Nick Wechsler Interviews & AOL Chats
Nick Wechsler - Kyle Valenti
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'Roswell' star from Albuquerque
by Starr Alexander
Original Article can be seen here.
Meet Nick Wechsler, a young actor who dreamed of working in Hollywood who was born and raised in Albuquerque. He put his plan into action and now, he is starring as Kyle Valenti in the pilot show, "Roswell," tonight on WB Channel 19 at 8 p.m.
Dressed casually, he shifts his body into a comfortable position. His eyes speak quickly, showing interest, indifference, or disfavor for a topic, before he voices his opinion. For instance, he does not care for L.A.'s popular food trends: sushi and Thai cuisine. He mostly cooks at home but he admits that he misses New Mexico's green chile. Just before our interview, he had just finished eating a bowl of green chile soup.
After performing in high school plays, Wechsler became convinced he was destined to become an actor.
"I saw a play and said, 'I can do that,'" Wechsler said. "In 10th grade, I joined drama, and it [acting] has since become the only thing that I was really that good at, that I could see doing for a length of time. And the more I would see movies that I didn't like, the more I would be like, 'I know I can do better than that,'" says Wechsler.
Moving away from home can be difficult -- leaving behind family and friends. Moving to California to try and land a job as an actor can be twice as challenging. Wechsler recalls feeling miserable for the first year, but his ambition prevailed.
"I told myself that I'll give it a year, and if I haven't found anything within a year I'm moving back," Wechsler said. "Luckily, I got something fairly shortly after moving there."
As a person accustomed to seeing desert landscapes, Wechsler says he was awestruck when he saw the ocean.
"It's amazing," he said. "I love the ocean, it's not so much California's beach, it's just seeing this huge volume of water. I can't even imagine how big it is. It's unbelievable. I love it."
Californians are serious about body sculpting, and Wechsler became aware of L.A.'s exercise obsession. He was physically active in high school, but after moving to L.A., he found his exercise program was nothing compared to what he found there.
"It does work on you whether you like it or not, to see everybody looking great," he said. "I tried to keep my head above it."
"Roswell" is about three high school students who are aliens from an alleged space ship that crashed in Roswell in 1947. The students conceal their identities, but their true identities are discovered after one of the aliens saves a human life. Now they must escape from the demented town sheriff (William Sadler), who wants them destroyed.
The series was filmed in California on sets resembling the actual town. Wechsler auditioned for four or five roles before landing the role as Kyle.
"The closer I would get, the more I would think, 'They're not going to cast me.' How could I possibly get a part -- a kid from New Mexico," Wechsler said.
Chat with Nick Wechsler
Source: react.com - Feb 2000
In February, we talked to Nick Wechsler, Kyle from the WB show Roswell. He was just a little sarcastic--but we're pretty sure he was kidding about being kicked off the show. He told us a few funny stories about the set and a weird letter a fan sent him. Happy reading. And yes, he was joking about Brendan Fehr!
react_nick: Hello everybody, good to see ya again!
beastie_girl_01 asks: When and how were you discovered?
react_nick: I guess I came out here (LA) and was auditioning for a lot of stuff. And I finally landed a role on something else, and it helped, with credibility or whatever, to have something on the resume. I wasn't found in a supermarket or anything, I just sort of went out and worked for it.
groovygirl858 asks: What do you like most about Kyle?
react_nick: He's so damn handsome, it drives me crazy! No, I guess I like that, contrary to what some people believe, he has a sense of humor, it just happens to be dry or dark, I guess. It can be goofy, too. People don't seem to think he has a sense of humor, but I can tell you he does.
CoolDan989 asks: What's the best part about working on "Roswell"
react_nick: Let's see. I'm doing whatever I've wanted to do since I moved out here. I've been lucky enough to make somewhat of a living doing what I came out here to do. That I have a job and it's paying me!
fehrwell asks: What's your favorite cereal?
react_nick: Fruity Pebbles.
country_gal_from_kentucky asks: What is your middle name?
react_nick: It's actually Nick. My first name is something else.
dawnievon36 asks: Do you ever go online to the different Roswell fan sites?
react_nick: Nope! No offense, I just don't have a computer.
jythu asks: Do you believe in aliens?
react_nick: I do actually. Not necessarily in the form that everybody seems to think they take, but they're out there. I don't believe they're going to high school, but I think there is something up in the sky on some far distant planet or something. But I'm a crackpot anyway, so...
