Magazine article Variety

In Our Society We Only Promote Success

Magazine article Variety

In Our Society We Only Promote Success

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KRISTOFFER POLAHA

Kristoffer Polaha has been a staple on the small screen since 2001, starring in such series as "Life Unexpected," "Backstrom" and "Condor." More recently he joined the Hallmark family with holiday movies ("Rocky Mountain Christmas") and mysteries ("Pearl in Paradise") and going forward will add even more of films to his plate. This month he can be seen in the Tim Tebow-produced "Run the Race" and next year he will boast being a part of Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman 1984."

What new shades of a character did playing Michael Truett in "Run the Race" allow you?

This guy's a mean son of a bitch; he's just a mean drunk. He's the kind of guy who just failed, and his kids are doing well, and he just hates them for it. [But] it's about second chances and what happens when you fail. In our society that's interesting, because we only promote success and what it's like to be winning all of the time.

"Run the Race" is the second feature film you've worked on with writer-director Chris Dowling. How does having an existing relationship with your director aid in your work?

It makes it easy for me because I do so much work leading up to [stepping] on set; I've arced out the character, so I know who the guy is. ... And with Chris, because I trust him and he trusts me, I can show up and I can put something out there, and then I know I'm on the right track and it's just a matter of connecting. And that's what we love when we go to movies: seeing two people connect and listening to one another. …

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