'Fun character': ABQ native Kenneth Miller plays chef in 'Secret Life of a Celebrity Surrogate' - Albuquerque Journal

‘Fun character’: ABQ native Kenneth Miller plays chef in ‘Secret Life of a Celebrity Surrogate’

Albuquerque native Kenneth Miller in a behind-the-scenes look at “The Secret Life of a Celebrity Surrogate.” (Courtesy of Lifetime)

Kenneth Miller is not one to slow down.

The Albuquerque native is determined to make waves in the film industry.

Pre-pandemic, he would often be found on set. In the past seven months, he’s remained busy working out and training his clients.

His most recent project, “The Secret Life of a Celebrity Surrogate,” is airing on Lifetime on-demand and the network’s app. It premiered on Sept. 19.

The production filmed in New Mexico in November, with post-production wrapping on Dec. 22.

“I had friends who had worked with the director (Mark Gantt) before,” he says. “He’s an awesome guy and a talented actor. He has a real knack for filming a script beautifully.”

Brianne Davis and Kenneth Miller in a scene from “The Secret Life of a Celebrity Surrogate.” (Courtesy of Lifetime)

“The Secret Life of a Celebrity Surrogate” tells the story of one of Hollywood’s brightest stars, Olivia Bolton, played by Carrie Wampler, who agrees to become the surrogate for Ava Von Richter, played by Brianne Davis.

But behind the glamour lies the dark and twisted life of Ava and her husband.

Olivia quickly realizes she and her unborn child are in undeniable danger.

Miller plays Peter, a chef.

“Peter was a fun character for me,” Miller says. “It was a fun break, and I had so much in common with him. We dress similar and act similarly.”

Before filming, the 2007 Albuquerque Academy alum was wrapping another project.

“We were doing night shoots in Los Angeles,” he says of the previous project. “(Producer) Ross (Kohn) called me, and they got me a flight from my night shoot at 4 a.m.,” he says. “I flew to set in Albuquerque and began the Lifetime project immediately. There was no break for me.”

Miller says not having downtime between projects wasn’t an issue.

“I get to completely transform myself into different people,” he says. “I was taught early on in acting school that you have to reset and let your character go. If you’re playing a serial killer, you can’t take it with you. I took a little nap on the plane, and I was in a new environment, new clothes, new cast and crew. I immediately bonded with Peter and wanted to portray him the best way.”

Although Miller is based in Los Angeles, he returns to Albuquerque for productions often.

“It’s a nice way to get out of LA,” he says. “New Mexico is still one of the most beautiful and natural areas for me. I love the mountains. Of course, I get to come home and see my nephew. He tells me I’m his best friend. My mom loves me visiting too.”

Miller keeps fit by working out every day. During the pandemic, he’s been diving into the science of nutrition and exercise physiology.

“I’ve been working on myself,” he says. “You might as well reflect internally so when all is said and done, you come out of it and you can be on top.”

SEND ME YOUR TIPS: If you know of a movie filming in the state, or are curious about one, email film@ABQjournal.com. Follow me on Twitter @agomezART.

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