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Interview with Jesse Kove

Jesse Kove is an actor born in Los Angeles California into a Film, Television and Theatrical family. Raised on classic films and movie sets around the world. Jesse follows in his father’s (Martin Kove) footsteps proudly. When he was only 10 years old Jesse would create movies using his father’s video camera, and perform skits for the whole family. The entertainment world has been his passion ever since. Studying in various performing arts and improv classes and working throughout his younger years up into high school Jesse continued to cultivate his craft of Cinema. Even venturing to New York to perform off-Broadway, for his enthusiasm for the art of acting never ceases. Jesse recently co-starred alongside Joseph Fiennes in the highly anticipated World War II drama “On Wings of Eagles” (The unofficial sequel to “Chariots of Fire” ) starring in the upcoming 2017 thriller “Bring Me a Dream” Jesse also co-produced and co-starred in the acclaimed teen crime drama “As Night Comes”. Starred in Alloy Entertainment’s episodic show “First Day”, and went on to star in the SyFy channels “Axe Giant” also and co-starred in the first-ever live streamed episodic “Steve The Intern”.

1. For the people who might not know you, who are you and what do you do?

My name is Jesse Kove and I am an actor.

2. When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

Having grown up in the industry, my father, Martin Kove, raised me on movie sets around the world. I always knew, from a young age, that I wanted to be in the film industry. When I was a young boy, I would make little movies with my father’s camera and my action figures and G.I. Joe’s so it is something that I have loved since I was a child. Film sets have been like a second home to me, so it is definitely easy to say that it is second nature to me. My father never pushed me to be in the industry, in fact, he was against it for a period of time because it is not a guarantee that you will make it, despite him having the success he has had. In middle school all the way into high school I was always in the creative arts programs and excelled in them much more than in the academic classes. I was in many of the plays and loved the film and cinema classes that were offered to me. I didn’t get into the business professionally until I was about 18. That is when I signed with my first agency.

3. What did you learn about the industry that you can share with aspiring actors?

One of my biggest challenges that I overcame was to just be, no matter what’s happening around you because there is so much activity on set, a key part for me is to remain present, know what’s going on in the scene, you should even know the dialogue of your scene partner. Because you get to a point where you are so comfortable and relaxed that the dialogue flows through you and you don’t even think about the words as you are just able to experience what’s going on in the scene while maintaining control to move it to where it has to go. Also, it is so important to communicate with the creative team around you, especially the director, as the relationship between a director and actor is very special, both people willing to go the distance with the task at hand to create something incredible. I always go into a movie and I will pull the director aside maybe before we start and I will tell them “look I am willing to go into the mud with you and do what it takes to get what we need so don’t be afraid to push me”.

4. Who did you love working with on a past project and why?

I worked with Joseph Fiennes in China for about three months on a film called “On Wings Of Eagles”. It was such a pleasure to work with him as he is so deep in his work. We both had to lose weight for that film so we were on special diets and on a special workout routine and I really admired his work ethic because when you’re around someone like that there is so much talent and charisma it can’t help but rub off on you as well. The level at which he works inspires everyone around him to up their game. He is also such a gentleman and a kind man. The context of that film was very heavy and he carried it on his back for several months. That takes a lot of responsibility and discipline so that is why I respect him greatly.

5. What is the scariest part of an audition?

The scariest part about auditions is that you don’t really know, sometimes, what’s going to happen in the room. I’ve tested for networks where there were 15 producers in a room and you can’t help but let fear creep in a little bit. But you stay focused on the work and the scene and all that goes away and it frees you up. You just have to roll with it no matter what comes.

6. What show could you do for years?

I have always felt the most comfortable when I am doing roles that are from a different time, not from the present. I’m not sure why but whenever it is a different time, even in the future, I am able to let loose and become that character more so. It’s a very odd thing but it’s the truth. I love playing characters that have to go on a journey, physical and mental. It would be so amazing to play maybe a night in the middle ages.

7. What would your dream role be?

It would have to be something that would be very challenging but also rewarding to portray at the same time,a character who has to face huge odds against him, find strength within himself and pull through something that moves and motivates an audience to maybe change things in their life as well as to be fearless and to go forth in life no matter the challenge. I would love to continue to play characters like that.

8. What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?

There are several accomplishments so I can’t just say one. Something I truly cherish is for me to be able to work with my father, to do films with him is a special thing close to my heart. What we do together will be on film forever and to watch that over the years is very dear to me. We work well together and we always have a great time and it is such a wonderful experience to share the creative journey with your father. When I worked on the film “On Wings Of Eagles”, the story was about World War II and the prisoners of war that were put in internment camps and we actually got to meet a lot of the survivors that were in the exact camp that we were portraying so to be able to meet these people in real life with such an honor to then play a character based off of these wonderful human beings, was truly a tremendous accomplishment in my life. I will never forget meeting them and discussing with them the journey that they all went through during that horrible time.

9. What’s the most recent show you’ve binge-watched?

The last show that I binge-watched was Ozark. I really love the world that they created and the characters are so rich and full. It is definitely a great show and I recommend it to anyone who wants to find something worth binging.

10. What is your best memory from any set?

One of my fondest memories was actually of my father on set. I was 10 years old and he was filming in India on a huge soundstage where they had created an entire jungle and swamp. From the moment I arrived on site I jumped into a boat and was paddling my way through the swamp. I was having so much fun and my dad who had not seen me for weeks got his first glimpse of his son visiting him on a boat paddling his way through this swamp that was created for the movie so that I could jump out and hug him, it brought him to tears when he saw me.

11. Do you have a secret talent?

I love to make people laugh. Laughter is one of the greatest joys we can experience and it’s powerful. I love bringing joy to the people around me and if I can make them laugh, it is always so for fulfilling for me.

12. What is one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?

This is a great question but the funny thing is I actually wouldn’t give any advice to my younger self, everything I’ve ever done whether a good experience or a bad experience has brought me to the point where I am right now and I am constantly working on myself to be greater and better at everything I do, so if I were to change one thing, things might be different. But I so enjoy my life and where I’m at. I wouldn’t change a thing and I learned from my mistakes so everything I feel happens for reason. That’s part of the beauty of life: we don’t really know what’s going to happen so we just have to take action towards the thing that we want to create.

13. What are some causes that are dear to your heart and hope to bring awareness to?

There is an organization I work with called Truth About Drugs. I have spoken on stage to students in high school, bringing awareness and educating them about drug use. I also have a huge heart for animals and animal rights. Mercy For Animals is a great organization, I love them.

 

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