Category: Interviews

Matthew Daddario for RAW

RAW PAGESRAW: What was it like growing up in New York’s Upper East Side?
MATTHEW: I loved it but I did miss out on a bunch of stuff to be honest. You don’t get the full experience. I didn’t know cheerleaders were real, you know what I mean? In movies, there’s these cheerleaders. There’s a whole bunch of them doing all their cheerleading stuff. I didn’t know that actually existed, I thought that it was just movies.

RAW: How did New York City shape you as a person?
MATTHEW: A sense of autonomy at a young age, which sort of I’ve never wanted to have taken away from me. Does that make sense?

RAW: Your parents were lawyers and you studied business. Then you and your sister Alex got into the arts. Were your parents apprehensive about this?
MATTHEW: No, Alex got into acting at a young age– she’s always wanted to do it. She’s been good at a young age, so she got in. Our parents just told us, “Don’t be lawyers,” so I did something that I was supposed to enjoy…

RAW: Was there a first movie or TV show that made you think, “Oh, I want to be an actor,”?
MATTHEW: Yeah there is. I don’t want to say what it is because I don’t want to give him a big head. (laughs)

RAW: How proud are you of your sister Alex and her success?
MATTHEW: Incredibly. She succeeded in a business that’s more prone of failure than any other we can really think of. She’s done a tremendous job. It’s been a constant upward trend for her and it’s just incredible.

RAW: How do you define success?
MATTHEW: (laughs) Success is… you could look at it in a variety of ways. Some people look at it as how much praise they’re gonna get from an outside source or maybe if they achieve a certain goal. That’s nice if you can get that sense of success from that goal and then just set yourself a new one. It’s whatever keeps you happiest the longest because the end goal should always be happiness. So if success leads to happiness, then you’re successful. And if your success doesn’t make you happy then you’re not really succeeding.

BuzzFeed: 27 Things We Learned On Set With Matthew Daddario

BuzzFeed: 27 Things We Learned On Set With Matthew Daddario

BUZZFEED1. If anyone could play you in a movie, who would you pick?
Cate Blanchett would kill it. Can you see if she’s available?

2. What’s the first album you ever bought?
Hahaha, no.

3. Describe your style in three words.
Things that fit.

4. Craziest fan story?
One time I walked in to a store and a guy came over to help. He’s talking to me for a minute and I’m being semi socially-capable. He takes a step back, looks me up and down and says, “Hey, wait a minute…you look like that boy from that show.” I go, “Yeah?” And he says, “Yeah, that kid from (show name redacted) show. Damn. You look just like him.” It was a different show with a guy who shoots arrows. I was like, “Oh, yeah I hear that sometimes.”

5. Last book you read?
[I’ve] been reading Dune. It’s nice when you haven’t read a book in ten years so you forget most of it and it’s like reading it anew. So great.

6. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
When that dweeb stops at the top of the escalator realizing he’s not sure if he’s going in the right direction and it causes a five-person pileup behind him.

7. What’s the most memorable concert you’ve been to?
With things like this the memorable ones seem to be the ones people can’t remember.

8. Last person who texted you?
My manager, Donnalyn. Making sure I answered the BuzzFeed questions. I told her I did.

9. Which emoji do you use the most?
The one with the eyes where it looks like he’s caught but tries to poker face and fails. Also sometimes I write out the description of the face.

10. Who’s your doppelgänger?
Some dude who lives around Union Square keeps getting me in trouble with friends. About 10 different people: “I saw you at Union square and called out but you didn’t answer!” Me: “I’m in Toronto.”

11. Favorite reality show?
That one where they cook a meal under pressure and if they don’t do it in time or it isn’t good enough they have to enter a gladiatorial pit vs some unspeakable ancient horror. Love that show. Also, I like Planet Earth.

14. Guilty pleasure?
Frying cheddar cheese and parmesan in a cast iron skillet and then eating it until I’m gross.

15. Go-to comfort food?
I put that cheese from above in my belly until I am comfortable.

16. Dream vacation spot?
Big city/warm beach.

17. Hidden talent?
Really, really good at eating sticky oily things out of a smoking hot iron pan.

18. What’s one word you say too often?
I probably curse too often. It’s fun to do with friends, enemies, when you fall down, when you watch sports…all the time really. It’s just kinda great. But if anyone reads this…don’t curse. It’s bad, and if you all start doing it all the time it won’t be as fun when I do it.

19. Favorite place to visit?
The Natural History Museum in New York. They have a gem I want to steal. But I won’t. Winky face.

20. Name something on your bucket list.
This feels like a very personal question, BuzzFeed. I am tempted to make something up. I want to be the president for two years and am impeached successfully after a fake scandal. Then, the following year I’m vindicated, and everyone wants me to be president again but I’m busy with other stuff.

21. If you could invite five people—living or dead—to a dinner party, who would they be?
I was just in Rome. Give me an emperor, a gladiator, a cynic, an actor and some tough Roman lady. Then we drink wine.

