old are you now, Matt ? What is your birthdate ?
I'm 15 . My birthday is April 13th , 1991.
old were you when you started acting and how did you get started on this career
Matt Borish : I was 9 , and I
had wanted to be an actor for a very long time , but my parents really didn't
want me to though. People used to come up to me and tell me that I should be an
actor. Then I met a casting director , named Mike Lemon , he got me started in
the acting business. He got me an agent, and then I started auditioning. That's
how I got started.
What was your
first job as an actor and what do you remember about it ?
Borish : My first job was the Disney Tour of Beauty and the Beast, that was
for six months. That was a really great experience . We went to 13 different cities
across USA and Canada . It was a lot of fun doing the play and it was also a lot
of fun going to all the cities.
did you act as ?
Matt Borish : I
played Chip .
Did you have to wear
a costume ?
Matt Borish : Yeah <laughs>
You could only see my head ! <laughs>
did you come to do Rounding First ? What was it that attracted you to the project
Matt Borish : I'd read the script,
and it was a really , really great script . It was the best script that I had
ever read, and I really wanted to audition for it. My agent got me an audition,
so I went to Allentown and auditioned. I really liked Jim and we just hit it off.
I read with him , and then I had a call back and they said I got the part.
us about the audition process . My understanding is that you first were videotaped
by the casting director and then a few weeks later Jim came in and interviewed
you in person
What was it like to audition with the other finalists?
Borish : When I auditioned with Sam and Soren , it really just felt like we
were all right for the roles . With Jim I had to do a pretty challenging scene,
it was the courtroom scene, and it just felt like I was right for the role, and
my chemistry with Sam and Soren was good , so I think that's what got me the part.
How did you feel when you were first
given the script for that courtroom scene, and how did you prepare yourself for
the audition ?
Matt Borish : Well,
first I had to memorise it, and I did that by just reading it over and over ,
until I had it memorized. Then I looked in a mirror , and I'd do it until I found
the way that I thought was the way to do it, then I went in to the audition and
did it the way I did it in front of the mirror. <laughs>
you feel good about it after the audition ? Did you have a feeling that you would
be picked ?
Matt Borish : Yeah
once I had met Jim and read the scene, I felt like I had done well even before
the callback came. Sometimes you just have a feeling that you've nailed it.
old were you when you auditioned for Rounding First ?
Borish : I was 12 .
you find out that you finally got the role and how did you feel then ?
Borish : I got the news from my agent, Gail Williams, and I was pretty excited
about it. After that, I went around and helped Jim raised the funds for the movie.
played Tiger in Rounding First . What's your take on the character of Tiger ?
Matt Borish : I think he's a really
challenging character , because he really has two sides to him. He seems like
a bad kid, but deep down he's a really good kid. He has this rebel spirit to him
, so he's a really challenging character, but a really great one to play .
you think he was he a likable person?
Borish : Yes , I do . I think he was a very likeable character.
do you think he was always getting into trouble?
Borish : I think it was because he was very upset about his brother dying
, and his home life was very troubled , so he took it out by doing bad things.
you think he was justified in aiming a gun at Joe's brother?
Borish : No , I don't think he was justified, but I think it's what had to
happen, and that was a very powerful scene in the film . I think it really helped
Which was your most challenging
scene in Rounding First, and what did you do to prepare yourself for that scene
Matt Borish : I would say that
the courtroom scene was definitely the most challenging. I prepared for it the
same way, by memorizing the script, and then I worked really hard with Soren,
Sam and John Michael Bolger before , and really got a sense of the scene before
I went and did it. And to prepare myself, I . took the time, really took about
half an hour before, and just went into the room by myself and really got focused
to prepare for it.
How do you think
that scene in the courtroom compare emotionally for you as an actor , versus the
scene in the jury room with John Michael Bolger who played your father, where
both of you were crying ?
: Those two scenes were shot on the same day, pretty close to each other,
so preparing for one helped me prepare for the other, because they were in the
Was it emotionally draining
for you that day , filming two emotionally intense scenes ?
