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Josef Urban photograped by Markus Morianz.

    ZIP MAG INTERVIEW - Actor JOSEF URBAN about his vision of storytelling

    30 July 2018



    With his charm and dedication, the Viennese actor Josef Urban manifested his dream of becoming a successful actor in Los Angeles. In our intimate conversation, Josef and I chat about his inspiration and the craft of acting.

    By Katja Schmolka

    Katja Schmolka: What drives you to be an actor? 

    Josef Urban: The love for the craft, really. Cecille B. DeMille once said: “The greatest art in the world is the art of storytelling” I agree with him. I have never felt more alive than when I started acting.

    Katja Schmolka and where do you draw your inspirations from?

    Josef Urban: I’d say real life experiences and my imagination, and of course: class - acting really is more of a muscle that needs to be constantly trained. I have been in an ongoing masterclass at the BGB Studio in L.A. for the past 4 years. 

    Katja Schmolka: Who is your favourite director and why?

    Josef Urban: I don’t have a favourite director, there are so many great ones out here in LA and internationally. 

    Katja Schmolka: Please tell us about your recent two projects you have been working on.

    Josef Urban: I worked on the CBS show S.W.A.T. starring Shemar Moore. I got to play Anders, a bodyguard for a Russian whistleblower. The shoot was a great experience. We shot at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown L.A. Shemar is a really great guy, it was nice to get to do a scene with him. And I just wrapped working on the Starz show Counterpart starring J.K. Simmons. A project I am really excited about. The first season just premiered a couple of weeks ago and it’s among this year's top shows. My character Ernst is a Customs Guard, and I don’t get killed, so there is a chance they might bring me back in another season. Season 2 of the counterpart is scheduled to air 2019.

    Katja Schmolka: What is your favourite Cafe or restaurant in L.A?

    Josef Urban: A place I really like is Gracias Madre.

    Katja Schmolka: Do you have a book that you read over and over again?

    Josef Urban: Hmm... well the only “book” I can think of is Gary Larson’s “The Far Side Gallery”. It´s a book with his entire work of single-panel cartoons. I have always been a huge fan of his work. It inspires me and makes me laugh. Other than that I am reading scripts most of the time. 

    Katja Schmolka: If you had one wish, what would you wish for?

    Josef Urban: More time with my family.

    Thank you for the interview.

    Josef is represented by Catapult Management.





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