Having been up since 4 in the morning and fresh off a flight from the East Coast, there is a tinge of fatigue in Melvin Gregg‘s voice. And understandably so. He later reveals that despite the long flight back to LA, he’ll be headed to audition not too long after our conversation ends. Such is the life of an up-and-coming, especially as an already in-high-demand actor.
With several critically acclaimed films and series under his belt like American Vandal, High Flying Bird, and most recently, Snowfall on FX, it’s safe to say that “busy” is now Melvin’s new normal. Which is arguably in stark contrast to how things were when they were just getting started. Originally moving to California to pursue acting, Gregg found himself trying to secure as many gigs as he could–which often came in the form of short commercials and indie films.
But it wasn’t until he decided to take his talents to the streets of social media, that he would begin gaining more leverage to support his acting endeavors and eventually land his way back on the big screen. He tells me, “With doing all of that, I was really just trying to get back into traditional media. Acting was always the goal. I redirected my focus at the top of 2018 and I’ve been able to consistently work and level up with each project. I’m thankful, but I’m not content. But I do understand the process and I trust it completely.”
I got the chance to catch up with Melvin for xoNecole, where we talked about stepping away from Vine, what he appreciates most about his current relationship, and why he feels that true love is all about timing. Check out the highlights below and click here to read the full interview.
On Going From Vine To Traditional Media: “Social media was sort of a stretch for me because I’m somewhat introverted. So being over the top and what I had to be online, my energy had to be a lot higher. And with the platform I was working on (Vine), it had a majority audience that I wasn’t used to. So I had to adapt and study what was working, teach and train myself to do it. Coming back over to traditional media was where I wanted to be so it wasn’t that hard. But the hardest thing I will say is that, when you create a monster with social media, you have to fight it when you move back over. Because people only want to see you in the light they first saw you in, you kind of have to go uphill to try to win people over on a different medium.”
On The Most Enjoyable Part Of Creating Content: ” Everything I did, I produced, edited, [and] I was working with other actors as well. So it was similar to the traditional format, it was just a lot shorter. What I enjoyed was just having creative control to really do what I wanted to do, from top to bottom. Writing the product to shooting, directing and editing. But when it comes to acting, you pretty much only have one job. I enjoy it though because it is a longer format and you do have time to really play up your character and win the audience over. But as far as digital–I enjoy the creative control more. So I guess the ideal would be creating content on the traditional format in the same way I did in the shorter format.”
On What He Appreciates Most About His Current Relationship: “She’s my best friend. It’s about more than just the physical. If something were to happen to where we’re not together anymore, she could still be my best friend. I’d still want her in my life, to the point where it would probably get in the way of every other relationship I would have. I don’t understand how somebody could be all about this one person and they mean so much to you and then something happens and they never talk again. That’s weird, especially if you connect with that person on so many different levels.”
On People’s Biggest Misconception When They Meet Him: “I think that I’m always joking. Most people always say I’m different from what they expect when they meet me. For women, I think a lot of them think or thought that I’m some womanizer. It’s a misconception because of the videos and things that I put online so it’s partially my fault (laughs). For other people, everything on social media is transparency when it comes to their real-life but not for me. It was just a platform for me to distribute the content I created, none of that was real. But a lot of people mistook it for being real. But again, that’s partially my fault.”