We’re pretty Charlie Weber is just as badass off screen as the characters he plays on the screen — you know, just minus all of that violence.
Back in 2000 — before being discovered by Shondaland and after playing a variety of minor roles — Charlie Weber landed a re-occurring role on a beloved vampire series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer,
He went on to land roles on multiple TV series and a few films over the decade — but it wasn’t until 2014 when Charlie landed the role of the dark, brooding and mysterious Frank Delfino on How to Get Away with Murder starring alongside Viola Davis . It was this complicated and undeniably intriguing character what went on to put him everyone’s — especially ours — list of actors to watch.
With the ABC series on a break and Weber’s latest film Jarhead 3: The Siege being released on DVD, we caught up with the actor to find out what it was like portraying a U.S marine, what we can expect from Frank on How To Get Away With Murder, and interacting with fans on social media.
ANDPOP: You’re in the third instalment of Jarhead — which was recently released on DVD. Did you have any concerns about joining a franchise that had 2 previously successful films?
CHARLIE: Not really. I didn’t really think of it like that. I got the script and I really liked it. I thought it was a really interesting take on what it is to be a marine. A young guy who seems very sure of himself and [then] things got real and he had to adapt. With that kind of genre, I never had the opportunity. There was a lot of appealing things about it.
When you read the script was there a certain scene you were excited to film?
I really like the scene when the embassy comes under attack and he starts seeing people actually being killed. That’s something he’s never seen before – this surreal thing becomes real. I thought that would be a really interesting scene and it was.
Is there a certain mindset you go in before filming a scene like that?
Every scene has its emotional content. I think I just let things be there. So with a scene like that more shows up. I try not to go into a scene with too many expectations. I like to be ready and open, and allow whatever to come up, come up. That’s another thing that made that scene so interesting — because it came up organically.
Prior to filming, did you meet any U.S marines?
As a matter of fact, we had a fantastic military assignment. I became friends with a guy called Keith Stone who’s a recently retired marine sergeant. It was valuable to have him there.
Did you feel that added extra pressure to accurately portray a marine?
Yes, it did for me — because I wanted it to be right. Not only as an actor did I wanted to be good and I wanted to be a marine in those moments [but] at the same time I’m trying to respect men and women who are marines and who do this daily and do this right. I just wanted to do my best and be as good as possible.
Any memorable moments from being on set?
It was all memorable being in Bulgaria together and having to band together. It was all very interesting for me because I’m very flattered to be the lead of the movie and I worked everyday, and worked with everyone. And then they’d have a few days off and then I’d see them again. It’s really wonderful to have people kind of coming and going and have moods changing around the set. When you ask me that question, I guess what popped up for me is one day where everyone was working and it was a gorgeous day and we all sat outside together talking and it was toward the end of the movie.
You’re also part of the successful and addictive series How To Get Away With Murder. We left season 2 with your character Frank leaving town– how did you find everyone’s reaction when the episode aired?
I think people were really, really shocked. What Frank did — which was responsible for Annalise [Keating] and how torn up he was about it — that episode is very important to me. With Frank being gone, they kind of threw a curveball in there because you’re not sure – it’s so open-ended. With our show, that could mean anything and a lot of people are curious if Frank is coming back if he’s coming back.
I was just at the Toronto [CTV] Up-fronts, and I tried to be quiet about everything .. but the cats out of the bag that Frank hasn’t gone anywhere. He’s just on the run. We’ll be seeing plenty of him.
Awesome! Aside from more murder, how will Frank’s character change in the upcoming season?
He’s going to change tremendously. This is a very a huge thing. His whole life revolves around Annalise and so his purpose – I mean, he’ll go to great lengths to back to her in whatever capacity he can. It’s going to be quite a journey.
And I have to ask, because we’re a major fan of the show, have we seen the last of Frank and Laurel (#Flaurel)?
I don’t know. On a romantic level, it’s run its course — but we’ll always be bound by something or another. You can never be sure about anything on our show.
The cast of HGTAWM is one of our favourites casts – you all seem to truly enjoy your time together, what makes this cast so fun?
You know, I think despite having different processes, we all work really well with each other and love each other. First off, everyone is really talented and to be with all these talented people who care about what they do, and care about each other and care about the process – we all got really close very quick.
We’ve seen you take on more serious roles recently, do you prefer being in more of dramatic role or are you up for a comedic role?
I love comedy – I love to watch it. It’s one of those things that I would take on for sure. What I do and my process definitely lends itself to drama — but I’m definitely not opposed to doing some comedy.
You’re pretty active on social media as are a lot of actors – even though many try to stay away from it.
I’m trying my best. I don’t think I’m very good at it.
You’re better than many actors that I’ve seen! So good for you, you’re trying.
Thank you, thank you. I am trying!
Why is it important to do things like live tweet HTGAWM and interact with fans as the show is airing?
I get the fan interaction. When the show is airing and when we’re on set – being able to talk about work and giving fans a little behind-the-scenes glimpse and love how they react to it. I’m more than happy to do that. It’s when we’re on hiatus that I don’t know what to say. I think the fans love that – to be able to connect. Twitter, what I get about it, is the fan interaction. If they love it, I’m happy to do it.
Are you currently filming Ex-Patriot?
I just finished! I’ve been back for a couple of weeks.
What can you tell us about this role?
I find myself being given opportunities to play characters I’ve never played before. It’s a very straight forward CIA agent and circumstances in his life change and he has to go to Utah. He has to change and he changes drastically in many ways. There’s a twist and that’s why I wanted to do the movie so badly. It’s an intriguing movie and I would definitely call it a thriller and I love thrillers.
To wrap up this interview we’re going to do a quick fire round so fans can get to know you a little better.
Lets have it!
Favourite war film?
Omg, that’s so difficult. I’m a huge fan of the genre. I don’t want to give a cliché – I’ll go with Platoon.
TV series you think everyone should watch?
How To get away with murder.
Nah, I’m joking. Bloodline.
Would you rather rock your beard or be clean shaven?
Rock my beard. I prefer my beard.
Jarhead 3: The Siege is now available on DVD in stores & iTunes
**This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity and length.