Date of publishing: 6th
The handsome and talented, Ed Quinn brings a charm
to Hollywood that is comparable to the leading men
of yester year and can currently be seen dazzling
his fans on the hit TV show “Eureka”
on the Sci-Fi Channel. The show is set in a small
town called Eureka that is nestled in a remote part
of the Pacific Northwest. The town which is very unassuming
to the average onlooker is anything but ordinary!
Developed after WWII by President Truman, Albert Einstein
and other trusted advisors, the President brought
together the nation’s top scientific minds to
conduct top-secret research on behalf of the government.
However, what they've unintentionally created is a
place where anything imaginable can happen and usually
does. On the show, Quinn plays one of the lead characters,
‘Nathan Stark’ a charming, Nobel-prize
winning mathematician and Eureka's head researcher,
The series had the most successful season ever for
the network and brought in over 5 million new viewers
and made the channel the #5 most watched cable channel
on TV and “Eureka” the #1 watched show
for the network!
Quinn grew up in Berkeley, California, and earned
a Bachelor's Degree in History from the University
of California, Berkeley. After graduating he worked
as an actor and model in Paris, Barcelona, and Milan,
tearing up the runaways and landing parts in more
than 35 international television commercials. Things
were going so well with his commercials/modeling that
the he was encouraged to return to the States and
focus on his acting, as they could see that he had
a natural gift for the craft. With that encouragement,
he soon returned to the States in 1995 to pursue his
acting career. He has starred in feature films such
as Touchstone’s Starship Troopers II
and Beeper, opposite Harvey Keitel. This interview
has been conducted end of June.
Gilles Nuytens: You
studied History in California and then you wanted
to travel around the world. This was the stuff that
led you to a modeling and acting career, I believe.
How did you go from history studies to modeling and
Ed Quinn: I was at University of
California Berkeley and I was a surfer. A photographer
saw me on the beach and wanted to shoot some photos.
So I started modeling my last year [of school]. I
always wanted to travel in Europe, to study abroad
but I could never afford it. So I used the opportunity
to go to Europe to model. And to be honest, I wasn’t
a good model. I was too big, I wasn’t pretty.
I wasn’t old enough. Modeling was not very good
for me, but I shot I think thirty-seven commercials
while I was there. In Spain, and in Milan, and in
Paris, in two years I shot about thirty-seven commercials
and everybody I would work with said “You’re
wasting your time at modeling. You’re never
going to be any good, but you may be a good actor.
You should go to Hollywood.” So I took
their advice and I moved to Los Angeles.
Gilles Nuytens: And
modeling, was that something you liked to do?
Ed Quinn: No, not very much. I liked
the travel and I loved doing the big runway shows,
the collections, in Milan and Paris and Barcelona,
but as far as standing, I like to talk and models
are not supposed to talk. So I would always be talking
and the photographer and the designer would be [saying],
“Shut up, shut up, shut up!”
And I’d have many things I want to say, but
nobody cares what you have to say when you’re
a model. But when you’re an actor, Ahhh!
Gilles Nuytens: Do
you still do commercials sometimes or modeling?
Ed Quinn: Modeling no, but commercials
I will still do. I just did two Cadillac Escalade
commercials with the big feature film director Joe
Carnahan. He did all the commercials with Kate Walsh
for Cadillac and he’s the director of Smoking
Aces and Dark. Commercials I still definitely will
do but as far as the modeling jobs, no. Modeling is
a whole business that takes a lot of time and you
have to put a lot of time into. I’m just far
too busy with my acting career to really pursue it
Nuytens: I heard
you’re trying to put together an album. How
is it going?
Ed Quinn: I have been rehearsing
this year before I started filming and I hopefully
will have a recording in August. So hopefully I’ll
have some songs that I’ll be able to put on
iTunes. I want to put out a small album very soon
and then be able to continue to record after that.
I’ve been working for a long time on developing
a new sound, writing new material, and revisiting
old material, songs that were good songs but need
to be played in a different way, I believe. I think
with as much work as I’ve been doing with acting,
I think my music has matured as well.
