Always the class clown growing up, Steve Benetier grew up with a passion for comedy. Steve has performed in comedy shows at the Comedy Store, Hollywood Laugh Factory, Hollywood Improv, Flappers Comedy Club, and many other venues across Los Angeles, New York, and Las Vegas. Besides theater, Steve has starred in multiple independent films such as: “Blood Roulette”, “The God of Death”, and more. Steve trained in improvisation at The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade, and studied drama at the Los Angeles Theater Academy.
Interview with Steve
1. How did you get involved in theater? When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
After constantly auditioning for commercials over the past few years I wanted to try something different and began auditioning for theater. I instantly fell in love with it. You can do so much more as a theatrical actor with multiple pages of dialogue rather than just smiling at a camera and telling people to buy toothpaste. I feel a lot of affection for the substance that theater gives actors the opportunity to play with.
I knew about 10 years ago when I first started taking acting classes and doing comedy. I fell in love with being a performer and entertaining people. I instantly learned from that first time jumping into it that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
2. What kind of theater inspires you?
I love theater that's provocative and thrilling with fearless actors not afraid to take risks. I find fearless theater dealing with social and cultural issues to be inspirational. That's one of the biggest reasons I feel so honored to be a part of this cast. Everyone is bringing their A game, and I can tell that every single artist involved in this production is fearless.
3. Who/What has been your biggest inspiration to you as an actor?
I'd have to say audience response. It's so inspirational to me when I can feel the audience enjoying a show. It's like a sixth sense actors have, you can feel it when the audience is loving a show. To make people laugh, feel great, and entertained is the best feeling in the world and the #1 reason I do this.
4. What's your role in Hollywood In the Hood? Why did you want to work on the show?
I play the role of Terrance Tarantino. I'd have to say it's my favorite character I've ever played. Terrance is a crazy maniacal film director on a mission to make the most hardcore urban gangster movie of all time. I knew it was something special when I read the character breakdowns and script, I couldn't stop laughing! Lynn Manning has put together something very unique and cool.
I wanted to work on this show because I've never heard of anything like this before. It's so creative, entertaining, ambitious, and it feels groundbreaking. It feels so fun and amazing to be a part something this new.
5. In one word, what is the one thing you are most excited about for the show?
6. What can we do to learn more about you?
Find me on Facebook where I post upcoming acting and comedy productions I'm involved in.
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