SPENCER TREAT CLARK
Spencer Treat Clark @streatclark
Photography by Hanna Bixel @hanna_bixel
Grooming by Sydney Sollod @sydneysollod
Styled by Sara Alviti @saraalviti
Interview by Ashira Provost @_ashiraprovost
What originally inspired you to take on an acting career?
I grew up acting and performing. My first real exposure to acting was through music and theater and it was all about having fun. I have a lot of interests but I always knew acting was I wanted to do. It seemed like a fairly organic transition from a hobby to a career. Obviously there were some scary steps along the way, but it’s a lot easier when you love something.
What are you proud of?
I’m proud to be surrounded by people who challenge me and to have a career doing what I love. I’m not even sure if that’s pride. I mostly just feel really lucky.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
My older sister, Eliza, is my biggest influence. We’re only two years apart. She grew up acting as well. She’s a successful TV writer and playwright now. She so confident and talented. I just read a new script she wrote and it blew me away. She does that all the time. It’s been a lot easier for me in my goals, to have her be so fearless about pursuing the arts.
Do you have anyone you admire and would love to work with in the future?
It’s funny you ask that because Night Shyamalan has always been at the top of that list. Obviously I worked with him on Unbreakable when I was little but it’s a different experience as an adult. To be back on his set was a real privilege. I shadowed him as much as I could. It’s so impressive to watch him work. He has such a clear idea of what he wants.
There are so many directors I want to work with. I finally saw The Square, directed by Ruben Östlund, recently and I’ve been fanboying pretty hard. I loved Force Majeure.His movies are so idiosyncratic and his commentary is so sharp. As far as actors go, the list is endless, but I think there’s something to be said about being around the greats. I’ve already got to be on set with a few of them. I wish I could have worked with James Gandolfini. I would love to work with Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro. They’ve done so much, and have been so good for so long.
What were the biggest struggles you had to face to get to where you are?
There were definitely some big adjustments I had to make when I started acting full time. School was always my top priority until I graduated from college. I moved to LA from NY after school as a way to help re-prioritize. It was scary at first having months long stretches where I was essentially just auditioning, but I eventually found ways to stay busy and productive.
How do you stay in shape?
I’m always active. I have to or I don’t sleep at night. When I have the time, I surf and mountain bike regularly, and ski and kitesurf when they’re in season. I love a long day in the mountains. I’ve lost all initiative when it comes to working out in the gym on my own -- I end up sitting on my phone reading political rants on twitter. So I try to take classes if I can. I have a great gym in LA that has a wide range of classes. It’s good to switch it up. I’m also always down for a long run.
Do you want to do any directing or producing in the future?
Definitely. I’m running out of excuses not to. I think I have good instincts when it comes to approaching a scene and I’m pretty well versed in the technical aspects at this point. As an actor your job is to focus on your own character and put your faith in the writer and director, but I’d love to take on more creative control.
What is the movie GLASS about, and can you tell us about your character?
Glass is a comic book movie, but it takes place in the real world, not in a fantasy. It’s the story of three characters exploring the line between the supernatural and what we assume is possible. I play Joseph Dunn, David Dunn’s (played by Bruce Willis) son. Joseph is let in on his dad’s secret and is the biggest believer in David’s abilities. That’s about all I can tell you until you see the movie!
Are you and your character alike in anyway?
Joseph’s relationship with his father is a really important character element. I’m lucky that I have a great relationship with my own dad, and he’s someone that I look up to. One of the unique aspects of this role is that I’ve played Joseph twice, as a child and as an adult. I don’t think that’s been done too many times. For Glass I had a really strong base from which to draw, because I’ve been there before, albeit a long time ago.
What other new projects are you working on?
I just started filming season 4 of Animal Kingdom on TNT which will start airing this summer and I have a great role on Season 2 ofThe Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for Netflix which comes out in April.
What goals do you have for 2019?
Despite being a mess in other ways, 2018 was good to me personally and professionally. I want to maintain a confident outlook and take some risks. That’s what seemed to work for me this past year. Hopefully I’ll get to play some cool new character’s and challenge myself!