Gilles Nuytens: Do
you sometimes do some small concerts or something
Ed Quinn: Yeah, I haven’t played
live in a long time, but mainly in a studio, but I
love to play concerts. I have a drummer named James
Austin. He and I work on most of the music, but our
bassist lives in Austin, Texas. So it’s hard
to schedule concerts...you need a full band. So, once
we do some recording that’ll be the next step:
to get a full band together so we can start playing
some live shows.
Gilles Nuytens: I
think you finished the shoot for the Rainbow Tribe
some months ago now. What did you like in the project?
Ed Quinn: It was fun working with
all the kids. It’s a movie about a camp and
we filmed at camp. I just had a great time. Daniel
Frisch, the executive producer and writer, it was
really a passionate piece for him. There’s rumor
that we’ll shoot a sequel this summer. The first
one has not even been released yet, but they already
want to start filming a sequel. It was just a really
fun job and it was really fun to be up in the mountains
sort of filming, camping, and having a good time.
Gilles Nuytens: Except
Eureka, do you have anything else in the pipeline
that we haven’t yet heard about?
Ed Quinn: I shot a pilot that was
for an internet web series that’s kind of like
a Law and Order series written by the executive producer
William Forbes. I shot that just before I came up
here and that could be something that would be really
fun to do. The internet is the future so being able
to do a series for the internet would be really interesting.
And right now I have a couple of movies out there.
There are always a couple of big projects that you
hope are going to come through and hopefully during
my hiatus I’ll be working on them so we’ll
just have to see.
Gilles Nuytens: So
you went for a web series. What do you think about
this concept of web tv shows?
Ed Quinn: Well, you know I think
in a sense it’s going to be the future, it’s
being streamed more. You know, if I miss an episode
of, say, Friday Night Lights, I’ll stream it
online. I’m a huge MotoGP fan, motorcycle racing,
and I prefer to watch the races live on the internet
instead of waiting for the rebroadcasts on American
television because it doesn’t have as good of
coverage. So I think the future will be that most
shows are going to stream on the internet. It’s
definitely a territory which I’m very interested
in exploring and being a part of as one of these pioneers.
Nuytens: Did you
already shoot all of the episodes for season 3 of
Ed Quinn: No, we’re on episode
five right now. We’re doing twenty-one episodes
this season. We’re on episode five, but we’re
doing eight and then there’s a hiatus and then
we’re doing thirteen.
Gilles Nuytens: Without
giving any spoilers, how happy are you with this season
Ed Quinn: It’s been really
fun for my character especially. There’s a very
strong arc. And I know exactly where the character
is going. There’s some big powerful reveals
this season that I think the audience will be very
Gilles Nuytens: Knowing
that season two was a bit less comedy oriented than
season one, are there any major differences between
this season and the previous seasons?
Ed Quinn: No, season three is still
very much the same as season two. It’s definitely
a big, dark procedural Scifi, dealing with life subject
matter. It definitely feels like this show has found
its home. The network and studio really love the show
and want to see it have some longevity. That’s
why they’ve ordered twenty-one episodes. We
had a lot of episodes ordered. I know they are trying
to deals for season four. They’re very happy
with the show, so hopefully we’ll be around
for a long time.
Gilles Nuytens: What
was your favorite moment from the past seasons, including
season three if you can speak about it?
Ed Quinn: I think my favorite moment
so far this year was Salli Richardson gets covered
in mud. And it was freezing cold and she was in this
beautiful dress, her hair was all done beautiful,
and they turned these huge mud machines on her and
just soaked her. And she was so angry, so cold, and
so sad, and I laughed, and laughed, and laughed. I
laughed for days. I went home the weekend and I’d
wake up in the morning and I would say “Is
it Christmas?” and I would say “No,
it’s not Christmas”; I can still
remember Salli covered in mud. She’s in the
car with me now. She does not think it’s very
Gilles Nuytens: What
do you enjoy the most being part of this show?
