How did you get your start in the entertainment industry?
My 2 older sisters got into it before I did. They started taking acting classes when we were kids. We grew up in Nashville, Tennessee – not a big arts town back then, but there was a little theater scene. A friend of my mom’s asked if I could be in a play when I was 5. Even at a young age, I was hooked. So I did as much theatre as I could do growing up, then I moved out to LA to study theatre at USC. And now I’m here.
Can you tell us about your role as ‘The Trickster’ on “Supernatrual?”
What can I say? It’s a great role. I got to play both a Norse god and an Arch Angel – all wrapped together as one. That’s a pretty rare acting opportunity in television, especially as guest star. I love that role, and I love the friends I’ve made and opportunities I’ve gotten because of that role.
Can you tell us anything about your movie “The Evil Gene?”
It is very fun, tight psychological thriller that challenges the notion of being born evil. Is that true? Can it be scientifically proven? Tracked? Policed? And all the while, there is a murder to solve. There’s a lot going on here.
How would you describe your character?
Griff Krenshaw is a mess of an FBI agent sent to a prison housing inmates deemed to be genetically evil to unravel a murder, and in the process he begins to come unravelled himself. He tries to stay professional, but the madness swirling around him in this dark place challenges his own mental stability. What at first was a simple investigation quickly becomes Griff’s desperate battle to hold on to his sanity.
5. What’s a typical work day like for you?
Right now I’m in post-production on my own series called “Kings of Con.” It’s a single camera comedy series set behind the scenes at fan conventions, where the craziest people in the room are always the actors paid to be there. I co-created, co-wrote and star in with fellow “Supernatural” alumn Rob Benedict, and it launches this November on a new premium digital network powered by Lionsgate and Comic-Con called Comic-Con HQ (go to https://www.comic-conhq.com – or just download the Comic-Con HQ app). So my days right now are spent editing the episodes. Tedious to some, but I freaking love it. We are super proud of this show. It’s a comedy for anyone who loves comedy, whether they’ve been to a convention or not. So go get the app and watch!
6. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Do “Supernatural” conventions count as work? Because I do an awful lot of those, and they’re pretty darn fun. But when I’m not traveling or working, I’m hanging with my wife and kids, and most likely we’re swimming somewhere. That’s our jam.
7. What are your social media accounts?
Personal Twitter: @dicksp8jr
“Kings of Con” twitter: @kingsofcon
And I have a Facebook fan page under Richard Speight, Jr. Look for the little blue check mark.