Interview With Brennan Elliott!

Hey guys!  Today I have the honor of sharing the interview I did with Brennan Elliott with all you lovely people.  Without any further ado, we'll get started since I know you're as excited about this as I am!

Mercy:
 Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Brennan:
 My name is Brennan Elliott and I'm a father of two, happily married, actor who lives in Los Angeles.

Mercy:
 What started your interest in acting?
Brennan: 
Well,  I was always involved in music and theater when I was a kid.  I used to play the accordion and piano.  Irish household, so around Christmastime we would always play instruments and sing and stuff. But then I got into theater when I was really, really young and enjoyed it but never thought it would be a profession.  When I was in my late teens, I started to really do a lot of work on an improv group and just kind of felt I could be myself on stage more than I could in real life. I felt like you were getting claps, high fives, or gratification from that.  So it made me realize I can be myself on stage and people will actually like me.
That kind of felt better than struggling through puberty and everything else and dealing with all that, not being liked.  I was a quiet kid so I got picked on a lot, so theater was my escape.
Then I really got passionate about the art and the craft of it, dealing with stuff from the actors studio and Eric Morris; just different types of techniques and ways of making things honest and real that don't look like acting. I had a passion to make things in front of the camera and on stage appear like real life, and that ended up becoming a lifelong passion. Acting was that expression, so that's why I've been involved in that for the last 25 years.

Mercy:
What is your favorite part about being in Hallmark movies?
Brennan:
Well, obviously, the fans are great. They're really rabid and very passionate. But for me, as a family man, I really believe in the content and feel like they really touch a nerve when it comes to family entertainment and the heart of tv.  I know it sounds cliche but they show the side of life that we all want to feel, whether it's love, friendship, family or the Christmas movies.  I think we all need to escape someway, and their escape just feels so good.  To escape into a Hallmark world, even though it is fun entertainment and a fantasy, there are underpinnings of truth and things that are value systems that I believe in, whether it's spiritual or familial. So you really feel like you're touching the world with something positive.

Mercy:
 If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
Brennan:
 Oh, wow! Who would play me?  That's a hard question.. The first person that came to mind - because an old friend of mine said that I remind him of him a little bit, which I don't know how it's possible - but I think Mark Ruffalo would be an interesting choice.  I admire him as an actor, I know a little bit about his history and I've seen a lot of his work.  I don't know, he might be one.  That would be a shoutout. It would have to be somebody that could get to the emotional underpinnings of what my life is, and Mark is a great actor. I'm sure he could do it.   Physically though, he's someone that comes to mind.

Mercy:
 What is one thing most people don't know about you?
Brennan: 
 More now than when I was younger, but I'm pretty simple.  There's not a lot of things I need to make me happy.  But I'm very, very simple and I'm always getting up every day feeling like, "Okay, it's a new day. How do I become a better person, father, actor?" I'm always trying to grow and evolve to be better.

Mercy:
 What is something you know now that you wish you had known when you first started acting?
Brennan: 
I wish I knew not to take this business very personally.  I mean, when I started out, you want every role and you're trying so hard.
I think the one thing I know now that I wish I would have known earlier is trusting in myself, in my own instincts.  I feel the work I've done over the last 4-5 years I'm proud of. Just in the fact that I feel like because it's been such a high volume of projects back to back, you're not given a lot of time to prepare and you need to trust yourself.  I've allowed myself to not always rely on others to tell me what my instincts are in a scene, or for coaches to tell me what I need to do, or whatever! I'm just learning to trust my instincts more, which I think comes with experience and age. I think if I could've trusted myself more when I was younger like I do now, I would've been better off, I think.


Mercy:
Has there ever been a project, script, or character that resonated with you or had special meaning?
Brennan:
Well, they all have special meaning to me, they're all very important because I have to try and personalize and make them my own. I need to connect to a script organically, personally, emotionally, experientially.  I always say I'm not an actor, I'm a professional experiencer.
So every script is very, very personal to me.  I'm actually working on a Christmas script right now and there's an element where the father is always away from his two kids.  In this business, we travel so much and there's so much filming going on all over the world that you're not at home as much as you want to. And having two young kids, it can grind on you and make you miss them.  Much like if I was a doctor, or a businessman, or whatever.  I'm exploring these pieces of the material; the elements of being a father and the struggles of also having to be the provider.  It's something that was in this script that just hit me like a ton of bricks the last couple of days.  I'm kind of swimming in that right now.

Mercy:
 Do you have any upcoming projects that you can share with us?
Brennan:
 Yes!  I have a movie called All Of My Heart 3: The Wedding, airing on September 29th on the Hallmark Channel. I starred in it with the lovely Lacey Chabert and we both also executive produced it. We're very, very proud of it and want the fans to check that out!


Then I have a Crossword Mystery which is kind of a wheelhouse picture deal where we're going to do 20 pictures over the next 4-5 years.  That's with Lacey Chabert as well.  It's going to be a mystery on the Hallmark Movies and Mystery Channel.  That will come out in early January.
And, I'm presently just reading the script for the first time, kind of in prep mode, putting together a movie that shoots October 9th with Danica McKellar (who I've never worked with but very excited to! I've heard wonderful things about her). That's a Christmas movie for the Hallmark Channel.
I've also got 3 or 4 other projects that I have to be very tightlipped about. They're for other networks, other companies. Very, very excited about those!  They're kind of more next year.  I'm very, very busy.

Brennan, thank you so, so much for being on my blog!  I, along with all your other fans, can't wait to see your upcoming movies!

Readers,  from what I've seen of his work, Brennan is one of those actors who completely gets into each of his roles and portrays it to perfection. During our interview, he really came across as a professional, kind, humble person. He's an actor that I will definitely be supporting in the future, and I hope you will as well!
If you don't already, please follow the links below and follow him on all his social media outlets.  You won't regret it!

Twitter
Instagram

One last thing, make sure to tune in to Hallmark Channel on September 29th to watch All Of My Heart: The Wedding!

Thanks for reading!
~Mercy






Comments

  1. I need say nothing more than wow Mercy!! This is awesome & I'm so glad you interviewed Brennan. IN fact, I learned a few things about him and I look forward to everything he does. Bravo!!

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    1. Aww, thank you so much Ruth!! I always love getting your feedback! <3


      I was obviously a fan of his before but even more now. He's got to be in my top five favorite Hallmark actors! :)

      P.S. I can't wait to read your interview with him soon!!

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  2. I can't wait for his new movie! I watched All of my Heart! It was FABULOUS! Brennan is my favorite Hallmark actor!! I'll bet that he is a wonderful father and husband! 😍 🌹

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