Please welcome Noah Schuffman to Hunk du Jour! He's one of the stars of eCupid -- a movie making the festival rounds. (Special Valentine's screening this weekend in the UK at Riverside Studios -- check it out!)
He was nice enough to answer our questions about himself and eCupid -- let's see what he had to say!
Christopher Michael, Hunk du Jour: How did you hear about eCupid and how did you end up getting involved in the project?
Noah Schuffman, eCupid: I saw that breakdown on actors access (a website for actors that lists auditions) and thought that it was an intriguing project.
HDJ: How would you describe your character in three sentences?
Noah: Gabe is a very focused and optimistic person. He tends to get tunnel vision when focused on something but always has good intentions. He is a dedicated man and a hopeless romantic at heart.
HDJ: Are there any parallels between the movie and real life for you?
Noah: I am actually a lot like Gabe. I have been a serial monogamist my entire life and always try to focus 100% on the person I am with. It is easy to lose focus and get off track, but I have always tried hard to work at the relationship I am in.
HDJ: Have you ever used online dating sites or smartphone apps to meet new people?
Noah: NO...I haven't been single since technology took that turn. :)
HDJ: What would eCupid say you need to look for in a partner?
Noah: Since I am an actor, it would tell me I need someone who is grounded and organized. I am a left brained person and gravitate towards right brainers to help keep me balanced.
HDJ: What do you actually look for in a partner?
Noah: I think it is important to find someone who compliments your personality and counter-balances your weeknesses. I have always dated strong personalities who aren't afraid to tell you how they feel. Physical appearance is always important too, but it is important to have someone you can talk to and have an emotional connection with because once that newness wears off the physical is not enough to keep things going.
HDJ: Who would you recommend this film to?
Noah: Anyone...especially uber-conservatives because I think it illustrates that a relationship is a relationship and love is love, no matter who it's between. Love is a beautiful thing and it isn't reserved for any specific type of relationship...we should all be lucky enough to find it.
HDJ: What was the first day like on set?
Noah: It was a little nerve-wracking. JC likes to move really fast, maybe one or two takes per scene, which is terrifying for an actor. I remember my first scene was two takes and when JC said we were moving on I asked for another take. He said that we had it and I was like, "Wait a minute...I don't even know what I am doing yet." After a few scenes, I had to learn to let go and put complete trust in JC...I am glad I did.
HDJ: Did anything surprising, interesting, funny occur during filming? Any fun stories about the process?
Noah: We were shooting a close up of me in bed one night and between takes JC said, "Hey, there is some fuzz in Noah's hair. Can someone get rid of it?" I turned to JC and said, "That's my gray hair you a-hole. Thanks a lot!" Everyone had a great laugh...I still think JC feels bad about that one. I love to make people laugh, I was constantly trying funny things get some good out-takes. Hopefully some of them make a gag reel.
HDJ: What was your favorite / least favorite costume piece?
Noah: Well, it was fun to do the James Dean/50's greaser look...I don't know how well I pulled it off, but it took me back to playing Danny in Grease in high school. My least favorite had to be the wife beater. I don't know, I'm just not a WB kind of guy.
HDJ: What was your favorite part of the film to shoot?
Noah: I think it goes without saying that I really enjoyed shooting with Morgan. I pretty much attached myself to her hip and tried to learn anything and everything I could from her. She told me all kinds of stories about people she's worked with including some of my very favorites like Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, and Bette Davis.
HDJ: What are five interesting things we may not know about you?
1. I am a musical theater geek. I actually belong to a club that meets once a month to sing songs from different musicals.
2. I am a die hard St. Louis Cardinals fan.
3. I am addicted to mystery novels.
4. I may be the only person in America that doesn't like watermelon.
5. My favorite movie of all time is Ferris Bueller's Day Off...I think I know it word for word I have seen it so many times.
HDJ: What are five silly things you hope we don't know about you?
1. I once signed autographs as Johnny Knoxville in Mexico. I had longer spiky hair at the time and I always wear aviator sunglasses...people kept buying me drinks so I didn't want to disappoint them and when they asked me to do something crazy and I said that I didn't do that while on vacation.
2. I have a horrible memory...it's so bad that I often forget words in the middle of sentences. And not even unusual words. Regular every day words...like "refrigerator" for example. I might be talking about my kitchen and say, "The other day I was going through my...uh...oh crap...what's that thing that you put your food in to keep it cold? Oh yeah, refrigerator." How ridiculous is that? It runs in the family (sorry mom).
3. I can't tell you the other things because I am hoping that you still won't know about them :)
HDJ: What is next for you -- any upcoming projects we should watch out for?
Noah: I don't know the next project yet, but am out there searching for the right thing every day.
HDJ: What else would you like to tell me about yourself??
Noah: I am just a kid from Missouri who always had the dream of becoming an actor someday. From as early as I can remember this is the only thing I wanted to do with my life (other than playing shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals). Unfortunately, my physical gifts, as vast as they are, ended my baseball career after high school so I re-focused and re-dedicated myself to this craft. I am so happy that my path brought me to this project. I had a great time shooting this film and feel lucky to have met this wonderful group of people. It has been a great experience and I hope it is as fun for people to watch it as it was for me to make it.