Local teen actor, Christopher Tavarez, will be featured in the new NBC Family Night Movie, “Field of Vision," a backdoor TV pilot shot in Atlanta earlier this spring.
“Field of Vision” tackles the serious issue of high school bullying, with Tavarez playing a high school football player who bullies a new transfer to the team.
Though he just graduated from Westlake High School, Chris Tavarez already has a variety of film and TV credits under his belt, with roles in Big Momma’s House 2 with Martin Lawrence and Nia Long, “Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns”, and the Disney Channel Original: "Avalon High" with Gregg Sulkin.
Tavearz, who got his start as a model, was signed by Joy Pervis, the talent agent who discovered child stars Dakota Fanning, Kyle Massey, and Lucas Till. As the safety and captain of his high school football team, the young actor is also a much sought out athlete who as offered more than seven Division 1 scholarships. Recently, Chris committed to Duke University.
You got into the industry at a young age. Were you already on this career path when the tax incentives drove the all this production towards your hometown, or is this just a lucky thing you fell into because all these productions are now shooting in Georgia?
My mother got me started in modeling. At the age of eight she asked me if I wanted to start acting and take classes. Growing up, all I heard was that L.A. was the place to be to become a successful actor, so it's great to see that now all the opportunities are coming to my hometown, Atlanta.
What is your best experience as an actor thus far?
My best experience as an actor has to be working with different talent and actors, being surrounded by people that do the same thing I do. Breaking into character and becoming someone else is the best feeling in the world.
Whose career do you emulate professionally?
Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock!
He played football for the Miami Hurricanes, then became an actor. At the end of my four or five years of college at Duke University, I want to have options either acting, the NFL, or pursuing whatever I choose as my major.
As such an accomplished athlete, will the day come when you have to choose between pursuing a career as pro athlete or actor?
Only time will tell.
But for now I'm going to try to juggle both. I'm going to Duke University on a football scholarship so football is my first priority.
But I will be studying Drama while I'm there.
Hines Ward just won "Dancing with the Stars," following a tradition of football players performing very well on that show. When your career gets to that level (as an actor or athlete), would you consider doing a show like this?
I'm probably the worst athlete to choose for "Dancing With the Stars". I have very little rhythm; I'd break the tradition. But trust me, in my room, in the mirror I'm Michael Jackson with the moves!
How do you balance your work career, school, and your athletic schedule?
It's very hard but it all comes with patience, determination, and faith. I know my goals and won't stop until I accomplish every last one of them. I'm not the type to settle for less.
“Field of Vision” airs nationally on Saturday, June 11, 2011 on NBC at 8 p.m. EST.
Check out the trailer to “Field of Vision”:
Here's a profile of Chris featured on 11Alive:
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