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Chat Transcript from November 28th, 2003

KidActors
Welcome everyone to the Live Chat with Michael Angarano! Michael has just joined us, so please start submitting your questions!

KidActors
We're glad you were able to join us tonight, Mike! Are you ready to get started?

Michael Angarano
hey everyone...yeah i'm all ready to go!

KidActors
Ok everyone, submit your questions!

*Caity*
what's it like filming on will and grace

Michael Angarano
thanks so much for coming everyone really it means a lot to me

Michael Angarano
Will and Grace has been the greatest experience for me...i've learned so many things from being on that show...i still to this day find it amazing that i'm on a show with such prestige as that one

Michael Angarano
filming it is so much fun and such a great learning experience day in and day out

Jen M
Can we expect to see more of you on Will & Grace?

Michael Angarano
it's like one big happy family

Michael Angarano
ya know to be perfectly honest i don't know what they plan for me in the future of the show, but if they want me back for a few episodes i'll be more than happy to do some

Lil' Devil
What is your next movie?

Michael Angarano
well i actually just got back from Europe from filming a project called "Dear Wendy"...and i believe that should be coming out sometime at the end of next year

Tori
Are you going to guest star on any other shows (like you did on "ER")?

Michael Angarano
umm as of right now i am not doing any shows like that, but if an oppurtunity to do a guest starring role on a great show like "ER" i'll be more than willing to give it shot

Michael Angarano
i mean if a guest starring role on a great show like "ER" comes up***

Michael Angarano
lol i apologize if i don't make sense sometimes, i'm typing faster than i am thinking

acting_chick
Do you tend to get really nervous when you're on an audition for a movie?

Michael Angarano
definitely, to this day i always get nervous when i audition for anything, especially if i am meeting the producers or the director...i get nervous because they're always expecting something out of you and the only thing you can do is do your best and hope that you give them what they're looking for

Mr. Critic
Can you tell us a bit more about your role in "Dear Wendy"?

Michael Angarano
well i play FREDDIE, brother of HUEY who is played by Chris Owen...and both of our characters are alike in the fact that we are both very dirty and kind of low class boys from the slums of West Virginia

Michael Angarano
so that required me to speak in a West Virginian accent

Michael Angarano
which i am a little bit nervous to see the outcome of lol

Michael Angarano (Nov 28, 2003 9:15:28 PM)
West Virginia is where the movie takes place by the way

Kate the great
have you had to do any other accents before?

Michael Angarano
not to this extent i haven't...so that's why i am a bit nervous about it , but i'm sure it turned out okay, considering the dialect coach was all over me about it lol

Kate the great
Had you read the book "Speak" before you got the part of David patrakis? Or did you read it afterwards to get a better sense of the script?

Michael Angarano
i actually read "Speak" while i was filming the movie...and it was great actually because Laurie Halse Anderson (the writer of the book) visited the set, so i got the opportunity to meet her and discuss the character with her

Francesco
In what locations did you film "Dear Wendy" ?

Michael Angarano
we filmed "Dear Wendy" in Copenhagen, Denmark and then we moved to Lunen, Germany

Johnathon
Did you have time to go sight-seeing at those locations?

Michael Angarano
yeah we went to a few places actually...we got to go to Sweden and Amsterdam and visit those places...and in Germany we were right outside of Cologne so we took some trips down there as well

Michael Angarano
all these places are beautiful and i'll always remember my time there

Michael Angarano
i can't praise the people of all places enough because we felt at home wherever we went and they really made the experience that much better

Michael Angarano
of all the places***

Michael Angarano
and in Copenhagen we filmed in an extremely cool studio called Filmbyen, which means Film City

Michael Angarano
i believe it is one of the largest film studios in Europe

celia
Do you plan to act into your adulthood or do you have any ideas for future careers?

Michael Angarano
as of right now i plan to keep on acting without a doubt...the only thing i can see myself doing besides acting is writing and directing

SicilianInLondon
did you meet Lars Von trier? if yes what do you think of him?

Michael Angarano
oh yeah i got to meet Lars...lol i think he's one crazy guy

Michael Angarano
we got to sit down and have lunch with him and all at the same time he was an insane/brilliant man

Kittykat
Do you have time to see your family between roles?

Michael Angarano
yeah, we filmed Speak in Columbus, Ohio at the beginning of August and i didn't leave for Copenhagen until September 12 i believe

sheryl
do you miss playing Chance on Cover Me? btw, it was GREAT!

Michael Angarano
thank you so much...yeah i honestly do miss Chance from time to time as well as the whole Arno family

Michael Angarano
i sit down and watch an episode from time to time just to remind myself of that whole experience

bonji
how you handle school in the middle of all this, crazyness

Michael Angarano
craziness is the word to describe it definitely

Michael Angarano
i don't know honestly lol...i still go to a private high school and we do our best to communicate with each other so i can keep up with the work and not fall behind the class

Michael Angarano
and it's junior year right now for me to boot, so i got even more stress than normal just because it's the hardest year

Tori
Are you going to drive soon?

Michael Angarano
well i got my permit right now and i'm just waiting to turn 16 so i can go for that test lol

Michael Angarano
and you can bet the second i get hat license i'm going for that car lol

celia
what kind of car do you have or plan to get?