RikiOops asks: What sort of music, exactly, do you listen to?
react_nick: I like anything by Mike Patton. Jude is like my favorite. Ani DiFranco, Dave Matthews. Stuff like that, I think.
jythu asks: Do you have one of those movies that you could just watch over and over? Mine is Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail.
react_nick: Mine is The Princess Bride.
groovygirl858 asks: Is it true you are the prankster of the cast?
react_nick: I guess so, I'm not really a prankster, I don't put whoopie cushions down or anything, I just joke around, try to make people laugh on set, and it usually doesn't work. That's why it's funny you say that, it usually doesn't work, they laugh at me, not with me. So I just sit in my trailer...
fionafish_2000 asks: Wow, 8 brothers? Did you ever get new clothes? Or were they all just hand me downs.
react_nick: LOL! I got plenty of new clothes. Now, I actually like the stuff my brothers wore. I don't mind the sort of outfit they wore, like bell bottoms and corduroys, now I like it.
fehrwell asks: Are you currently single?
inlove_roswell asks: What is William Sadler like?
react_nick: Oh, he's awesome, he is really sweet and is quite the hilarious bastard, nobody knows because nobody gets to talk to him. And of course he's very talented, the best actor of the bunch, and that's an understatement.
Love17998 asks: Do you sing in the shower?
react_nick: Yeah, I do. How do you know that? Who's watching? I sing, whatever is in my head, sometimes it's songs I hate, sometimes I catch myself singing Britany Spears or something. My favorite stuff to sing is Mike Patton.
itcouldbewirfs asks: What was high school like for you? Is the 'jock' role a familiar one?
react_nick: No. Not at all. I still don't like sports much at all, on Super Bowl Sunday I just watch the commercials. The only thing I liked was wrestling and volleyball. I don't think I was a dork, I was alright in high school. In middle school, I was really shy, nobody ever wanted to talk to me. High school was where I became the greatest guy in the world so a lot of people wanted to talk to me.
groovygirl858 asks: Will there be another love interest in store for Kyle? Will have more screen time in future episodes.
react_nick: I'm not a writer so I don't know. I mean I can beg a writer, but I don't know. I don't think so. I think it would be more realistic if he kind of moved on a little bit from what happened.
groovygirl858 asks: What is your favorite "Kyle" moment?
react_nick: There is an episode that is going to air tomorrow night that just has some of. . . I haven't seen it so I don't know how it turned out, but from what I remember, I think it's going to be one of my favorite ones for Kyle. He's drunk, it's kind of fun to fool around with that.
fehrwell asks: Do you watch yourself on television?
react_nick: They give us copies of every episode, so I watch it. I watch it with my roommate, and I just make fun of it, not in a bad way, I just do voices, lip sync, make fun of myself, too. I just think it's funny.
lillia3c asks: Have you read the Melinda Metz book series on which the show is based? If so, what did you think?
react_nick: I didn't read it, and I didn't think that much of it. But Kyle is really handsome in the book, and you know that's true!
groovygirl858 asks: What do you have on the walls of your trailer?
react_nick: Personally, I have wallpaper. Whatever it came with, I don't put anything on my walls. So, really nothing.
eganirish asks: What do you plan on doing during the show's hiatus?
react_nick: I'd like to go visit my family for some time. It's not like I'm a big anything, it's not like anybody is dying to cast me in anything, it's not like I have any prospects. So I guess I'm just going to have to try and sleep my way to the top again.
dayzeeeeej asks: Who is your favorite actor?
react_nick: I'm currently mad about Ewan McGregor, Johnny Depp--people like that.
moonfiregirl asks: Are you surprised at the success of the show
react_nick: Yes, I don't even know how well it's doing, I haven't paid attention to the ratings, people have tried to tell me, but I guess, if people think it's doing well, that kind of surprises me, not that I don't think the show is good, it's just that I didn't expect anything I was in to do that well.
