The following is an interview with actor Sean Hemeon (Husbands, Synthesized Life, True Blood) regarding his work with the online series Bloomers and the show’s currently running Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the production costs of Season 3. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Hemeon about his initial attraction to the series, the value of working with friends on a project that you love, and why you should support the crowdfunding campaign for Season 3!
Barbra J. Dillon, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor: Sean, first and foremost, congratulations on the success of Bloomers! What initially intrigued you about the series?
Sean Hemeon: Hey, Barbra! Thank you. Yeah, Bloomers is doing really well! I love being a part of this series. What initially intrigued me was the creators themselves and everyone involved. It began with Matt [Palazzolo]’s imagination but came to fruition with the collaborative efforts of friends. We’ve all known each other here in LA for a number of years and to be able to bridge those friendships into working ones has been fun and exciting. Beyond that, I love that Matt creates stories that we want to see, or haven’t seen before. I know we talk about about the arc for our two characters a lot, and he’s very open to input. I’m excited to see where things go!
BD: Viewers had the chance to see you as a guest star in Season 2, and word has spread that we’ll be seeing more of you in Season 3. Are you able to share any aspects of your role in the upcoming episodes?
SH: I think I’m allowed to share. I mean, we’ll find out after this interview won’t we! 🙂 Kidding, I don’t want to ruin anything for the fans. But, I think that I’m coming back says a whooole lot, don’t you?
BD: How would you describe your experiences working with the cast and crew of Bloomers?
SH: It literally feels like a bunch of friends hanging out and making a fun series . . . oh wait.
BD: You have had great success with online series, including fan-favorite Husbands. Do you feel that the online medium provides greater success and opportunity for new and independent projects?
SH: Absolutely, online distribution is nothing like distributing a film or TV show (outside of online licensing). I mean, it’s basically free, so if you have a show that is buzz worthy, then it could easily catch on, and since it’s online, it’s easily accessible; anyone can watch it, even on their cell phones. It’s a great place to try out a great idea without having to do the song and dance to get an exec at a studio to buy it. You get to have full control all the way through your experience and really develop your own work. It takes a great group of talented friends, a lot of favors in locations, and an eager below the line crew, and there you go! You have an award-winning show like Bloomers. And, of course, a talented writer like Matt at the helm.
BD: Bloomers is currently running a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo to raise the necessary funds to produce Season 3. Why do you feel that readers should support the campaign?
SH: A: You’re supporting the arts, and that’s always a good idea.
B: They’re isn’t anything else out there like this show.
C: Its a way to have your voice heard. If this show is relatable to current life themes and to stories not told yet and you feel a connection to either, supporting the show is giving your voice to this movement. Theses ideas that should be heard, because it’s time.
BD: Are there any additional projects on which you are working that you are able to share with our readers?
SH: I’m currently working on writing and producing my own film. It’s pretty much the LA version of Andrew Haigh’s Weekend, which is a great, nuanced, honest, and real story. Though the characters may be gay, the start of their relationship is so truthful you feel like a fly on the wall. And, that lifted the movie out of the gay cinema category and into the universal broad category. Anybody, gay or straight, could relate to the feelings these two were having. It was inspiring, and so I’m making my version. It’s called Lift, and I’m acquiring funding now (and may be back for another interview about how I’m getting this movie made!). Anyway, thank you!