22. Biggest fear?
Food poisoning. I hate it. I hate it so much. And you know what’s weird? High end restaurants are most often the guilty ones.

23. Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry” seems to always prove itself accurate.

24. Background wallpaper on your phone?
A dog eating flowers.

25. Favorite song of 2016?
I like the song from Narcos.

26. What’s the last thing you searched for on Google?
“What is a dry riser.” I could pretend that it was something funny or deep but that would be lying, and everyone knows people don’t lie in interviews to make themselves more appealing or interesting.

27. What do you hope for in 2017?
I wrote out a sincere and sappy answer about society as a whole but realized I just really want them to find Genghis Khan’s tomb this year.

New York Comic Con Interviews

Matthew Daddario for The Luxer

Matthew Daddario for The Luxer

Standing at 6’3’’ with raven black hair, and piercing hazel eyes, Matthew Daddario definitely has a seraphic presence about him. It should come as no surprise, then, that he is one of the stars of Shadowhunters, a new show on the Freeform network based on The Mortal Instruments book series, about a centuries-old war between angels and demons. Playing Alec Lightwood, the stoic, selfless warrior on the side of good, Daddario was aware of how this character has been beloved by fans of the books. Luckily, this role suits him to a T—not only in appearance, but also because he can relate to Alec’s humanity. He tries to find the qualities that make Alec vulnerable, and translates that to the screen.

Originally from the Upper East Side of New York City, Daddario went on auditions for commercials as a child. “My mother wanted me to learn how to speak publicly, and she figured this would be a way to get me comfortable with speaking to other people,” he said. He would later attend Indiana University Bloomington, where he majored in business, seemingly abandoning acting entirely. But after seeing his sister, Alexandra Daddario, going after her dream of becoming an actress, he did an about-face.

“I wouldn’t say it was a mistake to study business in college, but it wasn’t my passion,” he said. “I was doing something that I thought would be best for my future. I then realized that business is not the thing I wanted to be doing, but thought I should be doing.”

Daddario already looks the part of a star, and has amassed a hefty social-media following, but he knows that this isn’t enough to secure lasting success in his industry. For him, great actors become iconic based on their performances. Harrison Ford, for instance, is someone he admires. “He became part of our culture because of great roles like Indiana Jones and Han Solo,” he said. “Getting great roles like that is something every guy wants.”

And though Alec in Shadowhunters may not be as renowned as Ford’s career-making personas, it is an important launch pad to rocket to greater things. Indeed, this up-and-comer has his sights set on the stars. As he said, “If I didn’t go into acting, I would have tried to be an astronaut.”

Rising to stardom with “Shadowhunters”

You auditioned for the original film, The Mortal Instruments, and didn’t get the gig. Did you feel vindicated in any way after getting cast in the television series?
When I got cast in the show, I wasn’t thinking about the movie. Also, I don’t believe that feeling vindicated requires feeling animosity or bitterness. And I wasn’t bitter about not being cast. So, I didn’t feel vindicated, but, in this instance, they made the right choice.
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Matthew Daddario for 1883 Magazine

Matthew Daddario for 1883 Magazine

Matthew has done a new photoshoot and interview with 1883 Magazine. You can check out some amazing outtakes in our gallery and read the interview below.

Taking a break from slaying demonic entities, co-star of the Freeform fantasy series ‘Shadowhunters’, New Yorker Matthew Daddario (aka. Alec Lightwood) discussed with us his role, tastes and thoughts on possessing an army of fan-girls.

Based on the fantasy novels ‘The Mortal Instruments’, ‘Shadowhunters’ brings the vision of author Cassandra Clare to the small screen. With one season of brilliant, outlandish events already under their belt, a second round of demi-angel on demon action can be expected, as Freeform announced a sequel series earlier this year.

Growing up, was acting the only thing you could see yourself doing or was there anything you could have been doing now in place of acting?
Acting was more my sister’s thing, I only came to it through her. For a little while, my mum would have me do auditioning as a way of building public speaking skills and to give me confidence speaking in front of other people. I didn’t enjoy it much as I was scared of it and found it kind of terrifying. I had other things going on and it wasn’t until I was a bit older at 18 or 19 that I started picking it back up again.

If you could go back and tell your younger self some words of advice, what would they be?
It’s easy to say in retrospect, “I should have done this or that” but given the information that was available to me at the time I think I made pretty good decisions. So I would say, maybe I should have focused a little more on doing what makes you happy and less on what you think will lead to a more classical and successful career.

What your favourite artists or influences from any genre?
I think the people who like art and that kind of space are not people who are in any way similar to me. So for example, I really enjoy Jimi Hendrix, and he is the coolest singer ever. I don’t like guitar and I am not particularly musical but I think Jimi Hendrix is just the coolest. In another space I think that Picasso is super cool as he represents a person who was absolutely astonishing as an artist and then he moved away from the classical art and created something completely new which is astonishing.
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Matthew Daddario Dishes on the ‘Shadowhunters’ Wardrobe Department

TWIST MAGAZINE – Shadowhunters fans know that the costumes on the TV series are beyond incredible. So when TWIST recently caught up with actor Matthew Daddario, who plays Alec on the Freeform show, we asked him to tell us all about the wardrobe department on set.

