SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Rhes Low: I live in Oxford, MS with my wife and our 4 kids. Although, I spent the bulk of my life in the entertainment indudstry (mainly in L.A. and NYC but recently in the southeastern US) several years ago I changed direction. I am now Director of Strategy for an integrated marketing and communictions firm- Red Window Communications.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Rhes Low: I always knew. The decision to pursue the craft as a profession came toward the end of my junior year in high school. My time until then had been Split between golf and theatre. After being accepted into the theatre program at Southern Methodist University, I dropped other activities and focused 100% on the acting. By the way, in hindsight, dropping other activities was not a good idea- as actors we draw from our experiences, therefore we should exuberantly explore other hobbies, art forms, and activities
SKSM: How did you become involved in All That You Love Will be Carried Away Dollar Baby film?
Rhes Low: The director, Thad Lee and I met in L.A. and kind of grew up together in the industry. I will always work for him – if he asks, I’ll say yes.
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Rhes Low: Trying to overcome a broken world.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Rhes Low: It was adapted and written with me in mind.
SKSM: You worked with Thad Lee on this film, how was that?
Rhes Low: Thad’s preparation is extremely detailed and thoughtful. He is a pure artist with a very defined visión – and yet within that visión, he allows collaborative ideas to influence and ehnance the direction of the visión. That is one of the reasons, as I said before, I will always say yes if he asks me to work for him. His set is a true representation of what a collaborative artform/storytelling platform should be. A definitive visión that relies on and welcomes collaborative craftmen to enhance that visión.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Rhes Low: Other than being subjected to a giant shop fan blowing in our faces in the midst of 20 degree biting cold due to the wet humid southern air and me getting massively pissed off after the 15th take because, well, I guess I’m a wimp, no.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Rhes Low: I bump into everyone, every so often.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Rhes Low: A large portion of my time is spent producing podcasts for myself and some of my clients at Red Window. Additionally, I am producing a documentary on my podcast, The Brave Dutch, based on my grandfather’s WWII experience. He was shot down over occupied Holland and spent 15 months in hiding.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Rhes Low: Yes. He is a master storyteller.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Rhes Low: I’m pretty transparent. Not too many surprises here- ummmm, oh yeah, I love Disneyworld. Great storytelling, immersion, commitment, set design, inclusión. This is a recent discovery and I am surprised to know this about myselfJ
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Rhes Low: Thanks for being fans. Share, share, share. Thad, influenced by Stephen Kings genius, has put together a lovely film that needs to be seen.
And thank you guys for creating a fórum for all of us fans to consume great info about folks who take a chance and invest their time to créate a storytelling experience that is thoughtful, engaging, and gives us the occasional escape from reality if needed and/or a window into reality if needed.