Civilian - - Uriah Shel­ton -

Although, due to his age, Shel­ton has been act­ing for a rel­a­tively shorter amount of time than some, he has had ex­pe­ri­ence with mul­ti­ple dif­fer­ent lev­els of act­ing and film. He cites his time on Dis­ney Chan­nel as his first en­counter with comedic tim­ing and stage di­rec­tion. As for his other projects, he was trained to sing in Lifted, and learned about set struc­ture, child act­ing laws, and pro­duc­tion in The Glades.

One of his most in­flu­en­tial ex­pe­ri­ences, though, was work­ing along­side Ju­lia Stiles and Ro­drigo Gar­cía in drama se­ries Blue. “[Dur­ing] the time I spent on Blue, I learned more about per­for­mance, act­ing, and [how to] just re­ally throw your emo­tions in there, than on any project I’d ever done,” he re­calls.

Look­ing for Alaska, his most re­cent project, was nerve-wrack­ing for him and his co-stars to go into. The se­ries is based on John Green’s 2005 novel of the same name, and of course, has a huge pre-ex­ist­ing fan base watch­ing their ev­ery move (“[They’re] so hard­core about the story they love”). While Shel­ton does note that there are dif­fer­ences be­tween the book and se­ries, he is very happy with the work that they did while film­ing in New Orleans. More im­por­tantly, he says, Green was very pleased – which is what mat­ters most. As for his char­ac­ter specif­i­cally, Shel­ton plays Long­well, who is one of the main sources of con­flict in the se­ries. Con­stantly pulling pranks on the main char­ac­ters, and hav­ing pranks pulled on him and his group, Shel­ton says that not only was this one of his fa­vorite roles, but it’s also been one of his fa­vorite projects to work on thus far.

Be­fore be­ing cast in the up­com­ing Blum­house project, Shel­ton had been a big fan of and want­ing to work with Ja­son Blum, founder and CEO of Blum­house Pro­duc­tions, for years. He couldn’t be more ex­cited to work with Blum on the thriller, as well as the cast in­clud­ing Vince Vaughn and Kathryn New­ton. “It’s a very big bless­ing to be able to go from one project to an­other,” shares Shel­ton, who is grate­ful for how the past year has gone for him and espe­cially for the peo­ple in his life that helped him get there.

Shel­ton loves what he does and will be happy with what­ever projects he may work on but it’s ac­tu­ally the prospect of grow­ing a fam­ily and set­tling down that re­ally drives him as he says, “I’d like a fam­ily and a ranch out some­where – that’s what I’m work­ing to­wards right now.”

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