Shaun Sipos @Shaun_Sipos
Photography by Adam Washington @adamjwash | Grooming by Vanessa Price @thatladyv
Styled by Oththan Burnside @otheezystyledit | Interview by Ashira Provost @_ashiraprovost
1.What originally inspired you to take on an acting career?
Taking on an acting career… perhaps out of sheer laziness. Unbeknownst to me I was taking on one of the most ebb and flow, work for hours upon hours for no pay re: auditions, character work, people watching, voice work, accents etc etc. 12-16 hour work days. And the list goes on. So, clearly I was misled
2.What are the advantages and disadvantages of being being an actor?
The advantages of being an Actor is being able to do what I love, which is story telling. In my opinion if you’re going to do it with any semblance of truth and skill you have to know what makes human beings tick, why they do what they do and the skeleton key to that door of understanding is yourself. Your psychology, your scars, triggers, strengths and weaknesses which once you delve down that rabbit hole so to speak, pray to God that you grow and become a better human being and artist. The probable disadvantages would most likely be uncertainty of outcome, slipping into narcissism, self-involvement, believing what others say of you, megalomania, self aggrandizement, being a starving artist for all of your days. Just to mention a few.
3.How familiar were you with Adam Strange when you landed the role, if you were at all?
I wasn’t too familiar with him to be honest. I mean, I knew of him but I wasn’t as familiar with him as I was say, Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman to name a few BUT once I started doing my research I thought “this guy is amazing. He’s like Indiana Jones meets Hans Solo with a dash of Bruce Wayne’s intuitive intelligence and resourcefulness.”
4.What inspiration did you draw from those comic books when crafting your version of Adam Strange?
I looked at the thru-line of the character, the essential qualities that remained consistent through all of the many different iterations of the character. Mainly his feeling of not belonging and hence the desire to be a useful part of the whole and find meaning. He’s an archaeologist so, he’s unearthing, searching, digging. I take that metaphorically.
5.Where do we find Adam at the beginning of the series? What brings him to Krypton?
If you’re familiar at all with the hero’s journey, Adam Strange is at the beginning. He’s just responded to the call to adventure in a very outward and inward way. He’s battling the voices that tell him he’s not good enough, he’s not a hero etc and he’s got very real obstacles in front of him like getting Seg on board to save his Grandson (Superman whom mind you, hasn’t been born yet) and convince him that an alien is coming to destroy and bottle his city… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
6.What can we expect from your character in season 2 of Krypton?
We’ll be delving further into Adam’s journey, him beginning to become the hero we know him to be in the comics and hopefully re-uniting him and Seg as a team. The Butch and Sundance team as Cameron (Cuffe) and I call them.
7.What other new projects are you working on?
I’m writing a couple of things but right now my main focus is this coming Season and Adam Strange.
8.Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
5 years from now… I’ve got very specific goals but, I’d rather you just show you in 5 years.
9.Do you see yourself doing any producing or Directing in the future?
Absolutely, I’d love to direct. Producing too of course but that’s very much of a business hat so to speak.
10.What do you do on your free time?
Free time. Taking a car or motorcycle to the racetrack and turning laps, spear fishing and boxing. Those are my main 3.