Edward Spivak is a six feet tall, 175 pound actor on the rise. He recently finished shooting a film, Quiet Dignity, in which he played a senator's son.
Where are you from?
San Francisco. My family and a lot of my friends are three. It's a beautiful city! I love to look at the skyline and see the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Bay Bridge.
When did you begin performing?
I began performing at the age of five. My mom is a professional musician, a pianist, and she owns a music school. Her school used to rent out auditoriums and put on concerts so that families and friends of the students could come and watch them perform. At the age of five I was singing solo, in a choir, performing in skits, and playing the piano on stage. I grew to love being in front of an audience and I've been doing it ever since.
Do you still play the piano and sing?
I still play the piano but I only sing in the shower. The acoustics are really good in there.
Why do you act?
Acting is my love and passion. I've never wanted to do anything else. A lot of people start acting because they want to be rich and famous, but that's not what drives me. When you are acting and you are in the moment, meaning that you are thinking, reacting, feeling like that character that you are playing, it feels as if you're in an out of body experience, a dream. That is the most unbelievable feeling and it is the reason I act. It feels magical!
Where did you get your training?
I received my B.A. in Drama from San Francisco State University, which has one of the best acting programs in the country. I also trained at the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) and the British American Drama Academy (BADA) in Oxford, England. I've studied at Bay Area Theater Sports (B.A.T.S.) school of improvisation, M.K. Lewis's and Joel Asher's film and television acting classes, as well as other places. I currently study at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. I'm in their advanced class, which is taught by Milton Katselas. I have tremendous respect for acting as an art form and craft, so I believe it's very important to get as much good training as possible. You learn and acquire a lot of different styles and then you develop one of your own.
Do you find it difficult memorizing your lines?
No, I've never had a problem with learning my lines. You definitely have to spend time on it and put in your work, but it can be done, regardless of how many pages you have to memorize. I've had lead roles in plays that lasted two hours and there is no room for error because the show is live. A lot of people have told me that they think that memorizing your lines is the most important thing when it comes to acting, but that's just the beginning. Your lines are the blueprint, the skeleton of your performance. You start with that, but then you must build on it. When you're acting, the lines are engrained in your memory and come out of your subconscious. If you're thinking about your lines while you're acting, then you haven't done your homework and you're in trouble because you'll never be in the moment.
Tell us about the movie, you shot - The Wright Home.
I play Adam Wright; a successful executive banker who is driven by money, greed, and danger, Adam tries to escape his roots, which trace back to a poor family. Even though he has everything in life, he's never content. Therefore, he goes to Las Vegas and gets involved with the mafia, which turns his life upside down. Suddenly, he loses everything and is running for his life. Adam is enlightened with a new perspective on life and returns to his roots.
What are some of your favorite roles that you have played?
Adam Wright in the Wright Home because I go from being strong and confident in the beginning of the film to weak and vulnerable at the end. As an actor you hope to play such roles because they allow for a lot of range. We shot in Vegas, which was a lot of fun. We also shot on a yacht that I was driving, which was a first. I also enjoyed playing John Wiles, a senator's son, in the movie I just shot, Quiet Dignity. It deals with corruption in politics, which I believe is relevant in today's society. One of my favorite roles was Picasso in the play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin. It's a hilarious and very well written play. Steve Martin is not only a great comedian, but a great writer. I also enjoyed playing Don in the play, Boys Life by Howard Korder. It's a story about growing up with your friends, which we can all relate to.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
My family and friends are very important to me, so I enjoy spending time with them. The outdoors such as the beach or the park are my favorite places to go to in order to do script work such as memorization, breaking up the script into beats, analysis, etc. I get great energy from the beautiful nature. I find such environments to be very inspirational.
How can you be contacted?
My agency is Angel City Talent (818) 760-9980. My management is Link Talent Group (818) 508-0114.
TUXEDO BY GREG CHAPMAN, BEVERLY HILLS
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