AngelGraceBand asks: Hey! whats up? I was just wondering do u have any tatoos and if so where? :)
react_nick: Uh... I don't have any tattoos.
lillia3c asks: What would your dream vacation spot be and have you made it there yet? :)
react_nick: I don't have an answer to that yet. I haven't been around enough, and I haven't given it enough thought. But I've been to Germany and I liked that.
CoolDan989 asks: What's the hardest thing you've had to do on "Roswell"
react_nick: Pretending I like Brendan.
beastie_girl_01 asks: Do you and the cast hang out on down time? -San Diego,CA
react_nick: I've hung out with Bill Sadler a few times. And really enjoyed that. I want to say specifically, I do NOT hang out with Brendan, because apparently, I don't like him.
_xXSnow_AngelXx_ asks: Why are you so harsh and down on yourself? Keep a positive attitude.
react_nick: I appreciate it but I really, really suck.
redrose483 asks: What kind of toppings do you like on your pizza?
react_nick: I like some cheese and some. . . anything. I haven't had anchovies, and I'm not looking forward to it. Human fingers, that's the sweet stuff!
ellzerbell asks: Do fans send you weird things in the mail? If so, what is the strangest thing you have received?
react_nick: I'd have to say one of my favorites, it wasn't that weird, but a person sent me something, it was like a letter that had been handwritten, but it was a copy, and it was blank where my name would be, and it was blank where the name of the show would be. It was like, (blank), you are my favorite actor on (blank). You could see my name was written in blue pen, and the name of the show, I thought it was hilarious, that person deserves a dollar or something.
utopiapkwy14 asks: Monica, Rachel or Phoebe?
react_nick: Brad Pitt's lady, Rachel, she doesn't go by Rachel in life, but you know.
hardbod16 asks: Can you give any plot hints? Will you ever find out about the aliens?
react_nick: Actually, it's funny, I don't know anything that's going to happen, and I'm not making that up, they don't tell me. I think it's because they don't like me and are kicking me off the show.
divaodrama asks: What is your favorite time of day, and why???
react_nick: 8:49. Cause I don't like 8:48.
itcouldbewirfs asks: What do your family and friends think of your success?
react_nick: They are all supportive. I generally don't have the kind of friends...well, I haven't experienced any of my friends leaving me at this time. And I think this is the sort of thing that will show you who your friends are.
lillia3c asks: One of my favorite Roswell scenes was when Kyle confronted Max and Liz outside Michael's trailer. That entire scene was hilarious! :) Was it a hard scene to shoot without cracking up?
react_nick: We did a few takes where we laughed a few times, but. . .in a related story. . .There was one time when we did a scene where I was playing basketball and Liz confronts Kyle about something, and we walked to the edge of the court and the fence is no longer between us and we're standing face to face. And they are shooting over her shoulder, and they can't see what I'm seeing. And a fly flew around and landed right between her eyes, and it was a scene where we're supposed to be intense and all serious. And the funniest thing about it was that neither of us addressed it. It landed and I saw it, and I was trying so hard not to laugh, and I blew it and the director yelled at me.
jythu asks: Would that be 8:48 AM or PM?
utopiapkwy14 asks: Has anyone ever told you that you sound like Christian Slater?
react_nick: Yes, I hear it a zillion times a day.
react_nick: Goodbye to everybody and thanks for acting like you give a crap about me! And I want to say to Riki, without you I'd have no fans!
Date: August 13, 2000
You can't forget his face... while you might have first seen Nick as arrogant jock Kyle in Roswell, this charmingly modest actor's career actually got going more than four years ago with a miniscule role in Danielle Steel's Full Circle. Read on as Nick revs up on everything from what drew him into acting to who inspires him the most.
efg: What was it like moving to Los Angeles to break into acting?
Nick: It wasn't very easy. I feel like it ends up sounding like I'm trying to get sympathy when I tell the story. Its not that bad, I didn't go through what a lot of people went through. I didn't wait for year and years. I guess in a way, part of the reason it was just miserable for me is that everyone I knew and loved was back in Albuquerque and I came out here. You know my family and friends. They all urged me to move out there and they were all there for me. I only knew one person out here and I stayed with him for like 6 months on his floor.
efg: What drew you to acting?
