Who is Jack O’Connell?
Jack O’Connell began his acting career on Long Island, auditioning for local theater productions. As Jack says, “I lucked” into an Off Broadway play, The Chekhov Sketchbook, in 1980, and has been an Equity member since. After raising a family, Jack now devotes more time to his professional career. Jack has appeared in many popular TV programs including The Sopranos, Law and Order, Blue Bloods, and Boardwalk Empire and films such as Doubt with Meryl Streep and Men In Black 3. Jack is currently enjoying the ‘Artists Without Walls’ Showcases.’ “I enjoy them very much because of the newness, fire, and the feeling I have after listening to the unique people who appear to present their work and their talents. I’m honestly amazed at these risk-free-falling evenings.”
What are you working on at the moment?
I just competed a short film Brazzaville Teenager in which I co-starred with Michael Cera and Charles Grodin. The film is adapted from a short story by Bruce Jay Friedman
Do you have upcoming events you would like people to attend?
Name something on your bucket list that you want to do, sooner rather than later?
Live in Havana for a spell.
What is your favorite place in the world to visit and why?
A place I like to visit is New Orleans by Amtrak’s ‘Crescent Train,’ which leaves Penn Station every afternoon at 2:30pm.
What is your greatest inspiration?
My greatest inspiration is ‘The Mystery Of Faith’ in my religion.
What picture do you love to stare at and why?
A picture I like to stare at is an Edward Hopper’s “Room in New York”. There’s a girl tinkling on a piano, while a man sits nearby reading a newspaper. I just like it.
If you could dream about trying out something you haven’t tried out in the arts yet, what would?
Tap dancing. I wish I knew how to tap dance.
What was the best gift that someone gave you that inspired or facilitated an interest in your art?
The best gift pertaining to my craft, acting, was a two course class at Circle In The Square in “scene study” from the late Mrs, June Ewing many years ago. Thanks June. I so enjoy working at this unique craft.