“There’s Almost Nothing Like It, When You Get To Do Both. It’s The Ultimate Self-Expression:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor-Musician Aylam Orian

Aylam Orian

Aylam Orian is Cleveland born, Israel raised, and a student of many arts. Aylam has worked behind the scenes, in front of the scenes and, likely, to either side of them. He also is a musician in two musical groups.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with Aylam Orian. Aylam spoke to us about his work on the latest Stargate series Stargate Origins, his inspirations in entertainment and his work in not one, but two bands. Here is our TDQ Q&A with Aylam Orian:

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to get into show business?

Aylam Orian: It was a process. I always loved the arts, and loved watching TV shows and films growing up, but I never thought about entering show business as a career and profession. But then while being a psychology student in college, I started working as an usher in an art house cinema, and got to see films in a different way, as an art form, which made me want to learn it myself. So I quit psychology and switched to film school, and liked it so much that I’ve been in this business ever since. Behind the cameras at first, but after trying being in front of them, there was no going back.

TDQ: Who was your favorite actor growing up?

AO: I didn’t have one favorite, but I liked Lee Majors, who played Steve Austin, The Six Million Dollar Man. I liked Jack Lord from Hawaii Five-O, and I liked this British actor, Roy Marsden, who played Detective Dalgliesh in a series of British TV crime shows. Oh, and Christopher Plummer in The Sound of Music!

TDQ: What was your favorite TV show growing up?

AO: Since I grew up on American TV shows (even though I didn’t grow up in the US), I had many favorites, like Steve Austin and Hawaii Five-O as mentioned, or Kojak, Starsky & Hutch, The High Chaparral, The Love Boat, Little House on the Prairie, The Muppets, and many more. But I think my favorite was this puppets scf-fi British show called Thunderbirds, about a family of super heroes who operate all kinds of awesome space crafts in their rescue missions.

Aylam Orian has got range.

Aylam Orian has got range. From a Rabbi in the sitcom 30 Rock to a Stargate hungry Nazi in Stargate Origins.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

AO: In my profession, acting, my influences are great working actors and directors, who have given us some of the most iconic works of art in the film (and now TV too) medium, such as French director François Truffaut, Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, British Director Stephen Frears, American director David Lynch, and actors Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther), Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional), Mads Mikkelsen (Open Hearts), Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight (Midnight Cowboy), Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman), Daniel Day Lewis (Phantom Thread) and Live Schreiber (Ray Donovan), to name a few.

TDQ: What was the best advice you ever got?

AO: It’s not an advice that I’ve gotten personally, but one that I heard, said by Steve Martin actually: “whatever makes you unique as a performer – do it! And know that there’s room for you!”

TDQ: What was the worst advice you ever got?

AO: “Don’t move to Los Angeles, you’re too old.”

Stargate Origins - Connor Trinneer, Ellie Gall and Aylam Orian (photo by Joe Adams)

Aylam Orian on the set of Stargate Origins with cast memebers Connor Trinneer and Ellie Gall. (photo by Joe Adams)

TDQ: Tell us about your role on the latest Stargate installment, Stargate Origins

AO: I play the show’s villain, Dr. Wilhelm Brücke, a high-ranking Nazi officer, who is an expert in the occult and the paranormal, and who is obsessed with the Stargate and tries to harness its power for his own megalomaniac plan. I am butting heads throughout the show with the “good guys” – Catherine Langford and her father Professor Paul Langford (from the original Stargate movie!), who are trying to save the Stargate, and the world, from me!

TDQ: You’re also a musician, playing guitar in the bands The Historians and The Ellermans. How does working in front of a camera compare to writing and performing your own music?

AO: Well the performing part in both of them is kinda the same. It’s you standing there in front of an audience or a camera, and giving your version of something that you, or someone else wrote. You are bringing something to life, giving it interpretation, in the moment, using your instrument, be it your body or a musical instrument attached to your body. But the writing-your-own-material part is of course an extra level of excitement! There’s almost nothing like it, when you get to do both. It’s the ultimate self-expression.

TDQ: What project will you be working on next?

AO: Ha, that’s a good question! Still looking for it! Haha… but in August comes out a film I worked on last year, the thriller “Three Seconds” starring Joel Kinnaman, Clive Owen, Rosamund Pike and Common. Should be fun!

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

AO: In a big mansion in Beverly Hills! Just kidding… I hope to be playing a lead role on a good show, for several seasons, perhaps a show I wrote myself (talking about writing your own material!). That would be very fulfilling and nice!

Follow Aylam on Twitter and check out his website.

Aylam Orian - Thunderbirds

TDQ Pictures is pleased to announce that work has begun on a new live action Thnderbirds series featuring Aylam Orian as pilot Virgil Tracy. The series is caught in a bit of a snag in the early stages of production: Specifically how to hide the wires on the live action marionettes. But as soon as this technical difficulty is overcome and a script is written the series will be forthcoming.

