SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Kenneth Wayne Bradley: Hi! I’m Kenneth Wayne Bradley, and I play Booth in One For The Road Dollar Baby! I’m a film, television, and theatre actor, living in Central Texas with my wife, Cathy, and our two felines! I’m an avid Baseball fan (some would say obsessed!), exercise everyday (gotta keep this body a goin’!), and live very close to my parents, who are my best friends! I am represented by the best team in the business, the rock solid team of Collier Talent, who are like that energizer bunny fella–they never stop working for me!!
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Kenneth Wayne Bradley: I honestly cannot think of a time when I didn’t. When I was very small, maybe 5 or 6 I used to climb up onto my grandma’s garden fence and perform a variety show for her yard. Maybe her Cat would watch me, sometimes she would watch, but mostly it was just me singing, telling corny jokes and doing acting skits for 2 or 3 acres of cut grass! When I was old enough to go to school, I deeply admired the acting troupes that would tour through our elementary school doing plays and skits for us. I always sat there watching them in amazement wondering, “How can I GET TO DO THAT? I wanted to be up there WITH them! I wanted to be ONE OF them! Later in High School, I got involved in drama class and did plays and and then was fortunate enough to attend Sam Houston State University which had (and still has) a world class Fine Arts Program for Theatre and Dance. When I got out of college I started doing professional plays, but also landed an agent and became involved in film.
SKSM: How did you become involved in One for the road Dollar Baby?
Kenneth Wayne Bradley: Sean reached out to me. We had worked together before, and really wanted to collaborate again on something. When he landed this project he called me, very excited about it, and after reading his adaptation, I could not wait to get to work!
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Kenneth Wayne Bradley: The characters. They are so rich and well rounded and universal. Anybody, no matter what walk of life they come from, can relate to these people. To me, that is the key element to a successful story NO MATTER WHAT YOUR SUBJECT might be.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Kenneth Wayne Bradley: Because Sean wanted to use me in another project of his, I did not have to audition for this part. That is very rare…and a gift. But I don’t believe he WROTE his adaptation of the story with me in mind. Sean stayed true to Mr. King’s original material.
SKSM: You worked with Sean Patrick Bridges on this film, how was that?
Kenneth Wayne Bradley: Sean And I worked together once before this, and we really hit it off in the first project. We were both dying to work together again, so when this opportunity presented itself, we both jumped at the chance. Sean has a brilliant and creative mind, he is open to input and collaboration and his style is relaxed. He creates a nurturing environment for the actor to explore and find him or herself in his pieces. THAT is gold and it’s also probably a good reason for his success.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Kenneth Wayne Bradley: Sean probably has hours of hilarious outtakes that, if he chose to share, would probably consume an entire project of it’s own. Lets just say that, while our focus was on delivering a professional polished product, we also had a hell of a lot of fun in that studio.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so, with who?
Kenneth Wayne Bradley: A lot of them I do, yes. Some of them, like Ken Webster (who plays Tookey), I keep up with on almost a daily basis because as well as being colleagues, they are also good friends of mine. The Austin theatre and film communities are a tight-knit bunch of folks. For the most part, we pretty much all know each-other, keep up with everyone’s careers, show our support for each-other and occasionally get together over a few beers or tequila shots.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Kenneth Wayne Bradley: Next up is a series pilot that I’m shooting in North Carolina. Because everything travels so fast on the net these days, I’m not allowed to say much about it other than the fact that the character is much different than the one I played in Sean’s piece.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Kenneth Wayne Bradley: Absolutely! Is that even a question? You mean, there are people that aren’t???
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Kenneth Wayne Bradley: Because I’m a big and sometimes very brash Texas country boy, I think people would probably be hard pressed to peg me as a “cat guy.” Yeah, I’m a closet “cat guy,” who dearly loves his two furry demons. Mickey and Macy follow me everywhere like two puppies, no matter how deep into the woods I walk. They’ll stop to rest when I do, and then they always follow me back home. They also basically OWN my house. They simply allow my wife and I to live there with them.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Kenneth Wayne Bradley: Thank you for this question, because without the fans, what are we? Fans, I think you’re going to LOVE this adaptation by Sean Bridges! We had so much fun putting it together for you! Now just close your eyes, and listen… It’s going to be a helluva ride baby!
SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?
Kenneth Wayne Bradley: Yes, Thank you! Thank YOU for this opportunity, and again, thank you to all the folks who support entertainers and the entertainment business. We wouldn’t be here without you, and for this specific opportunity we are forever grateful! Anyone like a celebratory 100% Agave shot?? (Smiles Big!)