ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again,’ and most importantly, his new album.

BELLO: I saw on Instagram that you attended the Golden Globes on Sunday night, what was the evening like?

Reeve Carney: It was wonderful! Ran into some unexpected familiar faces, which is always nice. I’ve always tended to dress myself at events like these, but that night I had the opportunity to wear something quite lovely from Guess, which was provided to me by the amazing Phillip Morrison, who actually styled me in this Bello Magazine shoot as well!

B: Which television show was your favourite winner of the night? Or favourite actor/actress?

 

RC: I’ve always admired Ryan Gosling and his work, as an actor… But I was particularly impressed with, and surprised by his dancing in La La Land… And as a student of Jazz myself, I was blown away by his ability to so convincingly portray a seasoned Be Bop Jazz pianist… Bravo!

B: You recently starred in the TV movie, ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again.’ What was it like to be part of such an iconic production?

RC: Truly an honour. And quite possibly the most fun I’ve ever had on set… When you’re dealing with material that is so beloved by the fans, and truly in this case almost one with the fans, you definitely feel a heightened sense of responsibility to both honor the intention of the original, while still granting yourself the freedom to let things unfold as truthfully as possible. We were so fortunate to not only have such a remarkable cast of artists, and humans, but also the Legendary Lou Adler, and the incomparable Kenny Ortega at the helm, among others… a true joy. Would love to work with everyone in that film again, in some capacity.

B: Out of all the characters you’ve played, who would you say has been the most challenging?

 

RC: They all have their own uniquely challenging aspects… Playing Spider-Man on Broadway was probably the most challenging physically speaking, although Riff Raff had his moments, doing the Time Warp in those heels! Ha. But from an acting standpoint, I am always looking for something that will challenge me and help me grow… And they’ve all done that for me. Television provides you with a unique opportunity to live inside of a character while constantly being fed new material to deliver… I really enjoyed that while playing Dorian Gray in Penny Dreadful. It becomes a part of you, if you want it to. All of these characters do, I think. You decide how much you want to keep with you, and how much you want to leave behind. As well as how much you bring of yourself to live within that character…

B: You played Taylor Swift’s love interest in her music video for ‘I Knew You Were Trouble.’ How did that opportunity come about and what was that like?

RC: I did! That was a blast. I asked Taylor that same question when I met her on set, and she told me she had been a fan of my music, which was quite the honor! We spent 2 days shooting in and around the Los Angeles area. I particularly enjoyed that bar brawl scene, because they let me do all of my own stunts! And standing up while driving that beautiful old convertible through the hills! Such a blast…

B: You are due to star in the film Gemini alongside Zoe Kravitz. What is this movie about?

RC: Oddly enough, I still haven’t actually met Zoe! I worked on the film for 2 days, and most of my work was with Los Kirke. I’m excited to see the film…

 

B: One of your most iconic characters is Dorian Gray on Penny Dreadful. What was the hardest part about playing this character?

RC: Probably the sex scenes! Ha. Truly though… I almost didn’t take the role because I was nervous about doing those sorts of scenes! But ultimately I found them to be quite freeing… In the sense that they add an additional layer to the challenge as an actor… Almost like using led doughnuts on your baseball bat before stepping up to the plate… when you finally get to do a scene with your clothes on again, you’ve got one less thing to worry about! Ha. At least in my experience. In the case of Penny Dreadful, it really was John Logan’s writing that made the opportunity truly irresistible… such a brilliant poetic force… An honour to speak his words… And working with Showtime, and Sam Mendes… Such great folks. It was really an honor to be a part of that one.

B: Is there a particular actor or actress you’d like to work with in the future?

RC: Oh geez, that’s a tough one… I’ve learned so much from working with everyone I’ve had the opportunity to work with this far. Timothy Dalton for example, taught me to be comfortable watching myself on screen, which has been incredibly helpful for me… I feel that if you’re open to receiving, there are so many lessons to be learned. Well, Steve Carell comes to mind… he’s certainly one of my favorites… And Gary Oldman… I’ve also been watching The OA, and am a big fan of Jason Isaacs… such range and nuance… As far as female actors go, hmm… So many great ones… I’ve met Anne Hathaway a few times, and she’d certainly be a great one to work with… Such a talent. Really genuinely nice person too. Too many to name!

 

B: Aside from acting, you have a new album out, ‘Youth IsWasted’. Tell me a little bit about this album? What genre would you describe it as?

 

RC: It feels to me like a bit of a cross pollination of Rock n’ Roll, Blues, Jazz and Soul… Sometimes I think it can take an artist some time to grow into their own work… On this record, fans of my music may recognize a few titles, amongst a primarily new collection of material… I built a recording studio in my apartment in NYC to record these songs, and played all of the instruments. And produced and mixed it as well. Such an incredible joy… straight from the heart. My hope is that the listener is taken on a real journey over the course of the record, as it was designed to be listened to as a body of work. Although I certainly wouldn’t fault anyone for picking a favorite song and playing it on repeat!

B: Where do you get your musical inspiration from?

RC: So many places… I grew up playing in Jazz Ensembles and Orchestras, as well as Blues and Rock N’ Roll bands. From an arrangement standpoint, I learned so much from those experiences in particular, which helped me immensely in producing this record… Being a lover of surprising, and dense harmony, I’ve been a lifelong fan of the Beatles… and Queen, for that matter. As funny as it sounds, I like the say that my primary influences stretch from around 1978 to the dawn of recorded music… but I’m often inspired by more modern things as well…

 

B: Which musician would you like to collaborate with in the future?

RC: Oh geez that’s a tough one… I’ve collaborated with so many incredible ones… maybe Pharrell? Yeah, that’d be cool…

 

B: Is there anything else you have going on at the moment that you want to tell your fans?

Well, now that this record is out, I’m composing new material… Excited to see how I might use this next body of work… as well as auditioning for some really fun things… Keep an eye on my social media channels for further updates regarding my traveling musical endeavors… And thank you to all of you who have gone out and bought my record! Also, thank you to Bello Magazine, and everyone on the shoot for for a really fun day, and a fun interview!

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Photographer: Emilie Elizabeth emlieelizabeth.com
Wardrobe: Phillip T Morrison WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/THEABSOLUTEPHILLIPTMORRISON/
Grooming: Christina Guerra ChristinaGuerra.com
Photo Assistants: Adrian Espinoza, Jazz Shademan
Wardrobe Assistant: Roger Sterling

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