Polished Edge: Milo Ventimiglia of ‘Chosen’
Q: As an actor and producer, what do you look for in a project?
A: As an actor, I go to the written word first, because those are the words I’ve got to speak. Then, as a producer, I go through the written word, because those are the words you tell a story with. It’s aligning myself with great creative (talent) and great people and telling stories that you’re passionate about.
For me, personally, it’s stories that I would watch.
Q: Were you ever worried that doing digital series like “Chosen” would damage your reputation?
A: I’ve been in digital for a long time, since 2006, 2007, doing a lot of what people would call Web series and branded entertainment. So I never really saw it as a stigma.
Q: Are some actors concerned about doing digital series because some might assume they can’t get film or TV work?
A: It has nothing to do with that at all. In terms of attracting talent, After nearly 20 years of doing this myself, I’ve made a lot of friends I can reach out to. I’ve given them my own vote of confidence about the work. Then you scrap it all, and you say, “Give me two minutes of your time,” and you show a teaser.
Then you go, “How can you, as an artist, as an actor, deny that this is amazing?” The work speaks for itself. Anybody who would possibly not want to do it because it’s digital, well, you’re a dinosaur, and you’re going to become extinct.