Borish : Oh , I felt that it was definitely emotionally draining, but because
it was all filmed on the same day, I just kept myself in the same mood.
was it was like to act with Soren Fulton , Sam Semenza . Do you all still keep
in touch ?
Matt Borish : Oh, Soren
and Sam were great ! Soren and I became really good friends, and the same with
Sam . We bonded outside the film , I felt like we bonded just like in the film,
so that really helped the film a lot, because we were all really close friends
both outside the film as well as in the film. Since film's end, I haven't talked
to Sam that much , but I still talk to Soren, and whenever I go down to Los Angeles
, I've gone down a couple of times, and I've gone over to Soren's house both times.
So yeah, I still keep in contact with Soren, but I haven't heard from Sam in a
How was Jim Fleigner like as
a director ?
Matt Borish : He was
a great director. He was juggling a lot of things, he wrote it, produced and directed
it, and that's a really challenging thing to do , but I really felt like he kept
it cool. He knew what he wanted for each scene and he really worked with us to
get it. He was tough at some points, but I felt that he really brought the best
out of all the actors for the film.
you watch the film now, what do you think you achieved in your role as Tiger ?
Are you proud of your performance ?
Borish : I feel that out of all the projects that I've done, Tiger was one
of the best characters and one of the most challenging roles that I've played.
I gave it my all and I look back very fondly on it.
you have any interesting anecdotes or stories to tell us about being on the set
of Rounding First ?
Matt Borish :
I can't think of anything off the top of my head
. Oh wait , I remember
a funny incident . The way when we filmed at Dorney Park for the rollercoaster
scene , we had to ride the rollercoaster ride about hundred times, well not a
hundred, but a lot of times to finally get the right take, and I remember <laughs>
when Soren and I got off the ride at the end of the shoot, I think we both felt
like we threw up from riding it so many times ! Yeah. <laughs>
was it like working so closely with John Michael Bolger ?
Borish : Oh, he was great ! He really helped me as an actor
he got me
through the part and he was great to work with . He helped me with my performance,
gave me a list of movies that I should watch, and I watched them , he was a really
good actor to work with, he was almost like an acting coach as well as a fellow
I heard that you had to ride
in the car for a whole week with Soren, Sam and Michael filming the many scenes
in the getaway car ... what was it like spending all that much time in the car
with the three of them ?
: <laughs> It was very , very hot , first of all <laughs> , but
it really helped us all bond, I became very , very close to Mike and Soren during
that shoot , and Sam also . I think it was the heat that kinda brought us together
, I guess. <laughs>
your thoughts when you finally saw the film , in a theatre, with an audience behind
Matt Borish : It was a really
proud moment. I felt proud of the film, and I felt proud for Jim, and I felt like
everyone did just an excellent job on the film , and I felt that the finished
product was really great. It was great seeing the other people enjoying it, the
Matt, what have
you been up to since Rounding First ?
Borish : I did a show 2 years ago in New York , an off Broadway show called
Beast on the Moon, which was about the Armenian genocide , and that was a really
great project. The director was Larry Moss who was the acting coach to Hilary
Swank, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jim Carrey, and a lot of big names , and Helen Hunt.
It was a really great experience. That really helped me progress to a new level
as an actor. I played the role of Vincent
he's an orphan taken in by this
Armenian couple. It was a four person drama and I was in it for about 4 months.
Hilary Swank came and saw the play, and Leonardo Di Caprio and Helen Hunt . Hilary
Swank said that she thought I did a really good job. That was really cool, because
she had just won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in the Clint Eastwood film
, " Million Dollar Baby ".
then, have you been acting ?
: No, I decided to take a break from acting to go to High School and College
before I start acting again after College. Everyone thought that it was a good
decision, but I plan to act as a career after College. I'd love to go to college
at USC or NYU.
, Matt , I wish you all the best not only as you pursue your studies, but in your
future career as well . We all hope to see you acting again .
Borish : Thank you very much .