Skyy's The Limit: A Chat with "Two Step" Actor Skyy Moore

Seeing yourself on the big screen or the TV... it’s very electrifying, like, you’re watching someone else who is also you. For me that’s the coolest part, watching it all come together.
— Skyy Moore

Emily Koopman: For those who aren't familiar with you, can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
Skyy Moore: Hmm...I'm an actor here in Dallas. I just got back from Austin two days ago where I wrapped production on a film called Two Step. It's a crime thriller that I star in with Beth Broderick and James Landry Hebert. They want to submit it to SxSW.

Emily: According to IMDB, you have quite a few projects in the works. Can you tell us about them?
Skyy: Sure. I have acted in five feature film just this year. They have aspirations to get into film festivals so they can get distribution for their films. I have three films that I have immensely proud of and think will do very well. Student Bodies is a teen, sex comedy this raunchy and corny at the same time. Then there is Love Land about a young woman with an intellectual disability that gets placed into an institution against her well. And of course there is Two Step.

Emily: If you could star in any movie, what would it be, and who would you play?
Skyy: I would love to play Caleb Trask in East of Eden. James Dean is one of my favorite actors and after seeing the movie I read the book. The book is undeniably incredible, but I think it was a little too controversial for the 50's. If I could remake it, I'd use a trilogy that cover the entire novel, instead of only the last fourth of to the novel, like Kazan did. Maybe even a TV series would be cool.

Emily: As far as filming on location, what has been your favorite place thus far?
Skyy: I did a short film called Red Courage and we shot inside FIFI, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress and the one in the world currently flying. Also, shot a film called Rising Tides at Donnie Nelson's lake house, who is the general manager for the Mavericks.

Emily: What is the most challenging obstacle you've had as an actor?
Skyy: Your ego gets inflated and deflated a lot and it gets very annoying, but I think the hardest thing is the acting itself. It's all about letting go and not anticipating. It's very simple, but for some reason it's hard for most people to just shut up and just listen.

Emily: What's the biggest perk of being an actor?
Skyy: Seeing yourself on the big screen or the TV. It's very electrifying, like you're watching someone else who is also you. For me that's the coolest part, watching it all come together.

Emily: What's in the future for you?
Skyy: Oh, I have no idea. I'll just have to wait and see.

Emily: Are you involved with any charities?
Skyy: No one took part in Love Land to make money. We all worked for next to nothing and the film was financed through fundraising and grants. We used actors with disabilities to play characters with disabilities.

Emily: Do you work with an acting coach, and if so how do they help you prepare for auditions?
Skyy: I don't like classes or acting coaches. I like to learn by doing. Sometimes I'll take an audition to a director I've worked with in the past and ask him for advice and run the scene with him, but that is kind of rare.

Emily: What was your first professional acting job?
Skyy: I played this 18 year-old, clinically insane soldier, who goes AWOL from the army and tries to assassinate the pope with a gift wrapped bomb in The House of Blue Leaves at Theatre Arlington. I got the part a month before I graduated.

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