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Hollywood Crush: Harvey Guillen on Acting & Confidence

Arguably the most stylish CURVY guy in Hollywood, most know Harvey Guillen from his starring roles in ABC’s “Huge”,  MTV’s “Eye Candy” or 20th Century Fox’s “the Internship”.  He now has an recurring role on Freeform’s “Young & Hungry” spinoff sitcom, tentatively titled “Young and Sofia,” and he recently recurred on the CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and Nickelodeon’s “The Thundermans.”  In between his acting roles, Harvey  brings stylish editorials  “FOR HIM”  to CURVY’s print issues. We were glad to finally to chat with Harvey about his passions.

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For those of the readers who are not familiar with you or your work could you tell us in your words “Who is Harvey Guillen ?”.

Harvey: I’m an ACTOR/WRITER who likes all aspects of the arts; fashion, dance, photography, and etc. You name it, I like it. I have had a  passion for what I do since I was a little boy.

Awesome, How do you feel like your previous roles have affected you personally ?

Harvey:  It’s been some roles that were hard to endure. Like playing a shy endearing boy who gets bullied in HUGE was such a vulnerable place to put myself each day. Fast forward to playing “Xander” in LADY GAGA’s music video “TILL IT HAPPENS TO YOU”  written by the awesome DIANE WARREN. The song targets the topic of sexual assaults on campuses where I played a rapist. Which are words I thought I’ll  never say.  But it’s good to challenge yourself as an actor.  And let me tell you that was a tough one. When the director Catherine Hardwicke ( twilight, 13) called me and asked if  I would be in it I assumed I would play the best friend of some sort who is there to help. But no, she challenged me to play the attacker. Because in real life 9 out of 10 times victims say that it was  someone they trusted. So with that me and my non threatening face became an attacker. I’m glad I decided to do the role because  I believe in getting the word out there about this topic and as Nina Simone said  “an ARTIST duty as far as I’m concerned  is to reflect the times”. 

Harvey Guillen poses on arrival for the premiere of the film 'The Internship' in Los Angeles, California on May 29, 2013. The film opens on June 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Federic J. BROWN
Harvey Guillen poses on arrival for the premiere of the film ‘The Internship’ in Los Angeles, California on May 29, 2013. The film opens on June 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Federic J. BROWN

What do you love about being an actor? 

Harvey: One of the things I love about acting is the places and people you meet…. when i get to travel to do what i love … I feel this joy… because i know by the end of the production i will have met new people , new places, and have a new memory to treasure and in the process created some sort of art.

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Do you have any roles that were your favorite?

Harvey: One of my favorite roles is ALISTAIR on HUGE . He just was so sweet and had this carefree innocence that I sometimes miss. Another role was GEORGE on EYE CANDY which I LOVE. He was a tech genius and a ladies man. The two things I’m not …hahaha .. So I lived bi curiously through him.

With acting, Do you like live on stage (theater) or recording for television / movies more ?

Harvey: I started acting in theater and it will always be my first passion. It is just something about being trained for the stage that really does prepare you for television and film. In theater you get one shot to nail your lines and that mentality has always stayed with me. I like to be ready the second I walk on the stage whether that’s a theater stage or a sound stage

Give us a typically day in the life for you Harvey ?

Harvey: A typical day can consist of many things. Lately it’s been auditions and meeting with my writing partners to develop some projects and meetings. It feels like that seems to be the constant rotation and I LOVE IT!

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 10: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) Actors Victoria Justice, Casey Deidrick, Harvey Guillen, Kiersey Clemons and John Garet Stoker pose for a portrait during the 2015 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Hotel on January at Langham Hotel on January 10, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 10: Actors Victoria Justice, Casey Deidrick, Harvey Guillen, Kiersey Clemons and John Garet Stoker pose for a portrait during the 2015 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Hotel on January at Langham Hotel on January 10, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)

What’s coming up next for you ?

Harvey: I just got back from COLOMBIA  where I was FILMING “DOCUMENTARY NOW” for IFC  with FRED ARMISEN and about to head to CANADA  to shoot “haters back off” the netflix series starring my uber talented friend Collen Evans. I recently just signed with Innovative Artist. I am thrilled to join Innovative Artist as a writer and comedian. I feel like it’s a perfect fit for me. I met with several big agencies but felt like this was the place for my next step in my career.  My team is a powerhouse and I like it that way. So you never know where I’ll be! LOL

A lot of people get down in the dumps when they first start acting, because of the rejection. What advice would you like to give to our readers that are scared to take that first step ?

Harvey: I would say it’s not an easy profession.  First make sure this is what will make you the happiest. Because if you can’t imagine your life without it then you need to do it. But if you are 50/50 about it, get out! You need 101% commitment to acting otherwise it won’t be worth it. It’s a roller coaster of a profession. So make sure you like ups and downs before to get in line for the ride.

 

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You can follow Harvey on twitter  or Instagram  and catch Harvey in September hosting the 2016 Curvy Revolution along side plus size super model Lizzie Miller in New York City.

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