With an impressive resume of work already behind him consisting of both acting and directing credits, Eddie Leavy’s latest project A.P. Bio is perfect for anyone looking for a new comedy show to indulge in, and with Seth Myers as an executive producer, whether you’ve seen it yet or not, you just know it’s going to be good. ThisIsTheLatest caught up with Eddie to talk early ambitions, his admiration of Neil Patrick Harris and upcoming projects.
TITL: Hi Eddie. Please sum yourself up in four words for me.
Eddie Leavy: I am passionate, creative, loyal, and funny!
TITL: What would you say your unique selling point as an actor is?
EL: The wonderful thing about being an actor, and even working in any industry, is everyone is one of a kind. It is physically impossible for anyone to be just like me, and vice versa. I take pride in being different from everybody else. Right now, I’m really enjoying making people laugh through comedy.
TITL: At what age did you first realise you wanted to be an actor and have you ever had any other career aspirations?
EL: From 3rd grade on, I knew I loved to perform. I think it took me a while to know I would wanted to pursue acting as a profession. For a while I thought I wanted to work in public relations, but now there’s no going back!
TITL: Which actors most inspired and influenced your career path growing up and how, if at all, have those influences changed over the years?
EL: I don’t know if any single actor or actresses influenced me as a kid, but I definitely can recall certain shows that really captivated me. Growing up I would watch reruns of “Growing Pains” on the Disney Channel. I would laugh so hard at the actors in the Seaver family, and remember thinking, “I want to make people laugh like that.” I was also very inspired by live theater. My first Broadway show experience was, “Beauty and the Beast,” and I was mesmerized by the performances of the actors on the stage. After that experience, I would beg my family to take me to see Broadway shows as often as possible.
Now that I’m older, I am really inspired by all the incredible female performances nowadays – watching actresses like Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, Regina King, Taraji P. Henson, and Reese Witherspoon be so vulnerable on camera really speaks to me.
TITL: Which actor and their career would you say you’re most inspired by and why?
EL: I really admire Neil Patrick Harris. He does it all – film, TV, Broadway, hosting, music, comedy, drama. I would love to crossover into several different mediums of storytelling.
TITL: Your latest project A.P. Bio premiered earlier this month. Without giving too much away, what can you tell me about the show and the character you play?
EL: A.P. Bio is about a disgruntled Harvard professor, Jack Griffin, who for various reasons, ends up teaching an A.P. biology class in his hometown of Toledo, OH. What makes this show so awesome is that the kids in Mr. Griffin’s class truly want to learn, and Mr. Griffin has no intention of teaching them anything about biology. My character Anthony is not easily amused by Mr. Griffin’s antics. He’s a spitfire! He is not happy that Mr. Griffin is teaching his class at all, and chaos ensues.
TITL: What drew you to the role and how has it differed from your previous ones?
EL: When you hear Lorne Michaels, Seth Myers, Mike O’Brien, comedy, and NBC in one sentence, you immediately say “yes.” I love story telling through the high school experience, so to be able to do this has been a dream come true. This is the first time I’ve played a nerdy, honor roll type of character, so that was a lot of fun and a new challenge.
TITL: Are there any funny moments or stories from set you can share?
EL: We laughed every day on set. The students in the class really bonded, and we had the best time ever. We were always taking silly videos and making inside jokes.
TITL: If you could work with one director and four of your fellow actors, in a show or film of your choice, who would you choose and what would the project be?
EL: I would work with any of the actors or directors on A.P. Bio again – they were all fantastic. I would love to make some sort of TV show with music being an integral of it. I love shows like Empire and Glee that incorporate music in the storylines.
TITL: You’ve also appeared in shows such as The Neighbors, Bella and the Bulldogs and Those Who Can’t and co-directed the short #ToothFairies. Do you have a preference when it comes to acting and directing or are you just grateful for the opportunities to do both?
EL: Right now my focus is definitely on acting, but I would love to explore more directing opportunities in the future!
TITL: Are there any other projects or plans in the pipeline you can tell me about? What’s next for you?
EL: I can’t say too much about it – but I just wrapped a new project for Netflix that I am super excited about!
TITL: Finally then – what are your more long term goals? What’s left on your personal and professional bucket lists and at what point would you be able to say to yourself: “Yeah, I’ve made it”?
EL: I want to do it all! However, longevity is the main goal. I want to entertain people for the rest of my life. More specifically, I would love to a musical project for film or TV. I love the blend of both mediums, and would really enjoy being a part of one. However, if I ever got the point in my career where I was invited to the Met Ball, I would think, “Yeah, I’ve made it.”
A.P. Bio is airing now on NBC and you can keep up to date with Eddie by following him on Twitter. Header photo credit: Julia Peltier.