SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Andrew Garrett: Yeah, Hi. My name is Andrew Garrett. I’m an actor born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Andrew Garrett: I suppose I have wanted to do it since I was a child, I had a fascination with story telling at a young age, especially stories told on film. The acting was the most tangible part of that for me. After high school I started acting school and auditioning in los Angeles haven’t really looked back since.
SKSM: How did you become involved in The Passenger Dollar Baby film?
Andrew Garrett: I graduated from The Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Hollywood. I was lucky enough to be given a job at the school after graduating. From time to time, film makers will send out casting notices through the school. I saw the notice for the passenger and sent an email and they got back to me. Just kind of worked out.
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Andrew Garrett: I think that people have kind of a fascination with perversion, or giving in to the darker, dirtier, or even, more dangerous sides of themselves. I feel the movie is a kind of fantasy of letting that side of yourself out. Weather people admit it or not I think there’s a little part of everyone who wants to just once, let go of holding that back.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Andrew Garrett: I auditioned. I put myself on tape first. After that I met with Alexander Bruckner (director) for an in person audition or two. I forget.
SKSM: You worked with Alexander Bruckner on this film, how was that?
Andrew Garrett: Alexander is a very smart and talented man. What I really loved about working with him, was once we were on set shooting, he really knew how to confidently get what he wanted, from both the actors and the crew. He has an ability to get those results without being overbearing or condescending in any way. Makes the set a very comfortable place. On lower budget films there is not always time for that!!
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Andrew Garrett: It’s hard to pinpoint exact special moments, I really liked my fellow cast members on this Project. Getting to know them was special to me. But on one night of shooting, the screen writer Tab Murphy, who wrote The Passenger, came to the set. Tab is and Oscar nominated writer and has done a lot of notable work over the years. It was very cool to meet him.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Andrew Garrett: Through the magic of social media it’s fairly easy to stay in contact people. We don’t talk all the time, but I’ve spoken with Alexander a few times, as well as my co-stars, Gael Gillis, Randy Henandez, and Ben Dalhaus. We were also all able to get together for premiere screening of the film.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Andrew Garrett: With the pandemic everything is sort of halted this year. But, but me and my writing partner Eric L Thompson are in preproduction for a film we wrote, called The Picture in the House. Based on an H.P. Lovecraft story. Right in line with Stephen King. I’ll be acting in that as well. Hopefully production will start early next year.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Andrew Garrett: A massive fan, it’s hard to put into words how much his work has meant to me over the years. But its safe to say my creative sensibilities have been altered since I first picked up Pet Sematary when I was 14.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Andrew Garrett: I have no problem not listening to the Temptations, which is weird.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Andrew Garrett: Thanks for taking the time to read this. I really hope it encourages peaple to check out the film we made!
SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?
Andrew Garrett: Just thanks again!