Ed Quinn: I think it’s the
people. I think it’s every day we just laugh
on the set all day. I mean, it’s hard work,
but we have this incredible crew. Robert Petrovicz,
who is our UPM, he has this amazing crew that he’s
been together with for about seven years. They really
are like a family. The cast has this amazing sense
of humor. So all day long we joke around, make fun
of each other, make fun of life itself, it’s
that type of thing that’s the best part. When
you put in these kind of hours you want to be in a
place that’s fun, energizes you, and you know
you have a lot of friends and family. That’s
what the show really is.
like to hear funny stories from behind-the-scenes.
Is there anything else that has happened recently
on the sets of Eureka that you’d like to talk
Ed Quinn: Oooh, let me see, funny
stories recently this season. Ah, I think the funniest
thing was at one point I went to see the band Iron
Maiden, who I love, and I happen to know the tour
manager and so I got these back stage passes. I talked
to the ADs and they said my call time was around noon.
So I went to the Iron Maiden show, had this great
time, and had all my dialogue down, and it was great.
But while I was at the concert, at 11PM, they realized
that they needed to do a second unit, not the main
unit, but they had to pick up all these other shoots,
and so they changed my call to 5:30AM. I got home
from the concert at about one in the morning and instead
of going to work at noon, I have to be at work in
a few hours. It was something else. Everybody thought
it was so funny because there I was so tired, and
all the dialogue had changed, so I had all of these
scenes that I didn’t know I was going to shoot
but I prepared all of my work before I went to the
concert. When I got out to the van the whole crew
was just laughing and cheering and made fun of me
all day. That was one of the funnier moments.
Gilles Nuytens: So
you are also a singer. Did you ever think of maybe
doing one song for the soundtrack of the show?
Ed Quinn: I’ve thought about
it, but I didn’t have anything recorded. Once
I have something recorded I’ll definitely be
putting it out there for the possibility of soundtracks
and stuff. I really haven’t gotten the chance
to submit anything because I don’t have anything
recorded that I was really proud of. I’ve played
in a lot of bands and did a lot of demo work before,
but nothing that I really want out there public as
of yet. Hopefully that will take place this summer
and I’ll be able to start submitting to shows.
Gilles Nuytens: Starship
Troopers 2 was very different from the first one.
Some people say it was even better. What did you like
about that movie?
Ed Quinn: I had such a great experience
on that movie. Some people liked it, some people didn’t.
It was what it was, but for me it came at a time when
I hadn’t worked in a long time. Ed Neumeier
and Phil Tippett are great individuals. They are such
passionate filmmakers. Phil Tippett is a legend in
the special effects world. This was his first time
to direct and we just went and had such a great time
and for me I went into the movie really just wanting
to work. I wanted to show up every day. And I wanted
to basically, hopefully, make the movie better every
day. I was able to do that. It was really such a great
confidence boost. It, for me, came at a great time
in my career, just to kind of boost my confidence.
And I love Science Fiction. I loved the first movie
and I was just really proud to be a part of it and
work with Ed Neumeier and Phil Tippett.
Gilles Nuytens: If
there was a third one, would you like to be a part
Ed Quinn: There was already third
one. I missed it because I was here. They filmed it
in South Africa. They called me, but unfortunately
they were filming in South Africa and I was filming
up here [in British Columbia].
Nuytens: So you
said you like Scifi. What does Scifi represent to
you and what are your favorite Scifi movies, series,
or books and what do you like the most about them?
Ed Quinn: I just like the imagination.
I like the incredible worlds that they take us to.
I saw Star Wars when I was a kid and it almost ruined
my life just because I couldn’t believe there
was this world of X-Wing fighters and lightsabers
and I wasn’t a part of it. And movies like Bladerunner,
it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve
seen that film it just fascinates me. I just love
it so much. It’s just one of those special genres
that you can revisit and revisit. Like the western.
