What do you love most about playing Richie Gecko on "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series"?
Zane: Honestly, this job is the most fun I have ever had as an actor. I love playing this part and discovering more about Richie as we continue to tell this story. I equally love all the practical elements of the job: shooting with Robert Rodriguez and his crew at Troublemaker Studios, working with everyone on the cast and working and living in Austin, Texas.
What would Richie say about Seth Gecko?
Zane: Richie has said it to Seth's face before - Seth fails to apply himself. We have seen that sort of philosophical difference of what it means to "be a criminal" play out between the brothers a lot this season. Seth is happy to bounce from job to job while Richie believes he has a higher calling.
What is the one thing you have in common with Richie?
Zane: A love of movies. My knowledge isn't quite as extensive as Richie's, but I have a true passion for working in film and television. I grew up loving movies and that is what initially got me wanting to be an actor.
Which "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" cast member is the funniest?
Zane: Everyone in the cast is funny in their own way, but I always have a good laugh with Wilmer. There was a bad ass, very serious showdown between our two characters that sort of bridges episodes 9 and 10, and there were some moments where we had a hard time getting through the scenes because we were cracking up.
What’s your favorite line from season 2?
Zane: It's not really a single line. There was a monologue I had in episode 1 that was really fun to perform. I am using a film reference to explain to some other criminals which Gecko brother I am, and it just goes over their heads. It's a moment that really shows how Richie views himself and his entire mission for this season.
How does working with Robert Rodriquez in Austin differ from experiences on other “Hollywood” projects?
Zane: Working with Robert and his crew is the best of both worlds. You feel like you are making something on a large scale that has an epic quality to it, but at the same time it has that intimacy and creativity that I have experienced doing small independent films.
Have there been any earlier role(s) you’ve had that might have helped you prepare for your character on "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series"?
Zane: Prior to shooting "Dusk" I had done a film called 7 Minutes which is a cool independent heist film. I played a bank robber. I have also worked on a couple films in the horror genre. "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is a mash-up of those worlds, so I guess I was preparing for "Dusk" and didn't even know it.
If you could have one culebra power which one would you pick?
Zane: I like that we have introduced this idea where each culebra has a unique ability. You'll see in the finale that Richie has the ability to influence people's decisions. Out of the other powers on the show I think his is the most interesting.
When you’re not acting, you are ___________ ?
Zane: I have studied martial arts since I was a kid. I currently train in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and have been doing so since 2004. I try to compete a couple times a year and train 4-5 days a week.
If you wouldn’t be an actor you would be a _________ ?
Zane: I was convinced I was going to be a surgeon when I was younger. I changed my mind to become an actor when I was 12 and here I am.
What advice do you have for aspiring young actors out there?
Zane: Perseverance. Not many people find success immediately. I became a member of SAG in 2001. It took me a long time and a lot of misses before I could get to the point I am at now. You have to learn to embrace the struggle. You have to really love those moments on set because you are going to spend a lot of time fighting to get them.
What’s your favorite Miramax movie?