Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
I’m just a kid, always will be. Someone who loves life, and its thrills. I will never stop learning and seeking to learn.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I practice martial arts several times a week. In New York there is always so much going on, and it helps me stay (at least a little) sane and grounded. I am currently wrapping up a short called “Legacy” where I play a pedophile named Clyde. I love to play types of roles that I haven’t played before. The more a role challenges me the better. I like to create characters that people can relate to and empathize with. The less “likable” the character, the better. ”Legacy” was Directed by Ejaz Khan, the son of Mehboob Khan (the first indian director to be nominated for an Oscar).
My next movie lined up is a psychological dark thriller, that will be shooting all over India for a month. So I’m really excited. The title is still a working title. I have worked with Chandra before on Love Lies & Seeta and it was a wonderful experience. I’m looking forward to getting to work with him again.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I’m from my mother’s tummy. I was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand. I don’t like settling for anything less then my best, so I’m excited to see what the future has in store for me.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
I don’t really have a favorite hero per se. People’s action’s are a great judge of character to me. Someone who selflessly steps into the unknown, even when fear grips them, really inspires me to emulate them. In the same way someone else would emulate their biggest hero.
5: What book is your bible?
If they made Wayne’s World into a book that would be my bible, but until then I’d have to list these three:
The Drama of a Gifted Child by Alice Miller. I don’t necessarily live by it, but it has helped me understand myself, my habits, other people, and their habits a bit more. The second book would be Proverbs by King Solomon. I really enjoyed it growing up. I’ve always been drawn to wisdom. I admired how King Solomon pursued his hearts desires and came out the other side. It also has some beautiful parables, quotes, and life lessons. The last book is, of course, The Law of Attraction (as I want to attract either Kelly Brook, or Jennifer Esposito right now). I’ll put the book to work as soon as I can decide who I like more.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
LOVE: I love enjoying life. My family should go without saying. People watching, I’m a big advocate of that. When I don’t have anything to do, I will usually get on some form of public transportation, or just sit somewhere really busy with a packed lunch, and watch people. It’s fascinating to see people go about their lives, with no idea that anyone’s watching them. I also love surfing with my dad or friends. My dad is still way better then me, so it’s really humbling. That being said, he’s better then most people half his age. I think he forgot to get old. Other things I enjoy are martial arts, rock climbing, snowboarding with my brothers and sister, traveling, meeting new people, and experiencing new things (even if I don’t think ill like it).
I also love that I’m really stuck on avocado, salmon, spinach, tomato, beet, swiss cheese, and pepper sandwich on multi grain bread right now! If I could have my way, dessert would just be a fresh cream and sweet bread topped with real strawberry jam doughnut. They don’t make them here, so I always gorge myself with them when back in New Zealand
HATE: My family should go without saying (kidding).I don’t really hate much, no time for it. There are too many other good things going on in life. But if the fate of the world depended on it, and I had to go there, I would say someone abusing power and or picking on something or someone defenseless against them.
7: What is your raison d’être?
D’inventer une nouvelle saveur de crème glacée…(to invent a new flavor of ice cream ).
I love the French! You can say “eat my dog’s feces,” and it still sounds beautiful enough to melt a frost-bitten heart.
8: What is your favorite color?
I remember when I was younger going through all the crayons with my brother Sam. We were trying to find our favorite color. He found a burnt red and I found a sea green. I remember it even had the word “sea” in it. I always thought the sea was beautiful. If we had had more than the 64 colors of crayons, I may have found a different color that more resembled the sea. But since that day every color that has caught my eye has been more a combination of colors together. I have never actively gone looking for my favorite color since that day with my brother.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
If I got their powers, it would be a different answer, but growing up its grown from 1 to around 7. If I narrow it down to comic book heros that I read more on a regular basis.. Just depending on the series, I enjoy reading Wolverine, Daredevil, and Spider-Man usually. If I ever feel I have a really bad audition, you will usually find me getting a comic book, some sweets, and a soda, and just chilling somewhere with a big grin enjoying myself. The last one I really enjoyed was Wolverine in Weapon X by Barry Windsor-Smith.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
Where my friends are: Bikram’s Yoga.
11: What turns you on?
My kryptonite is a grey blend light fabric sweat pants–they might as well be wearing lingerie.
If I go more internal, it would be confidence. Someone who laughs and smiles a lot. Someone who goes against the flow, and is just themselves. Someone who just enjoys and loves life, I guess.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Did you ever find Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and played girl bunny?
Daniel Wilkinson an actor who stars in upcoming short called Legacy.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Saranya
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Daniel Wilkinson, 2011, Photography by Saranya