ACTOR JOE PIAZZA ON FILMING “SOLANGE”
This month, TV thriller fans aren't the only ones soaking up the sun by day and getting spooked by night. The lead characters in July's "Midnight Hour" episode, "The Black Testament of Solange," are too. We sat down with one of the episode's stars, talented young actor Joe Piazza, to ask about his experience filming the episode:
TMH: How did you hear about The Midnight Hour? What made you want to be on the show?
JP: I was approached by (local actor) Jerry Hayes about potentially being a part of this show. I am a HUGE fan of the horror/thriller genre. So, when I saw that this was a well done, well written show, I was completely on board with being a part of it.
TMH: Once you were cast, how did you prepare for your role as “Cole Durand,” the college student whose new girlfriend draws him into a web of mystery and murder?
JP: Like I said, I’m a fanatic for horror/thriller films. I felt it was easy to channel attributes from some of my favorite characters, and try to bring it to life in the role I was playing. I would also read the character a few different ways, and try to pick the one that was more organic, to avert being unbelievable.
TMH: How did the actual experience of filming compare to what you were expecting?
JP: The filming experience was a great one. Lee and his crew are very welcoming, and made the environment very comfortable. Some of the best local actors get cast for these episodes, so it makes it very easy to work off one another. The whole process was a lot more organized and professional than I had expected.
TMH: What was the greatest challenge for you in playing “Cole?” How did you overcome it?
JP: The greatest challenge for me was that I was given the role of “Cole” the day before filming started, so memorizing all the lines for a lead character was quite overwhelming…but it ended up working out, because the character I was playing was rather close to me as a person. He is close to my age, infatuated with girls, and easily manipulated. That helped me overcome the challenge.
TMH: What was the toughest scene to film? Why?
JP: The toughest scene to film was probably the “under the car” scene. I am slightly claustrophobic, so being in a tight space kind of tripped me out. Luckily it wasn’t an overly extensive scene to shoot.
TMH: What was your favorite moment on the set? What was your favorite moment in the finished episode?
JP: I think just being on set was my favorite moment(s). I enjoy the filmmaking process so much. If I wasn’t doing a scene, I enjoyed just taking in everything else happening to help make this show. My favorite moment in the finished episode is (SPOILER ALERT!) when “Valerie” gets tossed down the steps by “Cole’s” dad. It was the “thank you!” moment, because she ruined Cole’s life by manipulating him to the level of killing someone for her gain. She got what she deserved.
TMH: Do you have any funny or interesting anecdotes from filming?
JP: I stay professional and in character as much as I can, but while filming the scene where “Valerie” pulls “Cole’s” pants down, it became slightly awkward for me, because Diana’s (the actress who plays Valerie) whole family decided to watch the scene being filmed. Let’s just say it threw me off a bit.
TMH: What would you like to say to viewers who watch the episode?
JP: Firstly, I want to say THANK YOU for taking the time to watch. I am sure all of you can relate to this episode, to a degree. The classic case of falling hard for someone, and being manipulated into doing something you would never imagine doing.
You can watch Joe Piazza and Diana Salinas kill for love every Thursday and Saturday night this month on Comcast and WOW! channel 18 (in select cities). Those outside our broadcast area can watch it online right here: