In the CBS comedy series How We Roll, Mason Wells stars as regular character Sam, with the show inspired by the life of professional bowler Tom Smallwood, and it was released in the USA in March this year. Mason has filmed for two upcoming releases – horror film Possessions as Tyler, and a family film The Furry Fortune as Odom Kearst, and last year, he played Owen in the film Violet, which was written and directed by Justine Bateman. Amongst Mason’s other projects, he has appeared in a number of short films, winning awards for Sleep Tight and Piece of Me, and he played Young Wilhelm in Netflix’s Brews Brothers. In 2020, Mason appeared on Emily’s Wonder Lab, a live-action science series, in which he starred alongside scientist and children’s book writer Emily Calandrelli, who hosts the show. Speaking with us, Mason talks about playing Sam in How We Roll, working on feature film Violet and his upcoming projects – Possessions and The Furry Fortune.
In the new CBS comedy series How We Roll, you star as regular character Sam, what is he like to play?
Sam is funny, smart and witty like me, which means he was easy to play.
Can you tell us about the series and why would you recommend watching it?
How We Roll follows the life of a professional bowler Tom Smallwood. I’d recommend it because everyone can relate to this show because it is about unlimited dreams and second chances.
What’s it like working with the rest of the cast and what do you remember from meeting them for the first time?
Every time I came to set they made me laugh, laugh and laugh again. We had great chemistry from the moment we met.
How is it on set of the show and how did you prepare for taking on the character of Sam?
It’s pretty cool and the way I prepared is I pretended it was me playing me and it worked out well.
What are some of your stand-out highlights from filming How We Roll?
One was when I had to spill spaghetti on my set dad and the art department taught me the perfect way to do it. Another is when I had to use giant scissors and they were heavy!
You will be playing the role of Tyler in upcoming horror film Possessions, is there anything you can tell us about this?
Possessions follows a father Pete and son Tyler who seek a fresh start after the loss of mom/wife, and purchased a storage unit facility sight unseen, but secrets buried behind the metal doors become a parent’s worst nightmare. I love the genre and Brent Cote was a phenomenal director.
How did you find your time filming for The Furry Fortune as Odom Kearst and what can you tell us about your character?
I had an amazing time on set. Odom Kearst is a bully and I took on the challenge of playing a bully because I’d never played a bully before.
What are you looking forward to for the release of both films?
I’m pretty excited, one is a family movie and the other is for horror lovers so be on the look out.
Last year, you played Owen in feature film Violet, what was this like?
I played a character who had a hand cast and I got a chance to ride a vintage bike and it was an honour to work with the infamous Justine Bateman.
You won the Best Child Actor Award at the 2020 Things 2 Fear Film Fest for your role of Preston in Sleep Tight, what was the short film like to work on and how was it winning the award?
I generally like working on horror films and I was honoured to get the award.
For your role of Dylan in short film Piece of Me, you won Best Actor (Short Film) at the Sweden Film Awards, can you tell us about the film?
Piece of Me is about an eight-year-old boy who begins to lose his best friend, an elderly lady, as her memory fades away from Alzheimer’s. Determined to help, he embarks on a journey to rekindle the memories of their friendship.
Was there anything you enjoyed most about playing Young Wilhelm in the Netflix series Brews Brothers?
What I enjoyed the most when I played Young Wilhelm is when my set brother had to pretend #1 on me, that was hilarious and I was supposed to be sleeping but I couldn’t stop laughing.
Can you tell us about filming for Emily’s Wonder Lab and what was the show like to be part of?
Emily’s Wonder Lab is live-action series about lively experiments and entertainment activities for the kids with a claim science communicator Emily Calandrelli, and I had a lot of fun working on set.
Do you have any favourite memories from working on Emily’s Wonder Lab?
Working with engineer, scientist and children’s book writer Emily Calandrelli was amazing on its own but my favourite memory from working on Emily’s Wonder Lab is when I got to swim in a pool of slime.
How did you get into acting and is it something you always wanted to do?
No, not really, I have always had an outgoing personality and I am very talkative. When I got my first audition, I thought it was super cool to portray a character and that’s where my acting career began.
What are some of your favourite films and TV shows to watch and how do you like to spend your free time?
My favourite films are Where the Wild Things Are and The Goonies. My favourite TV shows are The Boss Baby: Back in Business and The Boss Baby: Family Business. I like to spend my free time reading, hanging out with friends at the pool or digging for seashells at the beach.
What are you hoping 2022 brings for your career?
Professional growth as an actor. Bookings, bookings and more bookings.
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