CATEGORIES Celebrity InterviewsIf you don't already recognize Adrian Holmes, you will by the end of the year. The Vancouver-based actor is best known for his role as Basqat on 'Smallville,' and in 2011 you can catch him on the big screen in 'Frankie and Alice' as Halle Berry's love interest, 'Red Riding Hood' as Gary Oldman's right-hand man, and 'Wrecked,' alongside Adrien Brody.
Holmes also has guest appearances coming up on shows like 'V' and 'Human Target.' As if that hasn't kept him busy enough, he has also lent his voice and likeness to video games like 'Medal of Honor.'
We caught up with the incredibly busy actor to get the scoop on what it was like to go horseback riding with Gary Oldman, how he became a video game character and why Halle left him tongue-tied.
Moviefone: You have a zillion projects on the go. How did it all work out like this, with everything happening at once?
Adrian Holmes: I wish I knew the answer to that. I always say the Lord is my shepherd, and He has definitely delivered. 2011 marks my 20th year in the business, and there couldn't have been a better way to celebrate my 20th year than by having two great films coming out back-to-back ('Frankie and Alice' is out on February 4; 'Red Riding Hood' on March 11).
What was it like filming 'Frankie and Alice'?
It was very surreal. It was really mind-blowing for me. I mean Halle Berry ... the sexiest woman on the planet. I've always been a big fan of hers, like every other man with a pulse. I don't know how many posters of her I had on my wall growing up. So I think I unintentionally created an image board when I was younger, and it all came to fruition. I've always wanted to just work with her, never mind be her love interest!
Do you remember the moment you met her?
It was like a scene out of 'Wayne's World' or something, you know how when the girl turns around and she's all slow motion as she comes over to you and there's that back light? It was like that. And then she started talking about how happy she was to have me on board the film, and how excited she was to work with me. For the first five seconds I didn't hear a word she was saying, like on 'Charlie Brown.'
I know you play a DJ, can you tell us a bit more about your character?
My character is Cliff, I'm the DJ at the club. It takes place in 1973. He's in a relationship of his own, but can't help but be mesmerized by the beautiful Frankie. After a night of partying and drinking and whatnot we end up getting together at my apartment and everything is going beautifully until Alice is triggered. Alice is a racist white woman, played by Halle. Alice doesn't like me too much. She reacts in a very negative, aggressive way to my character.
What was the dynamic like on set?
It was like one big happy family. We were all so committed to it. We all knew how important it was to Halle, because this was her baby. She has this film for like 12 years. The subject matter is so important, too -– a lot of people aren't aware of how prevalent multiple personality disorder is in society.
You also have 'Red Riding Hood' coming up. How did you get involved in that?
Like 'Frankie and Alice,' I had an audition. When I went in to audition I felt Catherine Hardwicke's energy as a director, and I knew I really wanted to work on it. She's like a kid in a candy store, she's got so much energy. So passionate and so excited about moviemaking.
What was it like working with Gary Oldman?
I've been a huge Gary Oldman fan since 'Dracula.' I'll never forget when I first met him. We had a month of horseback riding lessons before going on camera, so I met Gary at the ranch and he said, "Hey, how are you doing, I'm Gary." And I was like, "I know who you are, man!"
What's your character like in 'Red Riding Hood'?
My character's name is Captain, and I play the right hand to Father Solomon (Oldman). I changed my character's name to Ikechi, which means God's strength. It's a Nigerian name. I just thought it sounded cool and had a great meaning. My character is very stoic, very intense, a man of few words. We travel the world fighting all of these creatures, whether they be werewolves or two-headed monsters or whatever, and we end up in this village to deal with this werewolf.
So Hardwicke gave you the freedom to name your own character?
Yeah, she was very much of an actor's director. She gave us the freedom that we needed to really just make our characters our own.
You can catch Holmes in 'Frankie and Alice,' 'Red Riding Hood,' and on TV in 'V.' If you're a gamer, listen for him as Colonel Drucker in Medal of Honor.