Kellen Howard was born and raised in Orange County, California. He is an American actor and model of English, Scottish, Swedish and Vietnamese ancestry. Kellen trained in improvisation with Second City and has studied the foundations of Adler, script analysis, scene breakdown and audition technique with Joshua LeBar, Aquila Morong Studios, and Ruskin Studios. His first theatrical role was that of a young Supah Ninja in the widely popular Nickelodeon Channel show.
Kellen’s passion for the creative arts extends beyond acting as he plays multiple musical instruments and has a second degree black belt in Taekwondo. He is a stellar athlete (baseball, football and lacrosse), enjoys rock concerts and traveling the world to experience history and cultures first hand.
I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… motivated, kind, and different.
Acting is... the ability of tying an imaginary rope between your knowledge about your life with the character you are studying, as well as to your feelings. It is the skill of bringing yourself to that character, rather than pretending to be that character.
My last gig taught me... The one thing that acting has taught me is that things do not happen overnight. Anything that is worth the time and effort is a process. The one thing that I always remember when coming back from an audition or a coaching lesson is that what I am trying to accomplish here is an art form and it will take many years, if not a lifetime, to master. Like many things, it is about the small details.
Most embarrassing audition... was my very first audition because I messed up so many lines. It was for a comedy and I was contradicting the purpose of comedy... by breaking character and destroying all of the crucial punchlines.
The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... was when I saw the movie Passenger with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. Both actors experienced something that I don’t have very much knowledge or experience of and that is love. So now I'm here.
Dying to work with... Christoph Waltz and Saoirse Ronan.
Learn lines by... by memorizing them and trying to stay grounded throughout the scene, or trying to create a through line between my life and the story placed in front of me. With that being said, the main thing acting has taught me is the feeling of putting hard work into it only for it to be chewed up and spit back out at me so that I can put it out again with a few tweaks. When the time comes your hard work will be well digested.
Get into character by... firstly breaking down the character's relationship with whomever is pushing and pulling him throughout the story. Next I relate that to my life and how I would react in a situation of those sorts. Dessert is last and this is where I connect my knowledge of my feelings and create the through line.
Movie I can’t stop talking about... I have a few including a TV show: Django Unchained, Call Me By Your Name, Sneaky Pete, and A Star Is Born.
Car karaoke tune... “I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight” by Cutting Crew.
Actor crush... Isabela Moner or Emilia Clarke specifically in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Favorite reading… The Bible because I am a devout son of God, as well as “How to be Compassionate” by the Dalai Lama.