Benjamin Stockham on Voice-Over or Live Action?
Actor, Benjamin “Ben” Stockham, can currently be seen playing Marcus on the NBC series, About a Boy. Ben talks to Glitter Magazine about the upcoming season of About a Boy, his favorite co-star so far, his voice-over work, his love for the arts and what sports team he likes the most. Read on to find out more about this fascinatingly talented actor.
Glitter: What can you tell us about the upcoming season of About a Boy?
Benjamin: I’m certain you will laugh and there’s a good chance you’ll cry, especially if Jason Katims is writing the episode. I believe will all my heart that Will won’t be able to stay away for too long and will come back to San Francisco. I’m taking a guess here but maybe, just maybe, Marcus will turn another year older. Honestly I have no idea what’s going to happen, but I’m so ready for whatever does!
Glitter: Who has been your favorite co-star so far?
Benjamin: It’s too hard to single out one person. Everybody has been amazing to work with! I got to dance with Cricket Wampler and Bebe Wood was my first on-screen kiss. They were both funny and easy to talk to. Dusan Brown is just crazy funny and very talented. I can’t forget Adrianne Palicki either. She plays Dr. Sam and she’s super nice. I hope to see them all back in Season 2.
Glitter Magazine: Can you tell us more about your work on B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations? Who do you play?
Benjamin: I’m so excited for this movie! It is my first voice-over role and it’s for Dreamworks. I feel pretty blessed to be included in a cast list of people like Seth Rogen, Melissa McCarthy, Bill Murray, and Octavia Spencer! I play Henry Moss. I’m not sure what else I’m allowed to say just yet, but I do know it will be out in 2015 and it’s going to be fun for people of all ages to watch. I have such a great time when I record and will be sad when it is finished. On the other hand, I can’t wait to see the finished movie.
Glitter: What do you love more? Voice-over work or live action?
Benjamin: Both have something very cool about them. Voice-over is solitary work, with the lines right in front of you, so you just have to be familiar with them. I haven’t worked with any of the other actors so it’s a lot of using your imagination, but working with Tony Leondis has been amazing. He’s a cool and fun director. With live action, most of the time you have other people to react off of, but you have to learn the lines. Right now I kind of love them both equally. Neither is easy, but I like a good challenge.
Glitter: Congratulations on your upcoming role in the indie film, Lost & Found. Who do you play and what is the movie about?
Benjamin: Thanks! I play Mark Walton, the younger brother in the film. It’s about two brothers who go to an island where their uncle lives and find out that there is a family treasure that went missing. The brothers go in search of the treasure and all sorts of secrets get revealed. It’s a fun adventure film with a lot of heart. I got to work with Justin Kelly from Degrassi and Celeste Desjardins. They were both really nice and very talented!
Glitter: Do you like to play any sports? Any sports idols you look up to?
Benjamin: I don’t really follow a lot of sports. I do like going to baseball games and will root for the L.A. Dodgers, but I don’t really have a sports idol I look up to.
Glitter: Have you ever thought about an alternate career in art?
Benjamin: Drawing is my other favorite thing to do, so I could certainly see going that direction in the future. I got to see an animator at work at DreamWorks and I got to meet Pen Ward, creator and artist of Adventure Time. I could definitely see myself being like one of them in my future. I think I kind of want to do it all right now: drawing, acting, and maybe learning how to direct.
Glitter: Do you have any new projects you can tell us about?
Benjamin: Not really. I spent a month during the summer shooting Lost & Found and I’m still doing the voiceover for B.O.O. That doesn’t leave a lot of free time to pursue another project. I’m also shooting Season 2 of About A Boy.
Glitter: Do you have a secret crush on anyone?
Benjamin: I do not and I hope that doesn’t make me boring.
Glitter: What is your favorite part of the fall season?
Benjamin: If you mean the Fall T.V. season I guess the answer would be just that I get to experience it this time around. All the other T.V. shows I did premiered mid -season. If you mean the actual season, I like that Halloween falls in it.
Glitter: What do you love to do on your free time during the school year?
Benjamin: I love to hang out with my friends. Friends make life an adventure and the group I hang out with are the best. They make me laugh.