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Sebastian Roché

Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: What inspires you?

Sebastian Roché: The greatest source of inspiration for me recently has been my wife; she is the love of my life, my best friend, and my most ardent supporter. I am lucky enough to be married to someone who I believe in totally and who believes in me totally. Her every-morning smiles and encouragements inspire me to be a better man and to work harder every day.

RP: What is the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life?

SR: I would have to say that my divorce was an incredibly difficult experience in my life, but I am truly thankful for it. It made me a stronger and better person.

RP: How do you stay healthy?

SR: I am very careful about what I eat, and I exercise pretty much every day, whether it be rock-climbing, running, Muay Thai, yoga, horse riding, stand-up paddleboarding, or plain and simple working out. I am extremely active and conscious of not eating any processed foods. Everything fresh, organic, the old-fashioned way and without GMOs—and I love to cook!

RP: How do you deal with overcoming failure?

SR: “Failure” isn’t a word I really use. I am a very resilient person; I bounce back extremely fast, and I believe in myself and my talent as an artist. Acting is a lifelong love affair, and I am passionate and respect my craft to the utmost degree, which gives me the strength to move on from adversity in my work. The same applies to my life in other areas.

RP: What projects are you working on?

SR: I am working on two shows that I love. I play Mikael Mikaelson, the original vampire father, on The CW’s The Originals and King Stefan, Maleficent’s ex-lover, on ABC’s Once upon a Time. It has been a wonderful experience on both shows. I have also finished and am very proud of a movie called Phantom Halo, directed by Antonia Bogdanovich and with Thomas Sangster, Luke Kleintank, and Rebecca Romijn. It is a beautiful gem of a film. I can’t wait for the fans to see it.

Sebastian Roché can be seen in A Walk among the Tombstones, The Originals, and Once upon a Time.

Photo: Jordon Nuttall

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