Originally Posted on: February 4th, 2014
Charlie JJ Kruger sits down with Josh Truax, the actor who plays Roman in the film 'The Invoking'.
H-P: I wanna start by saying thanks for doing this interview, I LOVED your portrayal of Roman in 'The Invoking', and I just wanna ask you a few questions about the character and how you related to him. First, how did you find out about this film? How were your brought on to the project?
JOSH: I found out about the project through D'Angelo Midili (who played Eric in the film). He told me about the auditions and I went in knowing very little about the character. All I knew was this project would require me to play two different people. This was greatly appealing and seemed like an awesome challenge. I went to the audition and gave it my all. I guess I made an impression.
H-P: How close to the character did you feel right off the bat? Was there an immediate connection, or did you feel like you grew into him as you rehearsed/got ready?
JOSH: Roman is a lot like me. We clicked instantly. I did ask our sound guy Jens (Larsen) a few questions because I wanted Roman to be believably passionate about sound. The mixing of sound. Creating his art from chaos. Random usually ignored everyday sounds to Roman are colors of his canvas. As far as Brother goes...I personally know dysfunction, especially with family. My experience is more of the "sweep it under the rug" variety. Sam's family was much more out in the open with their issues so it was very easy, though extremely painful, to buy into that reality.
H-P: I have to say, I really felt connected to Roman in the film. You are just so believable and in tune with the emotions of the character, are there any past roles you have played that helped you to build that level of honesty?
JOSH: I personally won't take on a project that I can't bring a level of honesty to. We are walking a mile in another person's shoes. To me acting isn't just wearing a mask and playing pretend. It's fully becoming someone else with the intent of affecting someone through that reality of being. If we don't give it heart it's nothing more than a caricature. I know a lot of people want to be movie stars right now. I don't. If ten years down the road you remember a character I did but you can't remember my name then I have done my job. It helps having a director like Jeremy (Berg) because he made it safe to be completely vulnerable. The set was a safe place to do our art at the highest efficiency.
H-P: When you finished work on this film, did you feel like immediately jumping into another role, or did you need/want to take time after this to sort through your own state of mind?
JOSH: Roman was fun. Brother was not. He was uncomfortable and tragic. After filming The Invoking I definitely needed a couple of months to regather my sanity and relax but it was worth every second.
H-P: Do you have any other projects (horror or not) coming up that you think we might enjoy if we loved your performance in this film?
JOSH: I am currently working with Don Thacker of Imagos Films on a feature project called Depth that will blow your mind. It is already stretching me emotionally and we have not even begun to film it. The prep work is that intense. It is a very VERY different character for me but I feel it's a story that needs to be told. If it ends up being half as epic as I'm imagining you are in for quite an experience.
H-P: Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me, I can’t wait to see some of your other work!
JOSH: Thank you so much for having me and for saying such kind words about the film. It was definitely a passion project that I hold very close to my heart.
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