Christopher Lopez put acting on hold after high school to join the Army. But the 1989 West Orange-Stark grad is following his dream. A dream that started that started in junior high school.
“I began acting when I was in 6th grade at M.B. North Middle School in 1982, my teacher was the late Bob Papania,” Lopez said. “I continued with Theatre Arts at WOS High School from 1985 thru 1989 with Mr. Ken Rush as my teacher. Acting was always what I really wanted to do, but it just wasn’t in the cards for me financially after graduating high school.”
Lopez joined the Army and spent two years in Germany and then eight years at Fort Hood. In 1999 he moved to Maryland to work for an IT company. In 2002 Lopez made a big move.
“In December 2002 I decided that I never wanted to be cold again, so I moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to work as an IT contractor on Pearl Harbor. In April 2008 I joined the Hawaii Army National Guard to finish my military career and I was selected to be a Recruiter in November 2008. I recruited for a little over ten years and I retired on June 30, 2019 after 20 years of combined active federal service.”
There’s a lot of television and movies done in Hawaii so Lopez decided to go after his dream. “In 2017 I responded to a casting call here in Hawaii looking for bald men for a Marvel television series call “Inhumans.” I was called to come in for an audition, but the scene I auditioned for was cut the day before we were scheduled to film. However, I soon began receiving calls for background work as a police officer or military background role personnel.”
He started taking acting classes and since has co-starred in the Hawaii Five-O series and also has worked with the new Magnum P.I. series.
Lopez has been busy working on some future projects as well. “I have a featured role in the upcoming feature film Godzilla vs Kong with Lance Reddick and Kyle Chandler (March 2020), a co-star role in the local independent feature film Tales of The Circle Keys that’s being edited and submitted for international film festivals at this time.”
He’s also working on the Disney movie “Same Time Next Christmas”, Adam Sandler’s Netflix film, The Wrong Missy, and two local independent short films.