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Interview from the Starry Constellation Magazin April 2007

KYLE SCHMID - TIED UP
by: Jamie Steinberg

Q) What are the current projects that you are working on?
A) Currently, I have just finished up my seven month shoot of "Blood Ties." As for my hiatus, it will include a vacation and a couple very cool films I'm looking forward to wrapping my head around. Until those are in pre-production, I can't tell really talk about them.

Q) Please tell us about your character Henry Fitzroy on the show "Blood Ties."
A) Henry Fitzroy is a four hundred fifty year old vampire and a cutting edge graphic novelist. He's the bastard son of Henry VIII and more confident with his own life experience to walk with style and grace. He is a romantic born in the 1600's and he falls for Vicki Nelson (played by Christina Cox), but always seems to be struggling with the little human instinct he has left and his unnatural vampiric instincts. He lives his life day to day.

Q) What made you want to be a part of the show?
A) The idea and opportunity to create this absolutely infinite character. Laying him so many different ways and creating the depth to his character that most vampires in today's entertainement lack. Not to mention, growing up as an athlete and having the opportunity to perform most of my stunts.

Q) What about your role is challenging for you?
A) The most challenging part of this role is the massive age difference between Henry and I. Even that was fun, as was the challenge in everything else.

Q) Did you do anything in particular to prepare for your role?
A) I watched movies to get the sense of characters, comparing one rendition to another, picking and choosing which traits to follow true with and which not. We also had Tanya Huff who created Henry in the books and Peter Mohan who created it for script. They both, obviously, helped in the creation.

Q) What has been your most memorable moment from filming?
A) The first day was memorable for me. I walked into this studio with these giant eyes, slowly met everybody and got to see the story boards and sketches of our characters. I got the see the sets and was just amazed that all this was to be something we all were going to be part of for almost a year. Then, I got to meet the enchanting PI Vicki Nelson (Christina Cox) and her talented bad ass ex-beau played by Dylan Neal. The following day, the day after that and the one following that one was memorable. The entire process was one incredible memory that I'll always have.

Q) Why should people take the time to see the show?
A) It has everything! It has the action, the drama, the relationships, the backstabbing, the love making and the heartbreaking. It has the intense fight sequences and the near death experiences. The blood, the guts and The Pretty in Pink, but in the end, it's a well balanced character driven show with great actors.

Q) Where did you draw your experiences from for your portrayal?
A) There were lots of places such as my grandfather, for example, is from Great Britain. He exudes a charismatic and old worldly confidence to me. He's of a different era and he loves it. On the other hand, there were things from movies that I watched, such as where the royalty of the Queen would act with mannerisms a certain way or speak in a certain composed pattern or rhythm. Among other things, there's a little bit of me in the role that I'll keep to myself.

Q) What do you do in your spare time?
A) I learn my lines for the next day. No, I'm kidding, what spare time? Again, kidding. I do my best to stay in shape. I'd go running along the seawall with my dog or go skateboarding throughout the city. I managed to get up to Whistler a few times throughout the season.

Q) What would you like to say to your fans and supporters?
A) Thank you! Hopefully, this will be a long and winding road and I'll be there for you as you are for me.

Source: starrymag.com