I think the most stressful time of my life was when I was in New York and I didn’t have money to pay my rent. I was going to the mailbox every day waiting for the check to come. When you don’t have money, when you’ve got, like, a jar full of change and each day it’s “Okay, I’ve got enough to get on the train” and “Maybe that check’s gonna come today…” There’s nothing more stressful than your stomach growling. But interestingly enough, some of my best writing came when I was poor and hungry—living off water and oatmeal, mind clear.
If you’re working as a writer, that doesn’t necessarily take you
down the role of being a movie star. I said yes too much. I said yes to
certain projects that weren’t for me. It was somebody else’s vision and
somebody else’s dream and somebody else’s artistic endeavor, but it
didn’t necessarily fit in my grand scheme. I was just trying to be
around the people who do what I want to do, and you know, I think it
takes a little bit more investigation to figure out, does this road
actually lead to what I want?
I started out as a writer and a director. I started acting because I wanted to know how to relate to the actors. When people ask me what I do, I don’t really say that I’m an actor, because actors often wait for someone to give them roles.
Named by Chadwick Boot after his favourite magical beast, the Thunderbird, a beast that can create storms as it flies. Thunderbird house is sometimes considered to represent the soul of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Thunderbird favours adventurers.