A lot of guys dream of being musical stars, but Jacob Bond actually gets to live the dream…kind of. The up-and-coming actor plays up-and-coming lead singer Lance Stewart in the mockumentary web series Boyband, and he joined LA Fan Cultures Examiner recently to talk about being that guy and how hard it is not to laugh when you’re sending up one of the most easily mocked genres in music.
“It was easy to say yes to playing the character,” he told us. “I would not call myself a huge boy band fan, so I sort of jumped at the chance to parody the rise of the boy band culture. Playing Lance in general was a great experience. He’s an interesting guy and there was a lot to work with.”
Lance’s official biography talks about him roaming the halls of his high school with megaphones as part of the Vinyl Appreciation Club, so that tells you what Jacob had to work with. It’s not that any of the characters in Boyband are particularly out of control or off their rockers – you’d be more likely to see them running away from a mob of screaming fangirls rather than toward it – but they’re all way in over their heads and it shows. That’s what makes them so darn funny.
Did it help Jacob that as he’s just starting out, he was also playing a character also at the beginning of his career? “Yeah, in a weird way. I’ve never thought about it that way,” he said. “I think subconsciously I related a lot more of my life to Lance’s life than I probably realized on set or working on the scripts, but yeah, I definitely think so.”
Then again, he doesn’t spend his days getting hit with meat or handled by would-be celebrity stylists. The happenings on Boyband are truly out there in the best way, which meant it was pretty hard for Jacob not to lose it laughing sometimes. “[Producer and director] Colleen [Griffen] will tell you the same thing and bless her for her patience with me, but I was the one who broke most of the time,” he confessed, “which is hard, because Lance is like the straight character in Boyband.
“My God, it was so hard, especially with Noah [Eisfelder, who plays Yancy],” he recalled. “He just rattles off line after line and I’ll just break so easily it’s awful. I think if you watch season two, there are a few points where just before the camera cuts away from me; you can see me smile real quick. It was extremely difficult.”
What else is hard for him is narrowing down a favorite part of the new season, which has no shortage of laughs. “I think every episode is really wonderful. I truly am saying this completely honestly,” Jacob told us. “I remember the table read at the beginning of the summer, about a week before we started shooting. We read through every episode and I kept expecting in the back of my head for there to be a weak episode or to get through one and be like eh, that wasn’t that good, but it’s seriously really well written.
“If there was something I’d say to look out for, I would probably say the interviews, the group interviews and then the one on ones with each band member,” he continued. “I believe they’re at the beginning of each episode and then at the end of each episode. Those are all improv so a lot of the funniest and unexpected bits came from those. There’s some amazing guest stars who play roles that they usually do not play.”
That includes several cast members from Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, including Joe Minoso, Yuri Sardarov, and Christian Stolte. How much fun was it for Jacob to share the screen with these veteran actors from one of the most popular shows on TV?
“It was amazing for so many reasons,” he said. “I think the main one would be they really just jumped into the project. It’s a weird project to some extent and they never second guessed it. They just jumped right in, and they were so kind and so friendly and treated us as their peers. It was such an amazing environment the days they were on set. To see them play dramatic roles on Fire and PD and to see them transition into the complete opposite was admirable. Seeing their versatility was really cool.”
While Jacob told us that music is definitely part of his life, he told us that the only time you’ll catch him singing in public is as part of the voice class he’s currently taking as an acting major at the University of Southern California. So while you won’t see him getting anywhere near following in Lance’s footsteps, he’s already incredibly proud of the work he’s done in Boyband.
“I’m so proud and happy with what we did. I think we did a good job,” he reflected. “Even if we completely bombed and had three views on Youtube for each episode, I would still be completely proud of the work we did and do not regret anything. I’m so grateful for those three weeks over the summer and I think we have so much to be proud of just from the work we did every day.
“This is by far the best project I’ve ever worked on,” Jacob concluded. “I think I’ve gotten something out of every show or every shoot that I’ve been on, but I definitely got the most out of this, and I think that’s really due to just the immense talent that was working on this show. Definitely on camera but especially behind the camera. The amount of talent and the amount of love and happiness and passion that was on that set every day was just so wonderful and from the little bits I’ve seen, it definitely shines through.”
Boyband season 2 is out now; for more information on the series, visit its official Tumblr and catch episodes on YouTube.