Wes Chatham co-stars in the movie that a lot of people have been waiting all year for the final movie in ’The Hunger Games’ series – ‘Mockingjay Part 2’.
In the interview with Steve Edwards and Lisa Breckenridge, Wes talks up the excitement behind the final chapter of the beloved book series, where his acting career began and a special announcement of a new baby on the way.
Wes was born and raised in North Georgia. At the age of 13, Wes attended the Gift Center in Lawrencville, GA and while attending classes here, a professional theater company out of Atlanta started a mentoring program with the school and Wes was chosen to write a play that was later performed by his classmates. It was from this experience that Wes found his passion for the arts.
After high school, Wes joined the military as an aviation firefighter on the flight deck of the USS Essex, working in crash and salvage for four years. Wes's first break came just three months before his tour was finished when Denzel Washington chose his ship to shoot the movie Antwone Fisher. While searching for authentic military servicemen for the movie, casting director Robi Reed discovered Wes. She soon convinced him to make the move to Hollywood and shortly thereafter cast him in his first series regular role on Showtime's Barbershop.
Wes began to garner attention when Paul Haggis cast him as Corporal Steve Penning in In the Valley of Elah opposite Tommy Lee Jones.
Following this, Wes worked with Oliver Stone in W, David Mamet and Shawn Ryan on the CBS series The Unit, and was part of the SAG Award-winning ensemble cast of DreamWorks The Help, starring opposite Emma Stone as her brother. The ensemble cast also included Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, Mike Vogel and Sissy Spacek.
Recently, Wes wrapped All I See Is You opposite Blake Lively and Jason Clarke with Marc Forster set to be released in 2016.
Wes will next star in the upcoming SyFy series The Expanse, set to premiere Decmber 14, 2015. The Expanse is a mystery science-fiction television series, based on a series of novels. Set in a future where humanity has colonized the Solar System, it follows police detective Josephus Miller (Thomas Jane), and his crew as they unravel a conspiracy that threatens peace across the System and the survival of humanity.
Chatham resides in Los Angeles with his wife Jenn Brown and son Nash.
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ opens Friday and ‘The Expanse’ premieres December 14th on the Syfy channel.
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