Adam Hendershott's GilmoreGirls.org Interview, 04.28.06 ...
An actor since the age of six, Adam Hendershott has appeared in numerous television shows and can currently be seen on both of the critically acclaimed hits Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars. As A.K., a Yale Daily News senior staffer on Gilmore Girls, he helped oust Paris as newspaper editor and as the principal's son, Vincent 'Butters' Clemmons, on Veronica Mars he runs a popular Internet radio show. A southern California native, Hendershott has studied with Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and enjoys photography in his spare time.
GilmoreGirls.org: How did you get cast for your role on Gilmore Girls? Had you watched the show prior to being cast?
Adam Hendershott: I had never actually watched Gilmore Girls before being cast. Everyone I had asked about the show told me how fast the dialogue was, though. Even when I auditioned, the casting director said, "good...now pick up the pace."
When they brought me in for a callback, all I could think about was saying the lines as fast as possible! Focusing on the acting had to be second priority.
ORG: What is the atmosphere on the set like? In many of your scenes you interact with other Yale Daily News writers. When you're filming, does it feel like you could be reporting the next Watergate?
Adam: The atmosphere is very professional, but not tense. Everyone takes their job seriously and yet they still manage to have fun. There are so many people involved that it requires a lot of cooperation. It's very cool to watch. From what I've seen, the extras have some of the toughest jobs - constantly moving and having to be extremely quiet, doing real acting without saying anything. I was impressed.
ORG: With roles on both Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars, how does it feel to be a part of two shows that have such loyal fan bases?
Adam: It feels great! I just really hope they keep bringing me back because I'm having so much fun and I've grown to really love both shows. I can definitely see why the fans are so loyal.
ORG: The upcoming WB and UPN merger has created rumors that Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars might lockdown the new CW's Tuesday night line-up. Is the Veronica Mars cast optimistic that it will be back for a third season? How would having the two shows air back to back affect your roles?
Adam: I think the VM cast is very optimistic. They should be, anyway. It's a great show, and I think it'll pull through. As far as them airing back to back, I don't think it'll affect my roles as much as my shooting schedule (since VM shoots down in San Diego and GG shoots in Burbank). Can you imagine if I had to shoot for both shows in the same week? I'd be driving back and forth like crazy! Enough whining though, I should be so lucky.
ORG: Even with much critical acclaim, during the first two seasons of Gilmore Girls, the show struggled to find viewers. If Veronica Mars made the jump to The CW, do you think having a Gilmore Girls lead-in would help Veronica Mars continue to build its audience?
Adam: Hopefully that would be the case. I can't see how it would hurt. Not that I'm a programming expert or anything, but if I had my preference, I'd watch VM first, only because when I'm done watching GG, I'm exhausted! It's like a verbal marathon.
ORG: Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino recently announced that they will no longer be heading up the Gilmore creative team and will not be back for season seven of the show. Do you think Gilmore Girls fans have anything to be worried about?
Adam: Not really. I think the formula that's worked for six years has been very well implemented, and if that stays the same, it shouldn't matter who runs the show. At least now they're free to go create another hit show. Maybe I can get a job on that one too!
ORG: Do you have any favorite Gilmore Girls moments to share, or a favorite scene that you've been in?
Adam: When Paris finally got the boot from being the Yale News editor-in chief, there was a scene where she made a "good night, and good luck" speech and leaves with the staff celebrating. We did a few takes, but in one of them I went crazy and even busted out my favorite dance move: the robot. What a shame that it ended up on the cutting room floor. In my mind, it was a masterpiece and would have definitely won me an Emmy. (just kidding)
ORG: What is your background as an actor?
Adam: Well, I started acting when I was six years old. I actually did most of my work when I was a kid. My first job was playing Doogie Howser, M.D. in a flashback to his (even earlier) childhood. It just took off from there. My family sacrificed a lot and gave me all the support anyone could ever ask for. I started doing movies, commercials, television, you name it. Then I quit acting for a while to be a normal kid in high school and play sports, but then I came back, studied with Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse for five years, and started working consistently again. Now it's always fun going to auditions for casting directors that knew me back then. "OMG, I haven't seen you since you were this big!"
ORG: You have a fairly long list of credits attached to your name; including such shows as CSI, Nip/Tuck, Charmed, Judging Amy, and NCIS to name a few. Do you feel that you've made it as a 'working actor' or do you worry that one day you might be waiting tables?
Adam: I've had my share of doing odd jobs just to make ends meet, believe me. Babysitting, house-sitting, waiting tables, and even cleaning swimming pools! I definitely haven't "made it" yet, but I'm very happy about the work I have been getting. I'll be comfortable as a "working actor" when I have a regular character on a hit show, like any of those mentioned above. Or a commercial campaign, like the Verizon guy, or Jared from Subway. Now those guys are rich!
ORG: What would your dream project be?
Adam: I have many dreams, so that's a tough one. I'll just say anything that takes me to the Academy Awards.
ORG: Do you have any upcoming projects that your fans can look forward to?
Adam: I just finished shooting a part in my first horror movie called "Big Bad Wolf". I get my head ripped off by a werewolf! I can't wait to see it!
Otherwise, I just hope to be back on Veronica Mars and Gilmore Girls.
ORG: When you have downtime, how do you like to spend it?
Adam: Apart from spending time with my beautiful girlfriend, Sylvia, I spend my downtime taking pictures and working on also becoming a professional photographer. I love to watch movies, play Texas hold 'em poker, and I'm shamefully addicted to spending time on myspace.com. Check out some of my stuff on www.adamhendershott.com.
GilmoreGirls.org would like to sincerely thank Adam for participating in this interview. If you'd like to discuss Adam's Gilmore Girls character, A.K., or any other newspaper staffer, you can do so in the The Yale Daily News thread on the GilmoreGirls.org Forum.
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