After a lengthy career in radio, Bill Kelly is now an acting success appearing in TV shows such as Ballers and The Detour. Being a regular character in 2015 to 2016 in the Netflix Original Series Bloodline playing the role of Clay Grunwald, Bill has continued acting in many TV shows and will soon be seen in upcoming roles. Having answered our questions, Bill tells us about his career change to acting, appearing in Bloodline and what filming he has coming up.
Can you tell us about your character Clay Grunwald in Bloodline?
Clay is a federal agent who comes in to take over John’s case but ends up working with him in an effort to uncover the dirty deeds of Wayne Lowery. I think, given enough time, Clay would have begun to put the pieces together about the family.
Was this your longest-filming role?
Yes. We shot quite a few weeks in the Keys, which was a fantastic experience.
What did you enjoy the most about appearing on the show?
Working with the incredibly talented cast and crew of the show. An Oscar winner, Golden Globe winner, Tony winner, two Emmy winners! And the crew was top-notch! Great writers, directors, producers… and the location can’t be beaten!
Would you like to appear in something similar?
I wish we could have gotten six seasons out of “Bloodline”, but yes, I would welcome more shows like that one. Of course, it’s going to be hard to beat “Bloodline”.
Would you like to do more announcing roles like Altered Course?
YES! That was very fun to do! I have done a ton of voice work, just not for many shows. I think all of us have said, at one time or another, “Previously on…….’Survivor!’”, just to see what we would sound like! (At least I have!)
How did you go from a radio career to an acting one?
Acting had always been a dream of mine, so I jumped at the chance to go and audition to be in student films produced by the students at the Florida State University Film School. I went in and did a cold audition and got an offer for a part pretty quickly. Being an air personality isn’t that different from acting. The old saying is that you hang your emotions outside the control room door before you go on the air, in an effort to convey to the listener that you are in a great mood, life is awesome, you’ve got no problems, etc. In reality, you could be having the worst day of your life. You just have to ‘act’ like it isn’t.
Was it a difficult decision?
Not at all.
What was it like filming your episode of The Detour and how long were you on set?
I wasn’t on set very long, and really didn’t know exactly what I was going to be doing. Jason Jones just looked at me and said, “you’re gonna be my guy!” THEN, he told me what I was going to be saying! Haha! It was extremely fun!
Did you enjoy filming your episode of Ballers and how was it acting alongside Dwayne Johnson?
Ballers was fantastic! And Dwayne is THE BEST! Such an incredibly nice person!
Is there anything you can tell us about A Brilliant Monster?
It’s a story about a guy who is living a lie about his creativity and just how far he will go to stay at the top. I got to work with my great friend, FC Rabbath on yet another in a long string of films and commercials we’ve done together.
Will it have an overseas release?
I’m not positive, but I think so.
Have you ever visited the UK?
I haven’t, but that is very high on my list!
How do you spend your time off?
I race Go Karts, go kayaking, work in my yard, spend time with my love, Nancy!
How was it seeing your son receiving his Life Saver Award?
So incredibly proud! I choke up anytime I think of my kids doing something great to help others. Very, very proud of them all!
What are your acting plans for the next few months?
I’m working on two television series right now… one in a recurring role, the other in a single episode. I’ve also recently shot a part in the movie, “Trial by Fire” starring Jack O’Connell and Laura Dern. Also, I am booked to be in a new film with shooting slated to start in July. Of course, I’m always open for more!
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