Sam Trammell Talks White Rabbit & Being A Father

sam2We Caught up with True Blood vet Sam Tramell on his new Eye-opening role in Tim McCann’s  White Rabbit, sure to bring in Tramell fan back for another vieweing session. But maybe this time around with one eye closed. 

What was your journey like throughout this film? It’s a role we haven’t seen you in before.

 Yes! My agent sent me the script and It was exactly that. I just thought this role was incredible. The character goes on a real journey himself. You know, being very judgmental of his son and being a drug addict, and kind of coming out the other side sober and a born again Christian. Doing what he thinks is right. I don’t think it was a good move, at the end to make his son burn all the comics, but this character thought it appropriate at the time. I really loved the script and I said to myself–yeah, lets just do this. I’m from Louisiana, so I went down there. It was a really low budget movie but it was the first time I’d worked with Tim McCann. Overall it was really intense. But it was a really, really amazing part for me to get to do. The kind of stuff I get into is fun for an actor and helps in really going for it. It changes you physically.

 

What do you hope audiences take away from this movie?

You know, what I would hope they would take away—hopefully young people see the movie, and older people. But I hope that they would look at the people that are a little different on the outside. Those people have circumstances at home that affect who they are. To have a little more understanding for people that are different. It’s all about bullying. The message to young people, it just seems to be a part of growing up unfortunately. But hopefully with getting the word out, we can change that school culture. In the movie the character was mentally ill, and he had a really hard family life. I think that if any of the kids that tend to bully see what home-life is like for some people, they would be a little more empathetic. And for parents seeing, to older people. For parents, I think it’s important to not have a black or white mindset. But seeing the finer gray areas of your kid’s behavior or your kid’s hobbies. To think and talk more about what’s going on.

 

You have Three Generations coming out this year. Talk to me about your character and how he plays into the story.

It’s a bit of a surprise what happens with my character so I can’t say too much about it. Elle Fanning is really brilliant playing a teenager who wants to transition into a boy. It was a blast for me working with Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon, and Tate Donovan, who is a good friend of mine. Shooting in New York, in Manhattan was fantastic. It’s a really, really well written script, by Nikole Beckwith and Gabby Dellal, who also directed. It’s a great story on many levels. It’s really about three generations of women who all live together. But it’s also about what it means to transition into another gender, and how that effects everybody in the family and how people perceive that and who accepts it and who doesn’t. But also, more than anything, it’s really a funny movie I think. You would see that title and think it’s really serious. It’s a series topic but dealt in a humorous way. Which I think is a great way to get it across to people.

 

Lastly, with the fault in our stars, white Rabbit and the unreleased Three Generations, I see a pattern of stories centered on children going through difficulties. Being a father are you more inclined to consider roles like these more so than you would in the past?

I’m certainly more prepared to play them. I mean, I could never have done Fault In Our Stars if I didn’t have children of my own. It really just made everything that much deeper for me, and poignant and intense and rich. It’s definitely given a whole new side to me. It’s softened me up. It’s a mesh of life experiences that helps you portray people in the world. That’s what actors’ need and they draw on that from life experiences. Certainly being a father helps tremendously in playing one.

WHITE RABBIT is now available on Video on Demand. See it on iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Playstation, xbox, Amazon Instant, Vimeo, Blockbuster, and all cable providers today!

 

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Dio Anthony
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Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, child of the internet-age, Dio Anthony is a self-confessed pop culture observer, lending his expertise in story telling to various aspects of the entertainment industry. An avid television viewer, and columnist with a profound knowledge of the history of American TV & film, he has reported for many of entertainment’s top online-news sites. A connoisseur of old-timey sitcoms from Hollywood’s golden age and on, he believes the answers to life lie in a very well crafted scene.

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