Inspiring and talented actor Teach Grant discovered acting as an outlet to escape an upbringing in the tough love of the early 70’s. A sponsored skateborder in his youth, he is now a very busy actor, writer, director, and producer who plays Trevor in the pilot of FOX’s much anticipated new show ‘Almost Human.’ A broken cop from 2048 must learn to work with a synthetically created human partner. With J.J. Abrams at the helm the show is sure to be an instant hit. This Toronto born actor and writer took time out of his busy schedule to share his latest with his fans.
Q. FOX’s new show ‘Almost Human’ will hook viewers from episode one. Can you tell your fans what it was like on set?
A. Just going through wardrobe and seeing the magnificent police station the constructed for the pilot, all of us, crew and actors alike, we were certain this thing would be booked a full season. They approached it like it was a sure thing. When you have a pedigree like Joe Wyman and Brad Anderson at the helm of something of J.J. Abrams’ you’ve got a willing formula. I’ve been on big budget feature films where I wasn’t as blown away by what they did in terms of the production value. It was just astounding.
Q. Tell your fans about any projects that you have in the works.
A. The one that’s been keeping me busy is a project I co-wrote called ‘Down Here’ a feature called last fall. I shot that and we’re packing it up and currently being sent out to network and festival distribution. It’s a little passion project about alcoholism and prostitution downtown in Vancouver. It is a last shot at redemption and how he finds salvation in a very unlikely place. It’s a very dark movie. It’s my first feature I’ve written, directed, performed, and produce. It’s a lot of work and I have a lot of respect for anybody who’s done one—let alone more than one. It was brought to me by a writer named Dean Wray and I got involved and we re-wrote it, re-polished it. I actually played a transvestite and had my very first on-screen kiss with a man.
Q. You played a character named Christopher Fisher a ‘Supernatural’ episode called ‘Defending Your Life’ a couple years ago. As a guest actor, how did the cast and crew welcome you?
A. For me I had a little bit of lineage to that show. I starred in a movie with Jensen Ackles called ‘Devour.’ Plus my wife is a propsmaster of that show since season three so it was like hanging out with a bunch of people I already knew. It was really very comfortable.
Q. Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?
A. Lately at the age of 40, I used to be a sponsored skateborder when I was younger. I’ve actually returned to it in the last month. Other than that I paint with oils and acrylics. And I express myself. Skateboarding adds an element of fear in to my life that I haven’t experienced in a long time.
Q. I’m going to end with what’s become my signature question. If you were a baseball player, what would your walk up song be? What song pumps you up and inspires you?
A. I picture when you walk in to the ring with your entourage walks you in there. For me, I like to wallow happily in minor chords. I like dark and depressing music.