Michael Angarano
i think i'm going to get a used Range Rover or Grand Cherokee

Michael Angarano
defiantly don't want to get a new car because even though i am the greatest driver in the world i'll probably smash it up a bit

Michael Angarano
jk about greatest driver thing

mefromaus
hey michael what do you do in your spare time ? do you have a girlfriend ?

Michael Angarano
in my spare time i just do normal things, i watch a lot of movies and listen to music

Michael Angarano
nope no girlfriend i'm a lonely soul lol

Justray
Michael, can you tell us what you are like in real life? Like, describe yourself?

Michael Angarano
man i don't know how to describe myself...well i think incredibly good looking and extremely sexy

Michael Angarano
to be humble

Michael Angarano
lol no no...im just a normal kid really

Michael Angarano
i have a bit of a sense of humor as you can see, i'm actually a sensitive guy deep down lol

eRiN55
what do you want for christmas ?

Michael Angarano
hmm...i haven't thought about that at all...i guess just clothes and some new cds

Michael Angarano
nothing special really

Kaegan
How do you prepare yourself for an audition mentally and physically, and what do you do to ensure you have the best chance possible of getting the role?

Michael Angarano
well, i actually try dressing for the character...like if it's an athletic kid i'll put a jersey on and if it's a little bit nerdy i'll like a button-down shirt etc.

Michael Angarano
and i'll try my best to read the script and really have an understanding of the situation and the character...maybe i'll even do some improvs with my parents to really grasp the character and how they would react in any situation

Ja-mes
You seem to like music alot . What is your favourite band ? what type of genre do you like listening to ?

Michael Angarano
i like all music really...but my favorite band is blink182 and they have been for a long time

Michael Angarano
i love eminem...i love classic rock and roll like led zeppelin and the stones...i have a wide spectrum

Tori
Are you doing anything special for your 16th birthday?

Michael Angarano
as of right now i have nothing planned really...for the past few years i haven't done much for my birthday...i

Michael Angarano
oops...i'll just hang out with my friends and my family will have a party for my sister and i, because her birthday is november 29th

skate
In the future what kind of roles do you want to play? just anything that comes up that interests you?

Michael Angarano
i guess you can say that...at this point i'm open for anything really...i think the only role i would re-consider is one that already have played

Michael Angarano
i really want to show my versatility in all the roles i do and i don't want to be known as a comedic actor or a dramatic actor, especially so early in my career

shiangwong
Michael, what was it like playing Yong Red Pollard in Seabiscuit. Was It Challenging?

Michael Angarano
challenging you can say in the respect that i was playing young Tobey Maguire...that was a bit intimidating because he is a great actor...but playing Red was challenging as well because i really didn't know much about him, only what is in the book

Michael Angarano
i am sort of babbling on here sorry

Michael Angarano
but i just looked at it as a normal role and approached it in the fashion i normally would

Jen M
For "Little Secrets" did you really learn to play the piano?

Michael Angarano
yep that is me on the piano i'm proud to say lol

Michael Angarano
i had to learn that song for the role...that was about 3 weeks of intense 2 hour a day training 3 days a week

Jarred
If you had the chance to do everything all over again, would you change anything?

Michael Angarano
hey jarred i heard you look like me lol

Michael Angarano
actually i don't think i ever would do anything over or would want to...even though i'll look at my performance and say "oh i could have done that better", it's much better just to leave it as it is because thats how i learn

Ja-mes
Michael! hey, what are you going to be doing after this chat ?

Michael Angarano
i got some friends coming over to hang out for the night

Michael Angarano
watch some movies maybe take a dip in the pool

celia
A popular question many of us were wondering earlier was: of what land are you from, lol, aka whats your ethnicity?

Michael Angarano
lol a good question it is...im Italian baby

Dannie
What can you tell us about your character/role in "the dust factory"?

Michael Angarano
i play Rocky Mazelli and i'm best friends with the main character Ryan...and i'm his protector in a way a little bit, i don't let anybody mess with him

Kate the great
Which character that you have played is most like you?

Michael Angarano
most like me i guess you can say Philip from Little Secrets...but each character i play has a little bit of myself in them...i think that's what makes them real and what gives them a true foundation

Aspen
How did you get started in the acting business? What do you suggest to someone who's going in with a clean slate (meaning not much experience)?

Michael Angarano
i got started modeling and then moved into commercial and tv...but for someone new i guess the first move would be try getting an agent or a manager to represent you...and just start out with little things so you have some experience and you have a sense of yourself being a different person

KidActors
Hey everyone, our chat with Michael has now come to a close. KidActors would like to thank everyone for coming to chat with him this evening, and we hope you've had a great time! Also, thank you Mike for being able to come talk with us! We hope you'll come back again soon!

Michael Angarano
thank you guys so much for coming to talk with me it's been a lot of fun

KidActors
Its been great Mike!

Michael Angarano
like i always say i always read the message boards so keep posting

Michael Angarano
ok kris thank you too for making this happen...ill see ya later everyone thank you!

KidActors
Our pleasure!

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