Major Crimes actor Graham Patrick Martin talks new season, inspiration and taking on the role of director.
Graham Patrick Martin, star of TNT’s Major Crimes, recently took the time out to chat with INLOVE Magazine. The Louisiana-born, LA-based actor, who has a penchant for the outdoors and Kundalini yoga, opened up about his role as Rusty Beck and his career in the creative arts.
In everything from iCarly to Jonas and his dynamic role on The Closer, we’ve watched Martin emerge with a passion that makes his talent undeniable. Now, we get to take a closer look at his inspiration behind some of his fan-favorite roles and find out what we can expect to see on Season 6 of Major Crimes.
Tell me about how you got your start as an actor and what it felt like when you booked your first role?
It was a thrill. I guess I have one of those crazy ‘booked their first audition’ stories, which is kind of cool. My first Los Angeles audition was for a show that I ended up being on for three years. You can’t get much luckier than that.
Who was your biggest inspiration as an artist?
My parents, for sure. They’ve always given me the freedom to explore my artistic impulses and have supported me every step of the way.
Can you describe your ride from The Bill Engvall Show to Two and a Half Men to The Closer? What has been the most exciting part of your journey so far?
It’s been a very exciting run. The Bill Engvall Show was the perfect first job. It gave me the experience of being on television, but it wasn’t big enough to scare me away or get into my head. Two and a Half Men was just epic. I walked onto a show that was already a massive hit. It felt good to be a part of something so historic. The Closer was special. Working with Kyra Sedgwick was a dream.
Let’s talk about your character, Rusty Beck, on ‘Major Crimes.’ You’re in Season 6 now. What has been the most surprising thing you’ve learned about yourself while playing this role?
I’ve really grown into myself as an actor and a person. I’ve been on the show for six years. I was a completely different person when I started. The show also served as a playground for me to explore and find myself as an actor. I will always be grateful for that.
Can you tell me a little bit about what fans can expect to see this season?
It’s going to be an action-packed season. Phillip Stroh is back in the picture and Rusty is in a lot of danger…more than he ever has been before.
You’re also now stepping into the role of director for singer/songwriter Harlie’s Tried to Be Nice video. What was that like for you?
Harley is a tremendous artist and it was such an honor when she asked me to collaborate. Directing has always called my name and this was the perfect opportunity for me get my feet wet. I’m very proud of the way it turned out.
How did you know you wanted to try your hand as a director?
Being on a show that shoots 22 episodes a year, I have very little time to act on any other projects. As a result, over the last few years I started trying to find different ways to find fulfillment creatively – outside of Major Crimes, of course. I started writing a lot and eventually was given the opportunity to shadow a few directors on Major Crimes. I instantly took a liking to it and I’m excited to see where this road takes me.
What do you see yourself doing in the future when it comes to that? Are there any other areas of the arts you’d like to branch out into?
I’d like to continue directing anything I can to apply the things I’ve learned and just tell stories. Writing and directing are the two main things that I’m branching out into. My next gig is directing a short film with a cast that I’m really excited about.
Other than that, tell me about what else you have coming up?
I worked on a film called Bukowski that James Franco directed. It should be coming out within the next year.
What advice could you give to readers when it comes to discovering themselves and being brave enough to leap into a challenging career?
My advice would be to LISTEN to yourself. Often times, we pursue careers that we feel pressured to go into. I challenge your readers to be honest with themselves and find the career that is calling them, not the career that someone told them they should go into.
Is there anything else you want to add?
Go listen to a song called ‘River’ by Leon Bridges. It has nothing to do with me, but it’s so good.
Photographer Dylan Lujano
Stylist David Nino
Grooming Matilde Campos
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