Even if you’re not a teenager, you should be watching Nickelodeon’s final episodes of the teen-centric drama, “Every Witch Way.”
And, at this point you may be asking why?
Just trust me when I say you don’t want to miss actor Richard O’Bryan killing it as the deliciously villainous, Jake Novoa. Introduced at the beginning of this fourth and now final season, Richard has brought a wickedly wonderful appeal and plenty of turmoil as the evil Daddy wizard.
The role has given American audiences their first look at this Australian actor who was starring on London’s West End in the leading role of “Dirty Dancing” when he booked the gig. Richard has numerous British credits under his belt, including several for Masterpiece Theatre opposite acting heavyweights Bill Nighy, Helen Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes.
I recently interviewed Richard O’Bryan to find out more.
Give us an overview of your role in the Nickelodeon series “Every Witch Way.”
RICHARD: Jake Novoa is a powerful Wizard and Father to Jax (Rahart Adams) and Jessie (Julia Antonelli). Known to be manipulative and evil, Jake will stop at nothing to make sure his son Jax rules the world. However, things went awry when Jax had other plans that included a romance with Emma, the ‘Chosen One’.
How was it joining this popular American TV show for its final season?
RICHARD: Such a great experience as I have always had a goal of landing something in the U.S. And, the fact that I am the main protagonist, who has really driven some plot twists, is even better. The villain is always the more complex to play.
Any juicy stories from the set you can share?
RICHARD: I would love to say that there was mayhem, but I promise you it was all a team driven affair. It’s a tough schedule for the kids as it’s a kids show, so watching them pull it out every day was admirable.
Before landing this role, you were on London’s West End starring in “Dirty Dancing” – tell us about that experience?
RICHARD: Best time of my life, excuse the gag in there! What an amazing show to be a part of…the London worldwide premier. I went in as the alternate for 1 year and worked extremely hard to prove to the writer and creator that I should have the role. I remember the day when all the creatives were in to watch on as Johnny Castle, and a car came out from a side street and came off my motor bike and could not go on. I was so gutted yet over the next 3 months the creatives trickled in when they were in London and the word got out. And they offered me the lead role and the rest is history :)
Were you already a fan of the original film before booking the role?
RICHARD: Absolutely! The movie has elements of me in it so I could always relate to Johnny Castle. I distinctly remember watching it at the age of 9 thinking, ‘this is a bit raunchy’…lol.
What inspired you to be an actor?
RICHARD: I started off professionally in musical theatre and it progressed from there. I have always admired a performance with strength and most of all vulnerability. That is something I always am trying to add to my own performance as it really shows depth as an actor.
Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
RICHARD: A well balanced actor is a healthy actor. I think people can get caught up in the actor/LA scene and never have the ability to breathe. To just breathe and reset is key. I surf and that is what I mean. It’s not all about this silly acting world we live in. It’s about real life and the balance that we must strive for and the rest will come :)
Thanks, Richard – and keep finding your balance…it’s working!
Follow Richard O’Bryan on Twitter: @Richard1OBryan / Instagram: 0fficialrichardobryan