FYIG Chats With “FAK YAASS” Creator/Actor Vasilios Filippakis

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. 
 
Hello, reader! My name is Vasilios. Or Vas, Vasi and/or some of my friends call me Billy. I grew up in Tecumseh, Ontario where my acting journey began. Community musicals were my version of an extracurricular “sport”. Ha. I’m Greek, yes big family and restaurant included, and I have the cutest little Jack Russell in the world. 
 
How did you get into acting and writing? 
 
I got into acting when I was in Grade 3; I was cast in my very first play “Oliver Twist”. I didn’t get a major role but there was nothing I loved more than singing, dancing and acting on stage. It was freeing in a way that I never understood until I had to discover, thanks to my amazing acting coach/mentor Suzanne Bastien, the “why” in the question, “why do you act”? I got into making this project (FAK YAASS) because for a while I felt that I hadn’t been given the opportunity to showcase my work. I felt like I was at a standstill and just had this fire in me to create a project, about my life, that I believed so many people could connect to. 
 
How did you come up with the concept for your new show, “FAK YAASS”?
 
The concept overall was an amalgamation of many years spending time with my family. A lot of what you see is derived from real conversations, situations, and experiences I had with them. At the time, I had jotted down point-form notes of how I saw the season of “FAK YAASS” playing out but I wasn’t a screenwriter. Luckily, I had gone to high school with a guy that, at the time, I would have considered a very distant friend. I had approached Anthony Filangeri, an aspiring screenwriter, with my story and then it all just happened. Not only did we partner to create this amazing show, but he is also now someone I consider my best friend. 
 
Tell us a little bit about your character, “Nico Nicolakis”. 
 
“Nico Nicolakis” is a gay millennial in the big city. He parties, drinks, and dances till 4 am on a weekly basis. His parents help support his high rent and his dreams of being an actor seem fleeting as his priorities are not in line. He has this saltiness to him – because at the end of the day he just wishes his family understood him a little more than they claim they do. Nico just wants them to understand and they also just want Nico to understand them. It makes for a really amazing family dynamic. 
 
Is this planned to be a short series or will we be seeing multiple seasons? 
 
Currently, “FAK YAASS” will air as a two-part mini-series on OUTtv in Canada, New Zealand (TVnz), Australia and South Africa. We’re labeling it as “just a taste”. However, our team sees “FAK YAASS” having multiple seasons on a global scale. We are hoping to continue the pitching process and bring “FAK YAASS” to the next level so hopefully, the WORLD would get a full season of our amazing show. 
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How has it been working with Bulldog Productions to bring this show to life? 
 
Bulldog Productions really was incredible to work with! Matthew McLaughlin, the creative director of Bulldog, and I became really close because of this project. Frankly, we all did. Matt was so amazing during the beginning stages of the show and once he read the scripts he was as involved as me and Anthony. At the time, my co-star and you-will-never-see-us-apart- female twin, Leanne Noelle Smith had been with me in the early stages of developing all the paperwork and together with Bulldog Productions we joined forces and made “FAK YAASS” happen as a team. Now actually being a part of Bulldog, as a co-producer, I got to say we honestly have the best team ever. 
 
What do you hope that people take away from this show after watching it? 
 
I want people to realize that we ALL still have so much to learn. May it be patience, acceptance, understanding, values, and that love is love, always. 
 
Do you have any other projects in the works? 
 
I recently wrapped a role on “Hudson & Rex” on CityTV. Tune in for the season finale to see me in action! 
 
What advice would you have for aspiring filmmakers/actors? 
 
Don’t wait. Waiting won’t get you anything or anywhere. Work hard. When you think you’re working hard, work harder. Take classes. Understand that you do have a voice and if you’re being honest with yourself, your story and what you want to tell, people will listen. 
 
What’s your life like outside of the acting?
 
My life outside of acting is a busy one. I am a trainer at F45 Yorkville, which I love so much, a dad to an active dog, I work a few nights a week at a steakhouse, take acting classes, private coaching, and I take any audition I can. I have to be VERY cautious to make time for myself and my friends to keep me sane. 
 
Let the readers know where to find you online. 
 
You can find me on: Instagram – @vasiliosf