Tobit Raphael starring in “The Internship” with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson

01By Blythe
AF: How long have you been an actor? How did you get started?
TR: I’ve been acting since I was 11, but professionally I’ve only been going at it for about 2-3 years. I knew I wanted to be an actor since high school and thankfully it was with my parents approval! I was able to study acting at UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television. After graduation, I landed some representation and with that eventually came the opportunity to audition for The Internship. Sounds simple, but it was a few years in the making and I’m very lucky to be where I am.
AF: What is “The Internship” about?
TR: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play two salesmen in their mid-40’s who lose their jobs and land internships at Google with the hope of landing employment there. They face some stiff competition from their fellow interns, who are younger and more capable. It’s a sweet underdog story about this oddball team of misfits that has the misfortune of working with our protagonists.
AF: Tell us about your character in the Internship.
TR: My character’s name is Yoyo, and while he’s a very gifted programmer, he’s lacking in the social skills department. He’s an intern on the same team as Owen and Vince. He starts out nervous and under enormous pressure, but the guys help him open up in different ways. It’s a fun part.
AF: Are there any interesting stories behind the scenes?
TR: One day it rained so hard the production had to shut off the towers that were lighting the atrium where we were shooting. On our down time we played Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ on the speakers and danced like crazy people. There’s a video of it somewhere on the internet. Also, we had a slide and a pool table on set. I can’t tell you how much fun we all had every day.
AF: What are your expectations for the Internship?
TR: I hope people will enjoy it. It’s got a lot of heart and humor, and there’s something for everyone in the film. It’s got a great spot as a comedy at the front of the summer, so we’re crossing our fingers for a success. I also hope it propels my career forward. I’m a newcomer, so it’ll be interesting to see how, or if, this movie opens up any doors. But I’ll stay positive, and whatever will happen will happen.
AF: What kind of role would you like to try in the future?
TR: Something on the heavier side. I’m not asking to be a deranged, psychotic killer (although maybe that might be fun), but it would be great to step outside the world of absolute comedy and try a dramedy or even a complete drama. But like I said, I’m still starting out and whatever comes my way I will embrace with open arms.
AF: Who is your favorite actor/actress, and why?
TR: I’ve got a few whose works I really enjoy: Paul Giamatti, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, and Melissa McCarthy, among others. I love actors that can bring a great balance of comedy and honesty to their work. Take Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”. He goes to some great vulnerable places, but all the while there’s some comedy mixed in with his relationship to Geoffrey Rush (another great actor).
AF: How do you view yourself as an actor?
TR: I’m a humorous person at heart, so I’ll always love to do comedies. It’s what I’ve done since I started acting in school plays in middle school. But in terms of what kind of work I want to do, I’d love to perform in all the mediums– TV, film, and stage. I’m also big into playing improv, and it was fantastic getting to use that ability while filming “The Internship”.
AF: In which way do you feel want to improve?
TR: Experience is the name of the game. First of all, I need to get as much on camera experience as I can get. I still get a bit nervous working for the camera and sometimes even auditioning for projects. It comes with feeling like a newbie. And as for improving as an actor, every project you work on is a chance to grow, so I’m sure the more I’m exposed to projects and amazing actors, the better I’ll become. Hopefully.
AF: What are some of your goals for the next 5 years?
TR: Keep acting and have fun doing it. I don’t want to pressure myself to meet certain standards by a specific age. It’s rather hard to predict what’s going to happen to you in this industry. I’ll let you know how I’m doing in 2018…I promise02