Q&A: Andrew Hawtrey
Coach Hayden Fry is my college football God and I bow at his alter. I would be breathless if I were even able to get close enough to touch him. I am so jazzed right now talking about coach Fry so much I'm going to go kick some field goals and imagine myself being Rob Houghtlin winning the 1985 Michigan game with two seconds left on the clock.
Like most auditions, they begin with my agent's assistant ringing me up on my mobile phone with all the important audition information. Being an actor, I write everything down wearing scantly more than some drooping boxers and a pair of flip-flops. Next, I arrive at the casting office, and after I sign in and read the copy (lines), I spend a few minutes alone in the water closet staring into the mirror, slapping my face and chanting the phrase "time to take off your lady knickers and earn your man trousers." Then, I perform my audition with breathtaking sex appeal because that is how this bad ass rolls. Finally, sometimes I'll receive a "callback" and will audition this time for the director, producers, casting director, copy writers and ad agency producers. I will be asked to perform the audition any number of times, in any number of ways, and with any number of other actors. The director with "thank me" for coming in, and I will return to my home, strip to my under garments and wait for a call, which most of the time never comes.
As for the Allstate commercials, Bergwood.net and knowing the effect of the campaign, I use a simple scale. I count the number of times someone yells in my direction "HEY, LOOK, IT'S BOBBY BOWDEN!" At this time, I have run out of fingers and toes, ten-fold. As for working with
(You may now speak with you normal accent. Unless you are Clesse and then you can remain totally freaking awesome.)
You are right. I am no Nate Kaeding, and I am by no stretch a Costner or Foxx. But I do Iike to think of myself as a surprisingly athletic actor who is good at looking bad. More than likely, I am kidding myself. I am thrilled that you think of "Bergwood" as "authentically terrible" because I have to say that during the shooting of Bergwood.net, I was asked by the director to start missing field goal attempts due to my "authentically deft" kicking. Granted , the kicks were from about 12-and-a-half yards away. When I try from 25 yards, my deftness disappears.