An interview with Australian Actor Paul Ashton: On his new film, "Serial Buddies" and his move to Hollywood.
Australian actor Paul Ashton recently wrapped shooting the feature film "Serial Buddies," an indie comedy labeled as "the first serial killer-buddy film of
all time," produced by Maria Menounos and directed by Keven Undergaro. In it he plays one of the two starring roles, and performed opposite the likes
of Christopher Lloyd, Christopher McDonald and David Proval. It was an experience and opportunity that seems a far cry from Wagga Wagga, the
small town in Australia where Paul grew up.
Ashton started acting at the young age of seven performing with Louise Blackett's Theatre Workshop. It was simply a natural inclination at the time,
and he had no idea of the huge role acting would play in his life in the future.
He hails from a creative lot - though his parents are both in medicine (one orthodox, one alternative - a lively combination he assures me) his three
siblings are all artists too. One of his sisters, Alexa Ashton, is also a successful actor. She starred in â€˜Home and Away' and like Paul has worked for
the prestigious Bell Shakespeare Company .
In asking him about his family's thoughts on his career choice, Ashton was quick to state: "My family is extremely supportive. I think my Dad would've
preferred it if I'd finished my law degree before heading to drama school, but never once have my parents tried to stop me from doing what I love to do.
They've been there supporting and providing 100% and are proud of the paths we've all chosen."
After his family moved to Canberra when he was 12 years old, Ashton saw a school production of â€˜Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead' by Tom
Stoppard. It galvanized his love for performing on stage, and shortly after he saw the first ever Bell Shakespeare Company production - it was
â€˜Hamlet' - and he knew this was what he was destined to do.
In speaking of early influences, Paul notes Rob Sitch, the Australian actor/director who was part of "T