Max Ehrich is a great up-and-coming actor that’s currently starring on The Young and the Restless. He plays Fenmore Baldwin, the teenage son of Lauren and Michael Baldwin. His credits include guest appearances on shows like Ugly Betty, iCarly, No Ordinary Family, Shake It Up!, Working Class, and most notably, the role of the male lead in the Lifetime movie The Pregnancy Pact. He also appeared in High School Musical 3 as a dancer. I recently got to interview to him over the phone about things like how his career got started, The Young and the Restless, his band, and his future. Read below to check out my interview!
I noticed that you started acting pretty young and you danced even before that. Is that something you always wanted to do then?
From a young age, I was always putting on shows. Like, even Grease when I saw the movie at the age of four, I put it on in preschool. I was always performing, always directing shows in school. In first grade, I directed The Wizard of Oz. It was almost as if it were in my DNA which is very strange because no one in my family is part of the industry and no one has any desire to be in the industry. My grandma passed at a very young age and the one thing she said to my mom was “Let him do this. This is what he wants to do.” When I performed for the first time when I was six, it made me realize that this was my calling.
I asked Max to tell me the story of how he broke into the industry.
I went to high school in New Jersey and I went to a performing arts camp. It was my sophomore year of high school in New Jersey and I had experienced a little bit of bullying and I really was like “I need to just get out of here. I want to be in New York City.” I knew that I had friends who were going to the high school called the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City in Midtown. I auditioned to go there and got in. It changed my life because not only did I get some training, but I met a lot of of kids in the industry like Sarah Hyland, Taylor Momsen, Connor Paola, and some really talented kids. It really inspired me to go for it. So, I just put my headshot on every doorstep and I got a call from two agents. I met with both of them and one was an agent in New York. I’m still with him and he’s my New York agent.
After a month, I auditioned for High School Musical 3 for one of the main roles and I was up for it and then they decided to go with this kid in Los Angeles. Kenny Ortega knew I could dance so he had me go to Salt Lake City with 10,000 kids and I danced and read scenes and he said to me “I’m not making this movie without you in it.” Working with Kenny Ortega was like a dream come true and it was so awesome because I never thought movies were obtainable for me. If you watch the movie, it’s like “Where’s Waldo?” with me. I’m there everywhere. It was awesome because I got to really see what it was like to be on set for five months and really see how different it is to act on camera than it is to act on stage and I really just soaked it all in. By the time I came but, literally two weeks later I auditioned for a big recurring role on Ugly Betty and I got it.
Then it was my senior year and I auditioned for NYU and UCLA’s acting programs and I got into both places and I graduated early and I moved out to Los Angeles with Sarah Hyland from Modern Family before she got it. I convinced her to come out here and a few months later booked Modern Family which was awesome. I came out here and booked a movie called “The Pregnancy Pact.” That was a few months after being here and to get a starring role in a Lifetime movie at the time was perfect for me because it was a huge film where I could feel all that pressure but I was the leading man and I got to really explore and just have that responsibility and grow from the experience and it was so great.
Max also told me what it’s like to work on The Young and the Restless set.
You do a scene in like one take. It’s like you’re watching live theater when you’re watching our soap opera. I have so much respect for soap actors. The writing’s so intense. You’re talking about like your mother just died or something really crazy just happened and you do it in one take. In most things, they’ll take two hours to do one scene. It’s a really crazy world and not easy. I’m in a place right now where it’s thrilling and I’m so comfortable with the cast and my character. I know him inside out, he’s a part of me. It’s so much fun and I get to go to really interesting places.
I read that they’re kicking off a cyberbullying plot on The Young and the Restless. Do you think it’s important for shows to tackle issues like that?
Thank god they are. It’s so relevant now and it’s such an epidemic. Just for it to be out there to show that it happens. This is a real issue that needs to be addressed. To be a part of that, and to spread awareness feels so nice because I’ve personally experience bullying and I know many friends who have. Whether people’s reason behind it are good or bad, nonetheless, it affects kids to such an extent especially young, vulnerable kids.
Do you have a preference for TV or movies?
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if it’s TV or a movie as long as it’s a project I’m passionate about and a character that has a good emotional arc and has good writers and good people attached to it, it really doesn’t matter. I’m more for who’s involved in a project and what kind of character I’m gonna play.
What do you think has been your most challenging role so far?
Probably “The Pregnancy Pact.” It was the most prominent role and I kind of had to carry the film–I was 17–with a 15 year old. You have the weight of the movie on your shoulders. That was not easy. There was a year span where I got into the film world. It was kind of scary, but it was one of the most rewarding experiences. I will never forget it.
I also found out that you’re in a band. What is your future?
There’s a lot to be honest. I can’t really say exactly what’s going on, but I can say that in the next six months, you’ll know who we are. We have a really awesome team attached it and the way that everything is falling into place right now, it’s pretty epic. We have a group of five awesome artists who really do it on their own. I feel like everyone in the band could be a solo artist, but we realize that together we’re stronger. We’re not going to imitate any sort of band that’s out there right now. We’re called “The Social Networkk.” I think we’re going to be an experience as opposed to another band. We have everyone playing an instrument on it. Hopefully it works the way it seems like it’s going to.
Are there any actors you’re dying to work with in the future?
I really want to work with Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield. I think they’re the two smartest actors and the best to be honest. I look up to them a lot, Andrew Garfield especially. Who I’m dying to work with is Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day Lewis, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Ryan Gosling, Scarlett Johansson, Marion Cotillard, and Emma Watson. I just saw “The Perks of Being A Wallflower” a few weeks back. It was one of my favorite movies of the year so I want to work with that cast. Director wise, David Fincher is who I want to work with.
What kind of roles do you hope to get in the future?
I just want to play good roles that emotionally affect people. What I’ve always gotten out of life, even as a kid entertaining in my living room, is making people feel. It’s not just making them happy, it’s just making them feel period. It’s all human emotions. If I can get a role that can emotionally affect everyone in the theater and get them to feel, I know that my job is done. I could name specific kind of roles that I want to play, but in general, I just want to play an emotionally heavy role that will affect people.
You can follow Max on twitter at @maxehrich. You can also see Social Networkk’s recent cover of Rihanna’s latest song “Diamonds”. Finally, don’t forget to catch him on The Young and the Restless weekdays at 11:30 am PT/2:30 pm ET on CBS!
Cheyenne Headrick is a Style & Beauty Editor at Chic Galleria. She is a recent graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in English. She likes interior design, watching comedies, and reading. You can follow her on twitter at @cnheadrick.