Interview with Teck Holmes

Teck Holmes got his start on MTV’s hit reality series “Real World: Hawaii”. Teck has also appeared alongside Hollywood heavy weights Ryan Reynolds and Forrest Whitaker, to name just a few. Teck is currently hosting the popular television show “Hole in the Wall”. Movie Mikes had a chance to speak with Teck about his current projects and about his role in the upcoming film “Douglas U”.

Adam Lawton: Can you tell us about working on “Hole in the Wall” and how you got the job as host?
Teck Holmes: “Hole on the Wall” is a fun fast paced family show where contestants have to contort their bodies to fit into different shapes in order to fit through a moving wall. If they aren’t able to fit through the different shaped openings the contestants get knocked into a pool. How I got the job was I went on an interview just like any other job. I auditioned and the casting people liked me and offered me the job.

AL: Can you tell us about the addition of Aaron Gingrich?
TH: Aaron is the life guard on the show and he’s a great guy. If you look at us as Laurel and Hardy, Aaron is my Hardy. Aaron is a really great and funny guy and I am excited to have him be a part of the show this season. Aaron brings a really great energy to the show and we have good chemistry together.

AL: As a host what’s the most challenging aspect of the show?
TH: Smiling! I always have to make sure that I am smiling enough. To me this job is second nature and I don’t even really see it as hosting. I am very comfortable with the crew and the cameras. I just always have to remember to smile more.

AL: Can you tell us how you got involved with “Real World: Hawaii”?
TH: I am so happy that I was a part of that show. We had a great time. I was in my early twenties at the time getting to live in Hawaii with no cares in the world. It was really great to have the ocean as my back yard.

AL: Did you go through the traditional casting process for that show?
TH: I had sent in a tape which I had shot and somewhat edited to look like I was already on the show. Jason from “Real World: Boston” had found my tape and told the MTV people that it was really good. After that I was asked to be on the show. I think doing my tape the way I did really helped.

AL: Can you tell us about working on “Van Wilder”
TH: The original script called for a blonde hair guy who dressed like Lenny Kravitz. I had thought I was having a joke played on me because the character description was just like me. I thought to myself that if I don’t get this role then that’s my sign to go home. Thankfully I got the role. I got to work with Ryan Reynolds and Kal Penn which was really great.

AL: Do you have a role of yours that sticks out as a favorite?
TH: My whole career is my favorite! It has been just one big fast paced roller coaster ride that I am enjoying. It’s a good time.

AL: Can you tell us about your upcoming film “Douglas U”?
TH: The film has a great script written by Hari Williams. It’s a fun fictional story about the first black college west of Texas and the process of attending. I actually attended a similar college so I felt I had a close tie to the script. The film also stars Wanita ‘D.Woods’ Woodgett and Thomas Mikal Ford. The film should be coming out this fall.

AL: Do you have any other upcoming projects you can tell us about?
TH: I am actually going to the Bahamas with “Hole in the Wall” for the summer where we will be taping at the Atlantis resort. When I get back from that I will be doing more “Hole in the Wall” and hopefully auditioning for some movies.


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