SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Cody Thomas: Hello! My name is Cody Thomas. I’m 18 years old, and live in Northeast Pennsylvania. I currently attend a technical school for Audio Visual.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Cody Thomas: It sort of was always something that had fascinated me, As a young kid I had dreams of being a famous actor in the back of my mind.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Cain Rose Up Dollar Baby film?
Cody Thomas: I had known A.J. was working on a short film for a little while before hand, as we went to the same A/V class together. In early June he had made a post asking for Male actors. I reached out, asked if he needed any help, and it went from there!
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Cody Thomas: I believe, that because it’s such a dark topic, most people can’t even begin to imagine something like that. Because of this, they watch a movie, video, or so on, about the topic. I think it sheds a little light on something so unthinkable, but very unfortunately real.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Cody Thomas: Neither I suppose, the script had already been finished when I reached out. A.J. sent me the script, and told me which character he thought I’d be best for.
SKSM: You worked with A.J Gribble on this film, how was that?
Cody Thomas: It was honestly incredible. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. Everyone was very professional, and A.J. is a wonderful director. Extremely understanding and kind!
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Cody Thomas: There was quite a bit of funny moments. We all had a few good laughs in between takes. There was times where we tried getting things to time out correctly, only to end up doing the same shot so many times before it actually played out right. We all had our laughs, but when it came down to it, we got to work and got it done.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Cody Thomas: The occasional message to A.J. but still seeing him almost every day in class. And the occasional message to fellow actor Jarod Engle.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Cody Thomas: At the moment, nothing unfortunately. I’d be extremely open to doing another film if given the opportunity, however.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Cody Thomas: Not as much as I’d like honestly. I know his famous, popular works, as most people do. Stephen King is definitely something I need to learn, read, and watch more about!
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Cody Thomas: That as much as I had dreamed of being an actor, I really never had the opportunity before Cain Rose Up. This was the first professional short film I had been in.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Cody Thomas: No, thank you! Thanks for all the support, and supporting A.J. in his film, and we hope that you’ll enjoy Cain Rose Up!
SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?
Cody Thomas: A quick shout out to everyone that worked on the film. It was an amazing experience, and I’d love to work with you all again some day!