Interview: Michael Nardelli, Pt. 1
BY CINDY ELAVSKY
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Not one to suffer the sophomore
slump, “Revenge” is back and it’s
better than ever.
The show has introduced quite a
few new cast members this season.
One such addition is Michael
Nardelli as Trey Chandler, a
schoolmate of Declan, and someone
who is obviously up to no
good. Trey’s betrayal of Declan
starts the ball rolling on a separate
scheme against Jack and Declan
Porter by Kenny and Nate Ryan.
Daytime Dial: Your threeepisode
stint earlier this year put
the Ryans’ plan of vengeance into
action. Will we see more of Trey?
Michael Nardelli: I have no idea
what they have in store, because
with every one of those episodes, I
found out literally a couple of days
before I went to do it. They’re very
secretive, but I am hopeful and
optimistic that Trey will be back.
They have so many new characters
this year, so there are lots of
plotlines going on at once. So, I
have no idea. But I had a lot of fun
doing it, so I hope I get to go back.
So many people like the show. It’s
cool to be on something that so
many people watch.
DD: Coming onto an established
set like that, what was the experience
MN: It was nerve-racking, but
everybody’s so nice on that set. All
the writers, the directors, the cast
and crew, they’re all really welcoming.
Everybody came up and introduced
him – or herself to me on the
DD: I love all the sets,
interior and exterior. Where
do you shoot the series?
MN: We film in Marina
del Rey, Calif., for all the
exteriors, and then the interiors
are done in a studio on
Manhattan Beach. They do a really
good job of making it look beautiful,
and even the interiors – like the
bar and Emily’s house – look so
good on the show. It’s like you’re
in the Hamptons.
DD: What’s it like playing a notso-
MN: It’s funny, because all my
friends are like, “You couldn’t hurt
a fly.” But so many people thought
that I was up to no good from
moment one. It’s funny. People are
suspicious of anybody new who
comes on the show — nobody has
a clean agenda.
DD: Did you know when you
auditioned that Trey would have
MN: When I auditioned, I
thought I was auditioning for a
nice, normal character, because the
material for the audition didn’t
have any of his ulterior motives
featured. So I went into it playing
him as a nice guy, and by the end
of the first day, I was like, “OK,
he’s into some serious stuff.
I think Trey probably doesn’t
have a lot of friends. He’s not quite
as self-aware as he should be. He
probably alienates people, annoys
people and has burned a lot of
bridges in his high school, and he is
now clearly involved in some bad
stuff. I don’t know exactly where
the writers are going with that story
line, but I’ve always internally
thought of Trey as being kind of
sheltered. By acting out, he’s gaining
enjoyment as well as getting
‘It’s cool to be on
something that so
many people watch.’
– Michael Nardelli
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