In this episode actor Aaron Dalla Villa calls into the podcast. Aaron chats it up about his new movie from IFC Midnight, Pledge (available right now in select theaters and VOD)…
“Privilege comes with sacrifice” says one character to another in “Pledge” — exactly the kind of noble sentiment authority figures always voice to hush the protests of those about to be sacrificed. This third feature for director Daniel Robbins is no delicate flower of cinematic art, but a lean and mean shocker that tells its tale of collegiate hazing run amuck with brute efficiency. IFC Midnight gave the quasi-horror meller a limited theatrical run simultaneous with its VOD launch on Jan. 11.
It’s Rush Week, and freshmen David (screenwriter Zachary Weiner), Ethan (Philip Andre Botello), and Justin (Zachary Byrd) are hot to pledge up and party down. Well, really it’s just one of them who’s dead set on both activities: Black, bespectacled nerd Ethan and plus-sized nerd Justin understand they are probably not at the top of any fraternity’s wish list. They’d be happy to get drunk in peaceful social isolation, as usual.
But David — who’s nerdier than the others put together, and an irksome, strenuously trying-too-hard personality to boot — insists they knock on exactly the doors where they’re bound to be least welcome.
The story centers on three nerdy college freshmen, who have been rejected and ridiculed by just about every fraternity on campus, are invited to an off-campus to a party at a secluded mansion. There they are treated like princes by the resident brothers and the party is everything they dreamed college would be—beautiful women, drinking, and most importantly, a cool group of guys willing to accept them as one of their own. When the friends are presented with an opportunity to pledge the elite social club, they accept without hesitation. However, as the gruesome, dehumanizing hazing progresses, a more sinister picture of the club emerges.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Aaron Dalla Villa.
Aaron, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always been an entertainer. I knew it at a very young age, probably the reason why my grandmother would call me “Little Jim Carrey.”
Attending the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA really solidified that for me. This was something I wanted to do with my life.
Funny how I started in the arts by playing the tenor saxophone, switched to being a ballet dancer, and now I primarily act.
Tell us a little about yourself, where your from, grew up, what H.S./College you attended etc.
— Grew up in Suffolk, VA. I attended Nansemond River High School. Was cool, kinda boring. Attended the Governor’s School for the Arts for Instrumental Music and then Dance. Loved that. Just studied at the Atlantic Acting School Evening Conservatory. I’m an alumnus now.
What inspired you to be an artist/entertainer? Early experiences worth sharing?
— Always knew I was meant to be one. Grandma would call me “little Jim Carrey.” I guess I was doing something right.
You have a chance to celebrate the films produced and shot right here in the Capital Region. Aaron Dalla Villa and Faith Kelly stopped by NewsChannel 13 to explain.