From UCLA to Oxford, Blake Berris has acquired a wide array of skills through his flourishing career, and turned them into an impressive body of work on screen. He won the Rising Star Award at GIFF (Gasparilla International Film Festival) and Best Supporting Actor for Meth Head. He was previously nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award as Nick Fallon on Days of Our Lives.
When he is not on set at Days, you can catch him sitting by the juke box in the hilarious Bud Light commercial or on Twitter at
@BlakeBerris. Blake does his job with the passion and ambition we all strive to achieve. It was great to get to know him and his inspirations; read the interview below for the insider scoop on the rising star!
Can you tell me about your audition with "Days of our Lives"?
Days of Our Lives was actually my first audition after college. Soap operas weren't really something I had considered doing and it was almost like a foreign world to me. During my audition, the part I was going for was described as the new person in Salem with a twist Napoleon Dynamite persona. I just went for it and I must have left an impression because they brought me back in!
Did you have anyone that took you under their wing during the whole process?
Rachel Melvin who plays Chelsea really helped me out. Once I got the part, Rachel and I became super close and she really showed me the ropes. It was my first regular tv job and having someone like her helped me get comfortable.
After an intense/emotional day on set, what do you do to relax?
There has definitely been times over the years where it really did get emotional. When that happens, you're hoping that it falls on a Friday and and you can just surround yourself with friends, saki bombs, and sushi. A lot of the times on set, you don’t have time to decompress. When the day is over, you find yourself back in your living room memorizing lines for the next day. Sometimes its good to stay in that groove and give the audience everything you have.
With as much romance as there is on set, is there any romance between the actors off set?
Yeah, of course Haha...
After you went to UCLA, you ended up getting accepted to Oxford. What was the hardest adjustment about moving over seas?
When I was younger my parents and I actually moved to Prague for a little bit. So the adjustment didn't hit me as hard as you might think. I was really excited to get back and check out Europe at an older age. Growing up, I remember it being a very magical place. I found that they approach the art of acting much different over there and it really has guided me in the right direction. Every step of the way I've been learning, whether it was from UCLA, Oxford, or other actors. Ive always said, it is very important to have a wide array of tools at your disposal.
Did you meet any other students in Europe that are now making a name for themselves in the industry?
Yes, Nicole Beharie. She is now a series regular on the FOX hit Sleepy Hollow. Her and I got really close and she is very talented. There has actually been a lot of people from the program that have done well.
While growing up and learning the art of acting, who did you really look up to?
If you could hangout with one person for the day, who would it be?
I guess this is kind of cliché, but I'd have to go with the father of modern acting... Marlon Brando. Either Mr. Brando or Jim Morrison. Both of them would be awesome people to meet.
Thanks for chatting Blake!
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