Johnny Alonso is a talented and working actor in the entertainment industry with extensive television and movie credits. Alonso currently has over thirty–one feature film credits, and shorts, as well as over eleven television series credits including reoccurring roles in major network television series. He is best known for his characters on the network series “Dawson’s Creek” and “One Tree Hill”. Alonso is a native of the D.C./Baltimore area. He began his venture into acting at Loyola High School in Ellicott City, Maryland.
How did you get involved with acting and end up going for your degree at NYU?
“I went to Loyola High School, which was cool. It was a major change then, from New York, but I got through it, and I was in a band. This is how it kind of all began. I was in a band, and we did very, very, well for what we did. We were signed onto an independent label. We toured the country, and opened up for some major acts, which was awesome, pure awesomeness. The recipe for any kind of destruction with a band would be girlfriends, and girlfriends came into play. It dissolved the band, and then we were all useless. We had nothing to do. We didn’t know what we wanted to do, and I had to figure out what I was going to do about college. Well, I realized that there was a lot of acting involved onstage, playing music. I told the founder, ‘Listen, I want to go back up to the City’(New York). I wanted to get my degree, and I said I wanted a degree in business administration, and he’s like, ‘Well, yeah, if you can get it.’ So I got in (NYU), and, of course, instead of signing up for all the business administration classes, I decided to take acting, all acting classes. And it was great, lively arts. Beyond that, I really got into it(acting) and really enjoyed it, and finally told the family (about deciding to pursuing acting).”
Alonso earned his degree in acting form NYU, and then landed an audition for the soap-opera “All My Children”.
“Judy Henderson was casting at the time. So I went in and I just did my own thing. Remember, I never, ever, ever did anything beyond acting in school. I got called back, and I got called back again, and then I had a screen test. I was thinking that it was actually happening? Are you kidding me? Then I booked it. I booked the role of ‘Seth’, a Pine Valley High School student, on “All My Children” with Kelly Ripa, and Susan Lucci! It was awesome.”
Alonso’s career began to take off with bookings of many roles including “Unsolved Mysteries”, and “America’s Most Wanted”.
“I got an agent and I started working with Susan Beech in Virginia Beach. They brought me in, and introduced me to Fincannon and Associates in Wilmington, North Carolina. That’s where I got my big break with a role on Dawson’s Creek.”
Tell us about your experience on “Dawson’s Creek”?
“Dawson’s Creek, just to let you know; I auditioned for that show 27 times before I booked it, 27 times! Yeah, that’s determination. So, 27 auditions from Season 1 through Season 6, and it goes down in WB history as I’m the one act that auditioned the most for that series. The 27th audition that I had with the call-back, and everything was for a stockbroker character, and I had like eight episodes. It worked out real well.”
Alonso’s work on Dawson’s Creek led to a reoccurring role as Joey D. on the television series “One Tree Hill”.
If we can talk about your film success for a bit? “Safe House” was a great project for you as well, can you discuss your involvement?
“I was a lead in “Safe House”, you’re right. Boy, you know my history. “Safe House”
was fun. There’s another story of a lead character, or a problem happening during production. On “Safe House”, I was supposed to play the first kill, the first victim, the CIA agent that’s killed in the movie. That was supposed to be me. I did the scene, they loved me, and I had a blast.”
Alonso was then recalled by producers to take on a larger and different role for the film as Cooper O’Neil in the final version of the film. Alonso’s next film endeavor was “Coffin” in which he played, Trick , a mysterious masked stranger. The film was produced by the same production company, Skyrocket productions.
You have played so many different characters in film and television over the years; is it the roles that draw you to a project, or do you actually say no to projects?
“Very good! I don’t think anybody has ever asked me that. Yeah, so all of the above, and I’ll explain. When you first start out, you are hungry to work , but now…(pause) Now, I am choosing roles, and I’m choosing character roles. I’m really enjoying playing different characters, different times, different accents, and different mannerisms. I was booked a lot, when I was younger, with Camera Ready Kids as well as Talent Connection. I used to be booked as the’ leather jacket dude’, the ‘rebel with a heart’, the ‘leather jacket-clad second-in-command’. I always tell people, ‘… look, it’s better to be stereotyped and work every day than be stereotyped as a non-working actor.’ People have said that before. I’m not the first one to say this. In my earlier days, you would take what you could, and just to work. It will affect you a little bit, but you know what? If you’re a good enough actor, a talented enough actor, and you have an agent that believes in you, you’re going to get other roles.”
Who have you not worked with that you would really like to work with?
“Oh, well, that’s easy. I’d love to work with Leonardo DiCaprio. I think he’s great. I’ve always wanted to work with him.”
What directors have you always been inspired by, that you would love to work with?
What do you appreciate in the directors you have worked with?
“When it comes to acting, you have to be a sponge. You have to take it all in, and you have to be able to give what they ask for, so I don’t mind being tested. I like that. I like being tested. I love directors that test me. I don’t like being on set just because of a look. I like being on set because they know that I have the capability of creating character, I like direction.”
What new projects do you have coming up?
“I just finished shooting for “Masse” (see official trailer attached to this article.), the pool-shooting movie. This is an upcoming project that should be put together by February. Also, “Day of the Guns”, which is a western film with director, Wayne Shipley. It has been so much fun, and like I said, I’m loving these character roles that I’m playing.” (Alonso is unable to relay details of these films and characters at present writing.)
Johnny Alonso has many new projects coming soon. Check out his official website:
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