“Oh man, it’s a huge room run by a few very intense, lovely women, and they know everything quite well,” he shares. “At times, you say ‘am I really going to wear this?’ and they say ‘yes you are, and you’re gonna love it,’ and you end up loving it.”

“But going through there, it’s like a closet that belongs to some sort of maniac who doesn’t really know who he is,” he explains. “Because we have [everyone’s stuff] in there, we have Magnus’ stuff, our stuff, the werewolves… it’s crazy. It’s everything. The vampires have very specific looks, the werewolves have very specific looks. The Shadowhunters. All of it is very cool, and a lot of it is very expensive.”

When we asked if he ever tried to sneak out any costumes to wear on his own, he had the funniest answer!

“I asked, and I shouldn’t have asked!” he jokes.

In all seriousness, “if it disappeared, we would have to report that something was missing, and it would have caused a problem.”

We’re glad that he didn’t risk losing any of the outfits!

Shadowhunters – Freeform Upfronts Cast Interviews

WonderCon Videos: Access Hollywood, Wikia, KSiteTV, RickeyTV

Below are interviews Matt did at WonderCon for Access Hollywood, Wikia, and KSiteTV. I also included a short clip of Matt and Harry taking a photo with RickeyTV where Matt looks absolutely adorable <3

Matthew Daddario Previews Alec’s ‘Stressful’ Wedding, Discusses the Odds of a ‘Malec’ Kiss

TVLine – The event Shadowhunters fans have been waiting for dreading is finally here — but will Alec really swap vows with Lydia on Tuesday’s episode (Freeform, 9/8c), or will Magnus’ presence be enough to cut the ceremony short?

“I think that everyone is speculating too much,” Matthew Daddario tells TVLine of Magnus and Alec’s big will-they-won’t-they episode, which is literally titled “Malec.” Daddario adds, “I think [fans] should be very careful with their hopes and dreams because, very quickly, everything you love and want can shatter. I would not get too many hopes up, but I guarantee that things will be… emotional.”

Below, Daddario previews his character’s dramatic nuptials, discusses the process of bringing “Malec” to life and explains why screaming is actually a great workout.

TVLINE | I’m not crazy, I know you’re acting, but did this kind of feel like a real wedding?
It’s funny that you say that, because there’s a moment when you’re up there saying your “I do”s, and the guy’s asking for X, Y and Z — and you’re thinking to yourself, “Man, this is a little real.” That’s a stressful moment in someone’s life, getting married. Even in mimic, there’s a psychological effect.

TVLINE | Whoa, there’d better not be any “I do”s.
[Laughs] I don’t really remember what happens. It was a long time ago.

TVLINE | I feel like Magnus and Alec have become the fan-favorite ‘ship, even more so than Clary and Jace. What’s been most important for you in your portrayal of this couple?
Whenever you have something that matters to a large number of people, especially when it’s on a very personal level, you have to make sure your interpretation of it matches at least certain parts of theirs. It’s not about you. You have to do something to honor these characters and their relationship. We were very focused on keeping things honest and making it seem real. The struggle is real, their feelings are real. We worked with the writers constantly to make sure everything went smoothly.

TVLINE | I also appreciate that the show can explore their relationship more fully than the books.
Yeah, Alec isn’t really a main character — well, he is, but you don’t get his point of view all that often in the first few books — so the show taking those little moments and turning them into meaningful character development is very much appreciated. I find [those scenes] to be very enjoyable. It gives you a lot of room to play, which is nice. All actors enjoy playing.

TVLINE | At this point, do you think Alec is lying to himself about his feelings for Malec? Or does he genuinely not know what he’s feeling?
That’s an interesting question. What’s the difference, really, between lying to yourself and being confused? I think confusion would require that he feels some sort of sexual attraction to women as well. That hasn’t been made clear; he hasn’t shown any emotional attachment to anyone other than male characters. So I think he’s lying to himself and pushing people away — that’s certainly how I played it. If anyone else tries to force him to experience those emotions, he pushes back very hard.

TVLINE | For what it’s worth, I’m never sure what’s going on in Alec’s head.
[Laughs] I sort of wondered as I was doing it, “Is this too much? It’s TV, so I can’t be hiding everything without the character seeming emotionally dead.” There are times I wonder, “Oh, maybe I should have given a little more there.”

TVLINE | Speaking of giving more, how long did it take you to recover from that screaming scene in the alternate universe episode? I got tired just watching that.
That’s nice of you to say, hopefully there was some effect from that. They had me screaming all different kinds of ways that day. We did it over and over and over, but they only used like two seconds. They had to make a choice: What scream did they want to use? So you’re lying there screaming for 35 minutes, and by the time you’re done, you’ve had your workout; screaming is a great workout, so tell your friends. … I was definitely drained emotionally.

Matt & Harry Interview with Seat42F

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