EXCLUSIVE: Blake Berris Talks Meth Head, House of Last Things and Springing Nick Fallon From Jail on Days of Our Lives
DC: You were on the Daytime Emmy red carpet with Camila Banus...
BB: Yes. I was with Camila...Gabi and Nick, we've done a lot of scenes together. I don't know if I can define it, but there's certainly a connection.
DC: Meth Head is getting crazy buzz. What can you share about your character, seductive drug dealer Dusty?
BB: I was ecstatic and honored to work on that project. It was just an unbelievable role. When my manager first emailed it to me, I saw it was very, very intense material. It's exactly the kind of stuff I've always wanted to work on. When Nick went dark in the first go round on DAYS, I loved exploring that stuff. The content in Meth Head gives you a lot as an actor to sink your teeth into. My character is sort of a small time party guy/drug dealer. He's not like a head honcho of any sort. He's a guy around town who does drugs and deals. He ends up meeting Lukas Haas' character [Kyle] out and Lukas and I sort of develop a friendship in drugs. We become partners in crime. One thing leads to another and it goes pretty dark. We end up prostituting ourselves. It shows the lengths you will go to when you have a drug addiction. It's pretty profound. It's an interesting dynamic, because his character is gay and my character isn't — though we definitely have a strong friendship. The three of us—Lukas and Necar Zadegan, she has a new show on The CW called Emily Owens, M.D— we become a dysfunctional family, then it all sort of spirals out of control.
DC: When does Meth Head premiere?
BB: We are hoping to announce a festival premiere in the next month.
DC: I remember seeing the trailer and thinking, "That's Nick being a badass!"
BB: It's a really moving film. It's not easy to watch, but it's wonderful. I'm really proud of it.
DC: From the trailer, House of Last Things looks a bit trippier than Meth Head.
BB: Yeah, it's definitely a huge trip! Jesse in House of Last Things was an incredible role. Without giving too much away, me and Lindsey Haun's character, we're kind of these Portland trailer trash characters who move into this house—they're house-sitting—and there's a supernatural aspect to the house. It's kind of transforming them as people. It was really an awesome role to craft, because my character, from beginning to end, really becomes a different person.
Blake Berris returns as Nick Fallon today, Aug. 27 on NBC's Days of Our Lives.