Nick: People ask a lot so I find myself saying this a lot and it's absolutely true. I saw a play in high school and it was like my freshman year and everyone was so terrible in it. Afterwards, they all came out and everyone is applauding them and they were all bowing like "thank you, yes, thank you" and I was just thinking, "YOU SUCK! I can't believe that you have the balls." Like how oblivious they are of their own lack of talent. I just thought to myself I would love to do that so I can prove to you that I am not anyone and I can do better than you. You know I am someone you would least expect to be able to come up from behind you and I don't know I would just....
efg: What do you look for before choosing a project?
Nick: Let's see... I look for them wanting me. I don't know (laughs) if I don't blow in the audition then uh... I don't know.. efg: Anything that comes your way? Nick: Yeah pretty much. I mean at this point I think that if you were to ask me again later in my career, well lets just say if I happen to have gotten to a point where I can be a little choosier I know how I would do it. You know you can laugh all you want, not that you are going to, I am just saying people can laugh at what I am about to say. Like I love Johnny Depp's career. He is so damn good first off. I know I am not that good but I would love to get better and work it like making different decisions like that. He is always doing something that is totally different from the last thing he did.
efg: Some say actors become actors because they aren't happy being themselves, and need to escape. What is your take on this?
Nick: BULL! I don't think that is true. I mean it might be to other people but I don't buy that as the entire reason. Its not like I was going through something so terrible or anything happened to me that was really screwed up. You know it was just nothing screwed me up so badly when I was younger that I wanted to act. You found out why I wanted to act and that was it. I just got tired of seeing all these people, and you have to understand people till, I mean I still get that feeling um that one of the things that drives me. I shouldn't have to explain myself to anyone but I know if someone ever hears this they will pick it to pieces. It just frustrates me. Its like you don't even know me. Who are you to pick it to pieces. Anyway, I just think even now I think, especially now, people are reaching much higher levels of fame then they could in any high school theatre and on little or no talent. They are getting applauded for it and they are taking bows for it and making me sick and that just keeps me going. I mean that's not the only thing I actually really like doing it. Its like one of the only things that gets me really excited. I really need to wise up and go to college or something. I should have something to fall back on but I don't want too. Not only do I hate schoolwork; I just don't know what the hell else I would like to do. We are all gonna get a little too old for the show eventually or something. Lets be realistic its not gonna be going for ever and who knows if I would have a career after this. I like doing this but the reason I got involved is still something that I find a huge problem with. The same with anything actually, anytime anybody you know gets applauded for doing something that just was not that great frustrates me.
efg: How does that make you feel to be recognized on the street?
Nick: I dunno I mean first of all it doesn't happen that often to me. I appreciate it but I don't need for it to happen. See that's another thing. I think a lot of people here in this business are like they love it, they eat it up because it feeds their ego. It doesn't matter to me. I'm not ungrateful for it. Sometimes that's just hard for me to hear. This may sound like I'm fishing for a compliment but I'm not. It's just hard for me to except, I'm not saying other people can't mean what they're telling me. I mean I have no right to not believe them but I can't really take it seriously until I like my own performance. I know I can do so much better.
efg: When you have time off, what do you like to do?
efg: Don't we all? (laughing)
Nick: But not all of us do it to my picture. (laughing)
efg: Oh I see.. (still laughing)
Nick: I don't know, I just watch movies and stuff and hang out with my friends. That's pretty much all I like to do. Where are you from?
Nick: OK, out here we have this newspaper called "the Weekly." It's a free newspaper with like reviews, upcoming events, and ads for whatever. I look for concerts that are coming up, musicians that I like. That's one of my favorite things to do is go to concerts, and because this is such a hot bed for that stuff I get to go often. A lot of my friends living Albuquerque are like kind of frustrated that man you know "I don't get to see any of this stuff." I found a lot of really special musicians out here. I almost always get to see the bands I want to see. I like their CD but they are just so much better live I'm really excited that I went. That's the kind of stuff that I like to do.
efg: Any hidden talents?
