Friday, March 27, 2015

Success Story: PERCY HYNES WHITE

Percy Hynes White has been acting from the age of two, starting with performances in various short films in and around his hometown of St John’s, Newfoundland. At nine years old, Percy was featured as the lead of the short film “Winners,” after which he went on to play leading roles in other shorts such as “The Confessional,” and “Little Man,” as well as the NTV TV pilot “Slattery Street Crockers.” Percy appeared in Don McKellar’s “The Grand Seduction,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, 2013. Percy will soon be seen in a supporting role and opening the next installment of the massively successful franchise “Night at the Museum 3” for 20th Century Fox, as well as starring in another feature “A Christmas Horror Story” for Copperhead Entertainment. Percy can be seen recurring in the hit TV series “Murdoch Mysteries” and “Rookie Blue” for ABC. Percy is currently shooting a lead in the feature film “Wild Men,” playing opposite Joel Kinnaman and Tom Holland. Most recently the feature film “Cast No Shadow,” in which Percy played the lead character, earning him two awards –Best Actor title at the 2014 Atlantic Film Festival, as well as the Rising Star Award at the 2014 Edmonton International Film Festival.



How long have you been on Actors Access and how has the service helped you?

Percy: I've been on Actors Access since I signed with my agent. Actually, the audition for “Night at the Museum 3” came to my agent through Actor's Access, so I guess it has definitely helped me book work!

How did you get into acting?

Percy: My parents are both writers and filmmakers and they started me out in their own films. I was actually in my mom's belly when she did a lead in a feature that she wrote. So I've pretty much always been around it. And as I got older I started to do bigger roles.

What was the process of booking your role in “Night of the Museum: Secret of the Tomb?”

Percy: Well, I had to work really hard on that audition, and then I did it and they seemed to like me, but I couldn't tell for sure. It's really cool that I was able to be in Toronto and audition for a movie shooting in Vancouver! After I did the audition I tried to forget about it, but when they called to check on my eye color, I thought "gee, maybe I might get this!” It was so exciting to get that role, and I'm so grateful to have been a part of such a great movie.

What have you learned working on the set of “Murdoch Mysteries,” where you play the recurring character Simon Brooks?

Percy: Murdoch was my first TV series and I found it to be so different from movie work - the pace is way different and it's a different kind of acting. In a TV series there's more room to allow a character to change and develop over time, which is what happened with Simon - but in a film you have to have your character fully developed before you even start shooting, if that makes sense.

What are the challenges/benefits of being an actor in Canada?

Percy: Well I haven’t worked outside of Canada yet, so I don’t know what the benefits or challenges really are. I do know that there seem to be a lot of auditions for kids my age though, and there are a lot of American movies being shot in Canada, so that could be a benefit!

What advice would you give other young performers just starting out?

Percy: Work really hard at your auditions no matter how big or small the role is, because you never know where it's going to go. Someone could see you in a little small role and really like you and then offer you a big role in something else. So take all your auditions seriously.