Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Alex Nunez! I’m an actor and a writer, currently starring on Moonshine, a drama series airing on CBC and CBC Gem. I’m also a Gemini, which I feel isn’t such a hated trait so much anymore. Right?
What prompted you to get into acting?
Fate, I guess? I’ve always loved performing, I was a huge drama nerd in high school. I’ve also been an extreme cinephile since birth. Oddly enough, I’m the only member of my family who loves movies as much as I do. When I was 17, I was scouted more or less for a pilot and hired after rigourous rounds of auditioning. I loved the experience and all I wanted to do afterward was find a way back onto a set. My parents were convinced enough by that experience that I’d be able to handle getting into the entertainment industry… so they let me! But trust me, this was not the original plan. For a time I was dead sure I was going to become a therapist.
You’re in a new show called Moonshine. Why should audiences tune into this one?
I’ve gotten to sit and watch the show in my own time, and I was hooked and a hundred percent invested. And I’m in the thing! It’s an incredibly endearing story about five siblings fighting over the right to own and operate their ancestral family business. What their parents aren’t telling them is that that business is shot to all hell, it’s drowning in debt, and there are some unsavoury things being done to keep it afloat. It’s hilarious, it’s heartwarming, and there isn’t a single weak performance from the cast. At its core, the show is a story about dealing with family dysfunction, and that’s something I think audiences will definitely relate to.
What can you tell us about your character, “Sammy”?
Sammy is the youngest of the five Finley-Cullen siblings. He was adopted by the family after being abandoned at the Moonshine lodge as a baby by a guest. Sammy’s also arguably the smartest of the pack — he’s both a solid emotional rock and a voice of reason for his brother and sisters. He also helps his mother keep a pretty horrible secret… to be revealed… if you watch the SHOW!
You’re also a screenwriter even creating your own short in 2019 called, “Diversity Hire”? How does your approach differ behind the camera versus in front of it?
Personally, I don’t find either position too different! Sure, acting, writing, and producing are all very different jobs. But working on a set in any capacity is a collaborative experience. In front and behind the camera, my role is always to share ideas that help push the story forward in a meaningful way.
How has your career evolved since your first role in the Disney pilot, “Try It”?
Oh, the evolution is insane. That pilot was a sketch show geared toward kids, and I had absolutely no professional acting experience. It was my first gig! I got a spot on that show because I was experienced in improv and I have great comedic timing (if I do say so myself). It took a lot of self-improvement from there for me to start booking typical acting roles. I was out of work for over a year. In that time, I learned how to audition. How to actually act on camera. I’m proud of what I’ve gotten to do so far. I never thought I’d end up working full-time in this business.
What’s next for your career?
Moonshine season 2, baby! I’m in the middle of filming now, and WOW, it’s an incredible season. I really think we’ve topped ourselves. From there, I started filming the second season of Avocado Toast The Series! It’s a hilarious show about two besties, starring real life besties Heidi Lynch as Molly, and Perrie Voss as Elle. I play Elle’s assistant Jordan. Season 1 is out on OUTtvGo in Canada and Prime Video in the U.S. and the U.K. I’m in the writer’s room for season 2, and co-starring with the girls this time around, which I’m very grateful and excited for.
What advice would you have for aspiring actors/actresses?
Don’t get into it if you’re trying to get famous, there are way easier ways to do that and this ain’t one of em. Watch a ton of amazing movies. Find what you liked about what the amazing actors in those movies did. Watch a bunch of terrible movies. Pinpoint why those actors sucked so hard, and try to never do that. Always be taking classes. Lastly, don’t wait for opportunities to come your way. Make them yourself. Go create something! Show it to people! An agent can only do so much for you.
What’s your life like outside of acting?
Travelling, endless conversations with my partner, squeezing the heck out of my adorable nephew, working out inconsistently, being obsessed about interior design, binge-watching TV, reading Wikipedia articles, constantly primping my hair… and a tiny teeny little bit of weed. On weekends.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
Watch me make mediocre jokes and take okay pictures! Good time, right!?