I just introduced you to Kylie, now let’s meet her brother Ezra, played by the rockin’ Lee Vander Beogh.
Ezra Fremont is a major supporting character. As I said before, Kylie and Ezra come from separate biological family backgrounds, and were adopted at young ages by a mysterious preacher, Jonas Fremont, who was reportedly murdered several years prior to Mark of the Veil while street preaching.
Ezra is the kind of guy you’d want to have a beer with. He could care less about politics, traditions, religion… All he cares about are people. When Kylie starts turning their independent news site away from a focus on positive community outreach to a more combative tone against a rising local politician, their normal sibling rivalry jumps up a few notches. Kylie is the face of the site, and Ezra’s always felt a little bit pushed out of the spotlight by his beautiful sister; now he feels like she’s losing her focus and taking him with her. Ultimately, though, his concern comes not out of rivalry, but a fierce protective instinct. He lost his father, he’s not going to lose his sister. And inviting conflict worries him that danger might be just around the corner.
In the midst of this, Ezra is also dealing with another woman in his life, his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Bree, a firecracker of a woman. Even though Ezra doesn’t care about debating issues, and in spite of his problems with God, deep down, his past faith is still fighting for his heart. As such, he and Bree had never slept together… until one night, when they were careless. Ezra freaked out and instantly shut the relationship down for good, wounding Bree immensely. So, when we first encounter Ezra, he’s being yelled at by both of the women in his life at once.
Lee Vander Boegh also instantly struck me as a man you’d want to have a beer with (though beer itself… yuck, sorry, can’t stand the taste). He came in for a reading about a month ago, for both James and Ezra. As soon as he started reading for James, I knew he wasn’t that character, but when he read for Ezra, he intrigued me. I liked what he brought to the character.
I had a number of others read for the part after Lee came in, and I decided to give Lee a callback. We spent about 30 minutes in the room, and instead of having him just read the parts like an audition, I treated the callback as a directing/acting exercise, to see how readily he could change it up.
He changed it up really well, and in every instance, pushed himself to portray different thoughts. I really, really enjoyed the callback session. So much that I put the whole thing on YouTube, and am concluding this post with it here.
Stay tuned! More announcements to come.