Matthew Campbell started acting at the young age of six. To overcome his shyness, his parents enrolled him in “A Christmas Carol,” where he played “Tiny Tim” at the Sacramento Playhouse. The plan to get him to come out of his shell worked very well, maybe too well. He then worked consistently in theatre productions until the age of 15, when he played football, basketball, and ran track. He won state championships in both sports and was a junior olympian in track and field.
That following summer he began the transition to film and TV. He immediately booked the feature film “Bring It On: All Or Nothing.” Shortly after he got back into theatre touring with Disney’s “High School Musical On Stage.” In 2010 he guest starred on HBO’s Coed Confidential and the cult horror film “Portraits of Death.” Matt can also be seen in the psychological thriller “The Magic Stone.” Recently, he played frat boy “Matty” a in a feature film with Kevin Gage called “The Owl In Echo Park.” He is set to co-star in the comedy “Make It Big” as well as starring in the hip-hop drama “Becoming James.” His most recent film “Crossing Fingers” where we had a co-lead as “Matthew Dixon” received 4 nominations and won “Best LGBT Film” at the 2018 IFS Film Festival.
In his spare time, Matthew enjoys martial arts, surfing, horseback riding, and modern dance.
Hollywood Insider Interview with Actor Matthew Campbell
Hollywood World: What do you love about the role that you are currently playing?
Matthew Campbell: I just wrapped on a film called “Evening Installation” for Amazon which should be out sometime in 2019. Currently doing support at several film festivals for “Crossing Fingers” and I am happy to report we received 4 nominations and 1 win for “Best LGBTQ Film” at IFS Film Festival in Los Angeles last weekend.
Hollywood World: What is the storyline about?
Matthew Campbell: Crossing Fingers is about two Transgender prostitutes who accidentally kill their pimp and the film centers around everyone involved in their lives. If you enjoyed Crash and Party Monster you will love Crossing Fingers.
Hollywood World: Who else is involved in this production, director, producer, actors?
Matthew Campbell: Crossing Fingers has a lot of awesome up and coming actors: Nathalie Rudolph, Miles Tagtmeyer, Lauren Jenna, Landon Beatty, Andrew Urena and Jessie Nole and many others. The writer/ Director Luis Fernando Garcia tells an incredible story and it’s definitely not to be missed.
Hollywood World: What makes a good scene partner?
Matthew Campbell: I think a good scene partner is an actor who allows you to explore all parts of the character and story without judgement and has a great deal of trust with you.
Hollywood World: What are your favorite projects you have been part of?
Matthew Campbell: Besides Crossing Fingers of course I had a great time on my run of Nosferatu: A symphony in Terror which was a multi award winning (13 awards) and did well at the 2017 Hollywood Frindge Awards. I also had a great time playing the layered character of “Ryan” on ‘The Magic Stone”.
Hollywood World: How much experience do you have in field?
Matthew Campbell: I have been acting since I was 6 in musical theatre in the San Francisco area.
Hollywood World: Describe your best quality as an actor?
Matthew Campbell: I think my best quality is the ability to disappear into a role. This has been a comment I have been told by several critics.
Hollywood World: What do you enjoy the most about your job?
Matthew Campbell: One of the things I most enjoy is the fact that you can become someone else without having to have any kind of excuse about it. You get to become someone else and live life as someone else.
Hollywood World: What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career?
Matthew Campbell: I have learned a ton from directors on the most effective way to deliver strong performances under a variety of conditions. Just because it’s uncomfortable doesn’t give you an excuse on not really bringing it. It’s your responsibility to deliver no matter what the obstacles are.
Hollywood World: From where have you learned acting? What training do you have?
Matthew Campbell: My background in acting started in musical theatre. It was a great experience growing up with on the job training. I also learned how to really improv from being a professional clown.
Hollywood World: What has been your biggest achievement in the field of acting?
Matthew Campbell: My biggest achievement so far in my opinion is that I improve steadily with each project. Having someone tell me how much they loved the performance is nice but when you can see how much better you are getting each time. That to me is really something to smile about.
Hollywood World: What other types of movies would you be interested in filming?
Matthew Campbell: I would love to do a superhero movie. There is one in particular I have my eye on. Also I would love to be the first American to play James Bond.
Hollywood World: How do you see your role as an actor?
Matthew Campbell: I see my role as an actor as bringing the author’s vision to life. When you can do that convincingly then you have really done your job.
Hollywood World: What was your most memorable role? Why?
Matthew Campbell: One of my most memorable roles was in a movie that is coming out this year called, “The Owl In Echo Park” it stars Kevin Gage. I always have admired him going all the way back to his “Con-Air” days and it was a great experience working with him.
Hollywood World: What is your secret?
Matthew Campbell: I guess my secret is to be grateful and always be putting positive energy and passion into your work. If you never quit you cannot be stopped.
Hollywood World: What other hobbies do you have?
Matthew Campbell: My other hobbies include Boxing, kickboxing, horseback riding, painting and pretty much anything athletic or outdoors.
Hollywood World: Who is your role model?
Matthew Campbell: My role model is Jesus Christ of course. If it had to be someone in my career field currently I would say Matt Damon.
Hollywood World: What makes you feel like a star?
Matthew Campbell: I would say what makes me feel like a star is when someone goes out of their way to make you comfortable. I will never forget when I was working in Tokyo and how they took hospitality to the next level. I literally felt like a prince.
Hollywood World: Any tips about how to be a successful actor?
Matthew Campbell: Tips on being a successful actor. I will quote my Dad here, “If anyone wants something bad enough nobody can stand in there way,” Now he was referring to my car being stolen but I think the same principle applies. Just get out there and go for it and never hold back.
Hollywood World: What do you want to be remembered for in life? What valuable lessons have you learned that helped you become the person you are today?
Matthew Campbell: I want to be remembered as a true artist. I hope someday an actor who is up and coming someday says that I inspired them to create. That would be the biggest delight for me. My late Grandfather also taught me to work hard and never make excuses. So I always go out there and put my all into my work.
Hollywood World: What’s next?
Matthew Campbell: I am starring in a hip hop drama called “Becoming James” and will also executive produce. It’s written by Stephanie Hodgson who has spent the past 15 years interviewing hip hop artists and has written an amazing script.