Nick Wechsler in Interview Magazine: “I Wouldn’t Wish This Business on Anyone”
With starring roles in hit shows like Roswell and now Revenge, it comes as a surprise that Nick Wechsler (Jack) has managed to fly so far below the radar. Then again, that’s exactly how the actor likes it. While the 35-year-old is enthusiastic about the show and the talented people he gets to work with, he doesn’t hide his exasperation when it comes to the world of Hollywood.
“My youngest brother was interested in [acting],” Nick reveals to Interview magazine. “He has a lot of energy and charm, and I thought it was going to be cool, but there was a part of me that was like ‘Don't do it.’ This business, I wouldn't wish it on anyone.”
When asked to elaborate, Nick doesn’t mince words when it comes to the industry. “It doesn't care about you. It cares about you when everyone else cares about you. [...] There are many people that say, ‘I kind of just want to be able to make a living doing this thing, can I?’ Well, if you can handle being chewed up and spit out over and over and told that you're not good enough, then maybe.”
Nick goes on to explain the value of having other interests, as well as a separate way to support yourself, even when the work is steady. “If you have something else going on that means a lot to you and a strong source of income, then [you can do this]. If you throw all your eggs in this basket, it will eat you and s—t you out.”
Pretty harsh words for someone who seems to be at the top of his game. So, is Nick ready to take a step back from the industry for good?
“I still want to act. I want to be doing more. I just want to get to a place where I get more control.”
Having done mostly television, Nick says he hopes to branch out into film, especially comedies. He also has an interest in writing, adding that he gets more satisfaction from sending a funny text than he does from his job. “In my performances, I’m saying someone else’s words and my opinion of myself is dependent on your opinion of my performances.”
Nick certainly seems to have a jaded attitude towards his line of work, but don’t think for a second he isn’t grateful for his job. “I love it. [It's] brilliant, fun, and everyone is awesome — everything is great.”
Might want skip all that “eat you and s—t you out” talk next time, then.
To read more of Nick’s thoughts on Hollywood and acting, head on over to Interview.com!