“I Might Be Off On This…But I’ll Probably Still Be On Earth:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress And Comedian Rory Uphold

Rory Uphold

Rory Uphold is writer/producer/actor of HelLA. We have the utmost respect for writer/producer/actors of pieces with very specific lettering. After you finish watching all of HelLA find a little masterpiece called RECOiL on the ‘tube.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actress and comedian Rory Uphold. Rory spoke to us about the new season of her internet series, “HelLA,” her other internet series “This is Why We’re Single” and her encyclopedic knowledge of hair. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Rory Uphold:

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Rory Uphold: The show part, not the business part. I’ve always loved make-believe and I’ve always been a storyteller.

TDQ: Who was your favorite comedian growing up?

RU: Janeane Garofalo. Steve Martin. John Candy

TDQ: What was your favorite TV show growing up?

RU: Well, I didn’t really watch TV… I know I liked “Sesame Street” and Mr. Rogers. And I sort of remember watching the “Gilmore Girls” and SNL. I do know that I had a VHS copy of a live production of “Into The Woods,” with Bernadette Peters, that I used to watch over and over again.

Rory says she hardly watched TV as a kid but now she is making it. It sounds crazy until you realize that Steve Jobs didn't have a computer as a kid but that didn't stop him. Heck, we didn't have a website as kids but look at us! In short, follow your dreams.

Rory says she hardly watched TV as a kid by now she is making it. It sounds crazy until you realize that Steve Jobs didn’t have a computer as a kid but that didn’t stop him. Heck, we didn’t have a website as kids but look at us! In short, follow your dreams.

TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?

RU: Always wear clean underwear.

TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?

RU: Hair grows… yeah, it does. Slowly.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

RU: My friends. Real life.

TDQ: Tell us about the upcoming second season of your web series, “HelLA”

RU: Well, it came out January 19th at www.OnlyinHelLA.com and I’m pretty pumped to share it. We have self-tanning accidents, stoner moments, dating disasters, and more! I’m grateful to my Kickstarter backers for making this possible.

TDQ: Besides acting, you’re also a singer/songwriter. What’s more challenging, finishing an album, or finishing a season of a TV show?

RU: A TV show. TV. Because, potentially, you can make an album alone, but you cannot make TV alone. That said, I’ve never made a season of television, so I can’t say for sure.

Rory's other fun funny show on the Elite Daily channel is This is Why We're Single.

Rory’s other fun funny show on the Elite Daily channel is This is Why We’re Single.

TDQ: After wrapping up season 2 of “HelLA,” what project is next for you?

RU: I make another digital show called “This Is Why We’re Single” for Elite Daily, so I’ll be making more of that… and I have a couple of TV projects in the works but it’s really too soon to talk about those.

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

RU: I have really bad vision, that’s why I wear glasses, so I might be off on this… but I’ll probably still be on earth Fingers crossed :)

Follow Rory on Twitter and check her out on Instagram.

“It Wasn’t Pretty…But The Beginning Is Usually Pretty Rough:” A TDQ Q&A With Comedian Richy Lala

Richy Lala

Richy Lala

This week’s TDQ Q&A features south Florida comedian Richy Lala. Rich talks to us about the best heckling he’s ever encountered, how Bill Cosby changed his life (and no, not because of Pudding Pops) and his favorite Martin Mull-Tim Curry flick. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with comedian Richy Lala:

The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?

Richy Lala: When I first heard about it…I was 9 years old….my sister Gretel and I had been trail-walking when some old lady told us about it.

TDQ: How excited were you that The Daily Quarterly asked you for an interview?

Lala: It’s pretty much the highlight of my life so far…I haven’t slept since I was approached.

TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?

Lala: Growing up and seeing how people/family members became happy while watching funny entertainers…no matter what was going on in our lives…as a child my entire family, all 6 of us, always sat and enjoyed the Cosby show on Thursdays…30 minutes of happiness…tip my hat to Dr. Huxtable. 
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Man’s Attempts To Learn Esperanto To Impress Female Co-Worker Not Progressing Like He’d Hoped

Dick Davis:  Creep Co-worker

Dick Davis hopes that one day he finds enough courage and learns enough Esperanto to say, "Saluton."

Milwaukee,WI—Hoping not to come off as totally creepy, software developer Dick Davis has been studying Esperanto for the last year trying to impress his co-worker, on whom he said he has a “totally life-altering crush.”

But the results haven’t been exactly what he’d hoped for in his studies.

“No, I don’t know. I overheard her in the restroom 18 months ago saying to her friend that she was really into guys who speak more than one language,”Davis said, making sure his co-worker wasn’t within earshot. “I didn’t want to just be the guy who spoke French or Italian, like any schmo. I thought she’d be impressed if I learned something different, and I really thought Esperanto was the best option. Plus, I figured it’d be easy, but it’s a lot damn harder than it looks.”
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