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Hey Cooper, you started your acting career at a very young age, what inspired you to pursue acting?
When I was 3-years-old, I saw The Phantom of the Opera, and immediately fell in love with it. After that I got involved in musical theatre and that was awesome for me. I then started taking classes to learn the art on-screen. When my coach saw the progress I was making, we started actively looking for auditions for TV and film.
You are best known for your role on Showtime’s dark comedy series, On Becoming a God in Central Florida. Can you explain the process of how you got this role?
My agent sent me the audition to go in and read for Ryan Glorioso, the casting director for the show. I worked on the sides, understanding the character and also had to prepare to dance. After that audition, I found out I booked the role and the rest is history!
Can you explain the character you portray?
I play Harold, the son of Ernie (Mel Rodriguez) and Bets (Beth Ditto.) Harold is somewhat of an introvert, who has a hidden passion for the arts. He doesn’t tell anyone about his love of dancing…and boy, does he dance. Also, Harold and his Dad have a very interesting relationship, but you’ll have to watch the show to see what that’s all about!
What’s your favorite part about being on On Becoming a God in Central Florida?
My favorite part is getting to work with such amazingly talented and sweet people! (Also, the food!!)
What’s your favorite part about being on set?
I love being on set to see firsthand how a television series is made and how it all works behind the scenes.
How do you and the other cast members get along? Do you guys have any rituals before filming?
Everyone is so nice and great to work with. Shooting with Kirsten was awesome because I was always in awe when working with her. She really did some pretty amazing stuff on that set. I was fortunate to do multiple scenes with her. With my “parents”, I was so thankful. Mel and Beth were very kind and supportive and it just created such a safe environment. It really was fun to see them every day. As far as rituals, Beth and I liked to do a lot of dancing before scenes!
What’s an average week like on set?
A typical day on set would start with me in my trailer going over my lines before heading into hair & makeup. I’d then get into wardrobe and be ready for when it was time to shoot. In the middle of shooting we would take a lunch break, and then continue. When I wrapped, my mom would drive me home and I couldn’t wait for another fun day of filming.
Are there any other acting projects in the works you can tell us about?
I am excited to share that I am going to be the first ‘Purge Kid’ in season 2 of USA’s The Purge.
What are your friends and parents thoughts on your career in acting?
Everyone is very supportive. My parents do whatever is necessary. They know this is my dream and I am so thankful that they are helping me follow it! My friends think it’s really cool!
What goals have you set out for yourself in your career?
I would love to work with Hugh Jackman. I also hope that I can continue to improve as an actor. I just love acting so as long as I am doing that I am achieving my goals.
Overall, how has this whole acting career experience been for you so far?
Acting has been super fun so far. I enjoy the theatre, but acting on-camera is something completely different. I smile right now just thinking about how fortunate I am.
Do you have any advice for anyone trying to make it as an actor?
For anyone who is trying to make it as an actor, keep believing in yourself, work hard, and never give up.
Do you have any other talents other than acting?
I can sing and make really weird noises with my mouth, like a duck!
Where can fans find you on social media?
@Cooper_Rubin on Instagram