DIER, Brett2Please explain what just happened.

I banged my knee on the computer desk, and I’m now in pain. But I’ve recovered nicely by the time I finished this sentence. Nope…still hurts.


What is your earliest memory?

Earliest memory would be me dressing up in my mothers nylons and pretending I’m Batman. I WISH I was making this up.


If you weren’t an actor, what other profession would you choose?

If I wasn’t an actor I’d be a professional break-dancer who also dabbled in graffiti. Legal graffiti of course…


Describe a typical work day.

Show up on set, they un-ugly me in the make-up trailer, put some clothes on that aren’t mine. Begin doing pushups so I look more muscle-y, sweat off the make-up they put on me, look ugly again. They redo it. I apologize and get into whatever mindset I need to be in by use of music and imagination! Typically…


Is there a time you wish you’d lied?

Yes.  Me telling you about my mothers nylons that I used to run around in.


What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

Don’t fear anything, we’re all gonna die anyways so go ahead and ask that girl out — worst she can say is “eww.”


If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?

Music doesn’t usually get me through a breakup. It usually makes it worse because every song mentions LOVE pretty much. So I’d watch Ace Ventura.


What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?

IMDB (I stalk every actor working), Youtube, and Apple Trailers.


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From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

I’m inspired by people who are inspired. People who work hard and want something more than anything. That inspires me.


Name three books that have impacted your life.

The Dictionary, The Alchemist, and The Power of the Subconscious Mind.


If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?

Any moment I’m with the people I love.


How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

I’m 360 degrees from Kevin Bacon. Wait, what?


What makes you feel most guilty?



How do you incorporate the work of other artists into your own?

I just watch other actors and if I see something I like, I may borrow it for a little while, in my own way obviously, but I think every actor just constantly borrows from people, or other actors. It’s kind of our job.


Please explain the motivation/inspiration behind your role as Gene Corbett on Bomb Girls.

I loved the depth of this character. I love how it had so many layers. He’s this cocky guy, almost an A-hole, but really he’s a scared little boy underneath. To me that was super fun to explore. Not to mention he also has severe PTSD. Which was very interesting to research. I just loved every second of working on this show. It was incredible.



What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

Probably to face your fears because you are the only person stopping YOU. Nobody else.


List your favorite in the following categories:  Comedian, Musician, Author, Actor.

Comedian — Louis CK.

Musician — Stevie Wonder.

Author — Paulo Coelho.

Actor — It varies, but right now it’s Tom Hardy.


If you had complete creative license and an unlimited budget, what would your next project be?

My next project would be to remake Sailor Moon … but make it incredibly DARK. Like the Dark Knight, and I’d play the villain.


What do you want to know?

The meaning of how things came to be. Not just THEORIES.


What would you like your last words to be?

I think it would be funny if my last words were “last words.”


Please explain what will happen.

I’m going to go and ice my knee.


Actor BRETT DIER most recently guest-starred on Bomb Girls as Gene Corbett, the son of Lorna (Meg Tilly) and Bob (Peter Outerbridge) and a returning soldier suffering from combat stress reaction – a World War II precursor to PTSD.  Dier has previously appeared on V, Flashpoint, Mr. Young, Supernatural, Smallville, as well as the films Shattered and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  His latest film Backmask – a horror/comedy written by Kirsten Elms (Texas Chainsaw 3D), directed by Marcus Nispel (Conan the Barbarian), and starring Stephen Lang (Avatar) – premieres later this year.

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