Interview with Actor Hans Christopher
Today on What On What’s Good with Host Jovin Tardif, I am here with award-winning Swedish-American actor Hans Christopher. Hans was born and raised in Sacramento. He is currently residing in Venice, California. Fun fact: His dream is to write and feature in his own American Epic Western. In our interview, topics include his roles in Crime/Drama ‘Waco’, Drama/Thriller ‘Dreamland’, and Action/Thriller ‘Model Citizen’. Other subjects include his poetry, skateboarding, and more.
1. Tell us about your experience playing the role of Randy Weaver in the Netflix series ‘Waco’. How did you prepare for the part?
Waco was incredible. It was the first major role I’d booked, so of course, I was definitely nervous. I had never played a role based on a real person, and I felt I had a responsibility to tell his story and do it justice. Thankfully I had plenty of time to research Randy and his history and what happened at Ruby Ridge. To prepare, I studied pictures, read articles, and watched interviews, but I think the thing that influenced me the most was finding out that he had been a former Green Beret, and what it takes to do to that. That stuck with me through the shoot.
2. What was it like working with Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, Shea Whigham, Julia Garner, and more on ‘Waco’? Any interesting behind-the-scenes stories?
Oh, it was amazing. There were a few days there where it was just Mike, Shae, and myself. I’m walking around set pretending I know what I’m doing, and I kept peeking over at Mike and Shae and saying to myself, ‘just do what they’re doing.’ So that’s what I did. As for behind the scenes, I think it was my second day of shooting, and I was staying in Albuquerque. The day before it had been, I think, in the ’70s. So I wake up early and put my t-shirt and shorts on and head out, and about 30 minutes in, I find myself in a snowstorm. I barely get to set only to find out we can’t work, so I turn around and shoot everything a month later. I learned New Mexico has some strange weather.
3. Describe your role as John Baker in the feature film ‘Dreamland’, starring Margot Robbie, Travis Fimmel, and Kerry Condon. What was it like working with Margot, Travis, and Kerry?
In Dreamland, John Baker was the father of Eugene Evans, played by Finn Cole. Without giving too much away, I was a not so great father who ended up running out on Eugene. I remember that the first day I was shooting, I didn’t even realize I was working with Travis. I was already in the van when it picked him up, and I was like, “Oh, that’s the dude from Vikings, cool.” The entire experience was a trip, and the cast and crew at Dreamland were so fun to work with.
4. What was it like playing the antagonistic Nick Archer in the feature film ‘Model Citizen’ (A Deadly Price for her Pretty Face).
That role in Model Citizen was a little crazy. Someone must have dropped out because I got released the week before, and then three or four days before shooting began, I got the role. On top of that, the first three days, I was in every scene. So I had to learn twenty-something pages of dialogue in three days. I don’t think I slept much then. But in situations like that, sometimes they can work out better because you really don’t have time to overthink things. It was definitely a challenge, but I was really happy with how it came out.
5. Congratulations on your win for Best Supporting Actor as Mr. Walton in the short film Progeny at the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival. Can you describe your character and what it was like to be recognized by your peers?
Thank you. Yeah, that was a fun one. I got to play Mr. Walton, an incredibly wealthy and, so it seemed, friendly boss, who in his spare time forcefully implants his offspring into the back of his worker’s necks. Oh, he’s also an alien. As far as the recognition, it was at the beginning of this whole pandemic thing, so there wasn’t a festival, unfortunately, but my co-stars and crew reached out to me. That was pretty cool.
6. Just for fun. Do you have a dream role you would like to play?
Absolutely. My dream has been for a while now to book an epic Western. Deadwood is still my favorite show, and I’ve always wanted to play a character like the ones on that show. Something like Seth Bullock’s character. They were so incredible. And to work with David Milch, yeah, I might think about retiring after that.
7. You are very passionate about writing. (ie. poetry) Can you offer any tips on writing?
You know what’s funny is most of my poetry has never been seen. Maybe at some point, I’ll publish it or post it, but for now, it resides in little journals. My writing tips would be to do a little of it every day, even if you don’t have anything to say. Get comfortable with just sitting down and writing anything, with no judgment. And then also I would say, speak your truth. I spent so much of my life trying to learn the right way, only to find out your voice, your truth, is really what’s important.
8. You are an avid fan of skateboarding. Can you tell us more about it? (Favorite spot, when you started skateboarding, favorite skateboarder, magazines, etc…)
I am yeah. I’m also just getting into surfing too, by the way, which is not easy. With skating, though, it was something I did a lot when I was younger. I think the best move I ever did was a 180 kickflip, so I wasn’t very good. Now cut to twenty years later, I decide to get an old Caballero, which was my first board. Figured it was like riding a bike. It wasn’t. So after a very steep learning curve, I got the hang of it again. Now I don’t do any crazy tricks, but I use it for cruising around Venice.