As we start to wind up the After Nightfall saga, it’s fitting that the beginning of the end is with none other than Troy McLeavey himself, Nick Sinclair.
After Nightfall is a huge ensemble cast of interesting and complex characters. Tell us about your character and role in the series and how they fit into the story.My characters name is Troy McLeavey. I guess you could say he is the catalyst for the entire show. When my character died it set off a chain reaction that started the show. He is the joining link between all the characters in the multi-stranded narrative set up.
How did you become involved with After Nightfall and what made you want to be part of it?
I got involved after doing Wayne’s play Bitch at the Depot Theatre. Once we had finished the run, I got an email asking if I would be interested in working on Wayne’s first ever web series. Of course I wasn’t going to let it pass! After reading the first episode I couldn’t wait to be involved.
What made you get into acting?
I started acting when I was about 8 years old and I haven’t really stopped. I love being able to play different people and explore different emotions. It’s the job where you can have a million different jobs and embody a million different lives.
What is your favourite memory on set?
My favourite memory from set was probably the first day. We went out to the back of Blacktown and into a park. But as I was driving there my car broke down on the middle of the motorway. I had to leave it on the side of the road and then go straight into makeup to shoot my first scene, which was my body being discovered in the ditch. It was an awesome shoot but then I spent the next 3 days trying get my car to work, she’s gone to the great scrapyard in the sky.
Were you shocked by the killer’s reveal in Season 2?
When I first read the script I was surprised but not shocked. I had a weird feeling that it may have been someone in the family so I was pleased that I got that part right. It certainly wasn’t my first choice of murderer, but I had been keeping my eye on them. What I didn’t expect was how Troy would be killed and for what reason. It was a real shock to find out about the love affair.
What do you love most about the role you played?
I really loved standing behind people looking creepy! Haha. I know that’s strange but I just enjoyed being this presence that only one other character could see. It was like we were doing a different scene to everyone else. I also love the flashback episode where I got to be alive and talking, it was really satisfying to interact with all these characters that Troy had a relationship with after almost 2 seasons of being dead.
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned or taken away from this project, either personally or professionally?
I learnt about the importance of community. It’s a real eye opener being on set, because everybody has a job to do and everyone wants to do the best job they can. There are always a million more crew than cast and they work incredibly hard to make us look good. They are the backbone of the entire shoot and I really loved getting to see that side of the process.
What’s next for you?
I’ve just finished a one man show which I am looking at touring to multiple fringe festivals, and I’m just about to start on a new theatre in education project!