How did you get started acting?
I saw Star Wars when I was 5 years old and knew I wanted to be on that screen. Later I saw "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and that was it - I wanted to do what Harrison Ford did. Did my first play in 8th grade and did theater all through high school.
How did you first get involved in Hard-ish Bodies?
I heard Mike talking about it and said "Hey! That sounds awesome! I wanna' be a part of that!" And I auditioned and got in.
How has it’s message about body positivity affected you?
Tremendously. I grew up a short chubby kid who was picked on a lot. In high school I dropped 30lbs and grew 5 inches but still saw myself as that short chubby kid that everyone made fun of. 12 years in Hollywood didn't help. This show, and seeing how audiences have reacted to men and women of all shapes and sizes has been amazing.
What do you think about crowdfunding on Seed&Spark so far? Best parts? Worst parts?
I think it's a great site and one of the few solely for film. Best parts are the perks and visibility from your peers. Worst - I hate asking for money.
When do you feel your sexiest?
Right after working out. Right after a performance. During sex.
If your character, Stoney, could give you life advice, what would he say?
Be cool. Be confident. Be kind. The rest is just bullshit.
James C. Leary’s television credits include a two-year stint as Clem, the loose-skinned demon on the critically acclaimed hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. James turned the original five-line part at the beginning of season six into a regular recurring role and was soon a fan favorite. He also had roles in HBO’s The Comeback, with Lisa Kudrow, and NBC’s Passions.
He was also the Mustachioed Madman making rash decisions in the "I Feel Great" Nutrigrain commercial which hit a cultural nerve in the pre-YouTube internet days, logging over 22 million views.
James co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred in the award-winning short film Stunt C*cks, a light-hearted spoof of the adult entertainment industry, with co-stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Scott Thompson and Ron Jeremy. The film played to sold-out crowds at film festivals around the country and won the audience award for best short film at the Deep Ellum film festival.
His other credits include a starring role in the award-winning, critically acclaimed sitcom Los Beltrán. In its two-year run, Los Beltran broke new ground as the first original comedy produced for Spanish language television in the United States. James brought his own undeniable energy and unique comic flair (he didn’t speak a word of Spanish) to the show as Kevin, the Beltrán family’s very American, flamboyant neighbor who rents an apartment from them with his same-sex partner Fernandito. The show received two GLAAD Media Award nominations (2000 and 2001) for Outstanding Comedy Series.