It never gets old. There’s just so many stories
to tell. It’s such a world, as human beings,
for some of us it’s where our imagination just
peaks. And it’s just this place that we want
to revisit over and over again.
Gilles Nuytens: After
the writers strike, there have been rumors of an actors
strike. What’s your position about it?
Ed Quinn: It’s a tough time
right now because with the internet and the huge studios
trying to work out their business models, it’s
a really difficult time. I fully supported the writers
strike, but I hope the actors and the producers can
come to an agreement. But if our SAG board members
say that “we can’t reach an agreement,
that we can’t reach a deal we can sign,”
then we don’t have any choice. Frances Fisher
is on our cast now. She’s involved with SAG
and she talks to us a lot about what’s going
on. As far as being part of a union is that word solidarity.
I don’t want to strike, I want to work. The
writers strike was bad enough. Nobody wants a strike,
but unfortunately sometimes you can’t do what
you want; you have to do what is best for the collective.
Hopefully it won’t get to that. There’s
been no vote to strike as of now and I hear there’s
negations going on so hopefully we can get the deal
done and everybody can get back to work and be happy.
That’s my wish.
Gilles Nuytens: If
you were given the opportunity to play a character
of your choice, in a movie of your choice, what would
you like to play? What would you choose?
Ed Quinn: I think the thing is for
me that one of the best things about being an actor
is never quite knowing where your journey is going
to take you. I have a couple of scripts that I’m
writing, there are roles in it that I would love to
play, but not just because I want to play them, but
because I’d love to see the movies get made.
And the best part about every day is the phone could
ring and a new script can come in and you can see
a character that you just [didn’t see coming].
Part of the best part is the not knowing. And there
are so many great stories to be told and so many great
characters being written as we speak that I never
even think like that, whether I want to play. I get
out of bed every morning and hope that character is
going to come land in my mailbox.
Gilles Nuytens: Now
during an interview, what kind of question do you
like to answer? What question would you like to answer
right now? Is there anything you would like to answer
Ed Quinn: I always just like to let
the fans know how much we appreciate their support
on Eureka. The fact is you do this for an audience
and they always need to know how much they are appreciated.
Not just their viewers, the viewing of the product,
but their feedback especially with the internet that’s
so amazing with all the websites and chatrooms and
stuff. People can respond to what they like and what
they don’t like about a certain project. And
as filmmakers we can read that and learn from it and
so I’d like to make sure the audience knows
how much we appreciate that.
Nuytens: Do you
sometimes go on the internet to check what people
say about you?
Ed Quinn: All the time. I go all
the time. The fact is some people who are going to
really like you, whatever you do good work or not,
there’s a lot of people who are going to really
hate you whether you deserve it or not, but I think
when you read what people have to say you kind of
get a feeling of if your work is having an impact,
if it’s touching people a certain way, if people
are having a response, especially on a show like Eureka.
My character’s main objective is to create tension
and conflict. Some people love that and think it’s
really funny, some people don’t like it because
they don’t like tension and they want the show
very copasetic. It’s fun to see the audience’s
response. You never take it personally and you gotta
realize it is what it is. You can’t take it
personally—the good or the bad, but you can
learn a lot and that’s what I really like to
do. I just read some of the chatrooms here and there
and just learn a bit from people’s responses.
Gilles Nuytens: Do
you sometimes want to answer them yourself directly?
Ed Quinn: No, not really. I don’t.
I don’t, but I know some actors do. I tend to
let the work talk for itself and trying to get into
a debate with people about this, that, or the other
I don’t think will do anyone any good. The best
thing to do is work harder. You can’t please
everyone, but do the work that you’re proud
of and hope that people understand it when they see
Gilles Nuytens: Is
there anything to add or say about a movie or anything
that you would like people to know about you?
Ed Quinn: Nope, not so much. Just
thank them for the support and the response to my
work so far. Let them know that I’m constantly
trying to find new projects, bigger projects and bigger
responsibilities and that will never end.
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