‘Kiss me Kill me’ trailer

Exclusive trailer for “Kiss me, Kill me” movie, starring Craig R. Young !

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From director Casper Andreas (“Going Down in LA-LA Land”) and screenwriter David Michael Barrett (“Such Good People”) comes a new thriller starring Van Hansis (“As the World Turns”), Gale M. Harold III (“Queer as Folk”), Brianna Brown (Devious Maids”), Yolonda Ross (“Whitney”), Craig Robert Young (“The Last Ship”), Jai Rodriguez (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”), Kit Williamson (“Madmen”), Matthew Ludwinski (“Going Down in LA-LA Land”), D.J. “Shangela” Pierce (“Rupaul’s Drag Race”), Jackie Monahan (“Codependent Space Alien Seeks Same”), Allison Lane (“Going Down in LA-LA Land”).

Craig Young interviewed by The Nottingham Post

The Last Ship star Craig Young talks Hollywood, toilet humour and partying with Sir Elton John !

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Seeing him share a pint of cider with his retired mum at the Nottingham Beach bar, it’s hard to believe that Nottingham actor Craig Young spends the majority of his year in Los Angeles, working on big budget productions such as TV’s “Lost”, partying with the legendary Elton John and living directly under the Hollywood sign’s H.

The 41-year-old does, however, look the part, with a golden tan, blonde quiff and twinkling smile, but it takes some gentle persuasion from his mum before he starts sharing his star stories.

“I go to The Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party,” he smiles, taking a sip of his increasingly warm pint. “I stayed at his house in the south of France one time, which was fun. He has these massive Bentley convertibles, and he goes, ‘right come on everyone we are going to the restaurant, everyone get in.‘ So you get ready and go out and he has this convoy of open-top Bentleys, and you go through Nice and everyone is looking at you and you think, ‘oh my God, this is so embarrassing, but also amazing’.”

Currently starring as Declan in the post-apocalyptic Sky 1 series, The Last Ship, Craig, who grew-up in Farnborough Road where his mum and dad still live, plays the sonar operator on a rogue nuclear submarine.

He said: “I’m a bit like Scotty from Star Trek. I went for an audition on the Monday, got the job Tuesday and was filming Wednesday so it was a pretty fast turn-around. But I have a nephew who is in the navy and, because I am sort of playing an ex-navy type, I called him to say, ‘what is this ? What does that mean ? Where’s starboard ?’ It was fantastic to film, it was almost like lads being away.”

The show, which also stars Grey’s Anatomy’s Eric Dane, was filmed at the famous Culver Studios, in California. Craig said: “It’s where ‘Gone With The Wind’, ‘I Love Lucy’, and some really big television shows, were shot, so we were in very good company.”

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As well as The Last Ship, Craig has just finished a film called “Kiss Me Kill Me”, a modern-day film noir about a man who wakes up in a hospital bed to find out his fiancée has been murdered. However, being injured in the process means he has no memory of it and is the prime suspect. Its US premiere is in September in Chicago.

And then there’s the one-man show the former ‘Deuce’ band member is developing for next year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival called “The Lost Year” Of Richard Burton. He said: “In 2012, his diaries were released in a book form but there was a year missing despite him writing avidly.”

Despite his heavy workload after 16 years in Hollywood, Craig insists that family time is crucial and he plans to go to the pub and have a game of bowling while he is here with his family. Craig says that, deep down, he’s still the same Clifton boy, and when a certain Vine video he made of a person passing wind is mentioned he roars with laughter.

He said: “I guess you can’t really take the boy out of Clifton. I have a real schoolboy humour and fart humour is the funniest thing in the world to me. It’s not highbrow, it’s disgusting – but I can’t stop laughing.”

Source : The Nottingham Post (18/08/2015)

Craig on Distract TV UK

DistractTV’s Stephen Stallone Meets Actor Craig Young ! He’s made it as as an successful working Actor in LA, and currently the star of American post-apocalyptic drama television series, ‘The Last Ship’. Originally from Nottingham, UK we sit down with the NCIS/ Zoey 101 man himself.

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Craig Robert Young (born 4 October 1973) is a British actor who began his acting career at age ten, starring in the stage production of ‘The Price of Coal’. By the time he was 17, he moved to London to attend the Central School of Speech and Drama, whereupon he was chosen to become a member of the pop band Deuce, scoring four top 30 single hits: Call It Love’, ‘I Need You’, ‘On the Bible’, and ‘No Surrender’.

