Season 3 of VH1’s Hit the Floor is the second for Adam Senn, who plays Los Angeles Devils star forward Zero. LA Fan Cultures Examiner conducted a recent interview with Adam to chat about his ability to keep exploring his complicated character and what he loves most about this bold new chapter in his career.
“Words don’t describe how great it is to get to spend more time with Zero and get a background story on him,” he told us. “Now I’m fully immersed in the character and I don’t know everything, but I know 90 percent of him.”
That includes now being aware of his real first name – Gideon – which was revealed earlier in the series. “I was surprised at what it was, but when I found out it made sense,” Adam said of learning that small but key piece of information. “With the whole Bible references at the beginning of the second season. The name then made sense, and it’s making more sense now that I know more about Zero and we’re going to find out more about that in Season 3.”
Hit the Floor is the biggest role in his still up and coming career, and Adam discussed what it’s been like for him to be able to grow the character over more than just an episode or two. What has he gained?
“It’s been confidence. It’s been a great character and a great challenge. And challenges are what I’m looking for as an actor,” he explained. “I’m very grateful to play Zero, and as the season went along and I found more of where we were going with him, the more excited I got because I realized he was just a well rounded character.
“I get to be dynamic. I get to paint these colors to him and explore the character, and immerse myself in his whole life. I walk around sometimes and go, this would be great for Zero. It’s the first time where I’ve gotten to spend this much time getting in depth with a character.”
One of the things he shares in common with his alter ego is a passion for sports. “I’ve always loved sports and I’m an athlete, I’ve played just about everything,” he said. “I played basketball but golf and baseball are the most competitive.”
Now that he’s found a home on Hit the Floor, Adam is also thinking about how he’d like to build on this success in the rest of his career, and that means broadening his horizons creatively. “I’ve produced a couple of films, a feature length and two short films,” he told us. “It’s really a passion of mine. I’m set up for another short film in the next couple of months and I’m going to direct it. That’s going to be my first directing [effort].
“I’m kind of the guy that if there’s something I like, I like to find out everything about it. Do my due diligence and research and learn it,” he continued. “I am a storyteller through and through. Everything’s bigger in Texas; that’s where we’re always telling stories, and I have a lot of fun experiences from traveling around the world and being in all these different businesses. I’ve seen so many dynamics that I have a lot of stories to tell. That’s the next thing on my list, is just writing, producing, directing.”
For Adam, the most rewarding thing about continuing to play Zero for another season is how he’s been able to touch the lives of the show’s fans. “I love it when people ask me more in depth about Zero,” he said. “People connect with him and the struggles he has with finding himself. What I found out is a lot of people on social media and stuff have those troubles and they look to Zero to see what the answer is.
“Some of them ask me personally for advice and I wish that I had better advice,” he continued. “I think we’re opening up for people to be less homophobic and less open and stop labeling everyone as gay, straight, black, white. We’re all just humans.”
Hit the Floor airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on VH1.