Got some HOT news for you’re here first. I was able to speak with rising actor Spencer Maybee about his work on the pending X-Files movie as well as his experiences as an actor. I want to thank Spencer and Sara for organizing this interview for Skewed and Reviewed. Spencer plays Blair Finch, the working class father of Sefton, a frail 7-year-old boy with a crooked countenance due to illness,around whom the film’s plot revolves.
GVK: What was your big break as an actor?
SM: [...] Another big highlight for me was working with Chris Carter on the recent X-Files movie. Actually, the thrill was working with everyone: Gillian Anderson, Adam Godley, Carrie Ruscheinsky, who played my wife, and the young Marco, who played my son. It was a great pleasure to work on the kind of project with the kind of director that allows for real emotional spaces to be cultivated in each scene.
GVK: Were you a fan of the X-Files series and if so, what were your favorite episodes?
SM: I really liked the show and the episodes I saw kind of creeped me out, which I liked, but I couldn’t really follow series TV because growing up, I played a lot of hockey and didn’t really get to see shows that were on primetime.
GVK: What can you tell us about the part you play in the new X-Files film and about the story and setting of the film?
SM: Unfortunately not much because like all the actors on the show I signed a confidentiality agreement and, the truth is… out there. No just kidding. The truth is, I really don’t know that much, because I only ever saw the pages of the script that I was in, and we had to return everything once we shot it. I’ve never before seen script security like they had on the X-Files sequel. It was kind of like being in an episode of the show.
GVK: What sort of background were you given on your character and how was it working with David and Gillian?
SM: I wasn’t given much background on my character, but Chris Carter attended the callbacks, and Carrie and I actually did a callback together, which kind of worked out like a rehearsal. I didn’t have any scenes with David Duchovny, but I had the pleasure and thrill of working with Gillian Anderson. She was a paragon of professionalism; kind, friendly and really grounded in her character and in the scene. It was a pleasure working with her because, as an actor, you’re working with the other actors to create a world that only exists if you believe in it. It’s really inspiring to work with someone who brings to a scene so much “faith,” if you will, in the world of the story. It’s even more inspiring when you’re surrounded by other actors who are doing the same – Adam Godley, Carrie Ruscheinsky, and young Marco. I really think that this kind of environment really only thrives under a director who encourages and cultivates this belief and makes space for his actors to get into the time and space of the moment.
GVK: What is Chris Carter like as a director and how does he differ from others you have worked with?
SM: Chris was really the first director that I’ve worked with who’s been able to make that space for the actors to get into the moment, to wiggle around in it and find some different internal spaces, and he’s the first director I’ve worked with who really seemed to value that. I think how he benefits from that is that he gets a variety of subtle, honest emotional reactions, which I really believe translate to the screen. I guess we’ll be able to put that theory to the test when the movie comes out.
To be fair to most of the other directors I’ve worked with, I think Chris had a bigger budget than all of them combined.
GVK: What were some of your fondest memories working on the film, and what were someof your biggest challenges?
SM: On X-Files, I can’t really pick one thing that stands out as a fond memory, though the whole experience is a really fond and fresh memory. It’ll stay with me for a long while. On the Arc of Truth, I have to say, standing in a narrow corridor with four guys, putting double-taps down range and then opening up with the G36 while a belt-fed SAW and a couple of automatic shotguns go off by my ear… Yeah, that’s a fond one for sure.