Young’s TV credits include fab shows : ‘The Spyder Games’, ‘Lost’, ‘Melrose Place’,‘Sabrina The Teenage Witch’, ‘Charmed’, ‘Fringe’, and more.

He began a successful stint as Alex Wilkinson in the long-running, award-winning British television series ‘Dream Team’. In 2001, he moved to Los Angeles, where he soon became a regular on the MTV series ‘Spyder Games’. Other television roles followed included appearances on ‘S Club 7’, ‘Charmed’, ‘Sabrina, the Teenage Witch’ and ‘The District’. Young was also cast in the films ‘Totally Sexy Loser’ and ‘Wannabe’, the latter, he co-wrote with director Richard Keith.

In addition to shooting the television pilot Zoey 101 opposite Jamie Lynn Spears, Young portrayed Coach Moore in ‘Just for Kicks’, the Nickelodeon soccer series. He appeared in the play ‘Boise’, USA originating the role of “Will Fairchild” in 2008.

More recently, he has appeared in the CW’s 2009 series ‘Melrose Place’, playing Ella Simms’s German love-rat famed director “Franz Keppler”. He recurred on the TV series ’10 Things I Hate About You’, playing yet another German, “Frank Kline”. J.J. Abrams has cast him in three of his TV series, ‘Lost’, ‘What About Brian’, and ‘Fringe’.

In July 2010, Young acted in the World War II action thriller ‘Return to the Hiding Place’ (2011). In 2011, he had a recurring role on NCIS: Los Angeles as Dracul Comescu, an enemy to NCIS Special Agent G. Callen (Chris O’Donnell) with the role even expanding over to the ‘Hawaii Five-0’ episode “Pa Make Loa” which was a crossover between both NCIS: Los Angeles and Hawaii Five-0 with Young’s role as Comescu ending when his character, Comescu was shot dead by O’Donnell’s character, Callen.

In 2014 episodes of the TV series “Hit The Floor” and “Hot In Cleveland”.

Source : Distract TV (07/08/2015)

Interview for Virtuoso Sounds UK

Now living the glamorous life in Los Angeles with the acting elite, the very eloquent and charming Craig Robert Young has become a big household name in the US. With a list of TV credits that include top shows; ‘Lost’, ‘Melrose Place’, ‘The Spyder Games’, ‘Sabrina The Teenage Witch’, ‘Charmed’ and even more recently smash hit shows ‘NCIS, ‘Hawaii 5.0’, ‘Fringe’, and ‘Hot In Cleveland’. 

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As all good journalists do, we managed to get him to join us down at a local in Camden for a chat about current Sky One series ‘The Last Ship’ and all the other forthcoming films due to appear on our screens very soon (and to be honest he didn’t take much persuading !) After settling down with our traditional British pint of Fosters, I ask Mr Young if there had been anything in particular that had brought him back to the UK ?

I’m here to do a little press for ‘The Last Ship’ the show that I’m currently on and then some catching up with family and friends I haven’t seen for a while.

For those that haven’t seen the show yet could you give us a brief on what it’s all about and also about the role you play in it as Declan the Sono Op on the Rogue British Submarine ?  

“It’s a fun show to be on even though it has a very serious storyline, it’s a post-apocalyptic action packed nail biting show”. Craig goes on to tell me about his role in the series as he is part of a band of rogue British modern day pirates who have commandeered a nuclear submarine and they’re trying to stop the Americans from creating the cure “they basically want to make everyone immune from the airborne virus that’s gone global because they believe they are the chosen ones as for some reason they themselves are immune to the virus”. He laughs as he cuts there, as if he were to go any further worried that he gives any of the plot away, “as you are aware, every episode ends on a spectacular cliff hanger”. I explain that I was up to series two episode three so as of yet hadn’t met Craig’s character. Craig went on to say then that we must have met brothers Ned and Shaun (just) and that they are the sort of leaders of the cult (The immunes) who are both tricky characters which leads to a lot of in fighting within the submarine.

This in turn leads me to ask if Craig turns out to be a good or bad guy eventually ? A now cautious Craig goes as far as saying “that he believes there is justification in everything they do on the sub, the crew believe that this is Gods doing, a natural culling and everyone who died was meant to die and this cure shouldn’t have been found and so they should start a new population as opposed to trying to cure those that are inflicted”.

