Even though he may be best known for his dark and damaged characters, Colin Fickes is an extremely down to earth guy who oozes talent. He has been in numerous film and TV roles and has shown us exactly what his abilities are made of. Catch his latest film, The New Twenty, if you can and learn more about him here.
How did you first get starting in acting?
I grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and started doing community theatre. My brother and sister were really into sports and I kind of just wasn’t very good at it. So, I started when I was about six or seven, just doing various things around the community theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina. Then, it just kind of evolved from there and I got an agent in Raleigh who’s actually a friend of mine’s mother. In the mid 90’s, there were a lot of projects that were shooting in and around North Carolina. I’d drive to Wilmington, which was about two hours from Raleigh, and just auditioning and things like that and then it just spiraled from there. Then, I moved to New York and got an agent through the referral from the agent in North Carolina and it just kind of went from there.
You were in the right place at the right time…
Yea, kind of, I just really enjoyed it at a young age and was in the right place. North Carolina was a great state, and still is, for T.V. and film, and for theatre as well.
You played the role of Jimmy Edwards on the T.V. series, “One Tree Hill.” During the first three seasons, your character went from being outgoing to being emotionally disturbed. How did you prepare for such a dramatic change in that role?
Well, it’s funny, I had left that role for awhile and so coming back, it was interesting because I had to revisit and kind of see what he initially was like in the first season for those first two episodes. Then just to see how he would have evolved, kind of feeling what it was like, what it would be like to be outcast…to feel alone and sad and feeling like theres no place for him. I think we’ve all kind of felt like that at some point in our lives. So, it was just a lot of tapping into that loneliness and frustration and sadness. It was intense, it was a wild place to go but you just kind of go there and you hope you can leave it behind once you’re done shooting. It was very disturbing but I didn’t see him as a mean guy. I think it was just his circumstances that led him down this path of loneliness. You do see some anger there, especially in the first half of that episode, the school- shooting episode. I don’t know how intentional it was with him trying to hurt anyone…I think he just wanted to be heard. So, I tried to deal with just the sadness with him. I don’t think he was a mean, vicious monster. I think he just wanted to be heard so I just tried to focus on those things, the sadness and loneliness of the character.
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