Friday, January 4, 2019

Project Blue Book - Michael Malarkey Interview


Photo Credit: Chelsea Lauren - © 2016 Chelsea Lauren

Michael Malarkey is a British-American actor and singer/songwriter best known for his role as Enzo in the hit CW series “The Vampire Diaries.”Malarkey was born in Beirut, Lebanon to an Irish-American father and a British mother of Arab/Italian origin. He grew up in Yellow Springs, Ohio, spending his summers in Europe. In 2006, Malarkey traveled to London, England to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) after completing two intensive Shakespeare courses at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Malarkey had his beginnings on the London stage, with notable credits including lead roles in the European premiere of Tennessee Williams’ “Spring Storm” and Eugene O’Neill’s “Beyond the Horizon at The National Theatre. He portrayed Jay Gatsby in the stage adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” and played Elvis Presley in the original London cast of “Million Dollar Quartet.”Other credits include the CW television movie “The Selection,” a guest-starring role on the acclaimed British series “Mr. Sloane” opposite Nick Frost and Olivia Coleman, and several short films. In 2013, Malarkey was cast in the recurring role of Lorezno (Enzo) inSeason 5 of “The Vampire Diaries.” After his character became an audience favorite, Malarkey was upgraded to a series regular in Season 6 and remained with the series until it concluded with Season 8 in spring 2017. Michael can most recently be seen as ‘Foster’ in the Crackle series “The Oath” and will next be seen asone ofthe lead rolesin the HISTORY upcoming UFO drama series PROJECTBLUE BOOK. Malarkey is also an independent singer/songwriter and recording artist. His full-length debut, “Mongrels,” was released in September 2017, following two previous EP’s, “Feed the Flames” (2014) and “Knots (2015).”

        
  


Well I just want to also thank you for taking the time to talk to us this morning and I watched the trailer for this TV show and it just looks captivating, riveting, beautiful just - it looks phenomenal. My question is what was it like to work with all the other talented actors and actresses on this show and what was it like to work to be on a show that's being produced by Robert Zemeckis?
Yes it's definitely an ensemble piece. Everybody is at the top of their game. I feel like so many stars aligned for this -- excuse the pun or metaphor or whatever it is. Aidan and I just got on like a dream, it was really a blessing for that to be the case when you have the two leads that just kind of understand the work ethic and are both extremely interested in the story being told and the subject matter.

It's funny, actually, because I spent all my 20s in London. I went to London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and I used to go to this pub call The Old Dairy on Stroud Green Road and Aidan used to go to the pub literally across the road, (Stapleton Armstead) at the same time.

And I never met him. He had a house that was, you know, a few 100 yards away from where mine was. There's a lot of these weird peculiar synergies about this show that that feel just right and yes Robert Zemeckis - I can't think of a better person to be at our helm. The work speaks for itself and also the subject matter of Zemeckis’ work is directly in line with what our show is. So, I feel like it's a real clashing of the Titans.


New York, NY –October 5, 2018 –HISTORY’s new UFO drama series “Project Blue Book” makes its series debut on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 10 PM ET/PT.From A+E Studios andexecutive produced by Academy Award and Golden Globe® winner Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Contact), the ten episode drama series is based on the true, Top Secret investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and related phenomena conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952-1969 and stars Aidan Gillen (“Game of Thrones”) and Michael Malarkey (“The Vampire Diaries”).

Project Blue Book” is inspired by the personal experiences of Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Gillen), a brilliant college professor recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead this clandestine operation (Project Blue Book) that researched thousands of cases, over 700 of which remain unsolved to this day. Each episode will draw from the actual case files blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in United States history. Throughout the season, true to life, documented occurrences will be explored such as the Flatwoods Monster incident that took place in West Virginia, the Gorman Dogfight of Fargo, North Dakota, the Lubbock Lights of Lubbock, Texas and the Chiles-Whitted UFO Incident of Montgomery, Alabama among many others. Delving into themes such as trust, instinct, real news vs. fake news and government cover-up, “Project Blue Book” straddles the world of science and the exploration of the unknown.



The drama series also stars Neal McDonough (“Arrow,” “Legends of Tomorrow”) as General James Harding, a confident and perceptive general responsible for heading the Air Force’s new division –Project Blue Book, Michael Harney (“Orange Is The New Black,” Soy Nero) as General Hugh Valentine,a sometimes cryptic yet powerful USAF General both overseeing and keeping a close eye on General Harding’s new division, Laura Mennell (Watchmen, “The Man in the High Castle”) as Mimi Hynek, Dr. J. Allen Hynek’s wife and loyal partner in life, and Ksenia Solo (Black Swan, “Lost Girl”) as Susie Miller, a stylish, eye-catching woman with a confidence to be envious of and whose stealthy charm goes deeper than what meets the eye.



Project Blue Book” joins HISTORY’s original scripted roster, which includes anchor hit series “Vikings,” whose mid-season five premiere returns on Wednesday, November 28 at 9PM ET/PT; and Knights Templar drama series “Knightfall” currently in production on season two in Prague with Mark Hamill (Star Wars, BAFTA-winning voice of TheJoker) joining the cast.

Project Blue Book” is an A+E Studios production in association with Compari Entertainment, a division of ImageMovers. Robert Zemeckis (Contact, Back to the Future, Forrest Gump), Jack Rapke (Cast Away, Flight) and Jackie Levine(Allied, The Walk) are executive producers for Compari Entertainment. David O’Leary serves as creator, co-executive producer and writer, with Sean Jablonski (“Suits,” “Nip/Tuck”) serving as showrunner, executive producer and writer. Barry Jossen serves asexecutive producer. Arturo Interian serves as executive producer for HISTORY.



ABOUT A+E STUDIOS 
A+E Studios is the studio unit of the award-winning global media company A+E Networks, LLC. A+E Studios creates, produces and distributes high-quality scripted programming across all networks and platforms in the A+E Networks portfolio, including Lifetime®, HISTORY®, Lifetime Movie®, and A&E IndieFilms®, as well as outside buyers. A+E Studios’ slate of programming consists of scripted series, event series and movies, including the Peabody Award-winning “UnREAL;”the event miniseries “ROOTS,”the action drama“SIX,”the breakout series “Knightfall,”and the forthcoming series “Project Blue Book”for HISTORY; and “YOU”from Greg Berlanti as well as and the upcoming Jenji Kohan-produced series “American Princess”for Lifetime, among others. 

ABOUT HISTORY®
HISTORY®,now reaching more than 96 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate features a roster of signature series including “Pawn Stars,” “American Pickers,” “The Curse of Oak Island,” “Alone” as well as the hit drama series “Vikings”and “Knightfall.”The HISTORY website is located at history.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/history and Facebook at facebook.com/history. For more press information and photography, please visit us athttp://press.aenetworks.com.
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