Jim Parrack has played many characters during his acting career. From Hoyt Fortenberry in “True Blood” to Preacher James in “Resurrection,” he’s been able to run the gamut with roles in TV shows.
Parrack recently was in Albuquerque filming the indie film “Priceless” and is still in production for “Suicide Squad,” where he plays Jonny Frost.
The 34-year-old actor will be one of the dozens at Santa Fe Comic Con this weekend at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe.
He will conduct a three-day intensive acting workshop beginning at 8 tonight.
The class teaches actors from beginner level to expert the key to embracing the character, the mood and emotion of each role. Parrack says he always is asked how to become an actor which is part of the reason he wanted to do an acting course.
“I teach the class as a way to immediately begin to access their humanity for their acting and challenge them to redefine what they mean when they say ‘acting,'” he says. “I’m also very up-front about the fact that there is no way to cover it all in a few short days; but there is a way to ignite a curiosity and enthusiasm and to help build a foundation.”
Parrack studied for eight years with Robert Carnegie and tried to learn as much as he could from him.
“So much of acting is really knowing yourself and what makes you tick, what matters to you,” he says. “So I’m always learning and when I have the opportunity, I go and sit in on his Playhouse West classes in Los Angeles because he’s ‘The One.’ He’s the finest teacher of any kind I’ve ever known.”
In addition to his upcoming projects, Parrack has starred in “The Adderall Diaries,” which is slowly being released to theaters nationwide. He stars in the film with his friend James Franco. It was directed by Pamela Romanowski.
Parrack says he enjoys developing a working relationship with the cast and he has more fun when a cast has some of his friends.
“I do enjoy it. Some casts are easier to put myself out with than others. Some sets are easier than others,” he says. “On ‘Fury,’ I adored the men I was working with. There was total, supported, guided freedom of expression and togetherness. That starts with David Ayer and trickles through to (Brad) Pitt and Shia (LeBeouf) and Jon (Bernthal). On a gig like ‘Resurrection,’ the actors were all lovely people and capable, but the culture of the show was mediocrity and restrictiveness. There was a director who couldn’t have been less capable for his profession steering the ship and so everything suffers under his curse. So it depends more on the director or the environment for me than it does who the cast is.”
As for “True Blood” and his character, Parrack never read the book series it was based on and was taken aback by the success of the series.
“I didn’t realize anything like that would happen,” he says. “Not at all.”