By Matt Schantz (@schantzman87)
Calling Lee Doud a jack of all trades would be an understatement. He’s done everything from stage, to TV, to movies. His most recent success is in the form of an indie film, ‘Ktown Cowboys’, an L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival Award winning dramedy. Doud’s love of acting spreads so man genres, from Jet Li and Jackie Chan movies to Shakespearean tragedies and comedies. We were lucky enough to get a chance to get to know Mr. Doud a bit better.
Congratulations on success of ‘Ktown Cowboys’. The theater release is coming up fast, you must be excited! Can you tell us a little about the role you play in the film?
Thank you! I am really excited. It’s a really fun project and I know that audiences in the theaters and at home are really going to enjoy this movie. I play Billy Song, the younger brother to Steve Byrne’s character who bumps into the guys at an after-hours club in Koreatown. Without spoiling too much, words are exchanged between myself and the biggest dude in the group and let’s just say it gets a little ugly…
What made you fall in love with acting? Was there a certain movie? Actor?
I have always loved storytelling. Ever since I was a kid. My family and I would always watch movies on the weekends. I watched a lot of them when I was younger – both classic movies as well as current for the time. I loved comedies like “Spaceballs” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” but was also really into movies like “Dances with Wolves” and “The Shawshank Redemption”. When I was a teenager, I started to take acting seriously. I spent every second I could at the regional theater in my area – I worked both onstage and backstage and spent my summers in the youth theater program there. The energy was infectious for me – I loved being around actors and other artists like me. I really felt at home there.
I know you love James Bond, and so do I, so obviously I have to ask, who do you think plays the best Bond?
And there’s no question in my mind that Sean Connery played the best Bond. That said, I do love Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan… but Connery is quintessential Bond for me. I think we might be ready to see a non-Caucasian James Bond. I do know one Asian-American actor who would definitely be interested – haha!
What was it like studying abroad at the British American Dramatic Academy in Oxford, England? That must have been a huge difference from UCLA.
Studying at BADA’s Midsummer Program was incredible. I was young, I think 19, and had been traveling abroad a lot that year. I had such an amazing experience in Oxford. I come from a pretty heavy theater background, so I loved having the opportunity to study Shakespeare for a summer with some of the best teachers in the world. It was a pretty unreal experience – having master classes and seminars with actors like Derek Jacoby and Fiona Shaw, visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, and staying at Balliol College which looks like it’s straight out of Harry Potter.
You have worked on countless stage, small and silver screen productions, you have really made a name for yourself. What are you most proud of in your red-hot career so far?
Wow, that’s a really tough question! I’m always very proud of any project that I have the opportunity to work on. Each individual project teaches me something new – either about the acting, the industry, or myself. Last year, I produced and starred in a play for the Hollywood Fringe Festival. It was my first stage performance in a few years and it was a really fun experience to produce and star in the show with one of my closest friends. Television-wise, I think the first thing that really jumps out at me was working on “Californication” back in season 6. It was actually my very first television gig and I will always remember how welcoming everyone was on set. I was beyond nervous never having worked on a set of that magnitude before. Because I had been so comfortable there working with Evan Handler, our director and the rest of the crew, I haven’t really felt any more nerves coming onto a new show’s set. There’s so much more to come, you guys!