For his latest role on screen, Christopher Convery plays Ezra in the feature film Prisoner’s Daughter, which follows a father who fights for the love of his daughter and grandson after serving 12 years in prison, with the film set to be released in cinemas in the United States on June 30th. Prisoner’s Daughter had its premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, marking Christopher’s film festival debut, and he was directed by Catherine Hardwicke and stars opposite Kate Beckinsale as Maxine and Brian Cox as Max. Last year, Christopher played Seth in Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game alongside a cast including Mike Faist and Crystal Reed, and amongst his other films, he played Jude in the supernatural horror Brahms: The Boy II and August Balder in the action-thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web. On TV, Christopher has been seen in a number of projects such as On the Verge as Albert, Gotham as Martin and Stranger Things as Young Billy (Dacre Montgomery), and his screen work has led to him being nominated and winning numerous awards. Having started his acting career on stage, Christopher made his Broadway debut at the age of seven in Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, in which he played the role of Young Charlie for two years. Christopher is also a music artist and set up the band THRIVE one month ago, with whom he has already performed his first show at The Space in Las Vegas. We spoke to Christopher about playing Ezra in the upcoming feature film Prisoner’s Daughter, attending the premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival and being on set of Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game.
Can you tell us about Prisoner’s Daughter and was there anything that drew you to the film?
Prisoner’s Daughter is an incredible film and an awesome experience! It’s about how a father fights for the love of his daughter and grandson after serving 12 years in prison. The script and my part specifically really drew me to the film, the storyline is so captivating, and Ezra’s character is very complex and had many layers to him, there was so much emotion in the plot.
How would you describe your character Ezra and what was he like to play?
Ezra is a super fun, sarcastic, and smart teenager. Throughout the movie, he goes through many different events that help shape him and who he will become. I really enjoyed playing Ezra, and could definitely see parts of myself in him!
What was Prisoner’s Daughter like to film and how was it working alongside a cast including Kate Beckinsale and Brian Cox, and being directed by Catherine Hardwicke?
Prisoner’s Daughter was super fun to film, and I had such a good time with everyone! Brian, Kate and Catherine were all awesome and we were always having a good time and laughing between takes! All of our scenes were together, so we all had a great bond.
How was it attending the premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival and seeing the film for the first time?
TIFF was my first film festival and attending was an incredible experience. The red carpet was so fun, I loved talking with my fans and doing interviews! It was my first time really seeing Prisoner’s Daughter and I was blown away! It was so incredible seeing it all put together and we all really loved it!
What are you looking forward to for Prisoner’s Daughter to be released and why would you recommend watching it?
I am looking forward to everybody seeing the movie! Prisoner’s Daughter is such an incredible film and I think it is my best work as an actor. Everybody involved is so talented and really gave their all for this movie! You are connected to the characters the entire time and I think that people are really going to love this so I am eagerly waiting for it to come out in theaters on June 30th!
You recently played Seth in the feature film Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game alongside Mike Faist and Crystal Reed, how did you find the experience on set of the film?
Pinball was a really fun movie, Mike Faist and Crystal Reed were wonderful and we had a great time! It was filmed in New York, so it was great to go back there and visit friends. The Bragg Brothers are amazing directors, and it was awesome filming a movie about Pinball!
What are some of your favourite highlights from filming Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game and what did you enjoy most about playing Seth?
I have a lot of highlights from filming, but I think one of my favourites was when I went to set for the first time and there were at least 100 pinball machines lined up everywhere all turned on and free to play with! It was so cool and learning about Pinball was really interesting.
Who do you think will enjoy watching the film and how has it been seeing the viewers’ response to the release so far?
I think everybody will enjoy the film! It educates a lot of people on how awesome Pinball is and how prevalent it was in history! People really love it and I do too!
Can you tell us about your time filming for the TV series On the Verge (as Albert) and Gotham – Series 4 (as Martin)?
On the Verge was great because I got to work with Julie Delpy, who I think is an amazing writer, director, and actor. The script was hilarious, and it gave me an opportunity to work with awesome people like Elizabeth Shue and Giovanni Ribici.
Gotham was a different genre and tone and was equally amazing. The role was interesting because Martin is mute and had to convey his emotions and words through his face and a notepad. I got to be Penguin’s partner in crime, and he took me under his wing. It was incredible to be a part of the Batman universe.
What was it like working on the supernatural horror film Brahms: The Boy II as Jude?
The Boy was a really fun horror movie role to do! Brahms, the doll, was really creepy and he looked so real! I remember one time I was chilling on set and Brahms was next to me and all of a sudden the lights went out and they came back on after a few seconds and he was gone! Pretty scary, ha! I got to work with Katie Holmes, who is an awesome actress, and she was super cool.
How was it playing Young Billy (Dacre Montgomery) in Series 3 of Stranger Things?
Working on Stranger Things was such an experience. It was cool to play Billy because it showed his backstory and why Billy was the way he was. My scenes were with Millie Bobby Brown and she was so fun. She’s a very kind and warm person and really made me feel at home! It was great hanging with her. It was awesome.
What do you remember most from filming as August Balder in The Girl in the Spider’s Web?
For The Girl in the Spider’s Web, I played August who had autism, and it was really interesting to learn more about autism to really bring truth to his character. I visited autism centres and schools, and it really helped me with the character. It was a great action movie and working with Claire Foy was great.
Do you have any stand-out memories from making your Broadway debut in Kinky Boots as Young Charlie at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre?
It was my first professional acting role when I was seven so that is a pretty stand-out memory. I also always remember having a blast backstage with the rest of the boys on the show. I did Broadway for two years, so I was performing and hanging with the boys every day!
Over your career so far, you have been nominated for and won many awards, how does this feel?
It feels great! I appreciate all the awards and recognition I have received for the projects I have been part of.
You are also a music artist and have recently formed the band THRIVE, how did the band come about and what are you enjoying most about performing together?
I have always loved music and sang a lot. I decided that it would be fun to make a band with my friends and this all started a month ago! We all got together and practiced a lot and had our first show soon after, it was super awesome, and we were rocking out! We plan on doing as many shows as we can, we have a great time jamming!
Do you have any upcoming plans with THRIVE that you can share and can you tell us about some of the events you’ve already performed at?
We definitely have some gigs coming up and I am excited to share it with everyone soon! Our first show was at The Space in Las Vegas and it was a full house; we played songs like U2, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd, INXS, The Doors, and more!
Where does your love of acting and music come from and how did you get into both?
I’ve always loved listening to music and watching movies and TV shows at a young age. I did some fun acting camps when I was five that I asked my mom to sign me up for and it was great! I auditioned for a Broadway show called Kinky Boots when I was seven and I got the role! I moved to NYC to do Broadway and from there I wanted to continue exploring all sides of acting.
What are some of your favourite films and TV shows to watch and music artists to listen to, and how do you like to spend your time away from your career?
I love watching movies and TV shows and here are some of my favourites. I love Fight Club with Brad Pitt and Ed Norton, that movie was insane! You really don’t expect the ending and it’s so perfectly done. I also love The Revenant with Leo DiCaprio, his acting is incredible and definitely would love to work with him! As for my favourite TV show, it’s Breaking Bad. That show is so good!
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