SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Andrew Bee: I am Andrew Bee and I started acting in 2009. Before that, I taught competitive Ballroom and Latin Dancing for twenty-five years. I was really good at it, but it was never the dream. I won’t get into it here, but it took me most of my life to be able to pursue my great dream.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Andrew Bee: When I was six years old my father took me to see the original Planet of the Apes, with Charlton Heston. I was absolutely terrified, but that was when I knew what I wanted to do in my life.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Big Wheels Dollar Baby film?
Andrew Bee: I met the director, Andrew Simpson through a mutual contact and he told me about his idea to shoot a Dollar Baby short film. Andrew and I connected immediately, and without any thought I agreed.
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Andrew Bee: Stephen King’s great gift is to be able to take any set of circumstances and turn it into an incredible story by creating absoulutely fascinating characters. This story, on the surface, is simple, but when it is revealed who the two main guys are, it takes on a whole different meaning.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Andrew Bee: I read the script, Andrew told me who he wanted me to play and it was perfect for me. As an EP, I just took the role.
SKSM: You worked with Andrew Simpson on this film, how was that?
Andrew Bee: I loved working with Andrew and will do it again as soon as possible.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Andrew Bee: Not funny, no, but special, yes. We had the complete support of William F, White’s, the largest film equipment rental Company in Canada. They gave us all the equipment we needed. Andrew was working there at the time and it was wonderful to see how they supported us.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Andrew Bee: I have contact with Benji Irwin, the cinematographer and we are planning on filming more short films together this summer.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Andrew Bee: I shot a feature in March and have done several commercials recently.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Andrew Bee: I grew up reading everything he wrote. I was in awe of his incredible creativity and storytelling ability. The first book I ever read was “Salem’s Lot”, and I think I was fourteen. I read it in a single sitting.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Andrew Bee: As I mentioned earlier, I was a dance teacher for twenty-five years.
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 Bee: Yes, thank you for taking the time to read this and look for Mute, another Dollar Baby short I filmed last November. I am also in the process of adapting my third into a screenplay that we will film this summer.