Aquebogue native Matthew William Chizever had auditioned for producers of the USA Network’s “Graceland” three or four times before the show runners found the perfect role for him: a villanous sex trafficker named Miles.
“I’ve been in and out of the room with the producers and they always said they really liked me, but they needed something to fit me,” Chizever said in a phone interview. “So this seedy, dark human being is what they decided to give me.”
Chizever will begin a three-episode arc on the L.A.-set cop drama on episode five of season two, which airs tonight, July 16 at 10 p.m.
But Chizever, a dad who likes to spend time with 2-year-old son Lawson and fiancée Erica Bunn lounging by the pool, had to tap into his sinister side to bring the character to life.
“It’s hard on a film set. You’re in and out of it so quickly. I kept to myself. I didn’t talk to anyone on set except for the guy who plays my boss (John Sklaroff),” said Chizever, a method-trained actor. “I tend to be social when I can with actors. [Graceland actress Serinda Swan] was really nice so it made it difficult to not talk to people.”
The Riverhead High School graduate has also been filming scenes for an upcoming untitled Netflix series starring Sissy Spacek and Kyle Chandler.
You might remember him from the time you saw him get into a fistfight with himself in Mitsubishi Electric’s popular “Shadow Boxer” commercial.
He’ll be watching tonight’s episode with his family at his home in Coral Springs, Florida. However, he’s mulling a move back to New York to further his career.
“So far, this is the biggest role that I’ve done,” he said. “Things are picking up.”