A beautiful conversation with #GOODMEN cover guy @SteveHowey
Steve Howey is unapologetically himself, and it’s captivating. Not only was I lucky enough to interview Steve again but I had the chance to work with him side by side, and I have to say it’s been one of the most memorable and meaningful moments in my career so far. He is brilliant, talented, charming, good-looking of course (that one is obvious), but it’s no wonder he’s a star. Steve owns the room when he walks into it.We love him so much we couldn’t help but to give him two covers. I can’t wait to see what’s next for him as we all know he’s making big moves and nothing is going to change that. ~Shruti Sadana (Senior Editor, Producer, and Host).
Tell us what the process was like for landing the role of Kevin Ball on Shameless. Was it an audition or offer? Who was the first person you called when you found out you booked it?!
I got the audition through John Levy who is a casting director in L.A. It was a John Wells project, and he’s one of the big players in Hollywood. It was a huge deal for me. I auditioned on the Warner Brothers lot in John Levy’s office and then came back for the producers. I made some jokes and then went to Showtime for the final audition. That’s where I met Shanola--Shanola and I had worked together when she guest starred on Reba (in 2001 or 2002), so that was pretty cool.
I think---I do this a lot at auditions, I say I got the job, you guys can go home (laughs). The first person I called was Sarah.
The Shameless cast seems like a pretty tight group! Can we say #squadgoals?! Can you share a memorable moment on/offset with your cast-mates?
I think it was the first time we all went to Chicago to shoot the exteriors. We film the interiors at Warner Brothers in Burbank. While we were in Chicago, the whole cast went out for dinner together. We went out to a couple of bars and then to a club after hours. The thing about the chemistry with the cast is that--the only two that are similar in gender and age are Jeremy Allen White and Cameron Monaghan, but everybody else is so different from one another. We’re all like a family. There was no competition. Sometimes there is competition on set among the actors and with this everybody kind of fit the role of family and bonded with each other. Then we partied it up (laughs). It’s hard to describe the dynamics of it, but there’s a synergy that is present.
Congratulations on OpKix! Give us the deets! Can you tell us how you got involved?! What can people expect with this new product?
I met Lawrence Greaves (CEO of Opkix) through my writing partner Rick. What had happened is that Rick does media training and makes his living with a Music Bio company. He writes biographies for different artists (Metallica, Lionel Richie). Rick was working with a PR Representative who was working with the company, Opkix and because of his ties to the music industry and Hollywood, he referred a lot of his clients and me. Lawrence wanted to meet me, so we sat down, he pitched me the company, the concept and what they were doing--I fell in love with it. I am a big fan of technology, and I just thought this product was going to revolutionize videos and cameras. I have three kids so when Lawrence told me the concept--that this little camera can be dangling from your neck on a necklace or magnetized through your sunglasses and so on--the second that you push the button it starts recording through the software that is downloaded on your iPhone or smartphone. With kids and trying to record something that happens, you have to take your phone out, unlock it, and by that time the moment is gone. So with this camera, you push the button, and it starts recording-- its genius. The efficiency, the technology and the possibility of it all made me want to jump onboard. That was early on in the company which was about two years ago. They have been working their asses off ever since.
If you could send out any message to the world, what would it be?
I guess my message would be that other people have different opinions. They were brought up; differently, they have a different understanding of life and try to understand that. Try to realize that there are a lot of different perspectives on reality. Your reality is your perspective.
We are constantly growing. Sometimes challenges are essential for our growth. Reflecting on this year can you talk to us about one of the biggest lessons that you have learned that has helped you evolve as a person?
I’m a big advocate of physical exertion. I think however you get your body to move important--running, working out, yoga, walking, lifting weights, martial arts, skydiving, hiking or whatever it is that you can do to get your body to move. Our bodies were meant to move. It’s one of the reasons why the human race exists is because we were designed to keep moving. Movement is life. I think it’s more for physical health but also spiritual and mental health. There are so many advantages for people who move than the opposite. People who sit too much and don’t exercise usually have bad diets are depressed, or have issues in their gut or their mind. There are many good things about exercise. I’ve also started meditating which I think is the opposite of exercise--to be completely still. So those two things and balance have helped me a lot. The yin and the yang. Stillness and movement.
There is a quote by Albert Einstein which is “Imagination is a preview of life’s coming attractions.” We know that it takes hard work to get to anywhere we want to be, but the vision is just as important and trusting the process. What has been your truest “vision board” moment where you feel like you envisioned something for yourself and it came to fruition? What do you see yourself manifesting in the next year?
Well, I saw myself on television. I grew up with sitcoms. My favorite sitcoms were The Honeymooners and Three’s Company. Those shows positively influenced me--Living Colors was also huge as well as Saturday Night Live. When I landed the role on the sitcom Reba that fruition came true and Shameless of course.
The next five-year plan--I see myself creating projects. I see an action comedy coming out. I’m thinking something along the lines of the late eighties or early nineties movies. 48 Hours with Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy is one which they are re-doing now with Jerrod Carmichael. They have humor, irony, silliness, and fantasy with some cool action. I love those movies. I think they are great--I think movies are the best medium.
I also want to get some of these projects that I have written to come to life. Directing is something I want to do as well. There are also other formats--maybe podcasting or a YouTube channel. The ideas are there but to have them come to reality, we’ll see.
What’s the most spontaneous thing you have done lately?
At the beginning of the year, I ran a marathon. I watched an interview by this guy who does these ultramarathons, which are 120 miles that are non-stop. They probably take about 24 hours. I’ve never done a marathon before, and I couldn’t walk for two days after. It was brutal. That one was out of nowhere, and it came up quick. It was a month away, so I signed up and trained for a few weeks, and that was it.
What’s something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m really into watching singing competitions. I watch the X-Factor, and I used to watch American Idol. I watch a lot of them on YouTube. There’s just something about someone challenging themselves to reach their goals or to have their dream, and then when their dreams come true, it’s the best thing ever. It’s the most real, most authentic experience that I think it captures on camera. It is someone in front of a live audience, hundreds to thousands of people and they are nervous to the bone. Then when they sing it’s beautiful, the audience goes crazy, and you see the reaction. When you see them succeed and move on, I love it.
What else is coming up for you?!
I don’t have anything, and it’s exciting. Shameless is ending. I haven’t signed a contract to go back if the show gets picked up for another season. If it does go back, I have to sit down with my reps and my family and see what my options are. I’m open, but it’s scary because there is no guarantee that I’m going to be able to pay the bills.
I’m sure you’ll be getting lots of offers left and right (laughs).
From your mouth to God’s ears, I’ve been fortunate this far so hopefully that luck continues. I’m an open entity.