I'm sure any actor who's had to sit at a press junket all day long would surely appreciate Double Take, a new web series that takes the art of interviewing to a whole new level. The show from Power Balance and Converge features celebrities in an interview setting...Although they're interviewing themselves.
You can CLICK HERE to watch the first episode featuring Shaquille O'Neal. The second episode features pro skater and former reality TV star Ryan Sheckler, which goes live on Wednesday, December 1 at 1 PM PST (4 PM EST) at PowerBalance.com. If you want to take a look at an early glimpse of Ryan Sheckler's episode, you can watch our exclusive clip below:
I recently had the chance to speak with Ryan Sheckler over the phone about this new web series (Ironic since I'm interviewing the man who is interviewing himself for the show...) and here's what he had to say:
This is a very innovative type of interview show. I was curious what your first reaction to this series was, about interviewing yourself?
Ryan Sheckler: I was nervous because I knew that, in order to interview myself, I was going to have to ask some interesting questions that, if someone else would've asked me in an interview, I would get up and walk away. I was kind of nervous but when I got there and started hanging out with the screenwriters who were helping me out, it was the most fun I've ever had at an interview. I didn't want it to end. It ended a lot quicker than I wanted it to end, that's for sure.
You became a pro skateboarder at a very young age. It's somewhat normal for 13-year-olds to be pro skateboarders, but most normal 13 year olds aren't professionals at anything. Was doing interviews and press at that age fun for you or was it more of a hassle at that time?
Ryan Sheckler: No, it was always interesting. I was brought up to take everything in. If it's going to happen to you, it's going to happen so just let it run. I turned pro when I was 13 and I was always doing interviews and photo shoots for that and I was just so thankful and so psyched and I just wanted to keep it going. Anytime I can do an interview, I'm thankful for it.
If you as your current 20-year-old self got to interview your 13-year-old self, what kinds of questions do you think you'd ask him?
Ryan Sheckler: Oh, man. Probably what was going through my head at X-Games, because I won at X-Games when I was 13. Maybe I'd want to interview myself about some girlfriends or some girls I used to hang out with when I was that young. I don't know, probably funny stuff. I was so young and innocent. I didn't really do much. I was working on all these skate tricks and I would try to finish school early so I could head out and go to the skate park. That was pretty much my whole childhood.
I saw the first episode with Shaq and it was hilarious.
He also has his own reality show, Shaq Vs, where he takes on other sports. How do you think he'd fare in skateboarding?
Ryan Sheckler: I'm not going to shut him down completely, but I think he'd have to have a huge board. He'd probably have to skate the Danny Way megaramp board. I don't know if we could get him to olly, though. That would be very impressive.
That's very true. In going back with all the other interviews that you've done, what are some of the more bizarre or strange experiences you've had? I imagine interviewing yourself is very strange, but do you have any weird interview experiences or experiences with fans that you can share?
Ryan Sheckler: Yeah. Right after we were doing the show (Life of Ryan on MTV), I started getting phone calls from A14 and Twist and Tiger Beat, all these teeny-bopper magazines. They'd ask me all these questions about the first kiss and what kind of date I like to go on and whats my favorite kind of girl. It was just crazy. I never really felt comfortable doing those, but that's basically it.
Yeah, I can imagine that would be a little uncomfortable.
Ryan Sheckler: Yeah, it's like, 'Share your first Valentine story.' I don't do anything for Valentine's Day, but it's all good. They don't know that. They just ask all the guys in the Hollywood world about their acting and that, but I'm not in that.
Who would you really like to see on Double Take and take on this unique format?
Ryan Sheckler: I think that it'd be funny to do it with Kobe Bryant. I think he would really be funny. Who else would be good? Travis Pastrana, probably. Travis Pastrana would be really funny if he did one. There's so many. I feel like anyone could really do one. You have to be yourself and it really gives you freedom to be someone that maybe you only act like that in front of your closest group of friends. You talk crazy like that, but you actually have to do it on screen. People get to see that other side of you and they get to see you having fun with something. I think it's cool.
I heard you address the Justin Bieber situation in there a bit.
Ryan Sheckler: Yeah, I bring it up, for sure, Everything in there is all funny. Everytime I go somewhere people are like, 'Oh Justin Bieber,' and it's like, 'How did I get associated with Justin Bieber?' We tackle it a little bit but it's all fun and games and it's for the fans.
You don't actually get mistaken for him, do you?
Ryan Sheckler: Oh, no, no. I don't get mistaken for him, but I don't know. People on the Internet put us together on some YouTube videos and stuff. They always think we're friends. I have nothing against him, but I just don't know him.
You've done some TV and you've been in some movies in the past. Is there anything else as far as movies or TV that is coming up for you?
Ryan Sheckler: TV and movies, not really. The main thing I did was this for Double Take and I have a Flip Camera campaign. Flip Camera basically decided to put six of my pro skateboard graphics on the cameras and sell them. Proceeds from that will go to my foundation and with my foundation we're just working on next year's Skate For a Cause, which we do with the Make-a-Wish Foundation. It helps kids with autism and we have this big skate day. They all come out and it's all free so they have a bunch of fun. I'm just really trying to do the foundation stuff right now and if TV or movie stuff goes on, that will be in the future.
Flip has a lot of really cool commercials. Will you be featured in any new spots for Flip?
Ryan Sheckler: Yeah, yeah. I just actually finished one. It's on TV right now. I just went out and skated out by where I live and got a pretty good trick for that and, yeah, it's on TV already. It's pretty cool.
To wrap up, what would you like to say to your fans about why they should check out your Double Take interview?
Ryan Sheckler: Oh, man. Check it out because it's funny and it's a completely different side of me that you have definitely not seen before. Hopefully everyone likes it. Hopefully it's not too much (Laughs).
Nice. Thanks so much for your time and best of luck with anything else you have coming up.
Ryan Sheckler: All right brother. Thanks man. Have a great day.