Exclusive interview about Tate Donovan American actor

By Jean-Paul Eliard
The October 9th, 2018


Hi Tate,  I'm very Happy to do this interview about you.


What did you like about the storyline and your role in The Upside ?

When I heard they were remaking the French film 'Intouchables' for the US I thought, "why remake a perfect movie?!"  It's one of my favorites of all time, but after reading the script and working with Brian Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman, I feel very fortunate to be a part of it. It’s a great adaptation and very moving and fun to watch. 

How was the filming The Upside?
Even though parts of the film are very serious, filming was a barrel of laughs. Kevin Hart is, as expected, very funny and Brian Cranston is one of the best actors alive, so each day on set was pretty cool. One highlight for me was in-between takes I played my fiddle for the cast and crew for St. Patrick's Day. I've been playing traditional Irish music since I was a kid so it was fun the share that with them. 

What do you know about why The Upside was made in 2017 but released in January 2019, 2 years after?
I'm not sure. I'm just happy it’s getting released at all. many movies I’ve made never see light of day....it’s a tough business for independent films.

I watched MacGyver with Richard Dean Anderson and also the new series with Lucas Till, where you played the father of MacGyver.
How was the shoot? Do you prefer the new or the old MacGyver? 

Working on MayGyver is a lot of fun too. Lucas Till is excellent at his job and a really good kid. Plus my character is called 'Oversight', which is maybe the coolest character name I’ve ever had.  So, I'd have to go with the new MacGyver.

When and why did you choose to be an actor?
I was 4 years old in a theatre with my parents watching a movie about Medieval knights and said to myself "I want to do that". When I was around 12 or 13, I heard Meryl Streep say that when she was a kid, she always pretended to be a professional actress so she went out for every school play and musical.  I did the same. I imagined that every play, or student film in high school and college was a big time paying gig.  Luckily, I started to work for real in Hollywood while still in college. (I went to the University of Southern California) 

What is your next challenge?
Besides the recurring role in MacGyver, I've got a small but fun role in the new Elton John biopic 'Rocket Man' that will open at the Cannes Film Festival in '19. I also star in a small but interesting film called 'Grace' that opens the Napa Valley Film Festival in November. Hopefully it will come to France. The producer, Laure Sudreau, is French and I think people will like it there. Merci.


Thank you very much for your interview Tate and I wish you the best.

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