The Key Elements PR team recently got the chance to sit down with client Hunter Payton and get an in depth look at his interests, inspiration, dreams and passions in life! Please enjoy the following interview with this rising star who has a sense of humor and a heart of gold!
Hunter Payton is best known for his RECURRING role on the NBC network Television show A TO Z where he plays the younger version of the lead character Andrew. He recently guest starred on CRIMINAL MINDS. Also coming this spring Hunter plays the LEAD role of Patrick Douglas alongside Mischa Barton and Sean Faris in the television movie THE JONESES UMPLUGGED. Hunter was also recently seen in the SYFy television movie OMINOUS where he played the role of Sullivan. Hunter's many other credits include playing the lead in the Comedy Central Pilot BETTER, DUMBER FASTER with Kurt Braunohler and playing a supporting role in the film WHO'S DRIVING DOUG which premiered in early 2016 at the SBIFF and is now available on NETFLIX. In addition to being a busy working actor, Hunter is also involved with supporting many local causes, and is currently a youth Ambassador for Boo2Bullying, The Johnathan Foundation, and The Shoe Crew. Other charities he supports include Children's Hospital LA, ASPCA (Animals), Humane Society, and Best Friends Animal Society.
1) What inspired you to go after your dream and why?
I wanted to make people laugh. I would watch shows on TV and I saw how happy it could make people and I really wanted to do it also.
2) Who is someone you aspire to be like and why?
The Rock , Dwayne Johnson is a huge inspiration for me. His story is amazing what he went through and no matter what he was always working hard and never gave up. Even when things got really tough in his life he still never gave up and kept going after his dreams. Today he is still just as hard working and continues to inspire others with positive words.
3) What role/project are you most proud of
I really enjoyed playing Young RJ Mitte in Who’s Driving Doug as it was such a challenging role. It was so different than anything I had ever done or thought I could ever do. I watched videos on kids with muscular dystrophy just so I knew how to act so as to not offend anyone by doing it wrong or fake.
4) What is your favorite charity to support and why?
I actually have several I support each with a very personal reason but the first charity I worked with was Boo2Bullying. This was a perfect fit for me since I was bullied for several years while I was in school. I felt that if I could turn a negative experience into a positive one by helping others who have been bullied also then I could heal too. It has been an amazing experience so far and I look forward to doing more to help put an end to bullying.
5) If you could give any inspiring words to your fans, what would they be?
Stay true to yourself and stay humble. Be a reflection of the best you and be kind to others.
6) Who is your hero and what heroic traits do you like about them?
Actually my mom is my hero. The day she found out she was pregnant with me she found out her mom was dying of terminal cancer with 7 days to live. She took care of her mom, pregnant with me and all and fought for her life to be longer. My grandma passed 2 months after I was born and then she took care of her dad, my grandpa. Even after he had a stroke and got altheizmers she and I cared for him till he passed away a few years ago. She is a super mom and always does her best to look at everything in a positive way. When I am down about something she has me look at my two healthy arms and legs and says ”is it really that bad? Because it could always be worse.” Then she smiles, makes me laugh and then says “life is good, so appreciate it because you only have one”
7) When not Pursuing your dream, what do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy hanging out with my friends, playing with my 22 animals, doing Parkour , playing video games and going on trips.
What is a piece of advice or words of encouragement you could share with others pursing their dream?
Follow your dreams and don’t give up. And when people tell you can’t do something that should give you more motivation to try harder.
9) What are you most grateful for in your life and why?
My mom and dad because no matter what, I know they will always love me and support me
10) What makes you happiest in this world?
My family , My friends and my animals
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