Last of the cast -- Jordin Buttenob!
Jordin Buttenob, who plays Travis in Reunion, found his way into our cast during our last round of auditions. He had come in to read opposite Alison Monda for the part of Jason Lasby and had given a very strong reading.
So we asked him to come in for a callback. Again he gave a very strong reading, nuanced and subtle, made all the more impressive by the fact that on that particular day he was forced to read opposite Matt Ralston as Rachelle Lasby. Matt is no Alison. You can quote me on that.
And so we had our Travis.
What we didn't realize until we had a little cast meet-and-greet over drinks was that we were Jordin's second audition ever. He had recently completed a tour of duty in Iraq and had decided to take up acting. Apparently he's a quick learner, a natural, or both, because we never would have guessed he was new to the acting game.
Jordin's part only called for him to be on set for one day (one LONG day), but the time we spent with him was time well spent. He threw himself into his part and he's an unbelievably nice guy. Plus, he's educational -- we learned some things about life in Iraq that surprised us all. Not the kind of thing you see on CNN.
Jordin, thank you for your hard work on Reunion! We can't wait to see what you do next.
Photos of Jordin Buttenob getting into makeup ©2011 Jeremy David Bell. Second photo in the series also shows Damon Vanhee of Bandersnatch Studios doing what he does best -- absolutely nothing. Love ya, Damon!