Every Actor Has To Confront Their Age by Chad Lindberg
Film Courage: Chad, we have a quote here from someone, which is an unlikely quote regarding acting. It’s from David Bowie. I just read it the other day and I found it interesting. The quote said “As You Get Older Questions Come Down to About Two or Three Things: How long and what do I do with the time that I have left?” And the reason this quote stuck out to me is that I’m thinking about it in my own life and I was wondering for you, does this bring up anything interesting? Just because life changes after the 20’s and…
Chad Lindberg: Yeah…I mean I just turned 40 and so that question definitely looms. It’s like how much longer? How am I going to go? And what more do I have to do here? There’s a lot to do. I feel like 40 is the new 20. Maybe? I don’t know [laughs]? It makes me reflect on all of my time that I’ve spent in Los Angeles and pursuing an acting career. And I look back and I’m like “Thank, God!” because when you’re young you don’t realize what you’re getting into, you know? And I kind of had my blinders on and I’m like Nothing is Going to Get Here [gestures in front of his eyes]. I am going to do it. And I’m very lucky that it happened because it doesn’t happen for a lot of people. So 22 years in, I’m like [exhales a sigh of relief]. But…it’s still just as hard as it was.
“So now I can still play thirties but it definitely lends me to do more interesting roles I think because I have grown into myself, I know who I am, I’m much more confident in who I am. You know, when you are in the late twenties to early thirties, I kind of squandered a bit because I’m like, “Well I don’t really fit here and I don’t really fit here.” So now that I’ve come into my forties I feel very confident about where I am going.
Film Courage: O.k. Well, first off you are an incredibly young 40, so you have this on your side.
Chad Lindberg: Thank you!
Film Courage: But now do you think maybe there will be new roles, maybe not Jesse [in FAST AND FURIOUS] or maybe Jesse reinvented? There is a whole new thing open to you as a 40-year-old male where you could still pass for way younger but…
Chad Lindberg: Yeah…well I appreciate that. I can’t do high school anymore [laughs]. I’m pushing college age but it definitely worked for me when I was younger. I played…you know, I was age 20 playing a 15 year old. So now I can still play thirties but it definitely lends me to do more interesting roles I think because I have grown into myself, I know who I am, I’m much more confident in who I am. You know, when you are in the late twenties to early thirties, I kind of squandered a bit because I’m like, “Well I don’t really fit here and I don’t really fit here.” So now that I’ve come into my forties I feel very confident about where I am going.
Film Courage: Where did you think that you didn’t fit in? That’s interesting. Because I don’t see you that way….I could see you fitting into so many roles.
Chad Lindberg: Well, I wasn’t quite a man [laughs] as funny as that sounds. I’m in my early thirties were a really tough time in this business because I started out by getting big roles in this business right away. I mean I started working off my first audition I booked and my career started out kind of like here. And as I was age thirty I kind of had to backtrack a little bit and sort out what a lot of actors go through in the beginning of their careers. Trying to get the hustle and so had to step back a little bit and reassess everything. So I wasn’t quite an older guy to play this role and I wasn’t quite young enough. Interesting enough in my early thirties it was an awkward stage for me as weird as that is.
Question: What are your thoughts on how age impacts an actor’s career?
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Chad Lindberg was born on November 1, 1976 in Mount Vernon, Washington, USA as Chad Tyler Lindberg. He is known for his work on The Fast and the Furious (2001), Supernatural (2005) and October Sky (1999).