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Chaser TV Series Buffalo 8 - Indie Activity Magazine Interview - Daniel de Weldon

Updated: Jun 3

indieactivity: How did you get involved with the ‘Chaser’ TV Series?Daniel de Weldon (DD): I had a strong connection with director Daniel Roemer as we collaborated on multiple projects in the past. As a result of our past work together, I was given the opportunity to audition for the role of Gar Madden, the main villain in the Chaser series.

What attracted you to the role of Gar Madden?Daniel de Weldon (DD): I was fully committed, knowing that Daniel Roemer was directing and writing the film. Once again, I had only positive experiences collaborating creatively with him on previous projects. Gar Madden was a character that had developed since our early collaboration on a film called “The Select Fit,” which was recognized as the second runner-up for a million-dollar prize at the Los Angeles Short Film Festival in 2004 among 5000 entries. Therefore, it was a great honor to work with Roemer again on the “Chaser” series, portraying the character of Gar Madden.

How did you prepare to take on the role? Did you face any challenges portraying the character? Daniel de Weldon (DD): Every position comes with its own set of difficulties, but I discovered that our director, Daniel Roemer, had created the role specifically for me. This knowledge motivated and thrilled me to embody the character entirely. Roemer is familiar with my strengths, directing style, and how to showcase my talent on screen. Our collaboration is built on years of trust and understanding.

Any particular scenes (moments) in ‘Chaser’ that were pivotal for your character’s development?Daniel de Weldon (DD): Yes, because there was a subplot about a romantic love triangle involving Gar Madden, Anabel, and Eddi, it began to overshadow the main priority of winning at any cost. This led me to feel intense pressure to transform my adversary, Eddi, the editor, into something dissolved. Playing the character of Gar Madden gave me the opportunity to showcase my skills, and I was determined to come out on top, especially in episode 8, where Eddi and I engaged in a decisive confrontation to win Anabel.

What was it like working with writer-director Daniel Roemer? How long have you known each other?Daniel de Weldon (DD): In 1998, I was introduced to Daniel Roemer by a mutual friend and one of the producers of the Chaser series, Ron Fernandez, who were both affiliated with the USC Film and TV program and also with Chaser’s Executive Producer Jeremy Howe (CBS’s Young Sheldon and the Big Bang Theory). Fernandez invited Roemer to watch me perform live on stage at The Howard Fine and HB Studios- Uta Hagen’s Master Class in Los Angeles.

From the moment Roemer and I first met, we instantly connected on a creative level. Since our initial meeting, I have felt comfortable expressing both the positive and negative aspects of my character through his guidance, whether playing the protagonist or antagonist.

How did find working with Russ Russo & Gia Bay? Did you learn anything new or gain new perspectives from working with them?Daniel de Weldon (DD): Upon first meeting Russ and Gia on set, I felt a strong connection with both of them, which quickly led to a sense of trust. This connection allowed me to delve into my character’s desire to win and conquer as the show’s antagonist. Successful casting plays a crucial role in the production of a show. I believe that the Chaser series has achieved success on Amazon Prime. Due to having the perfect cast provided by Zero Gravity Media Films and Buffalo 8 Films – Distribution.

Working alongside Gia Bay was like experiencing an unpredictable, electrifying force. Which was a dangerous mixed cocktail that always needed a chaser. Gia, an exceptional actress, emanated trust wherever she stepped, bringing that invaluable quality to the set each day. It was truly a pleasure collaborating with her. Russ Russo, without a doubt, stands among the finest actors I’ve had the privilege to work with on television. Infusing the set with love, hope, and joy. Russ remained steadfast in his performance and his role as a supportive friend to all. Echoing the same sentiment embodied by Eddi. It’s no coincidence that their presence enriched our creative work environment.

Were there any adjustments you had to make to ensure smooth collaboration?Daniel de Weldon (DD): On the second day of filming, the script for the entire first season had to be rewritten. Because of a casting change. Initially seen as a difficult setback, the team soon realized that they were enjoying the process. The process of figuring things out together as professionals. This unexpected turn of events ultimately led to the Chaser series securing a lucrative distribution deal with Buffalo 8 Films. More than half of the original script was quickly modified. Leaving the current cast to rely on our director. Daniel Roemer, also known as “The Pink Panther,” to guide us to our current success. Despite the changes, the production continued smoothly.

What do you hope the audience takes away from watching ‘Chaser?’Daniel de Weldon (DD): I hope the audience will enjoy a thrilling journey with us in Chaser. The story contains valuable messages reminiscent of many familiar mythical tales but presented in a fresh and re-imagined way. As the show’s tagline suggests, “What’s Done Is Undone.” It serves as a powerful metaphor for life. Particularly in this rapidly evolving world where technology, particularly AI, has the ability to redo anything. It may be necessary to watch Chaser twice to fully grasp its meaning, and well worth it.

Do you have some advice for other actors and filmmakers regarding working on independent projects?Daniel de Weldon (DD): Practice is essential whether you are working on a big studio lot or an indie film in a remote location. The right proven practice is the most efficient and effective way to improve your skills. As an artist, you will find your path at the right time, or as I like to say, “What you are searching for is also searching for you.” Regardless of your natural talent, proper training is crucial in order to maintain a balance as an artist. Without a strong foundation in training and discipline, even if an artist becomes successful, they may struggle to navigate their success in relation to their craft. One of my favorite acting teachers and a friend, Howard Fine, once said, “You are as good of an actor as you are a person,” and that statement has always resonated with me.

Can you share what’s coming up next for you?Daniel de Weldon (DD): My next project is a documentary film titled Quarter Life Crisis (2025). It is featuring Los Angeles Pop Star Cade Huesby, where I portray an astrological consultant in real life.

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