SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Nick Szeman: My name is Nick Szeman. I’m an actor based out of Toronto, Canada.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Nick Szeman: Part of me always wanted to be an actor but was too scared to really put myself out there. After High School, I went to school for Business and never really felt like I belonged. As I was getting closer to completing the program, I promised myself that as soon as I finished I would give acting a try. I’ve been acting ever since.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Willa Dollar Baby film?
Nick Szeman: I was lucky enough to be very close with the creative team behind it.
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Nick Szeman: It comes from Stephen King. Safe to say that anything he is a part of is usually really good. The creative team behind Willa, especially Corey Mayne and Barbara Szeman, took some creative liberties with the script that are very exciting as well.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Nick Szeman: I did not have to audition. I’m so lucky that Corey and Barbara had me in mind when they were writing this character.
SKSM: You worked with Corey Mayne on this film, how was that?
Nick Szeman: Corey is amazing. I’ve known him for a long time and he is an incredibly creative person. Watching him direct and make his vision come alive was a very exciting experience.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Nick Szeman: The film was shot mostly outdoors in the middle of winter in Canada. Needless to say, it was freezing on set. Early on, I discovered that the portable restrooms on set were heated. So I spent most of my free time on set and in between takes on the toilet.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Nick Szeman: I am in contact with a good portion of the cast and crew. This was quite literally a family project. Barbara is my sister. Adrian Jaworski is my brother in law. Madison Seguin is my girlfriend. And the majority of the rest of the cast and crew might as well be family because we are all very close.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Nick Szeman: I was in a short film called Solid State that was released online not too long ago. Another film I was in, Travis Turner, will probably be released in the not too distant future as well. Apart from that, I’m constantly taking classes and trying to learn as much as I can as an actor.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Nick Szeman: Of course. He’s such a complex writer. Everything he does is so different, yet so brilliant. I’ve always been very interested in time travel and right now I’m obsessed with 11.22.63.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Nick Szeman: I have a degree in Business.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Nick Szeman: Thank you for reading and I hope you found this interesting.
SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?
Nick Szeman: The entire team behind Willa is such a passionate and creative group. They put in countless hours and endless efforts to make this come to fruition. A mutual love for film and storytelling brought together a group of wonderful people to share a story they all believe in. I hope you all enjoy the film.