Geoffrey Oliver is an actor and writer based out of Central Virginia. He started acting all the way back in elementary school, doing any play or skit he could possibly volunteer for, and earned his very first paycheck doing background for HBO’s “John Adams” miniseries. He hasn’t looked back since. In high school, he won the Virginia High School League’s Performer of the Year for the James River District, competing against students in three schools… playing a carton of skim milk no less. He firmly believes that any role in any production can become memorable if an actor puts the work into their performance. Every person on planet earth has a story to tell, and characters are no different. For himself, Geoffrey’s learned to embrace his unique qualities, including his expressive face. He doesn’t want to be the next Johnny Depp or Leonardo DiCaprio. His goal is to be the first, and only, Geoffrey Oliver.
As a performer, Geoffrey relies on his instincts, research, and any direction given. When he worked on the cable docudrama series “True Terror with Robert Englund,” he was cast the day before he was to be on set. He spent that afternoon at work, between customers, watching a documentary on his phone about the real life case his episode was based on, and learning as much as he could about the real life boy he was portraying. Even though it was a very small role in a small production, there was a responsibility to do the character justice. Geoffrey’s first big role on stage was Preacher Haggler in a college production of the classic “Dark of the Moon,” which involved 150+ lines in an unusual Appalachian dialect, about as far as it gets from his personal self. It turned into his most rewarding performing experience.
Geoffrey’s also extremely passionate about film and writing, holding an Associates Degree in Visual Arts, with a Specialization in Film. He won the J. Wade Ferrell award at his college student arts show for writing, producing, and narrating the short picture film, “I Was Lost.” He’s also an aspiring screenwriter, with a couple amateur feature film screenplays under his belt, and knows way too much about films and film history. Geoffrey thinks his understanding of films and the filmmaking process is very useful when working on a film set, and he has deep respect for anyone and everyone making their living in this unpredictable industry.
When he’s not acting or writing, Geoffrey’s probably watching movies or anime, weight training at the gym (at least five times a week), brainstorming his current screenplay, learning about history, going to art museums, or watching more movies and more anime. You can read some of his film reviews here on his website.