There have been many requests from a few of my readers for an interview with actress Tess Hunt and actor Josh Sussman. Your wish is my command! I have to admit that they are one of the sweetest couples that I have interviewed so far! If you have not heard of them, read on. If you know who they are, enjoy! I would also like to thank Sarah Tock and Bee Louise for providing a few of these questions
Can you both start by telling me a bit about yourselves please?
We are both American actors living in Los Angeles. I’m from the Bay Area, and Josh is from Teaneck, New Jersey. I have a dog named Bonnie. We live together and have been dating for three years as of June 21st.
Nearly your anniversary!! Congratulations! How did you both meet?
We met at a movie premiere through a mutual friend named Patrick Gallagher (you may know him as Coach Ken Tanaka from the first season of Glee) on our first date we went hiking and then played Connect four. Bless, that is so sweet lol
Can I ask Josh, in what ways has being on Glee changed/affected your life?
It meant that wherever I went, people started to recognize me. It opened a lot of doors and I began to get invited to things I didn’t before and meet a lot of people. It also helped me financially, although I haven’t been on it much lately.
He has been missed on it lately! His absence has been noticed by Gleeks!
I know! He says that means a lot to him and he’s super appreciative of all of the fans. He knows the character hasn’t been popular and so when people say nice things it really means so much.
For those of you that do not watch Glee (Why not?!) Josh plays Jacob Ben Israel the editor of the school newspaper and gossip blogger. He has been compared in the media to Perez Hilton, that should tell you all you need to know! I think it is one of those characters that people love to hate.
Tess, what has been your favourite role so far?
My favorite role was in a pilot for a series on Fox. I was cast as a series regular, but it was not picked up by the network unfortunately. It was called Life of Leisure I played an ex-stripper/entrepreneur and kind of a crazy person, it was an amazing group of people. I wish it had been picked up! That sounds like a fun show!
Josh, you were also in The Disney Channels Wizards of Waverley Place, how was that one for you?
Wizards of Waverly Place was so much fun.
I’ve done 8 episodes of it and 2 of them were in the first season before the show ever aired. It was fun coming into it at such an early stage and meeting Selena Gomez at the beginning of her career. Wizards was the nicest, most friendly environment. It felt like a family. Working for Disney is amazing! I would be a very happy person if I was on a Disney Series again.
Only 8? It seems so much more! You were a very popular character with the children.
What has been your favourite role Josh?
Playing a character called Cecil on a show called Warren the Ape which was on MTV and nobody really ever got to see it. It’s a really funny show.
If you could both choose any role/film/TV program, which would it be and why? A dream role for you both I guess.
Josh’s dream role is playing a superhero in a movie. Any particular super hero or a new one? A new superhero I would also like to be part of a comedy ensemble show like Friends.
Tess’ dream role would be a role on a show like Modern Family or Arrested Development, it’s amazing. It just got voted one of the 20 best written series of all time.
Can I ask you both, what has been your biggest struggles in life so far, either personally or professionally?
Getting good representation has been a struggle for me (Tess) and I’ve struggled with depression a lot.
Tess, how have you managed to deal with your depression, it is something so many suffer from, what kind of things help you?
Exercise and therapy when I can afford it!
I wish you all the love, respect and best wishes with it. I know how difficult it can be to find positivity at times.
Josh – it’s just a difficult profession because you never really know when your next job is coming, there are a lot more actors than there are jobs.
Now, I know that you are quite big on YouTube Tess, do you find it easier to find YT roles than TV roles or do you just prefer it?
It is easier to find them YouTube is a lot of fun, though. There is a lot of great stuff on the internet these days. It’s getting a lot more respect than in the past couple of years. We recently went to the Streamy Awards where they gave out awards to ‘the best of the net’. It was fun.
Did you win any?
LOL no. They were focusing on the huge channels that have hundreds of thousands of subscribers and millions of views. One day!
Can I ask Josh, you have worked with quite a few famous leading ladies, do you ever get star struck? Lol
I was most star struck meeting Jim Cummings, the voice of Winnie the Pooh and Mary Lynn Rajskub from 24. You met Winnie The Pooh?!! Everyone’s childhood fantasy!
You too Tess, have you ever been star struck on a show or awards ceremony?
I was star struck the first time I met Meryl Streep. Brad Pitt was up there too!
Now with names like that, no one can blame you! I just love Meryl Streep.
Who would you both love to work with?
Josh says Tom Hanks and Christopher Lloyd or being in a Steven Spielberg movie.
I’d love to work with Sam Shepard , Jessica Lange or Jason bateman.
Some fabulous names!! I agree with them all, especially Christopher Lloyd and Tom Hanks lol Do either of you find that you have been typecast in roles?
I get a lot of blonde ditz and Josh gets nerdy.
I had noticed, I hope that changes for you both though, I think it is always better to show a wide range of abilities. Although after seeing Josh as Hugh Normous, I am not sure how I could take him seriously My youngest son wanted to know if Josh ever managed to fit in his little bed
Awww a lot of kids ask stuff like that actually. Josh still owns the tiny Hugh Normous glasses, they are on our bookshelf. Fabulous! It seems such a fun role!
What are you both currently working on?
I’m working on a Kickstarter campaign at the moment for a film called Personal Demons.
What has been your worst experience on set?
My worst experience on set has been wardrobe malfunctions!! Things falling out.
Josh – working on this commercial for Burger king was the worst experience on set. (He appears about thirty five seconds into the commercial) The director made him feel like he couldn’t do anything right and that he was a terrible actor. That is obviously not true!
Why did Josh chop off his hair?
Josh cut his hair because people kept saying that he looked too much like Jacob Ben Israel (Glee), and certain casting companies would only bring him in if he cut off his hair.
Ah! That makes sense, such a shame though. Luckily he looks good either way
If your kids watch Fish Hooks too, Josh plays Randy Pincherson.
Yes, I did notice that one! How did voiceovers differ from acting?
It’s different because you’re in a room by yourself and no other actors to work off of…also you do things over and over sometimes and it’s harder on the voice!
I do voiceover as well; if you get a chance to check out a podcast called The Katniss Chronicles…it’s an audio drama of the Hunger Games The new season comes out later this month and I’m featured a lot in this one as I’m one of the lead commentators