by Heather Courtney Quinn I met Matt Czuchry about a decade ago, around the same time I met my husband.They became close friends after taking acting classes together. He is authentically who he is without any pretense… I was able to nail him down during his busy shooting schedule so that I can share the side of Matt that not everyone gets to see: Heather Courtney Quinn: MC: It happened organically.I do think it’s something we always wanted to do because we shared those journals…
Then, when the time was right, we went back and looked at some of that stuff.
It really was a way to express different feelings on life… We wanted to use our own personal life experiences to try and connect with others. We are very similar in a lot of ways, but also very different and that came through in the writing as well. And, with each of those moves, came the biggest rewards.
What I love about acting is being a storyteller and this is just another avenue for that. I think the main core thing we both feel is that life is interconnected… This idea of connectivity and being kind and generous on a daily basis is something that is fundamental to both of us… Specific to your question, what I love about NY is that there are so many cultures colliding here.
and MC: I think that getting in class is always my advice for several reasons… I think the class thing ties into: get educated about what you are setting out to do. There are people from all over the world packed into such a small area… I think that is what people mean when they talk about the energy of NY… In Los Angeles, most importantly, I really miss those friendships that I have.
for one, you get to learn the craft of what it truly means to be an actor. Then, for me as well, you meet people that could be friends for life. If you know someone who is an actor, producer or writer… I didn’t know where to live and just found a place on the Internet. Basically, I didn’t quite realize what I was signing up for. In terms of getting to nature, it is a lot easier to do in Los Angeles than New York.
But, if you get in the right class, you can also learn that it is a combination of the creative side and the business side as well. So, I think there are a lot of positive reasons to get in class. What does it take to come up with living expenses for each month… take them out to lunch and ask them questions and gain knowledge. They really are 180 degrees different from each other.
I think that when they decide to be actors, a lot of people are just looking at the end product of their favorite TV shows or movies… HCQ: MC: After I graduated from the College of Charleston, I drove with my father out to Los Angeles. My dad and I actually put together a business plan to plot out that first three to five years. HCQ: MC: In 2009 we shot the pilot in Vancouver, the show got picked up that May and we are in season five right now. If anybody ever says “which do you prefer over the other?
When I signed up for the job, I didn’t know if the pilot was going to get picked up and it’s one of those things where they ask if you would be willing to move to NY and you say, “Sure, I believe in this project… since 1999, I have so many great friends in Los Angeles… ” I always say “look, you can have a great life in both places…
let’s go for it.” But then when that actually happens, it is incredibly life changing (in a way that was unexpected for me). but a completely different life.” HCQ: MC: Being on a show, you make a lot of sacrifices.