Chatting with Tyrannical Genius, Adrian Zaw, of Upcoming SyFy’s THE RESISTANCE Series
You can say that Adrian Zaw is paving the way for Asian American actors to be more than just the martial artist or comic relief (John Cho, I still love you). In The Resistance Series, airing on SyFy October 4th, he plays an evil genius, Syrus Primoris, who creates a suppressant that combats the plague that wiped out half the world’s population. In exchange for this suppressant, the survivors grant him absolute power. Since he is the bad guy, there is always somebody that wants to crash his party, and those guys would happen be the rebels called ARM (Aurordecan Resistance Movement), led by LANA. Nerd Reactor’s John Spartan steps up but could not resist Adrian’s charm in this interview.
Nerd Reactor: Tell us a little about yourself and how you got involved in acting.
Adrian Zaw: At age 13, they had this thing called “Career Day” at Jefferson Middle School, where they would have professionals come to lecture kids about what it’s like to be in their line of work. We had everyone from police officers, paramedics, to actors.
Everyone else had great stories about how rewarding it was to be in their line of work, but the actor described his day of “playing around on set, and having this truck feed us everything we ever wanted to eat; donuts, popcorn, soda, candy, and hot dogs. And for lunch and dinner we would have grommet meals of steak and salmon, and it was all for free.”
With my eyes glazed and mouth watered, I was determined and sold on being an actor when I grow up. Then 10 years later, at age 23, I was on set messing around in my trailer, eating junk food, for free and grommet hot meals just like how I imagined living life as a professional actor would be.
You have a series coming up for the SyFy channel called The Resistance. What’s the story behind it?
The story behind the creation of The Resistance Series is a story about a group of young ambitious filmmakers not wanting to wait for that perfect project to land in their lap, or that perfect role to be cast. It’s a story about very talented young individuals who took their dreams and ambitions to heart, and made it come through with a lot of hard work and sacrifices.
The diversity alone on the series can exemplify the level of dedication these guys have in making something that’s very unique and different on so many levels. It’s a universal story that surpasses the boundaries of race and creed. And you know it works because we’ll often forget that we’re watching a diverse cast working together so fluidly. Above all else, it gives hope to all the countless web series out there that are hoping for their big break into network television.
So you’re playing the evil genius, Syrus Primoris, who pretty much is the king on Earth. How’s the role, and what fun, demented things did you get to do?
Well in one of the trailers called Greed, I got showered down by three very beautiful ladies. Demented? DEFINITELY! Evil Genius to King on Earth, anything that’s going to break away from the stereotypes that Asian Americans typically play is good by me. It’s good to be bad, and you’ll have to check out the series to find out exactly how bad I can be. ::wink wink::
Check out the Greed trailer below.
Since the show was originally to be a web series, was the story meant to have an ending?
I sure hope not! I’m having way too much fun!
I’ve been reading up about the nature of whether The Resistance is actually considered a web series, or a TV series, since it’s going to debut on TV first. It’s especially interesting to see the confusion for eligibility for certain awards, for example, the Streamy Awards. What is your take on this?
In 2007, I starred in a web series that got the 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Broadband Drama. The show was called Satacracy 88 and I’m very proud of it of course. My biggest hope is that we can successfully show a smooth transition of a web series to network and back again. But when it comes down to it, there is a saying that I loved about anything broadband or network, it goes like this, “Men lie, women lie, but numbers don’t.” The awards would be nice, but the main goal of it all for me personally is to get as many people to see who we are, what we do and how well we can do it.
Since our site is called Nerd Reactor, can you tell us your nerdy guilty pleasures?
I love Call of Duty 4, and I LOVE Mac Computers. Combine these two and I might kiss my career good bye.
Okay, so what do you think about this idea…Nerd Reactor web series starring Adrian Zaw as our mascot, Nerdzilla?
I’m ALL FOR IT! I can wear a thin black tie and an iPAD and I’m ready to rock any joint!
Check out The Resistance Series on the SyFi channel airing on Monday, October 4th at 8pm PST and 11pm EST.