North Carolina’s own Nick Searcy

| April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Casting Carolina’s Exclusive Interview With Nick Searcy.

International Film and Television Star Nick Searcy is from North Carolina and he began his film and television career while living in the state. Looking over Nick’s career, one will see a veritable assortment of portrayals that range from comical to serious or even scary and grotesque. From roles in big films and mini-series, like  ”From The Earth To The Moon” and ”Castaway”, and numerous guest starring roles on popular shows, he has definitely made his place for himself in Hollywood.  He is most known for his portrayal of the seasoned  Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal, Art Mullen in the FX hit series, “Justified”.

Nick Searcy has character to be sure. He has the distinct bearing and cadence of a middle-aged southern man, however his repertoire is surprising in it’s breadth. His craft has taken him to heights that would make other very capable actors envious but fear not, for Nick has charted a path for all of us would-be Hollywood Stars. He has bestowed us with “Acting School With Nick Searcy“. This is a series of instructional videos that will (if we pay close attention) ostensibly enable us to become big time film and TV stars just like him, but be warned… he… it… well, just be warned.

In the event that you can’t drop what you’re doing at the moment to be schooled by Nick, I have talked with him and he has answered some questions that give insight into who and where he is in his life as an actor from North Carolina living large in Southern California.


   Q:  You began your film career in North Carolina in the ’80s. What was your favorite project or role that you worked on in North Carolina and why?

   A:  FRIED GREEN TOMATOES. Even though it was in GA, I was living in NC at the time. First role in a film where I had more than one scene, and it put me on the map. But technically, DAYS OF THUNDER, since it was my first film role period.

   Q:  We are seeing a resurgence of film work in North Carolina with the tax incentives offered to producers. A lot of young actors in the state are eager to break into the business. What advice would you offer them?

   A:  Build up your resume by working locally as much as you can.  It’s good practice, and something unexpected may happen, as it did to me.  I would never have gotten Fried Green Tomatoes if I had not done Days of Thunder first, because it was the same casting director, David Rubin.

   Q:  Success as a series star must keep you quite busy. Having been both producer and director in the past, do you have any desire or plans or time to produce and or direct another film any time soon?

   A:  Yes, working on a couple of things at the moment.  My wife keeps saying, “You know this actor money is fine, but we need PRODUCER money.” And I am finishing up Season One of  ACTING SCHOOL WITH NICK SEARCY, available on the web. The last few episodes will hit in April.  It’s a public service to my tens of fans.

   Q:  A lot of actors feel like once they have landed a decent role, that they have it made, yet many will lose momentum and struggle for years. When did you feel like you really had some traction in your career?

    A:  Every time I ever got a role, I thought that was the one that would make me an International Film and Television Star. But only Justified did. Sad.  Now that I’m a star at 53, I’m too old to act like a jerk.

   Q:  Your character Art Mullen is the commanding force on the hit FX show Justified. You have done a wonderful job creating and playing him convincingly. You make the whole process look easy. What if any, are some of the challenges or daunting moments for you playing this role, to keep the good stuff coming for those of us on the other side of the tube?.

   A:  The greatest thing about Art Mullen for me is that I base the character, in my heart, on my own father. In many ways, Art is my tribute to my dad, with his sense of humor and passion and work ethic, and with an innate decency underneath all the sarcasm and grumpiness.  Art might be the character closest to me because of that.  My Dad is such an amazingly funny and wonderful man, and I would never tire of playing Art because I think of my father every day that I play him.  I have even called my Dad from the set and said, “What would you say to this?”

    Q:  They say home is where the heart is. Southern California is a beautiful place… do you feel like you fit in and like you are at home?

   A: No.  But the weather’s great. In fact, I think that is really the only reason people stay in this God-forsaken hellhole. Your taxes are ridiculous, the housing prices are ludicrous, and there are too many rats in the cage out here. Plus, the business is brutal and cutthroat, and everything you try to do for fun out here is over-crowded and hellish. But you wake up in the morning and walk outside and think, “Wow. What a beautiful day!” If it weren’t for the weather, everyone would leave.  And even so, the state government here is driving people to other states in record numbers. But, dang, the WEATHER!

   Q:  Where do you imagine you would be at this stage in your life if you had not become an actor or was acting your first choice? Is there a steakhouse owner inside of Nick Searcy, wishing to manifest? Do you own a steakhouse?

   A: I wanted to be an actor from the time I was 11 years old, and I feel blessed by God that I knew what I wanted to do, and went after it with everything I had. Everyone should be blessed with an ambition to do what they love, and i was.

   Q:  Can anyone act? How big a part does possessing an interesting and rich personality play in being a great actor?

   A:  Well, most anyone can act, as you can see on TV shows all day long every day. Not everybody is good at it.  I think people can get better at it if they have the talent. But it is a talent, not a skill. And it is also an activity, not a theory, or a philosophy, or something that happens in your head.  Get out in the world and do it.  Do plays, make videos, do things. You can’t sit around and think you can be an actor if someone gave you the chance.  You have to make your chance.

 Q:  A successful acting career may be enjoyable but it has many demands. Do you ever get to perform just for fun and if so what?


   Q: Are you taking time to smell the proverbial roses yet Nick? Aside form your carreer, what are the things that bring you the most joy and give your life menaing?

   A: My wife and children are my source of joy.  My beautiful brilliant, Yale graduate daughter Chloe has created her own internet show called CHLOE & ZOE.  It is brilliant. And my beautiful son Omar is a 13 year old athlete, actor, and endless source of joy, laughs and fun. He’s the quickest basketball player I have ever seen.  And my wife Leslie is an amazing dancer and dance teacher.  And I play golf, and go dirt biking with my son, and LOVE professional wrestling. It’s really what I wanted to be,a wrestler, but I just hated all that weight-lifting.

   Q: Do you have any interesting, funny or instructive auditioning stories?

   A: I look at every audition as a performance, and if it is a role I really want to do, I prepare fully and do it full out in the audition.  That way, I feel like I did it at least that one time. And my attitude has always been: if they don’t cast me, then they are obviously idiots.

  Q: Do you teach?

  A: Constantly. At ACTING SCHOOL WITH NICK SEARCY, available on the web right now as we speak, the learning never stops.  Everyone reading this right now should just shut their stupid mouths and go directly to . It will tell you everything you need to know about how to become a Peabody Award-winning International Film and Television Star just like me. I mean, it probably won’t happen, but there’s a chance.  Very slim, but a chance.


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Jason Saucier was born in Burbank, California and raised in and around New Orleans which is his family's native home. He began working in the film industry in the mid 1980's and has been residing in North Carolina since the turn of the century.

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