George Dalton's star is rising. Not content with writing his own musical (at the age of eight, no less!) and working on an array of original songs, he's also the breakout performer in the Netflix series 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp' - not an easy feat when starring opposite the likes of Bradley Cooper! With the show going down a storm with viewers, Dalton kindly agreed to this EXCLUSIVE interview with our staff writer Rebecca.
PopWrapped: When did you first know that you wanted to be an actor?
George Dalton: I have known I wanted to be an actor since I was very young; probably around the age of 4. I saw a lot of plays and musicals and they really inspired me to go into acting!
PW: Who were your film and TV influences growing up and have they changed much over the years?
GD: I'm really inspired by directors such as Tim Burton and Steven Spielberg. I love all of their movies and continue to do so to this day.
PW: Did you have any other career ambitions prior to taking up acting?
GD: I never really thought about it - I always wanted to do acting.
PW: You performed in some theatrical productions while you were in elementary school – how did they help prepare you, do you think and do you have any favourite productions you were a part of?
GD: I really loved coming out to Los Angeles and doing showcases and acting camps. That’s where I really learned the most. I don’t really have a favorite production that I was a part of because anytime I got to perform, it was awesome.
PW: Is it really true that you wrote and directed a full length musical “I, Confess” when you were eight? What was it about?
GD: Yes it’s true! It’s about a girl that comes to a new school with her boyfriend and she’s hiding a deep, dark secret. She meets her best friend while attending school who is dating a jock boyfriend, who has an attraction to her. He will do ANYTHING to have her in this story of wonder, death, hysteria and suicide all wrapped up in a crazy love triangle. Yes, I was only 8…
PW: What do your family think of your career choice? Are they supportive or were they perhaps apprehensive at first?
GD: My family supports my dream and I love them for it.
PW: You appeared in ‘2 Broke Girls’ – what was that like? Is Kat Dennings really as funny as she appears to be on screen?
GD: It was awesome. She is extremely funny and so nice – the whole cast is just amazing.
PW: Your latest project, ‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp’ premiered on Netflix in July. How did you get involved and what was it that made you want to be part of it?
GD: I actually auditioned for Arty and found out I got the role while in my hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee. My mom brought in a Bee balloon and a Congrats balloon – I knew instantly that I’d got the part! I saw the movie ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ and I loved Arty. I am so happy to be a part of the prequel.
PW: What was it like working alongside Oscar-nominees and huge film stars such as Bradley Cooper and Elizabeth Banks?
GD: It was awesome. Everyone on set was so cool and chill. The cast is phenomenal. It was so much fun working on the show.
PW: Have they given you any advice regarding acting and your career?
GD: Yes, they gave some good advice – like how to deliver my lines. I also took a lot of advice from the director, David Wain. He was awesome.
PW: How do you unwind after a busy day on set or learning lines? What are your hobbies?
GD: It’s mostly late at night, but I go home, watch TV and relax. My hobbies are singing, writing and swimming.
PW: You’re a keen YouTube user – what is it about that social media/interactive platform that appeals to you so much?
GD: It’s not that social media appeals to me that much. Actually, it can really hurt people. I’m not a total fan of Instagram, Twitter etc, but I do love YouTube! I think it’s a cool outfit to showcase your creative abilities.
PW: You also recently released a music video of “Trap Queen” a cover by Fetty Wap – why that song and do you plan to release more in the future?
GD: It’s just such a popular song at the moment and I will be releasing a cover of ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ shortly so stay tuned!
PW: What’s your ultimate career goal? What would you have to achieve before you could say ‘Okay, I’ll take a step back now?’
GD: I have to be on ‘American Horror Story’ before I die – I love that show soooo much!
PW: Finally then, do you have any other projects in the pipeline you can tell me about?
GD: There are a few projects in the works. I'm writing a sequel to a horror film and I have several original songs coming out soon!