EXCLUSIVE: Max Schneider Chats With SOCIALITE LIFE About ‘Crisis’, Hearing His Music On Screen & More

There are few actors as hot as Max Schneider right now–and I’m not just talking physically.

The talented actor will be showing off his acting chops very soon on the March 16 premiere of the new NBC show, Crisis. He can also be seen in the indie feature, Love & Mercy, about Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. In addition to his acting gigs, Max is also a very gifted musician, with music on the soundtrack for the new Veronica Mars movie. Basically, this guy is everywhere.

But lucky for us, he took a few minutes out of his busy day to chat with SOCIALITE LIFE about Crisis, movies, music and more. Check it out after the jump! 

Do you see Ian from Crisis as the type of character who will fight when things become more detrimental to him, or would he be more likely to cower in fear?

That’s a very interesting question because that’s a huge part of Ian’s arc in the show. He starts off as a very shy and coward guy and really toughens up through this insane experience. It has been really wonderful to explore and play with it this whole season.

Many of the students who are kidnapped have parents with high paying jobs. Do you have a theory for why Ian, the less wealthy would be taken as well?
I think it’s just a wrong place wrong time situation. We were all on this trip so they had to just take everybody on the bus, but because of his situation, he realizes that if somebody’s gonna go, it’s gonna be him and his friend Beth Ann first. That influences a lot of the actions they take in trying to escape the situation they’re in.

What three words would you use to describe the roller coaster ride that is Crisis?
Intense, unpredictable and addictive. Even as actors, we can’t take our eyes off the pages when we get the scripts each week and.

Where would you like to see his relationship with Amber go? Does it look promising?
I can’t tell you too much about that without giving anything away, but I think Amber and Ian’s relationship, like many other relationships in this series, unfolds in an unpredictable way. Just when I think something is going to happen between them, something I never expected happen instead.

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Where does the inspiration for your music come from?
I grew up listening to a lot of soul music, like Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Etta James, Michael Jackson, The Temptations and Bill Withers. I just loved the passion in all of their music. It’s always what I wanted to have be a part of my own music.

The first time you heard “Mugshot” playing on the Veronica Mars trailer, what did you think and feel?
I was freaking out. It was quite the surreal feeling to know that something I created became a cohesive part of someone else’s creation. It’s very humbling and so exciting.

When shooting “Say Something” with Victoria Justice, what was the hardest part about doing the video in one take?
My good friend, Kurt Schneider (no relation), Vic and I have been doing the one-take videos for a while now, so it’s definitely become an easier process than when we first started. On the flipside, it’s always the toughest to mess up a take because of the smallest detail and have to do it all over again.

When you did the Maroon 5 Medley, what were your favorite parts about that video?
The process was so exciting for that video. Just figuring out the different moments all together was great. One of my favorite parts is when I’m running on the deck and the three signs fall down as I sing about them. Three of my good friends were holding each sign, and when it happened perfectly for that take, it just felt great to do something altogether and be having fun. That goes for that entire video, really, and all of the other videos as well. Getting to create and work with your best friends is an awesome feeling.

What do you like most about Van Dyke Parks in Love & Mercy?  
It was my first time portraying a real person, so I spent probably two months researching this brilliant guy and trying to nail his mannerisms and voice. It was really fascinating and a wonderful experience because he’s such a unique person and an incredible musician. I think that’s what I love most about him. He was and still is entirely himself and never holds that back.

And finally, do you feel like you can relate to Ian in any way?
Absolutely. I feel like every guy can in one way or another. We’re all insecure somehow. One of the greatest challenges in life is overcoming those insecurities, and in a lot of ways, that’s what Ian does throughout the story. He’s a real underdog who finds himself in the most unlikely of places.