by Edo Q
© 2010 CoverMen
Mat, I am proud to interview you, just to start
it off, though you are very famous, please give
me some background information.
I was born
on a farm in Alberta, Canada just outside a small town
called St.Paul. Although my dad was a teacher
we ran a self sufficient farm to have our own organic
produce and meat, so my childhood to teen years were
spent milking cows and shoveling shit. lol I used to
think I had the worst card in life getting up every
morning in -40 degree weather to milk a cow but when
I look back on it now it was a grounding unique experience
that I still carry today.
back at how you started modeling, tell me about how
you got discovered.
Actually it took
a while for me to be convinced, my teen years were awkward,
and I didn't grow into myself until 19 so I had been
approached a few times before I agreed to try a photo
shoot. I was 19 and going out a lot and was discovered
in a club by a talented model scout in Alberta. I
kind of laughed it off but kept his business card until
the summer when I decided to give it a try.
me about your first modeling job, what was it like?
I was incredibly self conscious...I still am but
I had no idea how to be in front of a camera. Luckily
the photographer was patient and directed me the best
he could, it definitely did not come naturally and has
taken me a while to get comfortable with. I'm very lucky I met some patient people along the way who
liked my look.
-What was the most fun
work that you have done as a model?
a Japanese Coca-Cola commercial with a skydiving plot,
they had a full plane set in a massive studio where
I was also hoisted up on repelling ropes in front of
a green screen...it was cool to shoot video and the
team was very cool to work with, although it was probably
one the hardest jobs as well. I had a lot of fun with
the Gucci team, although I think I was too stunned to
fully enjoy the moment! And Paco Rabanne was total fun,
it was such a relaxed atmosphere.. and I got to
dance all day.
-On the fashion
industry: who are the people that you really loved to
I had a lot of fun with the Gucci
team, they are like a family and they helped give me
confidence to do this work. I think I was always
a bit scared of the fashion industry for what I thought
it represented and Gucci will always be for me the moment
where I saw heart and soul and passion for an expressive
art form. I saw people doing what they loved,
working together and having fun without compromising
the highest of standards. Maybe I was naive or
uneducated but I never imagined fashion to be like this.
talk about Paco Rabanne's "One Million TV
ad", (click here to watch the clip)
it was just brilliantly done and you
were perfect for it, what do you remember about that
The casting was intimidating.
I wasn't given much notice when they told me I
had an appointment to meet with the whole team of Paco
Rabanne. I drove out to their head office with the casting
director who coached me a bit, and built up my confidence...she was beautiful. On the 7th floor I entered
a board room with a large long wooden table surrounded
by 12 or so people including the creatives, the director
and the producer. I then had to give a brief presentation
about myself after which I had to dance for them to
the Chemical Brothers track for 2 minutes. I'm
glad they didn't film that part...I felt like such a
job itself was amazing, it was pretty much total fun, Paul Gore (the director) had a very clear vision of
what he wanted, in an effortless way and for a lot
of it I just had to dance so it was a blast. The
creative team were relaxed and confident in there story,
and the stylists were good friends as well. In
all, it was a mega-combo of talent that made it incredibly
easy for me to do my job.
you among the top 10 successful male models, how
does that make you feel?
I feel very gracious
to be so successful in such a competitive industry.
next thing most models want to pursue is an acting career,
is it so for you too? If yes, what kind of movies would
you like to star in?
I am trying to look
for other things to pursue as I think its importantly
to keep growing in skills and experiences. I don't
think I am a good actor - although it is a dream to
be part of the process of filmmaking - I may be more
suited for behind the camera, but if I were to choose
a role I would love to star in an action movie where
I played a villain. I feel like I'm good at being
creepy lol. Or a musical. I grew up watching
a lot of them at home and it would be a guilty pleasure,
but I am such a giant it might be hard to land a role!
-How do you like to spend
your spare time? What is the meaning of fun and having
a good time for you?
Every once in
a while I love to find a heavy club night and dance.
If the music is good I can dance all night. It's
a huge therapy for me to let go and only feel the music...when
I leave I am exhausted, spent and I feel relaxed, all
my built up emotions, worries or feelings have been
released. Otherwise I sit at home, watch movies
on the Internet or read. I moved to Paris recently
and was hooked on reading Henry Miller he defines Paris
-Do you have any friends among
other models or they feel jealousy about the amazing
success you've had?
I have many friends who
are models, we all start in the same place struggling
to get work and I feel anyone who knows me well is happy
for my successes as I am for theirs; when I started
I really didn't think I'd make it to the top but was
enjoying the ride of the experience. You can't
plan for this experience you must just adapt...
Mat for taking the time to answer my questions, it was
a gift to me and to my readers!
Its my pleasure
I appreciate your support of the industry, a bientot!
profile on models.com: