Devan Schoelen was born and raised in Red Bluff, CA. From a young age he found himself being inspired by the likes of Kris Kattan, Cheri Oteri and Bill Hader. At age 14 he decided to take drama on a whim and hasn’t turned back since. Devan recently graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His favorite roles while at The Academy were “Roy” from Lonestar and “Timmy Talley” in Talley and Son. As well as auditioning, Devan is also currently studying at The Groundlings School.
I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… Funny, Awkward, Curious.
Acting is... Understanding.
My last gig taught me... To bring myself to the character.
Proudest performance moment... After playing a very small part in a short play, having several people come up to me afterwards telling me I was their favorite part was really cool. It validated that you can do so much without so many lines.
Most embarrassing audition... A few months ago I had an audition where I had to act out stepping in a puddle on the beach, hearing a voice from the sky, then throw towels on the imaginary puddle using sheets of paper. Let’s just say I had a few questions…
Most challenging part... When I was given a scene from Hamlet with the ‘to be or not to be’ monologue.
The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... When I was 14 and I watched Melissa McCarthy as Megan in Bridesmaids. I was just astounded at how honest and funny she was as this crazy character. I thought to myself, “I wanna do that”.
Dying to work with... Melissa McCarthy.
Was born to play... Arnie or Gilbert Grape.. Either one.
Learn lines by... Saying them out loud.
Get into character by... Listening to music that matches the mood of my character and moving like the character.
Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… I think my most marketable quality is my awkward side-glance, but that’s one I just gotta show off in person.
Movie I can’t stop talking about... At the moment.. Call Me By Your Name.
Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… American Horror Story, Grace and Frankie, and Stranger Things.
Currently reading… Angels in America by Tony Kushner.
Car karaoke tune... Same Ol’ Mistakes by Rihanna.
If I weren't an actor, I'd be... Probably flipping houses. I used to always take those free ‘homes for sale’ magazines and try to get my parents to invest and let me flip a house or two.
Stranger Things character that best represents me… Will. I too tend to go off in my own little world from time to time.
If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… Dane DeHaan. He’s got my essence down.
Actor crush... Jennifer Aniston
If I were a color, I'd be… Blue
Hotel alias… Dean McCallister
LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… Driving through Coldwater Canyon.
The best advice I ever got… The things that make you weird now will make you cool later.
You can find me at… https://www.instagram.com/devan_schoelen/