Oliver Dench – Ride
Tommy2: What’s up it’s Tommy2 and joining us today, we’ve actor Oliver Dench from YTV’s new series, Ride. Oliver how’s it going?
Oliver Dench: It’s going pretty well. How’s it going with you?
Tommy2: It’s going great over here. Now for you, you’ve had quite a busy week. I wonder are you all rested up after the big press junket yesterday for Ride in Toronto?
Oliver Dench: Yeah, yeah. I’ve managed to relax now. I had a lovely morning breakfast wandering Toronto this morning before I went in to some ADR sessions. Yesterday was quite full on, but today I’ve had enough time to rest a little bit.
Tommy2: So, you actually had real work to do?
Oliver Dench: Yeah, much to everyone’s surprise, most of all mine.
Tommy2: Yes, we have you in here for the press tour but you gotta do some work on the show. For people that don’t know what ADR is why don’t you explain that?
Oliver Dench: Of course, it’s additional dialogue recording. So, I had to run into a studio where they where they make me re-record any kind of line that may have gotten messed up on the day. So for example if I was shouting, while running through a woods wearing a particularly crinkly costume and the sound guy had a hard time making sure heard the words I was saying, then they get me to do it again so that the audience hear what I or what anyone else was saying.
Tommy2: And I spoke with Jonny (Gray) earlier today about the event and he said he was very surprised to see you there. Was the fun reunion with him and Kendra (Timmins)?
Oliver Dench: Oh it was great! It was absolutely fantastic. It was really nice to see them again. Obviously working on the show, we’re so close in contact for… three months I think it was, however long the shoot was. So, it’s quite strange having such a close relationship, living near someone and working with someone for so long and then not seeing them for months afterwards because there’s an annoying Atlantic Ocean in the way. It was absolutely lovely to come back and get to see them again. And yeah, the surprise of Jonny being there, even if he was a little bit tired from the early morning start.
Tommy2: Okay, now why don’t you tell us how you got involved with Ride, like the audition process and all?
Oliver Dench: The series was cast by KM Casting on our end, and they obviously did some casting in the UK for all the UK based actors. So I went through three rounds. In the first round, I had to do a scene that featured, actually in the first episode of Ride that screened on Monday, where Kendra’s character, Kit has come into the stables and has met TK, the particularly dangerous horse, and Will comes up behind her says woah, calm down. That’s a scary horse. And it’s the first introduction between Will and Kit in the show. So I had to do that, I had to raise my arms and pretend there was a big imaginary horse there and then… it was a bit fun. Then there were a few more rounds eventually leading up to a chemistry read, which was the first time I met Manuel, Manuel Pacific who plays Nav on the show. And during that chemistry read they had us do a few scenes, me and him together which was particularly good. And also, I had to do a scene Alana (Boden) who plays Elaine. So, they kind of mix and match you and see who works well together and who’s going to work for the show. And, evidently something went well, we’re very lucky, and here were are.
Tommy2: And did you know that you’d be doing a little bit of traveling with the two different locations as well?
Oliver Dench: I had an inkling, I had an inkling that it was filming in Canada, but I wasn’t sure which portion of the show would be filming where. Snd I didn’t know why either. It was a real treat for me to go to Northern Ireland, which is an absolutely beautiful place. We filmed in a town called Glenarm, which is about an hour north of Belfast and the scenery was absolutely. Well, you can see it in the show, the wonderful green rolling fields, and that castle.
Tommy2: And currently the show is airing in Canada on YTV and of course you’re in the UK…
Oliver Dench: Yeah, I’ve got it on right now! I can see it!
Tommy2: (Laughter) And like traditionally you’re in the UK. So we’re a rather unique time with technology where actors like you in your situation can get real time feedback on the show. What’s the like being able to see the traffic on social networks with Ride?
Oliver Dench: It’s really interesting you know, I mean I’ve mostly only done theater before and obviously the scope of theatre generally smaller, so you don’t get to see as much Social Media traffic. But since the series has been going it’s been great to follow what’s happening. Because as I can’t watch it on television at home, I have to find out what everyone’s talking about. It’s great to see, Kendra’s publicity has been phenomenal. She’s been doing such a great job of tweeting exciting things and pitches, and I’ve been guilty of listening into her Q & A to see if she spills any secrets about herself or the rest of the cast, but, nothing to shocking came from that.
Tommy2: And on with the Social Media, why don’t you give out your handles for those that want to know what’s going on with you?
Oliver Dench: Yeah, I’m on Twitter. I’m on Twitter as @OliverDench, and that’s really where I do all my Social Networking. I’m not really on Facebook, and I’m not really on Instagram, I don’t take a very good photo of myself. But do give me a follow and I’ll hopefully keep some of it updates with tweets and anything that’s going on.
Tommy2: And you just mentioned that Ride is currently on and it’s on TV. What’s it like, you know, seeing it on real TV?
Oliver Dench: It’s incredibly strange, it’s incredibly strange. I mean, the biggest shock for me is that, the way it’s all cut together. I mean it was obvious to me, it might not be so obvious. It wasn’t filmed in order, I assume very rarely is anything filmed in order, and coming from theater where you just do the play straight through it has a sense of continuity. Where as when we were filming I was confused and I was thinking, what? What? We’re filming a scene from episode 3 next to a scene with episode 7 and it was mind boggling to think how it would all fit together. So, it’s great to watch it and see how they put the scenes together and it actually makes sense now. It’s quite a strange experience.
Tommy2: When I spoke with Kendra she shared that sometimes that there were some interesting conversations shall we say behind the scenes and if I recall one them was which term was correct. So, now up can answer once and for all, do you say overalls or dungarees?
Oliver Dench: (Laughter) That’s Kendra’s favorite word! Dungarees, definitely! But we say both, we say… Dungarees is kind of a denim thing that has straps over the shoulders. Where as we call overalls what you guys coveralls I think? You know, the full body suit that goes on over your clothes. Those are overalls, we’re very clear on that!
Tommy2: Good to hear, and not just to pick on Kendra, we’ll also talk about Jonny. I hear that Jonny has not yet learned how to tie and tie?
Oliver Dench: Yes, yeah… yeah, I did see him a few times having it tied for him by someone else. Well, I don’t know? I think the divide is that school uniforms aren’t a very common thing in Canada are they? Or certainly not as common as they were in England. I mean when I grew up, both my primary and secondary schools had uniforms. And both those uniforms incorporated a tie. So if you didn’t know how to tie a tie already, you had better learn quite quickly otherwise you’re likely to get a detention. So we have to learn to tie a tie. We have to pretty quickly, whereas I guess if you never had to do it with a school uniform then the formal occasions are so infrequent that you never have to learn.
Tommy2: But of course will say that Jonny is getting to that age when he might need to learn?
Oliver Dench:Yeah, and he looks pretty sharp in a tuxedo so I think he’ll get the benefits of learning quite soon.
Oliver Dench: Yeah, he’ll get the hang of it.