Listening to the explanation of the series you could be forgiven for thinking how deep this series is. The characters are pretty damn serious in ‘The Last Ship’ but all in all it is extremely entertaining viewing that’s for certain.

How did you get cast for the Last Ship ? Did you audition and was legendary director Michael Bay involved in choosing any of the cast for the second series ?

“Casting Director Gary Zuckerbrod who is an amazing guy did the auditions; I had auditioned for him previously, so he brought me in for this”. In fact it was an incredible turn around for Young as he went in on a Monday, was cast on the Tuesday and started shooting on the Wednesday. “Unfortunately Michael Bay never had any involvement with the auditions as he is, as you can imagine a very busy man” 

You’re also staring as Piet Hartog in the upcoming World War 2 movie ‘Return To The Hiding Place’, a true story about a real life hero (Piet), as the leader of a Dutch resistance group, sounds interesting can you tell us a bit of what Piet was like and did you have to do anything to get into character for that role ? 

“It has just been released in the US and is still awaiting a date of release for the UK, it is an incredible true story based on the Dutch resistance known as the ‘Rolls Royce’, during World War II they saved 800 lives in one evening from this one particular Gestapo officer who had a penchant for kids, he would skin them and make such things as lamp shades and luggage, extremely terrible war crimes”.

“The film is taken from the book with the same title written by Hans Poley, who by all accounts was a good friend of the writer and director of the film and so managed to get all these added stories before he passed away in 2004 which he has woven into the script now which is amazing to have”.

I asked if this was actually filmed in the Netherlands to which Craig informed me that it was actually filmed in an area of the US called Holland-in-Michigan, “in the 1940’s Dutch settlers went over to Americas East Coast where they settled down in the town and renamed it Holland and it is a mini version of the Netherlands with windmills, tulips, canals and bridges including bicycles so it is exactly like riding through Amsterdam and it’s never changed since, it’s literally a little gem of a time warp!”

“So most of it was shot there and then we filmed a little more over in Texas as well, production did a magnificent job in making it look and feel like 1940’s wartime Holland”.

Read the full interview HERE.

Happy Birthday CRY Online !

Folks,

Can you believe it : CRY Online celebrates its 4 years online today !

4 years

Read what happened since August 2014…

  • Craig did the epic and viral “Ice Bucket Challenge”
  • he won a “Scenie Award” as the “Best Performance by a Lead Actor” for « The Vortex »
  • he was a guest-star in « Hot in Cleveland » with Betty White
  • the « Kiss me, kill me » movie with Gale Harold, gets crowfunded on Kickstarter and starts filming right after (the movie is planned to be released at the end of the year)
  • « The Vortex » plays successfully at the Matrix LA theater
  • he took part of the « Spirit of the Toscars » 2015 and won 3 golden fists for « Big Birdman »

  • he was nominated for a « Stage Raw Theatre Award » for the role of Nicky Lancaster in « The Vortex »
  • he was the Master of Ceremony at the AICE Awards’15
  • his foundation UKares took part of the LA Pride parade
  • his role as Declan in “The LAst Ship” leads him to a successful promo week in London for « The Last Ship »
  • the short film « Pepper » did a US festival tour, winning many awards
  • the “TopShop TopMan” event celebrates Craig‘s role in the “Last Ship”

But without a doubt, the most important event this year was Craig‘s engagement !

Thank you Craig for your support and we’re ready for another year – and many more – of stories from a British actor living his dream in LA…

Interview with Brit Actor Craig Robert Young from Sky 1′ s ‘The Last Ship’

If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about making it out in LA, it’s Craig Robert Young. The handsome Brit has an impressive list of credits under his belt including the likes of Lost, NCIS and Charmed and is also a familiar face in the UK by appearing on “The Dream Team”. Alongside his television and movie success, Craig‘s also garnered theatre and musical success. And he’s by no means about to slow down. He recently made his debut on Michael Bay’s drama ‘The Last Ship’ on Sky 1, alongside Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin and Rhona Mitra. I caught up with Craig to find out more about this exciting new role, the UK vs US actors life and some cheeky home comforts ! 
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Firstly, congratulations on your newest project – Sky One’s ‘The Last Ship’. Can you tell us more about the show and what drew you to the role ?
Thank you so much… “The Last Ship” is about a global viral pandemic that has wiped out over 80% of the world’s population, a U.S. DESTROYER, led by Captain Chandler played by Eric Dane must try to find a cure, stop the virus, and save humanity. I play an immune Declan, an ex British Navy Sonar operator, who has come aboard a rogue nuclear submarine to stop the U.S. from creating a vaccine. We believe we are the chosen ones, and this is gods way of naturally culling the human race. It’s based on the William Beinkley novel which I loved. I’m fascinated with all things Sci-Fi.