Nick: Uhm no... I'm terrible at all of it. (laughing) Besides masturbating (laughing)... honestly I'm not good at anything. If anything else I love playing volleyball and I used to be in wrestling. I love those things but I haven't done either of them in so long that I might have lost some of my ability. My favorite thing to do, and this may sound ridiculous and obvious and it may even sound egotistical, I hope it doesn't, but its to make people laugh its the only thing I know I can make people do. Its not exactly a hidden talent, I mean everyone is capable of making people laugh.
efg: No, it's definitely a talent.
efg: Any guilty pleasures?
Nick: There's the obvious (big grin)... Porno
efg: What are your top three passions?
Nick: My friends and family, music, not because I'm a musician but because I just love music and acting.
efg: Favorite junk food?
Nick: Ice Cream, I think.
efg: Favorite Movie?
Nick: I've got a few. Princess Bride I guess is my most often watched.
efg: Favorite T.V. Show?
Nick: X-files has always been my favorite and it still is I guess easily, but and I know it got cancelled and I'm fucking pissed about it, Freaks and Geeks. It was damn good.
efg: Favorite Book?
Nick: I don't even read so... the dictionary
efg: Favorite Music?
Nick: I don't know about a genre, I like all kinds of different things.
efg: Favorite Band or Singer?
Nick: Jude, Mike Patton and Ani Difranco
efg: Person who inspires you the most?
Nick: Holli Gritsko
Source: Teen Movieline - Fall 2000
New, New, New
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nick Wechsler, 22, moved to L.A. five years ago and within months was cast in the TV movie "Full Circle", the Western series "The Lazarus Man", and the indie flick "Chicks, Man". Last year, he landed on the WB's "Roswell" playing Kyle, and though he may have lost Shiri Appleby to Jason Behr, in real life he's plenty appreciated by females.
Carol Ann Leif: Do you get tired of hearing that your voice sounds exactly like Christian Slater's?
Nick Wechsler: God, man! I don't do it on purpose. I just talk through my nose. I can't help it.
Q: Did you always want to be an actor?
A: Yeah, since I was in the ninth grade and saw the play "Tartuffe" at my high school. I thought, "Man, this stinks. I can do better than them."
Q: Good thing you didn't see the New York Shakepeare Festival. What did you want to be before you had dreams of acting? A fireman?
A: I can't say fireman? Actually, all my dreams were equally as impossible as being an actor. I wanted to be in a rock band. I really wish I had musical talent.
Q: Why did you play the witch in your high school production of "Hansel and Gretel"?
A: Don't pick on me. I didn't want to play Hansel [laughing] and I guess it's not necessary to say i didn't want to play Gretel. So, I played the witch.
Q: Growing up in New Mexico, did you know about the history of Roswell?
A: Yes, but I never went there.
Q: Do you believe in aliens?
A: Yep, a little bit. I've always been interested in the idea of aliens, though I've never seen one.
Q: Is your "Roswell" character ever going to get a girl?
A: [Laughs] Oh God, I really hope so. But I don't think he'll ever hook up with Liz [Shiri Appleby] again.
Q: How about a hot alien babe?
A: When anyone says "alien babe" I imagine and gray-skinned alien with a giant head and huge ocular cavities, but with long blonde hair. [Laughs] So, yeah, one of those would be great.
"Hollywood Thing" Baffles Actor Nick Wechsler
Author: Chelsea J Carter
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nick Wechsler admits he's baffled by the "Hollywood thing" - fame, fortune and having somebody bring you a bottle of water.
At 22, the actor has had an early taste of success as one of the leads on the WB's teen alien-ation drama "Roswell" about the fabled 1947 spaceship crash. The show airs Mondays (9 p.m. EST).
"It's kind of strange. There are people who bring you water all the time. Why can't people get their own water? I don't get it," he said during an interview on the set at Paramount Pictures studio. Wechsler left his very un-Hollywood home of Albuquerque, N.M. - where his father is a sheet-metal worker and his mother works for the U.S. Forest Service - after he graduated from high school.
