Written By: Hayley Bradbrook
Photo: Model Mayhem
You might not know his name now, but you’ll definitely remember him because Clayton Chitty is not going anywhere.
Born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia and growing up with a single mother, as only child Clayton loved going to the movies. At the age of 21, he turned that love of cinema into a career as an actor when he began auditioning for commercials and music videos. You may remember him appearing in a Gillette commercial or Mariana’s Trenches “Good To You” music video. He has worked on television series’ such as Supernatural, Arrow, and appeared in the Electra Woman and Dyna Girl starring YouTube sensation Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart.
The Canadian actor most recently starred as Kevin Federline (Britney’s ex-husband) in the original Lifetime biopic Britney Ever After, a film that re-lives the story Britney Spears career and personal life over the years. Not only will you see Chitty on the small screen but on the big screen as he landed a role in the highly anticipated superhero film Power Rangers.
JossBecause sat down with Chitty to talk about the audition process for the Lifetime movie, his role in the new Power Rangers flick, and the struggles that actors face to make it in Hollywood.
What was the audition process like for this film Britney Ever After?
It was two auditions. The first was the audition for the casting director. [The second] was for the callback with the producer and director Joan Charles and Leslie. I left with a good feeling about the role.
What was your favourite moment on set?
The whole process was fun! I always love being on set. To choose one on this film, it would have to be the pool scenes. The pool was freezing cold! Both Natasha and I were trying to have this serious romantic scene, but her and I just couldn’t stop laughing like kids. We kept splashing each other hard I think we each swallowed a ton of water. Both of us always fed off each others playful energy.
Britney Ever After is all about the rise, fall and comeback of a pop star’s career. Was there an experience in your own life where you felt you had to redeem yourself personally or professionally?
To be honest my life has constantly been something I felt where I have had to redeem myself. I have had a few low points where I was struggling to find myself. One point that stands out the most for me was my discovery of my love for acting. I was 25 and had taken a class with my teacher Andrew Mcilroy. During that time I had felt quite lost in life not sure where I was heading. Andrew encouraged me to find a passion in acting and channel all my emotions into my work. He has always been a strong influence in my career. Since then I have continued to personally rebuild myself.
How did you prepare for the role? Were you able to chat with Kevin Federline prior?
I didn’t have a chance to chat with Kevin. Preparing for the role I watched a lot of Britney and Kevin’s reality show called Chaotic. I also listened to Kevin’s music, watched his music videos, and interviews. I also remember wearing my baggy jeans and sideways hat blasting my hip hop. So I channeled my teenage swag and I have Kevin’s playful personality!
You recently snagged a role in the new Power Rangers film coming out this year, can you give us any hints on your role and what fans can expect from the film?
Yeah I’m excited for Power Rangers! My role is playing a young cop who is called in to check on a disturbance. Where I discover something big…. That’s all I can say, fans will have to wait to see the film. The film is definitely a huge upgrade from the TV show. It’s such a fun adventure to see where the rangers come from. I can’t wait to see it.
Obviously working in Hollywood is extremely hard, do you have any advice for actors trying to make it in the industry?
Working as an actor takes a lot of patience. It has definitely taking me a long time and a lot of no’s to get to where I am. And I still feel like I’m not where I would like to be. The mental battles can be the toughest. Be kind to yourself. Work on your own mental health. I have watched endless inspirational videos by a variety of successful people. There is no recipe or instructions for it to happen over night. If you love it stick with it. Believe in yourself and don’t let anyone stop you, not even yourself!
Favourite Britney Spears song?
Oops I did it Again
Favourite film of 2016?
Stranger Things vs. The Crown