‘The Last Ship’ also features other incredibly exciting established talent such as Grey Anatomy’s Eric Dane (McSteamy) and British actress Rhona Mitra. What was it like working with them ? 

Well, I can’t give away any spoilers to the plot of the second season, so all I will say is that all the cast I got to work with were brilliant :)

You seem like a jack of all trades ! Along with a successful film and television career, your theatre work has led to critical acclaim. Do you prefer being on-stage ?
I love it, there’s no other feeling like it. I do prefer stage as I feel I have time to help develop a character, and delve deep and receiving that satisfaction of all the hard work paying off when the curtain goes up.

What about your early musical success – do you think it played a part in molding your present day career ?
It gave me a lot of confidence. It taught me to cope with unpredictable schedules and believe it or not- creating characters :)

How does the auditioning process differ in the UK than in the US ?
UK is a kinder process. casting directors in the UK truly respect actors and our journey and will work with you (direct you) to guide you in the right direction that the director of producer might be looking for. In LA, some (not all) CD’s seem very rushed and you may only have one shot to impress them. Which is not representative of how it works on the set.

You’ve worked on some cult favourites such as Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Charmed and Hawaii 5.0. What has been your career highlight so far ?
They’ve all been highlights. It might sound corny but it really is a privilege to be cast and work in the field you have chosen.

You also run an organization ‘BRITS IN LA’ which helps Brits in their move to the States. What is the Brit scene like out in Los Angeles ? Is it difficult to adjust or is there an active sense of community ?

It took me a while, which is why Brits In LA works so well. It grew organically and it’s truly a community that takes care of one another. It’s such a big and frightening place that it’s nice to be able to go to our Facebook group and ask questions that will help our transition smoother. We also host a breakfast club every Tuesday at a place called Cecconis in West Hollywood, where Brit visitors or expats can have a little taste of home. You can have a full English, a proper cuppa and overhear people complaining about how hot it is-  we are British after all it’s in our DNA to moan :)
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Interview for Gay Times Magazine UK

From cult drama “Lost” to comedies like “Sabrina the teenage witch”, nobody can accuse Craig Robert Young of being typecast. Currently starring in TV series “The last ship”, we spoke to him about his days in pop band Deuce, acting as bait for the “wet knicker brigade”, and his partner Michael’s flashmob proposal.

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Interview for Attitude Magazine UK

Former Brit popstar Craig Robert Young talks about the proposal that went viral and the new U.S. same-sex law change. Coming-out and wedding plans. YES, Craig is engaged ! Congrats to the happy couple !

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Download the scans to read the full article HERE. You can also buy the latest issue ONLINE.

Craig Robert Young talks to ‘So So Gay’

Jonathan Blackburn chats to Craig Young, L.A.-based British actor and ex-90s pop star.

Craig Robert Young, star of Sky 1’s long-running series Dream Team and alumnus of the mid 90s pop band Deucehas come a long way from his humble beginnings in Nottingham. Now a long-time resident and successful actor in LA, he chats to us about his part in the second series of TNT’s The Last Ship, how he looks back on his varied career and what the future holds for the expat.

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So So Gay: Hi Craig. To start with, tell us a little about your upcoming character Declan on The Last Ship. Is he a good guy or a baddie? And is there a chance he’ll be back for more than the three episodes ?

Craig: Declan is a former British Navy Sonar Operator who agrees to join rogue brothers Ned and Sean on the nuclear submarine HMS Achilles, whose main purpose was to relieve the cure from Americans. In my eyes he’s a good guy and has not been told the whole truth of the purpose of the ship. He is definitely loyal and has Sean’s back throughout the series. I guess you’ll have to stay tuned to see if the character surpasses more than three episodes!

Did you watch The Last Ship before you auditioned for the part and/or read the novel ?

I did not. It was all a very quick process. I got the call the day before the audition and knew I had the job the next day. Once I was booked I binge-watched season one and delved into the internet to research more.