He soon landed a small role as a purse-stealing punk in the 1996 TV movie "Full Circle" and a supporting role that same year in the TV series "The Lazarus Man" In 1997, he was cast as Trek, a child conceived at a "Star Trek" convention, in the short-lived series "Team Knight Rider."
But the sporadic work wasn't enough to support himself, so he went to work at a video store before landing the role of Kyle Valenti, the scene-stealing smart-mouthed jock who makes life difficult for the teen aliens on "Roswell."
1. When you landed this role, how was it pitched to you?
Wechsler: It was like, 'Do you want a job?' It didn't matter what the pitch was. I had to get something because I was doing nothing. It sounded all right to me. I initially read for the role that Colin (Hanks) got. Then they called me back for the role that I ended up getting. ... I know it sounds kind of funny. OK, they're aliens and they're walking among us and they're in high school. My good friends are always picking on me about it.
2. Are people starting to recognize you on the street?
Wechsler: Occasionally, one or two people. But nothing much yet. I'm not really looking forward to it becoming an issue. There are probably a lot of people who like that kind of stuff. But I don't. I haven't gotten anybody who is crazy enough to confuse me with my character yet. I'm a little afraid of that. I try to accommodate people as much as I can. Handshake. Hug. Whatever they ask for. A couple of times, they've asked for an autograph. I don't think of myself like that. So when people ask, it's kind of a strange feeling. I'm like, 'Who me?'
3. What's the hardest part about acting?
Wechsler: You'll be better for it, if you can just have confidence. That's something I've always known. I know I'll be better. I know plenty of actors who are arrogant and don't deserve to be. But because they are arrogant, they just perform better because they don't believe they can fail. I know I'm mortal and I explore it constantly, and because of that I get down on myself.
3 1/2: So you're saying that you are your own worst critic?
Wechsler: Yes, I guess I am.
4. Where do you go from here?
Wechsler: I don't want to really go to school. But I probably should. If you're asking what I'd ideally like to be doing, I'd love to be doing movies and pretty much nothing but. Who wouldn't? Whatever I do, I want to give really good performances. Who knows how long this acting is going to last for me? I don't want it to sound like I'm threatening to leave. I'm excited about going to work. I love acting. But I have yet to like one of my own performances.
5. What do you think about the spate of reality programming?
Wechsler: I don't like it when there's a wave of anything. It just seems everybody is trying to beat everyone else to the punch. ... But there are things I get hooked on. Seriously, I enjoyed `Survivor.' I didn't get to watch all of it. But the little bit that I did, I was like, `This is pretty good.' I like to watch people actually argue. I like to watch people actually get along. I like to watch people flirt. It's different when you see it in a movie. It's all the best take of the flirting or whatever. It's really interesting to fumble and trip with the things they do in real life. I just like to watch people do it the way it's really done.
Roswell Tensions Ease?
Posted on Friday, September 28, 2001
Nick Wechsler, who plays Kyle on UPN's teen alien series Roswell, told SCI FI Wire that it's business as usual on the set, despite buzz that co-stars Brendan Fehr and Jason Behr didn't want to return to the series for its third season. "I don't ask anyone else about it," Wechsler said in an interview. "So far I think I've managed to stay out of anyone else's business."
Wechsler plays the son of Sheriff Jim Valenti (William Sadler), ex-boyfriend of Liz Parker (Shiri Appleby) and ally to the aliens Max (Behr), Michael (Fehr) and Isabel (Katherine Heigl). He added, "If [anyone's] complaining, they're complaining to each other or to friends on the outside or whatever, but I haven't heard much of it. I haven't seen the effects of it, but I've seen a couple of little things. I can feel the reluctance, and it's a little frustrating. There are people like me who aren't as capable of moving forward immediately and who would appreciate everybody being cooperative and being there so I don't lose my job. I don't want [anyone] to look down on the entire cast. I just feel like it's making me look bad, too, if the word on the street is the Roswell cast had to be dragged back, and when people come to the set, it shows. It's really unfortunate."
UPN will relaunch Roswell Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, starting Oct. 9. The network has given the show and its persistent fan base the best possible lead-in series ever: Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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