Exclusive Interview With Godrey Gao, ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’

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Another hit movie is on the scene with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. We were fortunate to chat about the film with star Godfrey Gao who plays Magnus Bane. Check out our interview with Gao to hear all about the new film.

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Heavy: So, let’s just get it out of the way … you’re obviously a talented model in addition to your acting. Tell me about some of the top publications you’ve been featured on.

GG: I’ve been on China GQ, Esquire, Vogue, Men’s Uno, Elle Men, MilkX, Bazaar and many more.

Heavy: What other kind of modeling have you done?

GG: Before I got into the entertainment circle in Asia, I had experienced “still” mannequin modeling at a mall back in Vancouver.

Heavy: Okay, talk to me about The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

GG: It’s a perfect first installment to get you excited to want to know more about the whole TMI series. This young urban and hip adult fantasy series takes you to a world within our own and to discover something not everyone can see. Of course, “City of Bones” introduces my character ‘Magnus Bane,’ and he is one of the fans’ favorites in the series.

Heavy: What’s it like playing “Magnus Bane” who is 800 years old?

GG: It was an experience of a “lifetime,” this smashing good-looking Magnus had glitter, eye-shadow, lipstick, nail polish, earrings and a whole lot of “Magnus Style” into the wardrobe. I had an awesome time playing Magnus not to mention transforming into the character was very fun as well … it felt like Halloween. The only thing that wasn’t a lot of fun was wearing just my underwear on the bottom half of my wardrobe to film outside on an icy cold Toronto evening where the temperature was below zero.

Heavy: Ouch. I’d say so. Well, if you were 800 years old in real life, what do you think you’d be doing?

GG: I’d be throwing parties like Magnus. Ha ha. I would probably be an iconic man, worshiped by millions of people, who is well-treated and protected while writing books upon the experiences I have in life.

Heavy: How did you get involved with the film?

GG: My manager came across a casting opportunity while I was filming a movie in Shanghai, China. At the time I couldn’t go into an audition in LA, so I was asked to put myself on tape. Next thing I know I was Skype-ing with the director and landed the role after a couple of weeks! I gotta say, it’s such an honor to be a part of this amazing project and to be working with such a great cast. Plus, Harald is definitely the nicest director I’ve worked with.

Heavy: What was the most exciting part of being a member of this cast?

GG: To see my name along with these cast members is pretty exciting for me. Also the fact that this is my first English feature and of course my first Hollywood film!

Heavy: Tell me about some of the other acting experience you have.

GG: I’ve had a number of roles playing the romantic lead that came from a rich family, who’s tall & handsome and is interested in dating a girl totally opposite of him. I’ve also played a role as a prince who plays volleyball, an architect, a model/designer/president of an agency and also a street basketball player.

Heavy: Wow. When you aren’t acting or modeling, what are you generally doing?

GG: Generally, I like to have friends over, make dinners, barbecues, make drinks, spin & mix some music, DJ … pretty much throw my own little party at home like Magnus, but on a way smaller scale.

Heavy: Ha ha. Nice. With all that cooking and drinking, what do you do to keep in shape?

GG: I play basketball to keep in shape and go to the gym sometimes to work on muscle sculpting. If I am in production and don’t have a lot of time, I just do sit-ups and push-ups, or go for a run wherever I am shooting.

Heavy: What are some interesting, strange, or fun facts about you that people wouldn’t expect?

GG: I like to wear a different pair of shoes every day.

Heavy: Ha. Really? That’s a good one. Well, before I let you go, any other projects going on right now?

GG: There are some projects lined up for me to shoot towards the end of this year, including a role which takes me back to the dynasty era where I’ll be riding horses and fighting armored soldiers like The Last Samurai.

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