EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Actor "Jared Bankens" Talks "Twisted Metal", "Venom", Upcoming Projects & Much More With Standish...

Standish913.com has been blessed to do an exclusive interview with...

"Jared Bankens"!

Jared was born February 8, 1987 in Lake Charles, LA. After (briefly) attending university, he signed with a southeastern talent agency in 2013 and began working as a character actor in film and television. Today, he lives with his wife, their cats and dogs, continuing to (hopefully) get better with each gig.

STANDISH: Hey Jared, I really appreciate you taking the time to do this exclusive interview...

JARED: Dude, absolutely! I’m so excited you reached out! 

Let's get into some exclusive questions...

STANDISH: You play "Shepard" in the new "Twisted Metal" TV series, tell us how you landed this role & how long it took to shoot...

JARED: Oh, man. That was an incredible experience. Well, my agent had been telling me about a “new ‘Twisted Metal’ show” being cast, then said she’d submitted my stuff to the casting directors. A few days later, they requested a tape for Shepard—the scenes were Stone and I teaching Mike and Stu about shooting the “seagulls” and the scene when I first encounter John and Quiet. A few days later, I’d gotten the offer! It was surreal, bro. I worked—on and off—from late May until early August.

STANDISH: What was the set atmosphere like for "Twisted Metal"?

JARED: Collectively, the atmosphere was “we have the coolest job, ever!!!” 

STANDISH: You played "Scarecrow" in "Off Ramp", can you tell us more?

JARED: One of my favorite characters and scripts, ever. It’s horrific and dirty, but there’s so much heart; it’s quite beautiful and Jon and Scott really carry the film. I’d also say being directed by Nathan Tape is one of my top 5 experiences—he just gets “it” and allows you to play while maintaining his vision. The whole team was a 10/10 experience.

STANDISH: You played "Gus" in TV mini series "Looking For Alaska", can you tell us more?

JARED: I’m glad you asked about him!! He’s my favorite character. Dude, this was rad: Gus had only been written for two episodes, I auditioned then booked the role, and it seems like they enjoyed whatever I did because they brought me in another episode, then another, and then added me in the finale. Josh Schwartz is amazing and I’ve him to thank for Gus and the opportunity. It’s a very special role to me. 

STANDISH: If you could play one specific role today, what would it be?

JARED: Honestly? Skeletor, in a Masters Of The Universe live-action adaptation. If I could pick two, it would be Skeletor and then Scarecrow in Matt Reeves Batman series.

STANDISH: Tell us a little about your overall mission, Jared -

JARED: Do my best, in all things, while being helpful to others and having fun.

STANDISH: What can we look forward to in the future from you?

JARED: Dude, there’s a movie I just wrapped in Arkansas that’s hard to not talk about. A little unsure if I can really say anything, but, it’s amazing.

STANDISH: Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

JARED: My wife and I owning a home in the northeast while getting better, and better, at my craft. 

STANDISH: Who are some of your mentors?

JARED: I’d say the immensely talented Olafur DarrĂ­ Olafsson and Thomas Blake Jr. are the closet thing to mentors. On my first television series, these two took me under their wing and gave me so much insight. I love them both and wouldn’t be where I was without them. 

STANDISH: During COVID, we all faced struggles, what was one of your main struggles?

JARED: My mental health. I sought therapy and was diagnosed with CPTSD and ADHD. So, while it was a struggling time, it did push me to get the help needed. 

STANDISH: Where can fans find your work?

JARED: Awe, dude, this face is all over the streamers. It's probably best to check out my IMDb page.

STANDISH: What are your social links?



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