What were the cast and crew like and did you spend any time on an actual Destroyer ?

They were brilliant. I knew a few of the actors beforehand, like Marc Rhino Smith and Nathan Sapsford and Paris Arrowsmith, but I soon got to know all the others. We are an all male crew so it was a bit like being back in the UK and on camp somewhere. I’d worked with the executive producer, Jack Bender, before on Lost, so it was good to reunite with him and everyone else on the crew were great. A warm and friendly set for sure. We shot at Culver Studios on a soundstage – the same soundstage where they shoot all the interiors on the Nathan James. So without firing away any spoilers, I did step on their set.

As critically acclaimed as he is, what is Michael Bay like both on and off set ?

I wish I could tell you but I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting him. Hopefully one day. He didn’t make it to our set – he’s a busy man with a lot of different projects going on.

If you were playing another character on The Last Ship, who would it be and why ?

SLATTERY ! He’s bad ass ! Adam Baldwin and I love to give each other shit on Twitter after the episodes air. It’s all good banter but we love playing it up for the fans.

Obviously we need to talk about Deuce. What comes to mind when you think back on it ?

Amazing hair, brilliantly loud costumes, atrocious dance moves but really great pop songs.

It’s been 20 years since the group’s album was released. Would you ever follow the path so many other groups from that era have taken and reunite for a comeback ?

20 years is a long time. I doubt many would even know who we are! I loved my time then and we were young and having fun. I don’t know if my older body could keep up with these youngsters. I think it’s a good career for the young and us oldies should take up chess or something.

Over your entire career in TV, theatre and films, if you could replay one role for the rest of your life, which do you think you’d be happiest reliving ?

I was very fulfilled and proud of the work I did in the Noel Coward play The Vortex, playing Nicky Lancaster – a rollercoaster of a character, complex and layered. It was a personal achievement for me for sure.

Although in order to play Nicky for ever, I would need a portrait in the attic!

What’s does the future hold for Mr. Young and what would be your dream role ?

I have a film coming out in the U.S. October called Kiss Me Kill Me. It’s a modern-day film noir written by David Michael Barrett and directed by Casper Andréas. I had a great time shooting that. I’m spending the summer in London, taking some meetings, so I’m definitely looking for that next job and it would be great if it was in the UK. It’s been a long time since Dream Team.

If you weren’t acting, what would you be doing now ?

Waiting tables.

What does a relaxing day off entail ?

Hiking in Griffith Park, running errands, a nice glass of rosé, reading a book. Yay, welcome to the exciting life of C.R.Y.!

Is there anyone special in your life ? 

Yes, we have been together for nine years and just got engaged in Cuba and are planning our wedding for September next year, but haven’t yet decided whether it will be in the UK or LA.

Do you ever miss the UK and want to leave Hollywood behind ?

I miss a lot about the UK. The people, my family and friends, but thanks to new technology we are able to communicate through Whatsapp and FaceTime, so the time in between doesn’t seem so long. Summers in the UK are great : everyone seems happy and in good moods. I have a very nice life in L.A., I’ve spent most of my adult life here. I have my dog, Dusty, and can’t leave her behind in Hollywood, so…

Do you have any life philosophies, outlooks or mantras ?

Be nice, work hard and leave a good legacy.

Tell us about ‘Brits in LA.’ Why did you set it up and is it successful ?

It was very organic, thanks to social media. I started it with my good friend Eileen Lee eight years ago and it’s a resource for the British expat community or for those thinking of moving over. We exist on Facebook and have over 9000 members. It’s a closed group for added safety : there are a lot of con artists out there and we want to be able to trust our members to be giving good advice.

Vimto or Ribena ?

Ribena, baby !

Most embarrassing moment ?

Falling off the back off the couch during a Big Breakfast interview.

What is your proudest moment ?

Perhaps it’s still to come. I’m proud of my family’s achievements.

Do you still keep up with British politics or would you consider yourself more invested in the American system, if any ?

I do keep up with British. And now after 16 years in America, I find it funny how the two countries differ in their elections. I remember going to my first Democratic convention when Al Gore was running against the victor George W. Bush, and being amazed at how much money they waste in their campaigns. When all the balloons dropped from the arena, I was like ‘did someone turn 90’? The British definitely seem to be a lot more serious about their issues. Anyway, in 2016 I’m looking forward to America having the first female president. GO HILLS !

Source : SoSo Gay (28.07.2015)