August 9th, 2014 Gallery, Television, Videos Author: Kelly Comments Off

I added captures and a video clip of Riley from “True Blood” Episode 7×7.

August 9th, 2014 Gallery Author: Kelly Comments Off

I added more photos of Riley from his photoshoot for DA MAN Magazine.

Thanks again to my friend Kaci for sending them to me!

August 6th, 2014 Gallery, Television Author: Kelly Comments Off

You’ll find it all – love, revenge, betrayal – in the upcoming Nicholas Sparks television event premiering September 13 on Lifetime.

Courtesy of: NicholasSparks.com

August 5th, 2014 Interview Author: Kelly Comments Off

DA MAN: Riley, how are you doing? Congrats on joining the cast of “True Blood.” How did the role come about?

Riley Smith: Hey, thanks very much! Well the role came about extremely quickly. I was actually shooting the pilot for “Deliverance Creek” in Austin, and the show shares the same casting team as “True Blood.” So they called me in for this new vampire role of Keith and helped make it all possible. I met with the “True Blood” producers on a Thursday morning and received a call saying that the role was mine before I’d even got back to my house after the meeting. Twelve hours later, I was in a wardrobe fitting!

DA: Did the fact that you’re a musician help you adapt to the character of “Keith,” who is a rock drummer in the show?

RS: I love playing musicians, simply because music is a great hobby of mine. However, though Keith is a drummer in the show, there are very few scenes with him actually playing drums. As such, I didn’t really have to do much to prepare in that respect!

DA: So what’s challenging about playing Keith?

RS: Well, “fanging out” took some time to get used to. You have to get comfortable speaking with them in and basically learn how to not speak with a lisp. Otherwise, I really enjoyed playing him.

DA: How do you think the viewers can relate to Keith?

RS: He’s a hopeless romantic. I think everyone has that in them somewhere and can relate to him in that way, maybe also because he seems more human than some of the other vamps.

You can read the rest of the interview here.

July 27th, 2014 Gallery Author: Kelly Comments Off

I added photos of Riley at the Comic-Con party on July 25th.

July 22nd, 2014 Gallery, Television, Videos Author: Kelly Comments Off

I added captures and a video clip of Riley from “True Blood” Episode 7×5.

July 20th, 2014 Gallery, Television, Videos Author: Kelly Comments Off

I added captures and a video clip of Riley from “True Blood” Episode 7×4.

July 20th, 2014 Uncategorized Author: Kelly Comments Off

Keith is described as a smouldering vampire. What sets him apart from so many others on TV right now?

Who doesn’t want another smouldering vampire?! It’s an easy explanation, but I think we all have our own things that separate us as characters and vamps.

Your character is also a rock ’n’ roll drummer. Can you play drums for real?

I never had to play the drums on camera. I wanted to! I play guitar in real life so I wanted a good excuse to learn the drums. But Keith and his band is kind of a backstory, it’s never really seen, unfortunately.

Is it true that you learned to play the guitar on a film set?

I was doing a movie in Vancouver, Canada and a few kids on set played. It was fun sitting around on set singing along.

It brought people together and put smiles on faces. I wanted to be able to do that, so I picked up a vintage guitar and had them teach me a few chords. I took that and just ran with it.

What was it like to be a newcomer on a set like True Blood where everybody knows everybody?

I’ve been doing this a long time, so I wasn’t too intimidated, but with a group this tight-knit, how can you not be a little nervous?

It was the new-kid-at-the-popular-lunch-table type feeling. But they are all such great people that it was easy to fit in. Just a really humble down-to-earth group.

You can read the entire interview here.

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