Nick Zano Interview -- JustJared.com Exclusive
Former What I Like About You hunk Nick Zano plays the smartass in the upcoming horror flick The Final Destination, the fourth installment in the franchise and the first to be shot in HD 3-D.
Here’s what the 31-year-old boyfriend of Haylie Duff told JustJared.com in an exclusive interview:
JJ: Familar with JustJared.com? Do you even read blogs?
NZ: Yes, actually. My family considers you an ally and Jenna Dewan loves reading your blog.
JJ: Why thank you. Can you tell us how you got into the acting biz?
NZ: I started acting at Wellington High School in West Palm Beach, Florida. My first real introduction was my TV production class. You know how you have morning announcements? Well we had that every Friday for ten minutes. One day, we decided we were going to be funny while saying all of the serious announcements. People started laughing and by the time I graduated high school we had fifteen minutes every Friday of just doing skits. That was my first introduction to an audience. There’s no one more honest than your fellow high school kids and we didn’t have much material back then.
JJ: What was your first big break?
NZ: It had to be MTV. I was a VJ and then became a news correspondent. Later on, I did a pilot for the WB. They offered me a “holding deal”. I did a pilot that didn’t get picked up and they were looking for a guy to reoccur for about five episodes on What I Like About You, and then that five turned into 13 and then the 13 became a series regular. That was pretty much the best thing that ever happened to me professionally as far as learning goes.
NZ: For sure! I also see Wesley Johnson on the regular, and I just had dinner with Leslie Grossman.
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JJ: Let’s talk about Final Destination. I’ve never seen the second or third one, why would I want to see fourth?
NZ: Simply, it’s double the budget, double the size, double the movie. It’s being shot on an HD 3-D camera, that was invented by James Cameron and it’s the first live action movie to be shot with it. The thing that makes it is hi-def 3-D in live action. It looked ridiculously good in playback before going into post-production. There are only 20 something guys that know how to operate this camera. So when the camera starts acting funny, everyone stops working. It was a slower process but it was definitely rewarding. Slower because it was the first movie filmed with this type of camer. Wwe were all on this giant learning curve. We spent a total of 17 days on the opening of the movie.
JJ: What’s the coolest 3-D effect that you have seen from the footage so far?
NZ: All of them involve deaths that I can’t talk about! Everyone dies in a glorious fashion.
JJ: Is it gory?
NZ: It’s gory and it’s action-packed. Our director David Ellis is huge stuntman. His company Brand X does the majority of stunts in movies and Dave is a big action director. So we used live race cars. Everything live and no green screen gave us a huge pay off.
JJ: Best stunt that you filmed?
NZ: Personally all my phobias were put aside for my own death. And I had to get right with myself because it was two full day shoots of personal hell for me. It took a lot of mental “every-thing’s cool, you’re safe, you’re not gonna die” mentality.
JJ: What was it like filming in New Orleans?
NZ: It was my second movie shooting there (the other was College, which was released last year). At that point, I could walk down the street and see people I know. It has a very interesting cycle. The Thursday afternoon crowd is all the business men that fly in for conferences and get piss drunk by Thursday afternoon. And you’ll see most fathers, grandfathers stumbling on the sidewalk at five in the afternoon getting it all out of their system. The cycle continues. Being an actor, you observe everything.
JJ: What’s your character like in the movie?
NZ: His name is Hunt, who is pretty much your “never take it seriously” frat guy who’s on his path of “me”. And he’s funny and obnoxious — a hybrid out of two people I know. Definitely a likable “d—”.
JJ: Fave supernatural/thriller movie?
NZ: Not a big supernatural or thriller guy, but I’ll tell you I’m very happy to be involved with the Final Destination movies, and very proud of what we accomplished. Be prepared for something that’s not being expected from the franchise. It’s going to be a big one, everything an event movie should be.
Check back tomorrow morning for Part II of JustJared.com‘s exclusive interview with Nick Zano. The Final Destination opens in theaters everywhere TOMORROW (August 28). To watch the trailer, visit TheFinalDestinationMovie.com.