.Few actors today have the ability to adapt as well in front of as behind the camera. However, in Eoin Macken’s case, it seems seemingly natural. Currently seen in ‘La Brea‘, Macken has credentials as a filmmaker, director and cinematographer.
The multi-hyphenated filmmaker wrote, directed and produced ‘Here are the young men’, in 2020, adapted from a novel by Rob Doyle. The film starred Finn Cole, Anya Taylor-Joy and Dean-Charles Chapman.
Eoin’s artistic talents also extend to cinematography. He’s lent his talents to independent films so far’stalker’ and ‘Charlie Casanova’ which he wrote, directed and starred alongside Jack Reynor. His work in the independent film ‘Leopard’ with Tom Hopper (‘Umbrella Academy’) is also well documented.
The various roles of Eoin Macken
Still for most fans, the name Eoin Macken is perhaps most identifiable by the number of roles he has played. His big break in television came from the hit BBC series ‘Merlin with his rendition of the heroic “Sir Gwaine”. He also played the lead role of ‘Dr. TC Callahan’ in NBC’s ‘The Night Shift’.
Roles in other TV projects followed, including the lead role of ‘Karl D’ Branin’ in SyFy’s’night thieves‘, as well as a recurring role on the Emmy-winning Showtime series ‘The Tudors‘. His diverse lineup of roles includes star of National Geographic Channel’s Emmy-nominated series ‘kill jesus‘ like Herod Antipas.
In film, he starred in A24’s award-winning feature ‘The hole in the ground‘ which premiered at Sundance and was directed by Lee Cronin with Sophie Nélisse. He also appeared in ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter‘ written and directed by Paul WS Anderson with Milla Jovovich, Focus Features’ ‘The forest‘ opposite Taylor Kinney and Natalie Domer, and Netflix’s ‘Until death‘ alongside Megan Fox.
La Brea and beyond
This year Eoin Macken is one of the big names’I used to be famous‘ on Netflix. The film follows a former boy band star unexpectedly given a second chance at success when he bonds with a gifted young drummer. Eoin can also be seen in the horror film Shudder’The cave‘ with Elisha Cuthbert which premiered at SXSW 2022.
Fans of ‘La Brea‘ will also see Eoin return as Gavin Harris in the hit sci-fi series. The gripping series follows an epic family adventure after a massive sinkhole opens up in Los Angeles, dragging people and buildings into a mysterious and dangerous primeval land where they have no choice but to band together to survive. .
In the series, Eoin portrays Gavin, the ex-husband of “Eve” (Natalie Zea) who in Season 1 was revealed to be from 10,000 BC. As a boy, he inadvertently traveled in 1988 through a chasm. Losing all his childhood memories, he was adopted into a family, eventually becoming a pilot for the US Air Force.
In this exclusive interview with august man, Eoin shares his interest in cinema and acts in film and television projects. He also reveals more about his role in La Brea as well as his upcoming projects, including his satirical comedy ‘gray elephant‘slated for international release in Fall 2022. Starring Brendan Fehr, Jill Flint, Mac Brandt and Erin Richards, the story follows two couples who meet for the first time after months of confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19.
Congratulation for ‘La Brea‘ season 2. Are you a little surprised by the success of the series?
I’m just glad people enjoy it, it’s the kind of show that reminds me of my favorite action adventure stories from the 90s and it’s a throwback in that way, with how point it’s fun and crazy, and I think people have embraced this!
What attracted you to the role of Gavin in this series?
He’s a complex character and trying to figure out how he can be a better father and husband while trying to save them, while dealing with extraordinary circumstances was exciting for me. He made a few mistakes but he’s a very determined and loyal character and I enjoyed exploring his redemptive arc and developing his relationship with his children and becoming a better man.
Your character has some sort of plot twist dating back to 10,000 BC. J.-C., was it revealed to you when you got the role?
No no not at all ! I was as surprised as the audience, which made me very excited, because our characters are as much in the dark as the audience about what’s happening to them.
The time travel element of ‘La Brea‘ incorporates a bit of CGI and physics, was that a challenge for you?
The physical elements are always fun and I love that challenge, especially when you have a good stunt team with you like we do. The CGI aspect of the series is a little crazy, but you’re bound to use your imagination and it gets fun.
The series has some ‘Lost‘ vibes. Did the producers hint to you where this might all end or are you kept in the dark like the rest of us?
Honestly we have no idea, the characters are on this journey the same as the audience and at this point nothing would surprise me!
Beyond ‘La Brea‘you also play in’The cave‘ for Frisson. What has been your experience working on the horror genre?
I liked it. I’m a huge fan of director Brendan Muldowney and was thrilled to work with him and had a wonderful dance partner in Elisha Cuthbert so we had so much fun making this movie even though it’s a dark story . Horror has such a powerful scope for storytelling and it can be mentally taxing to be a part of it, it’s such a fun experience.
You also appear in ‘I used to be famous‘ for Netflix. Can you tell us more about your involvement in this project.
I’m honored to have been a part of this movie, watching it brought me to tears because it really tugs at the heart strings, and there aren’t enough authentic movies like this. Eddie is a terrific director to work with, but the story, the music, and all the energy in this movie was really special. Leo Long is also an amazing actor.
Having so many different roles playing different characters in a short amount of time must have been a challenge. How did you cope?
It’s fun, going from character to character is kind of like having a crazy inner journey that you just have to embrace and trust the people you work with and find the truth there at any time. I like being able to move between characters and genres because you find something new and fresh every time.
Beyond comedy, you also have a penchant for cinema. What attracts you to this aspect of cinema and how did it spark your interest?
I just love telling stories and I feel very lucky to be able to make movies so I never want to stop. I love exploring new stories and characters, and making movies puts your signature on a story that I find invigorating.
Your talents also extend to cinematography. Does your insight into this give you a broader scope when it comes to both filmmaking and acting?
I studied cinematography and made a few films (like the SXSW winner ‘Charlie Casanova‘), so that I can better understand film and storytelling, and learn. I think filmmaking and acting is a constant learning experience and one gets better by observing talented people. So I wanted to be able to understand every element of filmmaking to help me get better at the art of storytelling.
Can you tell us more about your upcoming project?gray elephant‘ and what inspired this story?
‘gray elephant‘ was inspired by the initial pandemic lockdown and we shot it during that time, it comes out later this year, in November with Allusionist Pictures. It’s about two couples hosting a dinner party who are upset by a visitor. It’s a satirical drama that shows how intertwined everyone’s lives were, with each character a slight reflection of elements I felt during this lockdown. I am very proud of this film and excited to share it with people.
Catch Eoin Macken Now in Season 2 of ‘Le Brea‘ on HBO GO.
(Photos by Storm Santos)