Interview with Leon Knox, Thai film, television actor and model
Leon Knox is a Thai film, television actor and model, born on 6 May 1998. Started acting in the TVC industry since he was 15-16 years old, the same time he was an English teacher for 2 years in Pattaya till he was 18 and ready to go to university.
After that he moved to Bangkok for his studies at University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce doing a Major in International Business Management and only focused on his acting career. He have featured in many different types of TV commercials throughout Asia which includes Thailand which is the main country, Vietnam, Cambodia and quite a few in Indonesia.
Over ten commercials which includes: Gold City Shoes (the first commercial 2014-2015), Chocolate Bon o bon, McDonalds, Suzuki (for cars), Honda (bikes), Cornetto (Ice Cream), Mogu Mogu (Jelly Drink), Truemove (Phone Centre), Sanafe (Restaurant Chain), L-men drink (Indonesian Power Drink), Est Cola, Flip Flops, featured in two Thai films on Channel 3 and Channel 7.
When was your first role as an actor?
My first role as an actor was when I was 15 years old, I was the main character for a commercial for shoes called gold city.
Have you progressed in your acting career as you have expected?
Through out the years of being in the acting industry I felt a big change in improvement in my acting, because its just knowing that this is my job, I cannot be shy anymore, just do it, just act it out.
But not only that I also got the opportunity to join several acting classes, the main one was by Channel 3 (Thailand’s biggest Thai TV Channel) I got that opportunity because I was going to play a role in one of their soap operas.
Who is your favorite actor or actress ?
My favorite actor is Johnny Depp because he is very funny and an amazing actor, y favorite role of him is when he played Captain Jack Sparrow, I just love his drunk acting. My other favorite actor is Tom Hardy because the tough man role he plays through out is films , he is also very well know by his body transformation for different leading roles which makes it fascinating.
The hardest role they’ve ever played ?
The hardest role I have ever played in was in one of a Thai soap operas for Channel 7, I had to play a policeman in one of the scenes and the script was very hard for me. I have had many challenging moments both mentally and physically throughout my acting career. I had one commercial that I will never forget, Ford Ranger, I basically floating through the rocky river without a paddle , having no control at all.
Describe your acting style
I enjoy my work, but my favorite kind of work is commercial shoots because they are fun and doesn’t have a lot of script. My acting style is just to be myself and how I adapted to my role, I try to act as natural as possible. I’m very good with mix martial arts, I have experienced with Taekwondo for 7 years and in love with stunts.
My recent job was a commercial for a very well know coffee products called Torapika Cappuccino. Torapika cappuccino is well know for their great advertising and also very delicious coffee product. Whilst having a great opportunity to film this product the company flew me over to Indonesia twice to work for them, what a great opportunity and an amazing experience and I would also love to say thank you to all the Indonesian people over there especially the people who worked with me. It was also such a big pleasure to work with Boy William a big public figure of Indonesia, what a great man !
What sort of acting roles will you be seeking in the future?
My goal is to get into Cinema films, that’s where i wish to be someday.
So gold city was my first commercial of my acting career, it was a students shoe brand. I was only 15 and it was my 6th casting for a job that I finally got, I had to play as a student and showing off those school shoes jumping on a trampoline doing front flips and back-flips for a good camera movement.
Bon O Bon Chocolate
Chocolate bon o bon, was where I had to play a teenager who is giving chocolate to a girl that I like.
For Suzuki it was for 6 countries in Asia and it was for a for the Asian football cup that Asia is hosting and Suzuki are their main sponsor, so I played in a teenage gang to go support football and traveled in a small ECO Suzuki car to a match with my friends and enjoying that moment.
For Honda I played as a university student riding a good convenient motorbike to class.
For Cornetto, it was the first big brand that I felt was playing for, it was a commercial for Indonesia featuring Selena Gomez concert to promote it.
Mogu Mogu jelly drink was me playing sports enjoying the time with my teenage friends and enjoying our jelly drink together.
L-men drink was also a big job for me, I played a sports commercial for a protein drink featuring an Indonesian basketball player.