Dana Ashbrook will be forever associated with the cult hit Twin Peaks. This acclaimed series, which is showing on the Horror Channel helped to give the UK viewing public a chance to see his acting skills.
Now he's back in the acclaimed thriller The Aggression Scale.
We had a quick chat with Dana about Twin Peaks and his thoughts on his new movie.
HC: How did you get your first big break into acting?
DA: My sister's agent in Los Angeles came to see a high school play I as in, in San Diego and became my agent. My first pro gig was a scene on the TV show Cagney And Lacey. I believe it was 1986.
HC: Both your sisters are actors; do you ever give each other acting tips?
DA: We have worked together and I have been directed by my sister, Taylor in a play.
HC: You made a huge impact in the UK as Bobby Briggs in the seminal series Twin Peaks, did you or any of the cast think that it would become such a global hit?
DA: I had no idea what that even meant. I had done a few movies up till that point in my career, but never had done anything so well received. I remember the pilot screening at the DGA, afterwards people were so excited about it. I had never done anything that had that reaction from folks, and I said to David, something like, "Wow, I have never had a reaction like this for something I was in!". He said, "Enjoy it, cause it isn't always like this."
HC: What was it like working with David Lynch?
DA: He is an artist. One of the greats. I would've carried his coffee.
HC: It is still talked about today; do you think it could be revived?
DA: I doubt it. It would f**k with the whole thing, I don't think it will ever be. However, I love those people and would love to see them all again!
HC: Your latest feature, The Aggression Scale has just been released, how did this project come to you?
DA: They offered it to me out of the blue. That never happens to me.
HC: What did you think of the script?
DA: I thought it was like Home Alone! I thought it was more clever than the average script I see. I got super lucky with the group of people involved. They are so talented and cool. Steven Miller is the sh*t. He is a great guy to work with.
HC: It's an intense piece, what was the atmosphere like on set?
DA: Fast! The entire thing was at a very speedy pace. There wasn't a lot of down time, which I personally love. And I really enjoyed working with the actors.
HC: Was its violent content ever an issue with the cast and crew?
DA: Once I committed to this movie and role, the violence didn't even register on a visceral level for me. My character Lloyd, he just doesn't give a f**k about it so I didn't either. I am a total pacifist in normal life. So it was fun to be such an awful guy.
HC: How do you prepare for a role?
DA: Depends on the role but mostly use the script and a lot of time with my imagination. Dwelling on things in there so as to make them seem more real to me, or whatever.
HC: Do you think you've changed as an actor since you first started?
DA: Not for me to say...
HC: Do you prefer film, TV or Theatre to work in?
DA: I love it all, I really do. They are different for sure, as different as tap dancing and ballet, but they are equally fulfilling in their own ways...
HC: What advice would you give to someone wanting to try a career in acting?
HC: Dana Ashbrook, thank you very much.