Luke Guldan – In Transit
Words + Interview: Tyrone Davis
Actor, Luke Guldan can currently be seen in the CBS All Access series, “Tell Me A Story”. During our interview, he explained what the show was about, talked about his role as Chris Baker in “The Good Place”, working with Ted Danson, and more.
Being that you were an athlete in college, how did you end up becoming an actor?
I was doing competitive bodybuilding as a way of getting into acting. My high school had an annual bodybuilding show and I went on to win “Mr. Teen Empire State”. At that point, I knew I still needed time to build up my physique and to learn more about the craft of acting. So, I went to the University of Florida to get a degree at the same time. College was an amazing experience and a time in my life that I look back on fondly. Go Gators!
The CBS All Access series, “Tell Me A Story” seems pretty interesting. Break the series down for us.
Tell Me A Story takes beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller.
Tell us about your character Billy. What role does he play amongst the madness?
I come into the Hansel & Gretel storyline. Billy is a guy who is trying to make his way in the big city. I play the roommate of Gabe (played by Davi Santos). Billy is basically the guy who knows how to have fun, live in the moment and still make rent at the end of the month.
Does each episode cover a specific fairy tale or will they all be mixed in?
Different storylines are happening all at once and are subtly weaved together and overlapped as the stories unfold.
Which fairy-tale that is interweaved into the show do you think fans will enjoy the most? Which is your favorite?
Each of the storylines cover all different types of themes so with all the different storylines, there will be something for everyone. From what I’ve seen, it’s hard to tell because you kind of get pulled into all of them at once.
Content is being released everyday by a little bit of everyone (networks, filmmakers, average Joes, etc.) and sometimes, projects get lost. As an entertainer, how do you feel about content being released so frequently? Do you think fans appreciate it as much as they used to?
I think it’s great and I think audiences definitely do (appreciate it) especially when something is good. And today if you miss something or it gets lost when first released – you can find it.
You are also returning to “The Good Place” in season 3 to reprise your role as Chris Baker. What is this show about?
It’s about life and the after life. Philosophy. Shramps. Pretty much all things amazing.
Do you share any scenes with Ted Danson? What was it like working with him? Also, did you learn anything from him that you will hold on to?
Yes! It was amazing and a real privilege to get to work with Ted Danson. Legend. And yes – I learned from the way he treated the entire cast with respect when the cameras weren’t rolling.
If you could chose, what would “The Good Place” be like for you?
Some place, where the blue birds sing and there’s a whiskey spring.
Explain the importance of “staying jacked”.
It’s just who I am, Haha. Watch The Good Place and all will become clear.
What steps do you take to remain healthy and do you have any pointers for those trying to get started?
You have to stay consistent. You have to find something that works with your schedule and do it religiously.
Who are your “Top 5” music acts of all time?
Genesis, U2, Beach Boys, Sublime and The Beastie Boys.
Tell us a weird fact about yourself that most don’t know.
I love carbs.
What projects do you have coming out in the near future?
I have two films with early 2019 release dates. Final Frequency is a Sci Fi adventure film where I play a veteran battling PTSD alongside Charles Shaughnessy, Lou Ferrigno Jr., Richard Burgi and Nikki Soohoo.
FLUIDITY, directed by Linda Yellen, is a coming of age story about living, dating and finding meaningful connections in the age of online dating. I play a cop who is kind of deep in the dating app game alongside Nico Tortorella, Isabella Farrell, Tommy Dorfman and James Chen.
How can people reach you on social media?
@lukeguldanofficial on Instagram and Facebook.
Lastly, using 5 sentences or less, “tell me a story” about yourself.
Spiritual journey best not started. Once started best completed. In transit…
Photo by Richard Gerst