Date of publishing: 20th
Bodie James Olmos was only seven years old when he
made his first acting appearance in The Ballad of
Gregorio Cortez. Once a triathlon athlete (swimming,
biking, running) and cross country runner, Bodie still
runs, but surfing has remained his favorite sport
for nearly twenty years. He is also musically inclined
and is an accomplished drummer. Bodie attended and
graduated in 2000 from UCLA School of Theatre in Los
Angeles. He took additional courses in acting and
received a degree from the Sanford-Meisner Center.
He enjoys live theatre and has performed in a revival
of the Luis Valdez play Zoot Suit. He also performed
in War at the Latino Theatre Company in the Los Angeles
Theatre Center. In 2001 he joined the cast of "American
Family" in the role of the young Jess Gonzales.
Bodie has also completed several short film including
the UCLA Graduate short film Capped. Since 2004 he
plays a reccuring character in the TV show Battlestar
Galactica with his father Edward james Olmos (Commander/Admiral
Linda Craddock: Thank
you for taking the time to interview with The Scifi
World. Tell us a little about your character Brendan
"Hotdog" Constanza on Battlestar Galactica?
Bodie Olmos: The character of Hotdog
is very interesting for me because it's one that was
really wide open for me to develope. He is a washed
out fighter pilot, from flight school, who was really
a hotshot type of pilot, which ends up getting him
thrown out of the academy. That being said, he always
thinks he is a little better than he actually is.
He is a little cocky, and careless at times. Takes
chances and a lot of the time doesn't know what the
results will be. He really wants to be good, and recognized
but always seems to be out of his league at times.
So with that being said I think he is a wonderful
character to play, one that is a risk taker, and a
guy who doesn't always know the outcome, but means
to do good!
Linda Craddock: You
appeared in 21 episodes of Galactica. Which shoot
was the most challenging?
Bodie Olmos: Interesting enough,
probably the first episode I was in, "Act of
Contrition". I was so excited, nervous and amazed
that I was on the show. That for me was a rough day,
let me tell you! I could hardly sit still and the
day seemed so long. I just wanted to be good, and
make sure I knew what this character was all about,
which is very difficult. I think it evolves. One minute
you may think he is like this but then you see that
he actually believes something else. So I was definately
glad to make it through that one.
episode to you feel is a particular favorite or memorable
for you as an actor?
Bodie Olmos: My most memorable, was
probably, "Unfinished Business". The reason
I liked this one so much was because, one I got to
work with Robert Young, who I have admired and love
to watch him work, with actors. Second, this show
a lot of us were on set that episode and it is just
fun when we are all there. Many times, we are all
kind of seperated and don't really work together on
the same day even. So it was just nice being with
every one, and also I have never done a boxing sequence
before and is something I always thought would be
interesting to see how they are done. Not to mention
the fact that I get knocked out by Starbuck, that
was pretty fun!!
Linda Craddock: So
"starbuck" gets KO’d on "hot
dog" in "Unfinished Business"? Tell
us how you felt when you received the script for this
Bodie Olmos: Oddly enough, I was
a little annoyed, but then I was all "What the
heck, take one for the team." She's pretty tough
Linda Craddock: Can
we expect much more from "hot dog" in future
episodes of Galactica?
Bodie Olmos: I am not too sure of
that cause here on the Galactica, nothing is for certain,
and thats the only thing that I am certain about.
Linda Craddock: What
is the most outstanding feature in the story line
of the new Galactica that was not present in the original
Bodie Olmos: Ohh I am not too familiar
with the original series, so I am probably not to
qualified for this one. But the thing I like most
about it is, the way the concept of humanity is portrayed
in the story and how we as a human race deal with
the problems we create, which in this show is destroying
Galactica is not your first work as an actor with
your father. Share your experiences with your working
relationship, what you have learned from him in your
craft, and how he has influenced your career thus
Bodie Olmos: My experiences working
with my father is incredible. He is such a big influence
in my life and I have always tried to grab things
from him and see how they work in my own craft. The
difficult thing is that sometimes they are not so
easy to grab. He has always been supportive in my
wanting to learn this craft and has encouraged me
to follow my dreams. I have been watching him work
all of my life and I still am learning something new
that each and every time that I get to watch him work.
