ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Richard Harmon is a novice when it comes to comic conventions.
In fact, when the actor comes to the Duke City this weekend, it will be his first time in New Mexico and his first comic convention.
“I never knew there was a convention world,” he says during an interview from Canada. “When I heard that there were actually agents that booked for conventions, I thought I’d give it a try.”
Harmon has carved out a niche for himself with his TV shows. It’s a niche that suits the convention world.
“I’ve been lucky to be on some really amazing shows,” he says. “They have all had their own set of fans.”
Harmon has been a regular on TV shows as “The Killing” and “Continuum” and has had guest-star roles on “Fringe,” “Caprica,” “The Secret Circle” and “Smallville.”
His most recent stints as a series regular are on the TV shows “Bates Motel” and “The 100.”
Harmon has been acting since he was 10 years old. He started being booked for more shows when he turned 18.
“I’m not the type of person to turn down a good project,” he says. “This is the reason I’ve been on so many shows like this.”
With “The 100,” Harmon says he read for a small part, which turned into something bigger.
“I went in for the audition and the character didn’t even have a name,” he says. “When I booked it the writers named the character John and it’s been an amazing time.”
While “The 100″ and “Bates Motel” are his most recent, it’s his role as Julian Randol on “Continuum” that has been the longest, with Harmon appearing in 23 episodes.
“I’ve always wanted to attend a convention as a fan,” he says. “I don’t know what to expect from this but I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of comic and sci-fi fans.”
Interview with Richard Harmon
2014 has already been an incredible year for Richard Harmon. The actor just completed a successful first season of The CW’s hit series The 100 and returned to the starring role of Julian on SyFy’s hit seriesContinuum.
We spoke with Richard about his hopes for season 2 of The 100, his time on Continuum, and the other projects fans can expect from him next.
Read on for our exclusive interview with Richard Harmon below:
What inspired you to get into acting?
Richard: I followed my sister into it after she started. Got an agent at ten and started auditioning from there
Has anyone influenced or inspired you as an actor? Is there anyone you’d love to work with someday?
There are so many people who have inspired me, the list really goes on and on. Lately though I’ve been noticing that it’s the people around me in my life that are inspiring me to be better. I’m lucky to be surrounded by a lot of hard working, talented friends.
I think it’s an understatement how busy you are right now what with starring in multiple television series and film roles. What does it mean to you to have the opportunity to live out your dream as an actor? Are you excited about what’s to come?
Thank you! It means everything to me. I have more now than I ever really imagined I would have in my career. I’m excited about where I am and I’m just going to keep my head down and hope for the best.
How has the fan support been so far? Are you enjoying interacting with your fans on social media?
The fan support has been amazing. I got free pie at McDonald’s the other day.
Continuum is airing the season finale next week. Can you talk a little about your character Julian Randol and what attracted you to the role?
I really knew nothing about Julian when the role was offered to me, just accepted it on blind faith. Good thing I did because it turned into one of my favorite roles I’ve ever played. He’s really evolved so much in the 3 seasons.
With you also starring in The 100, do you prefer the science fiction/dramatic roles? What do you enjoy most about these kind of characters?
No, I never really look at what genres the shows are, i just go out and try to have fun for myself.
Are there any particular challenges you have faced while filming in these roles?
I think each one comes with their own challenges, that’s what keeps it interesting.
What are your hopes for your character John Murphy when the series returns with season 2?
I want to learn a little bit more about him, find out some of the reasons why he is the way he is. I want to know what his thinking was.. what he was feeling, and if he learned anything. Really though I just want Murphy to be Murphy, he’s incredibly fun to play.
The 100 boasts an impressive cast list. That’s not bad company to keep! How has it been working with some of the actors?
It’s been great. We all vibe really well off of one another. The young cast is incredibly driven and competitive and the vets are always there for us to come to and learn from. It’s a really great mix.
Your upcoming film “The Age of Adaline” is another example of this. How exciting is it to say that you are starring alongside Harrison Ford? What can your fans expect from this film?
It’s an honor, truthfully. I think they can expect a very cool flick, the director (Lee Toland Krieger) knows what he’s doing
Finally, what else are you working on? What can fans expect from you next?
I just finished an episode of a new series called “The Intruders”, I don’t know when it comes out but it seems to have a ton of potential!
