If you haven’t watched Sons of Anarchy‘s season 7 premiere, stop reading now. If you have, you’ve probably found yourself wondering about the actor who played Chris Dun, the Lin Triad member Gemma framed for Tara’s murder. It’s the first and only appearance for 32-year-old Tim Park on the show, but it sets the final season in motion. Not that he knew that when he landed the part.
He was just finishing up a recurring, non-speaking role as a member of the Yakuza on HBO’s True Blood when his agent sent him an email about auditioning for Sons. He knew the FX drama was huge, but he had to marathon episodes to catch up and learn its tone. He had his doubts going in: “They initially wanted a guy who was taller than what I am, and they wanted a character who had a shaved head,” he says. The audition piece was the bar scene with Gemma (Katey Sagal), but the draft he read made it sound like Chris Dun was flirting with her. “I was just trippin’ out because I grew up watching Katey on Married…With Children, and I thought, ‘If I book this, I’m gonna be doing this with Peggy Bundy,'” he says. He knows this will sound weird, but he tried to channel True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard when he was in the room: “I was on that show for like five weeks, observing how he operates and performs, and I learned so much. I was trying to mimic the way he talks, the intensity in his eyes,” Park says, laughing. “I wish I could tell Alex that, because I never got a chance to thank him. He probably won’t even remember who I am, but that’s the truth. I tried to copy that and make it my own.”
It was only after he won the role that he was told the character would be bound, gagged, brutally tortured, and murdered. “Part of me was thinking, ‘Man, they’re really taking a risk on a no-name.’ I actually went to law school. That’s what brought me to LA,” he says, laughing again. Moving there after graduating from Seattle University School of Law in 2011, he worked at a law firm for four months, decided it wasn’t for him and planned to go into the fitness field until he randomly met his agent at a park in Hollywood. He started his acting career last year. “For them to take a chance on such a dramatic scene, the pressure was on for me,” he says.
He credits the show’s head of makeup, Tracey Anderson, with helping him relax during his makeup test. “She was like, ‘Where did you study acting?’ And I told her, ‘I really didn’t.’ She’s like, ‘Listen, if you can’t really cry, don’t worry, I have fake tears for you. We can make it happen. If worst comes to worst, I can squirt something in your eye that will force you to cry,'” he says. “Ironically, having that comfort knowing there’s a backup plan, it frees you up to go for it. I just went for it.” READ FULL STORY