Working with him in a scene is pretty incredible too.
I see my father, at the same time he is the character,
and then in some ways we are two actors expressing
ourselves artistically. And so, this all comes to
play when doing a scene. It makes it very fun and
also very familiar and is so comforting to me. It
reminds me of when he used to coach me in baseball,
and that sense that he is there and everything will
be ok. So I am so fortunate and glad that I have been
able to train and study so that this day would come
and I would be prepared. I am so fortunate and blessed
in many ways.
Linda Craddock: What
is your view on the war of man against machine, and
the evolution of technology and man kind’s inability
to harness that power?
Bodie Olmos: I think it is very scary.
In todays age, we have a very strong sense of the
developement of technology at a very rapid pace. And
how it can be beneficial to humankind. And when we
misuse it in anyway, whether it be through overindulgence
or to harm another. I think it becomes very problematic
and in this case can become something that is irreversible
Linda Craddock: You
were recently cast in two projects, "Resilience"
and "Splinter". Tell us a little about the
role you played in each.
Bodie Olmos: Resilience, directed
by Paul Bojack and starring Steve Wilcox, was difficult
because of the subject matter. It was two kids who
ran a skateboard shop, but it was a front for another
business they had, which was selling sex. When you
start to understand the material I find that it's
very crucial that you understand totally what you
are trying to achieve in the piece. And for me, it
was to bring an awareness to people that this may
or may not be going on today. And how does something
like this be stopped. The character in Splinter, was
that of a Forensic Scientist. That was great to explore
and try to grasp what Foresic scientists do. How they
survay a dead body at the scene of the crime. What
they are looking for and how to find evidence. This
was also great to work on because it was directed
by my Brother, Michael, which was his directorial
Craddock: In the
movie "Walkout", which is based on a true
story, you played Moctesuma Esparza. Does this inspire
you as an actor moving forward to perhaps pursue writing?
Bodie Olmos: The movie inspired me
in many ways, as far as writing, I think I will and
am starting to write. It is not something I am most
comfortable with but think it is very important. This
movie was very special to me and everyone that worked
on it. It is a film that took a very long time to
make and a story that needed to be told.
Linda Craddock: Do
you have any plans to return to theatre?
Bodie Olmos: I love the theatre and
really would love to do more of it. I feel that theatre
is the root of acting and is where I go to learn the
fundamentals, the history of acting, and the true
core of oneself. I love to hit those boards.
Linda Craddock: What
motivated you to audition for Galactica? Did the fact
that your father played on it influence you?
Bodie Olmos: I do believe my father
had an influence on me wanting to read for it. I felt
that he had such intrigue by it that it was so infectious.
It really made me want to be a part of it and be a
part of it. Any chance I get to work with my father
Linda Craddock: Outside
of acting, what do you like to do?
Bodie Olmos: I have been surfing
since I was a young kid and always loved the ocean.
I really enjoy the connection with the water. There
is something very unique and calming about riding
a wave that really hasn't left me since the first
time I did it. I enjoy waking up really early 4:30am,
checking the surf and paddling for a couple of hours
before work. Nothing like it in the world.
Linda Craddock: Cylons
have a plan ... and you, what are your plans for the
Bodie Olmos: My plans for the future
is to be doing the exact same thing I am doing today.
Looking for stories, acting, helping others and surfing!
Linda Craddock: Did
you ever imagined being in the place of Jamie Bamber,
playing Apollo, who is playing with your father as
"father & son" on the screen?
Bodie Olmos: I have but at the same
time, I really enjoy being Hotdog. I think Jamie does
a terrific job, and is a great person. He is well
trained as an actor and I believe he is great for
the role. I am right where I am supposed to be, and
I truely believe that.
Linda Craddock: If
given an open choice, is there any other TV show on
today that you'd like to be a part of?
Bodie Olmos: Ugly Betty or the George
Thank you so much Linda, I really had a great time
with these and I hope they are what you are looking
for. Thanks a bunch!
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