This week, Patrick chats with talented actor Dan Payne about the new indie horror film, “Residue”, and his return to the role of ‘The Beast’ in Disney’s “Descendants 2”.
About Dan Payne:
Dan Payne is one busy actor. Having just returned from the LA premiere and promotion of Disney’s Descendants 2 (reprising The Beast), he looks forward to filming a role in a top secret blockbuster sequel this summer. Dan recently wrapped a recurring guest starring role on Disney XD’s Mech X-4, while starring in the feature Aliens Ate My Homework. Last year Dan starred in the feature Devil in the Dark, starred in two Hallmark movies: alongside Nicolette Sheridan in I’m Yours and A Time to Dance opposite Jenny Garth, guest starred in Freeform’s Dead of Summer and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. In 2015 he starred in the features Stanger in The House, Lover’s Leap and Cradle of Lies, and filmed his recurring role on Hallmark’s popular series The Good Witch.
Dan was born in Victoria, BC, Canada and subsequently lived a nomadic lifestyle as his family moved a great deal. At 6’4 and 225 pounds Payne was a natural to become an athlete but he also had a thirst for higher education. Upon graduating from high school, he had earned several university scholarships and chose the University of Calgary for his post-secondary education. There he played volleyball for the U of C Dinosaurs, traveling throughout Canada. His successful professional volleyball career ended in Holland and Dan includes having had the privilege of coaching volleyball camps for special needs as a highlight.
A subsequent move to Australia for four years to join his brother Josh led to a stint as a professional photographer and a renewed love of the arts. He started in stand-up comedy, performing in shows that were co-written and co-directed by him and his brother. Moving to London, England, Dan continued to study acting and to perform on stage, eventually returning to Canada once he had honed his craft and his confidence.
Dan has become a familiar face on television, most notably for his series lead role on the CTV sitcom Alice I Think. He has also guest starred on such successful series as Supernatural, Once Upon A Time in Wonderland, Fairly Legal, Tower Prep, Human Target, Battlestar Galactica, Sanctuary, Dead Like Me, Whistler, The L Word, Saved, Stargate SG1, Stargate: Atlantis, Smallville, and The Chris Isaac Show. Dan also starred in the title role for two seasons on the web series Divine.
His feature credits include, leading roles in Lifetime’s The Secret Lives of Second Wives and Hallmark’s A Christmas Miracle. He was thrilled to play alongside film legend Faye Dunaway in Hallmark’s A Family Thanksgiving. Dan’s big screen credits include starring as the villain in the comedy feature No Clue, John Tucker Must Die, directed by Betty Thomas, the Warner Brothers feature Watchmen, directed by Zach Schneider, the indie film Mulligans plus two Muppet movies: A Very Muppet Christmas and The Muppets Wizard of Oz.
Dan continues his efforts to constantly expand on his experiences in both comedy and drama, which only strengthens his life long passion for acting. His career has enjoyed growing success, and the future looks promising for Dan with his leading-man good looks and sense of humor.