Hi Matthew fans! Matthew has done an interview and photoshoot for Schön! Magazine! He looks so handsome! Check out the photos in the gallery and read the great interview below!
SCHON MAGAZINE – “I’m going to run for mayor in New York,” Matthew Daddario jokes before pitching the three tenets of his hypothetical campaign — one of which involves ice cream. “Once a week,” he starts, “the city would buy ice cream for everyone who signs up for a program, and then we would eat ice cream while discussing the important topics or work from the past week as a community.” After all, as Daddario stresses, “Ice cream is one of the single greatest things in life. There’s nobody who doesn’t like ice cream.”
If that doesn’t secure your vote for Daddario, you are missing out on more than just free frozen desserts. Daddario is a versatile talent, serving up a delectable performance as the stubborn Alec on Freeform’s popular drama series, Shadowhunters. More recently, Daddario has been captivating viewers as the charming and fashionable Scooter on the Paramount+ dark comedy, Why Women Kill. Schön! caught up with Daddario about what he misses about his time as Alec, his different roles, his hypothetical mayoral campaign and what he is working on next.
So excited to talk to you – I actually interviewed your sister Alexandra a few weeks ago! Any funny stories you want to share from when you were growing up?
As kids, I think my parents told us that sometimes people thought we were twins. We kind of looked alike, and there are three of us who are close in age… It’s great to have a sibling who’s close to you in age, because it’s like you have a friend around all the time. I noticed it especially now that I have a child. You learn how to deal with all interpersonal relationships and people having different desires and interests, and you have to adjust yours to match theirs. You have to care, be empathetic to what they’re currently feeling, and you have to be able to read that in order for that relationship to prosper. And I guess if you have a young sibling or a sibling with you, it really provides that on a constant basis, if you don’t have access to friends, neighbors, community in general.
If you were not an actor right now, what would you be doing instead and why?
I think a lot of people noticed this over the course of the pandemic, which is really screwing up our system. The problem is, people have a misunderstanding right now that lack of work is somehow better than work, and that’s not true. The truth is that you want to do a job that you don’t hate doing. Now, that seems like a difficult concept, because generally what we do is we strive for a job that pays more or that has a certain level of cachet attached to it. What we don’t recognise is that what we should be doing are the things that we enjoy, even if we’re making less money.
But there are all kinds of jobs which I would enjoy doing, at least to some degree. I would love to be a doctor. That would be great. I’d love to be a writer. Great. I never mind sitting down and writing. I love gardening — I love going out and I love digging a ditch. I love building, I love putting stones down in a fashion that makes the area I live in or somebody else’s a little bit nicer. So, anything that fits one of those qualities, fits the need for enjoyment — anything that I enjoy doing, I would do if I wasn’t even paid for it.
Let’s throw it back to Shadowhunters. What is the thing you miss most about that show?
There were a huge number of people involved — hundreds of people who have a variety of skills — and to be part of that? There’s something really special about it. And when you’re at the core of it, in a certain way, which often the actors are, you are kind of the face of the final product, and you feel a great sense of accomplishment or achievement and responsibility. So, I liked having that responsibility to some degree, and luckily it was shared with several other great and really wonderful people on the show. It was a lovely experience working with those people and having responsibility for that, and also it was my first very big project, so it was a fascinating learning experience.
Tell us how you are similar or different to Alec in real life.
There were four books written based on the book series, so Alec is obviously already pre-written. There was a limitation of where I could go with the character. And at the time, when we first started, it was like I operated off the books. As the scripts came out, however, and as I saw how the other characters were acting, I started fitting into that world, and I started to adapt. And then, I noticed certain qualities from myself in Alec because it was like, how would I deal with this issue? Alec has certain similarities with me… one of which was his desire to lead. I have that quality. I don’t want to lead against other people’s liberty, but I like the idea that I can solve a problem with a group of people, and that’s something that Alec deals with. So, whenever there was a problem, and Alec had to deal with it, I tried to apply certain aspects of myself.
At the same time, Alec had more demons in his closet, and he was definitely struggling with those. And those were affecting his ability to make urgent decisions because he was constantly trying to hide from himself. And I’m less like that, luckily. Maybe it’s because I’m older in age, I think? Regardless, Alec was always very principled. If you’re principled, one of the principles you must have is that you’re willing to adapt. You shouldn’t give up on key principles that are important for your identity, but you have to be ready to adapt the principle slightly to the needs of others.