From the small screen to the big screen! 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days star Jesse Meester recently attended the red carpet premiere for his new movie Free Fight at the Nederlands Film Festival, and fans were excited to see Jesse branching out from reality TV. Now, in an exclusive interview with In Touch, Jesse is opening up about his acting career.
Jesse revealed that the Free Fight role came to him from one of his agents, who felt that he would be perfect for the role because of his military experience and background in self-defense style martial arts.
“They needed an actor — there’s two main characters, and there was one extra needed for when the main character was not available to do the last scene of the movie where you basically end up in the ring,” Jesse, 25, told In Touch.
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Flew back from Iceland for the premiere of Free Fight @nederlands_film_festival . I’m so grateful to have participated on such a great production @ijswaterfilms on the last fight scene with coach @bertkops who I clicked with from the start. One of the most straight-forwarded, kind and authentic people I know! A true champion and a breath of fresh air to work with. I will announce where you can watch it soon too on my story! The movie got a Gouden Kalf nomination for best television drama and best actor for both main characters Aleksej Ovsiannikov and Chiem Vreeken. – #filmfestival #freefight #premiere #suitsupply #production #acting
He explained that working in the film industry has always been a passion of his, and he’s had a few acting credits here and there. It first starting with his modeling career, and then eventually moving his way into commercials and then he eventually graduated to casting calls — and he explained that his background in psychology is what sets him apart from the competition.
“I’ve experienced in castings that they really appreciated my psychological background more than just having a few weeks of acting school or an acting course — everybody has that,” Jesse said. “What differentiates you is what’s really going to separate you from the rest, and I feel when I get through a casting and they see me, and they see how I can really resonate with a certain personality and most of the times, that is the bad guy. [I] really get into the psychological thinking pattern and behavioral patterns of that person and they like that.”
But while Jesse said he likes to take on acting roles here and there, he is mostly focused on running his two businesses: his own science-backed coffee blend called Caffè Meester and Meester PT, which takes a holistic approach to bettering the self through counseling and personal training. It may seem like there’s a lot on his plate, but Jesse sees it as a blessing.
“People are like, ‘Hey, Jess, what do you do?’ I’m just living life,” he said. “I just want to like, keep doing what I love to do and I always want to give back a little bit more than I gain.”
And even though he seemed to get a lot of mixed reviews from fans on social media — it seems like fans either really love him or really hate him — Jesse said he isn’t focused on the negativity.
“No, not per se because the majority of the people reaching out see through whatever portrayal might happen, and whether that’s fair or not, it’s really about how you respond to it what happens to you,” Jesse said. “And that’s what people are seeing, they see me remaining calm, they see me remaining respectful and walking away. It’s hilarious because people will always judge, and I’m focused on the 80 percent of people that get it and see the real and not the lies — and that’s just what I’m focused on.”
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