David Otunga takes break from WWE to star in movie with Halle Berry

  • David Otunga plays a police offer in an upcoming movie, "The Call," which features actress Halle Berry.
David Otunga plays a police offer in an upcoming movie, "The…
March 13, 2013|By Arda Ocal

Looking at his overall resume, you could say that David Otunga is one of the most successful people among the WWE Superstars. Aside from achieving the near impossible task of cracking the WWE roster, Otunga graduated from Harvard with a law degree. Now, he has added another big item to his resume - actor.

A lifelong dream of his, Otunga can now claim he has shared the big screen with Hollywood darling and Academy Award winner Halle Berry in "The Call," WWE Studios' latest release.

Berry plays, Jordan, a 911 operator, who is trying to forget her disturbing past but is suddenly forced to confront it when she receives a call from Casey, distressed teenager in serious danger. In order to rescue the girl, Jordan must confront the horrors of her past and come face to face with a deranged killer who is not yet ready to finish his violent game of cat and mouse with Jordan. In the film, Otunga plays young gun police officer Jake Devans.

I spoke with David Otunga this week to talk about the film, balancing acting/WWE/law and plenty of other topics.

How's your day been? Full with media interviews?

Yes, but they're fun.

How did you get involved with "The Call"? 

I auditioned for the director Brad Anderson. I went and read some scenes for him and luckily he liked what I did. So he cast me in the film. I went up for the role against other actors. Luckily I made it; I was against people who have been in the business a very long time.

Do you have an acting background? 

Oh yeah, I've wanted to be an actor since I was a kid, even before WWE. I've been taking acting classes for years, through high school and college and even up until WWE; I still make time to go back to acting class at least once a week.

So this is something you want as part of your life and career then?

Oh yeah it's been a goal of mine since I was a kid so it's something I've been working towards.

When you got this role then, and you knew you were going to be in a movie with the likes of Halle Berry, what was going through your mind?

That this is finally it, this is what I've dreamed about, this is what I've worked hard for all my life and I finally got this opportunity and it couldn't of been any better. To share the screen with an Academy Award winner for my first role, how many people can say that they did that?

When you got on set for the first day and you saw that this is really happening, you saw the set, you saw the people,  did you get the feeling you were at home?

You know what, I did. I felt very comfortable and it's because it's something I've always wanted to do, so when I got there it was unexpected it was a great feeling.

Tell me about your role in the film?

A little girl gets kidnapped and Halle Berry plays the 911 operator who fields the call. I play a police officer, Officer Jake Devans who works with Halle to try and find the little girl. Officer Devans is a good guy, a young gun. He takes his job serious but sometimes a little to serious, so he's a little over zealous because his heart is in the right place and he just wants to do the right thing.

How did you like playing the good guy in the movie? Being that the WWE Universe has mostly seen you as a bad guy.

(Laughs) It was a bit different for me. It was fun, I really enjoy being a good guy, and I consider myself a good guy in real life anyways so it was good.

Give us an idea of what your days were like when you were filming? How long you were on set and how many days did you have to shoot for the film?

We shot for a little under two months. The days were great, you get there and they just call you in when you have to do a scene so you get a lot of down time. But you're in a trailer for a long time, your scenes are laid out for you so you know your lines already, which is a new thing going in for me. In WWE we're sometimes handed something at the last minute, like 'here you go to pages' or 'oh we're changing our minds,' so with this we had the scenes for months. I was comfortable so when it was time to do our scenes they would come and take you to set, we'd knock it out and when you were done you got to go home. It's easy.

Were there any funny or touching moments that you shared with any of your cast mates?

It was cool just seeing the cast mates in their downtime. I mean Halle Berry just hanging out with her, talking with her about her kid and sharing pictures and stuff. She has a daughter who is about my son's age that was really cool. Getting to hang out with Morris Chestnut, that was cool. He plays my partner in the movie. We really just hung out a lot; most of our scenes were together. It was really nice on the set.

On (a recent episode of) RAW there was a funny skit where Halle Berry is answering her phone during a press interview and you were involved and Kane was involved. I was pleasantly surprised that Halle Berry had that kind of sense of humor.

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