Today it’s my pleasure to present an interview of multi-talented cover model/actor, Chris Perrons! His lifetime careers encompass many avenues; Weapons and Explosives specialist for the Royal Air Force for more than 16 years, stevedore, Microsoft Certified System Engineer, actor, model. Chris holds a Black Belt 2nd Dan Karate, is trained in Tae Kwon Do, and does both English and Western Horseback riding. I had the good fortune to be seated next to Chris at the RT2008 Cover Model Reunion Dinner. We talked about military life (since I was a military wife for 21 years) and being left-handed! He’s a true professional, gracious gentleman!
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Q: You’ve had lots of different career directions. Is there one job you’ve thought about trying but haven’t yet attempted?
A: Actually, I have thought about applying to become a marshal for the FAA. I'd like to have a role in keeping airplanes safe from terrorism.
Q: You had an interest in acting as a child, and continued to pursue this as an adult. What inspired you to become an actor?
A: I've always found it to be very enjoyable and I didn't find the opportunity when I was in the Royal Air Force.
Q: Tell us about some of your acting roles. Do you have a favorite one?
A: I enjoyed several of them for different reasons but the one that stands out for me was as Archie Beaton, in "Brigadoon".
Q: You’ve been to all Romantic Times Booklovers Conventions from 2001-2009. In 2001 and 2002, you were a finalist in RT’s “Mr. Romance” contest. What memories stand out from these conventions?
A: Meeting so many interesting and wonderful people initially and again every time since. It truly is like a huge family. The rehearsals were fun and the appearances for photos, etc., were also very flattering to asked to attend.
Q: Readers, Romance Industry Representatives, and Authors attend RT Conventions. Our impression of the contestants is that they’re fun, easy-going guys, and all get along (and handsome, of course!). Did you find this type of camaraderie or did you ever encounter negative vibes from other contestants?
A: I don't think there was anything negative that I could feel from any of the guys. Mostly, we were all in the same situation, seemingly for the first time, somewhat nervous and didn't want to make fools of ourselves. I feel that we were generally supportive of each other.
Q: For RT2003, you presented a workshop on acting. What one important tip would you give to budding actors/models?
A: Get to know the character that you are portraying completely and become that character. I personally put myself in their position and don't cast my mind back to my own memories or experiences. That seems to work for some actors but I feel that one has to keep it real, "in the moment".
Q: You now live in Florida. What kind of a culture change did you go through?
A: Still going through, over twelve years later. I'm very English and mannerisms are very different. Meeting new people is so nice. The Southern hospitality is very heart-warming.
Discipline on the road is quite an adjustment. The heat and humidity, where I am in East Central Florida, is almost constant. The beaches are beautiful. Also, I had to revert to Imperial measurements, instead of metric. It was like going back in time. I still convert to metric in my head.
Q: What’s next for Chris Perrons?
A: Being that I'm employed at NASA (Kennedy Space Center), I don't know how much longer my job will exist. I'm training to become a home inspector. I've got people overseas telling me about possibilities working with my former RAF colleagues and of course, I audition as much as I can. Who knows what break might occur?
Q: Favorite food?
A: Almost anything but I really enjoy Indian cuisine, as most English do.
Q: Favorite drink?
A: Real English tea.
Q: Where do you consider to be the most romantic place in the world?
A: I'm tempted to say "my place" but that's probably not very PC. I think one of Scotland's castles on the bank of Loch Ness. Urquart, I think it's called.
Q: There are so many romance genres. As a cover model, is there one genre in particular that you’d like to be asked to do?
A: I feel somewhat drawn to the historic but I'm rather open.
Additional Information: Chris is now a US citizen. He appeared in the movie, "Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector" (2006).
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