We’d like to thank Richard Harmon for taking the time to answer some questions for us.
Be sure to keep up to date with Richard by following him on Twitter @RichardSHarmon.
CraveOnline: What do you prefer – film or television? What’s the difference?
Richard Harmon: They’re very different. At one point it was prudent to be one or the other, but nowadays it’s very open and you can do both. I love both for different reasons – film gives you an opportunity to hunker down and take risks, [and do] some stuff that you can’t get away with TV. And with film the cast and crew become extended family.
Ever think about working behind the camera?
I never really did until recently and it still isn’t something that drives me for any other reason than to be better as an actor.
You’ll be doing the festival circuit this year – is this your first time?
No, I’ve been doing it for awhile. I love the festivals. They’re a lot of fun. It’s nice to get out of town, even for a few days, and get feedback from different areas and see how they react to your film differently.
Who would you love to work with in the business?
That list is a long one… the Coen brothers would be a dream come true. They’re my favourite filmmakers. Jim Jarmusch and his film “Only Lovers Left Alive” is one of the most fantastic pieces of filmmaking I’ve seen in a long time. He’s got a cool grip on his own style.
As far as acting, I’d love to work with Willem Dafoe and Paul Dano.
What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I play War Hammer, miniatures that you paint and then you battle them with things like dice rolls.
Richard Harmon is currently starring in The CW’s newest post-apocalyptic hit, The 100, which has been renewed for a second season and will have its finale tonight, June 11. Currently, Richard is filming his large supporting role in The Age Of Adaline, opposite Blake Lively and Harrison Ford. He’s previously been seen in AMC’s The Killing and A&E’s Bates Motel. Real Style recently interviewed Richard about his villainous role and working on Hollywood production of The Age Of Adaline.
Real Style: Your character on The 100 is generally disliked; How was it playing a ‘villain’?
Richard Harmon: I love him! I don’t really see him as a villain myself though. I think he has made decisions that are very similar to some of the protagonists in the story but when you frame it a certain way, he comes out looking like the bad guy. As far as people disliking him, I’m glad to see it, in a way I suppose that is my job is to have people dislike him, every BatMan needs a Joker.
Real Style: What drew you to The 100?
Richard Harmon: The first thing that drew me to the show was that they wanted to hire me.. Past that though I really fell in love with the show, its months of running around in the woods, fighting, screaming and acting like a mad man, it’s a blast.
Real Style: How does being in a post-apocalyptic world change the way you develop your character?
Richard Harmon: For me it changes the development because every decision they make now comes from survival first and foremost, you’re always just trying to stay alive. I like it, it brings out their true colours.
Real Style: How would you survive in a post-apocalyptic society
Richard Harmon: I would be very different from Murphy, he tends to survive by cutting off ties to those around him so he really has no extra baggage, he only needs to worry about himself. I believe I would be more of a team player, try to survive within the group.
Real Style: Tell us a little about your role in Age of Adaline.
Richard Harmon: Not sure exactly how much I can tell, I’m really only in a couple scenes. I help out Blake Lively’s character.
Real Style: How was it working opposite Harrison Ford and Blake Lively?
Richard Harmon: Unfortunately I never got to meet Harrison Ford but working with Blake Lively was an absolute pleasure! Really a very sweet giving actor.
Real Style: What are your future projects?
Richard Harmon: Right now I’m doing an episode of a new show called “The Intruders” which has been very fun. Season 2 of The 100 starts filming in a month, so hopefully if I make it through the finale tonight I’ll be around for that.
Real Style: How do you choose your roles?
Richard Harmon: For the most part I just take what I can get at this point in my career but at the same time I’ve been very blessed that those have been some extremely cool shows and roles that I am very proud of. If I’m doing an indie film then I will choose carefully and I guess my thought process on those is whether or not I really am interested enough in the character to be them for however long the shoot is.
Real Style: What’s the best part of acting for you?
Richard Harmon: The best part about acting is that I have no answer for that question, there’s too many things about it that I love.
Real Style: What’s your favourite moment from on-set (any production)?
Richard Harmon: Sometimes there are moments on set when you just step back and see everything happening all at once, it makes me feel at peace. Moments like those remind me that there is nowhere on this earth that I’d rather be.
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