Guy Nardulli

Rising star Guy Nardulli (Q&A)

Interviewed by Tocarra Eldridge

How does it feel to be a viral sensation and finally getting the recognition that you deserve? 
It's a bit surreal.  I'm still getting used to the attention that I'm getting.  From the gym to the local bars and restaurants, and even in my building, it's pretty cool hearing people say "Hey! You're the guy from the Superman ad?"  To be tied to Superman is really cool.  
What was it like working on set with Henry Cavill and Zack Snyder? 
Wow!  It was an amazing opportunity to work with both of these very talented men.  Henry was so down to earth and easy to talk to, you would never know that he was a mega star.  Just looking at him and you knew that this was Superman.  He possesses all the qualities that you would think Superman would have.  What can I say about working with Zack?  Super talented director.  I loved 300 and Watchmen, and to be able to work with the guy that directed those and now Man of Steel, was such an honor and privilege.  Funny story…  I didn't know right away that Zack Snyder was the director, all I knew was there was a guy named Zack, who liked me a lot, that was directing this spot.  I really didn't know what Zack looked like.  So we (Henry, Zack and myself) were talking in between takes.  I was asking Henry about the Superman costume, if he can move easily in it, was it breathable… etc.. etc…  Zack says "You should have seen him at the screen test, we had him (Henry) in the original Christopher Reeves outfit, he looked silly." So I leaned in and whispered to Zack "oh did you sort of work on the Superman project?"  Zack steps in, smiles and leans into me whispering the same way as I did to him.."Yeah, I kind of directed it…"  I was like oh no!!  ZACK SNYDER!!! Ok thats it. I’m wrapped! Time for me to go!  We all got a good laugh from this.  Overall, it was an amazing experience and opportunity.
You played professional football in Europe on an international level. Are you still active in sports? 
I try to stay as active as I can.  I go to the gym nearly everyday.  I do a lot of running and weight training. I like to keep myself fit and I still have that football bug in me. I play flag football in an entertainment league in Beverly Hills.  Don't know if I'll ever stop really playing. Who knows? Maybe I'll try and make a comeback.
Is acting something that you always wanted to do? 
Football was my passion throughout high school and college.  I did a few plays here and there but nothing that made me want to really pursue it.  It wasn't until I was in Jamaica doing a fitness calendar shoot that I was told I should try my hand at acting and move to Hollywood.  I mean my friends and family always said I should try it, but that’s friends and family.  It took a complete stranger to push me into that direction.  So on March 3rd, 2003, I packed up my car and drove out to Hollywood from Chicago to try it out.  Got out here (LA) and booked "General Hospital" right away and thought "wow this is easy!" and I liked it…  Little did I know it wasn't that easy, but it was too late. I got a huge bite from the acting bug and fell in love with it.  10 years later, I'm still here and I can't see myself doing anything else.
As a businessman and professional actor, what advice would you give to up and coming entrepreneurs and actors who are looking to be successful in their respected career? 
My best advice to anyone trying to go into business themselves or become an actor would be what my father has always told me… "Give it everything you have and then some."  Ignore the naysayers.  It's very tough but if it's a passion of yours, go at it with all your life.  No matter what it is, you will get out of it what you put into it.  The harder you work at it, the bigger the prize.  And don't be afraid to take risks. To use a sports analogy "You can never steal second base with your foot still on first."
What projects do you have coming up? 
I am currently working on a project that I co-wrote called LAST GOODBYE. We start shooting in August.  It's a story we found on Facebook about a husband that wants to divorce his wife, wants to give her everything as long as she signs the papers.  She refuses the offer and counters with an offer herself, to carry her for 30 days like he did when they first got married.  It's a touching story of you not knowing what you have until it's gone.  This story will bring you to tears.  In Sept/Oct, I'll be starring in a feature I also co-wrote called THE HEIGHTS.  It's a crime drama set in my hometown of Chicago.  It's a mix between The Departed, Mystic River, and Training Day.  Lots of twists and turns and I'm very excited about this project.  Lastly, in the beginning of Sept, I'll be co-hosting a show called "The Travel Virgin" which is about this guy that's never been on a plane or even traveled outside of Los Angeles but is an internet genius and knows everything about everywhere. We'll be taking him to Peru and testing his knowledge of the area while doing some fun, local, touristy stuff.  It's a busy end of the year for me.  Super excited about it all.
Would you like to add anything else before we close the interview? 
First off, a huge thank you to you!!!!  Also a huge thank you to everyone who has been a part of this great journey that I'm on and to those who will be a part of it in my near future, I thank you in advance!  If you want, follow me on twitter @guy24 and on Facebook - Guy Nardulli.  One last thing… if you want to make a difference in life, make yours the best it can be and others will follow.  If we all do this, what a great place it would be to live!!!
Photo credit to Bobby Quillard (www.quillardinc.com)

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